Pomegranate – Lary Lane

Pomegranate
Lary Lane

I love the name Pomegranate for a band. Don’t ask me why, but it’s so unassuming and unique. The band itself is not unassuming. Rather, Pomegranate play a style of alternative-rock that heavy on power and fuzzy guitar riffs. It’s not especially unique, to be honest, although not so many bands sound like this anymore. This sound will forever fall into the 1993-1994 sound, epitomized by Alice in Chains, Screaming Trees, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Dinosaur Jr., and others.

Now I’m not saying that Pomegranate sounds like all those other bands exactly, and that’s the beauty of this album. Rather, it is in the same style of loud, angry guitar-driven alternative rock. This is before the whole grunge thing became huge, when bands were playing underground alternative rock, and I loved it. This album, with its loud guitars and very unique, intense vocals, would have fit perfectly in with those bands. But there is a certain beauty here in the textured, layered guitars, the drawled out riffs, the vocals stretching and falling, sounding both soulful and intense, something that works just as well today as it would have worked in ’94.

“Twilight” starts off with fuzzed, wailing guitar lines, all falling comfortably below the vocal levels. And while those vocals drawl the lyrics out, I’m completely reminded of Screaming Trees. “The Death of Me,” however, is more unique, quiet and more subtle, with lighter guitar and a steady, almost synthetic-sounding drum beat. “Necessary Evil” is probably one of my favorite tracks, with a strong bass line, a slower pace, and a moody, ominous feel. But the heavier rock sound comes back with the slightly more soulful “Further Down” and “Kenny’s” is more poppy and playful. “Just For You” has a bit more of a southern feel, with more acoustic guitars and drawled vocals without losing its edgy rock sound, and it’s also one of the most unique songs here. “Tear the Sky” really turns on the crunchy guitars and power-rock feel, and “Wrong Hands” has more of a mainstream, middle-of-the-road rock approach. The closer, “The Sight of You,” is another fantastic song. A quiet, acoustic ballad, this one really showcases both the unique vocals and talented guitar lines. What a great way to end the album.

Pomegranate have been back and forth with some major labels before coming to rest with M-Theory, and it’s easy to hear why labels would want them. Their powerful, alternative rock sound is everything that radio should be playing. Combine the mid-90’s alt-rock sound with the sound of bands like Foo Fighters and others, and you get a sense of what Pomegranate sound like. This is cool stuff, catchy and powerful and often moody.