credit: Alex Herzog

Poppies - Dum Dum

Poppies is the ever-changing recording project of NYC-based songwriters May Sembera and Ian Langehough. Sembera and Langehough’s friendship initially blossomed while the two were stuck in an apartment for 24 hours during a snowstorm in the winter of 2016, while bonding over They Live and spiked hot chocolate. Not long into their friendship the pair began recording intimate demos in Langehough’s bedroom, ripe with abstract lyrics and moody instrumentals. Both coming from visual art backgrounds, Sembera and Langehough wanted the project to be unbound by the parameters of any genre or live arrangement. Instead, Poppies has taken whatever shape feels right in the moment, but remains unified by the band’s tender arrangements and introspective storytelling. Drawing inspiration from earnest indie acts like Yo La Tengo and inventive songwriters like R. Stevie Moore, Poppies has crafted a sound that is as dissonant as it is harmonious. Now with drummer Ajax Abernathy (Langehough's friend since childhood), and bassist Glenn Galleghan the band released mini-album "Bed Music" on Valentine's Day 2019, and is expecting their first full length in 2020.

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Genre: Rock
Subgenre: Indie Rock
From: New York, NY