New Album from World Blanket

Songs loosely based on philosophies of psychedelic drug guru Terence McKenna released earlier this month.

Mike Pomranz is a writer for the “Tosh.0” program on Comedy Central where he earned the credit for turning Rebecca Black’s “Friday” into a viral phenomenon. The connection notwithstanding, his latest creation as a songwriter, the upcoming album 2012, was not recorded with Ark Music Factory, but with Pete Min, the man behind the boards for the hit debut album by The Airborne Toxic Event.

The release of 2012 in 2012 is not just a coincidence. “The record is based around the writings and philosophy of psychedelic drug guru Terence McKenna,” explains Pomranz. “One of McKenna’s best known theories is one that predicts a major transformative event occurring on December 21st, 2012 and this record, both lyrically and musically, is constructed as a preparation for that transformative event.”

As for the music, Pomranz says, “I want this band to bridge the gap between Nirvana and Electric Light Orchestra.” This love of edgy, emotionally driven music mixed with over-the-top traditional production values and classic orchestration is the driving force behind the record.

Joining Pomranz to help to realize this sound is violinist Katherine Fong, a Julliard trained member of the Metropolitan Orchestra (she has also worked with everyone from John Mayer to Tony Bennett), bassist Dean Moore (formerly of Jive Records band Dirty Blonde) and drummer Jonathan Flax (also with Freedy Johnston), a co-worker of Pomranz’s at Comedy Central. Also featured is the Calder Quartet which has previously contributed strings to The National, Vampire Weekend, Andrew WK, and many others.

With the pending release of 2012, Pomranz has been able to satisfy a love of making rock and roll that had taken a back seat to his life of making comedy. 2012 by World Blanket will be released on the band’s own No Applause Records label on April 3rd, 2012.