|Genres||Indie rock, Americana|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, guitar, drums, vocals|
|Years active||Late 1990s–present|
|Associated acts||Calf Fiends
The Folk Implosion
Pollard started off as a member of Louisville post-hardcore stalwarts Hedge and Out, before moving on to the energetic prog-punk of the Calf Fiends in 1996-1997. Pollard joined Sebadoh in the late 1990s as drummer, playing on the band's seventh studio album, The Sebadoh. He formed Alaska! in 2000 with Imaad Wasif in Los Angeles, the band releasing their debut album Emotions in 2003. His working relationship with Sebadoh's Lou Barlow continued when he played on Sentridoh's Free Sentridoh: Songs from Loobiecore album, and he is also a member of the Folk Implosion, becoming Barlow's main songwriting partner after the departure of John Davis. He also played drums on Barlow's 2005 solo album Emoh.
After Alaska!'s final album Rescue Through Tomahawk was released in 2005 he formed Everest in Los Angeles, as singer and guitarist. The debut Everest album, Ghost Notes, was released in 2008. Everest toured with Wilco and Neil Young in 2008-09, signed to Young's Vapor Records label, and played live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Pollard's second album with Everest, On Approach, was released in 2010.
He also acted in the 2002 movie Laurel Canyon, playing the part of Rowan, a drummer in Ian's (Alessandro Nivola) band. He co-composed The Folk Implosion's "Make it With the Best", which was included on the soundtrack of the film Thirteen, and Alaska!'s "Resistance", which was used in the soundtrack of Catch and Release.
with Amnesiac Godz
- Guided Missile Split Single (1999), Guided Missile
- Free Sentridoh: Songs from Loobiecore (2002), Domino
with The Folk Implosion
- The New Folk Implosion (2003), Domino
- Brand Of Skin (2003), Domino
- Pearl (2003), Domino
with Lou Barlow
- Mentor Tormentor (2007), Shout! Factory
- Ghost Notes (2008), Vapor
- On Approach (2010), Vapor/Warner Bros.
- Ownerless (2012), Vapor/ATO Records
- Everest EP (2008) - self-released
- "Let Go" (2010), Vapor
- Laurel Canyon (Original Soundtrack) (2003), Hollywood: "Shade & Honey"/"Someday I Will Treat You Good" - Alessandro Nivola Featuring Lou Barlow, Ahmad Wasif And Russ Pollard
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