Pollinators is an indie-rock group with pop sensibilities from Moline, IL, headed up by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tom Teslik. Since their 2015 inception in Madison, WI, the band has been very involved in the DIY music scene, helping bands book gigs, run shows, collaborating with midwest artists, and supporting their Self Addressed Envelope EP. A migration to Teslik’s Quad City hometown in 2018 developed into the reunion of best friends and recording of Return Home, the band’s debut full-length album, expected Fall 2019.
Recorded at home by Teslik and his best friend/audio engineer Jeremy Suman, the ten original tracks on Return Home draw equal comparison to the styles of Weezer & Neil Young. Throughout the album, touches of Teslik's other influences like Built to Spill, Pedro the Lion, Teenage Fanclub, The Shins, and The Beatles can be heard as well. Return Home was mastered by TW Walsh who has worked with Sufjan Stevens, Benjamin Gibbard, The Shins, David Bazan, Nathaniel Rateliff, and others. The lyrics tell stories of exploration of one’s place; whether it be in a midwest town or where you find yourself in the grieving process post break-up.
Teslik, now 30, has been playing music for decades. As a child, Tom sang in choir and played the piano at the church where his father was a Lutheran pastor. His mother, a music major, and father shared a love of music, in turn surrounding Tom with the music of Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, Talking Heads, and many others as he grew up. Tom’s firm foundation of music theory and performance can be attributed to 7 years of piano lessons and playing tuba in school bands. It was in middle school when he picked up the electric bass and discovered his true love for making rock music. With all of these years of experience, Tom finds himself more dedicated than ever to the craft of songwriting and performing captivating indie-rock music.
Pollinators has shared the bill with acts like Martin Courtney & Julian Lynch of Real Estate, Phox, Calvin Johnson, Hoops, Current Joys, Stef Chura, Trapper Schoepp, and Midnight Reruns. The band will hit the road in the fall of 2019 to support Return Home.