By day, Brooklyn’s Mike Pomranz is a comedy writer who blogs for the “Tosh.0” program on Comedy Central, so it’s not surprising that he would find the humor in his work as a songwriter as well. “I want this band to bridge the gap between Nirvana and Electric Light Orchestra,” Pomranz has said. The upcoming album 2012 under Pomranz’s group name World Blanket showcases this combination of musical basics and over the top production that caused SPIN to note that “World Blanket boomed like a big-riff rock beast, despite acoustic guitar and violin dressing.” Part of the humor is in just how basic the genesis of World Blanket’s anthemic-leaning songs can be. Case in point is the album’s first single “And Here We Are (Again Maybe)” about which Pomranz coined a phrase, calling the song a “One-Finger Single.” Here Pomranz demonstrates (in an early morning, just-out-of-bed instructional video) how to perform the song yourself, with just a single digit. Bringing additional fingers to the fold on the fully realized version of “And Here We Are (Again Maybe)” (as well as the rest of 2012) 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). 2012 was recorded by Pete Min, the man behind the boards for the hit debut album by The Airborne Toxic Event. Also featured is the Calder Quartet which has previously contributed strings to The National, Vampire Weekend, Andrew WK, and many others. 2012 by World Blanket will be released on the band’s own No Applause Records label on April 3rd, 2012.
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