Polar take on the A-Z Challenge

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know the many bands and artists out there. Here it’s the turn of Polar to tell us all about themselves!

A song that made you want to make music?

The simplicity and energy of bands like Nirvana really inspired a lot of us to get into bands  and write our own music when we were kids. I’d say ‘In Bloom’ is a song that perfectly  supports that sentiment.

Best rider you have had?

We tend to find European riders to be far more generous than anywhere else; but being taken out to a fancy local restaurant by a promoter at one of our first Greek shows will always be a highlight.

Craziest moment in the band?

I’m not sure I’d be allowed to actually repeat it…but it most definitely involved alcohol.

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

“I am my own saviour” from Breathe resonates with a lot of our fans. That lyric really hammers home the message of what this band is about.

Easiest song you wrote?

The song ‘Drive’ from our previous album NOVA came about in a matter of days, just simple and straight to the point.

Favourite song in your set?

Over the past few shows, we’ve been able to play some of the new material, with Dissolve Me’ striking out as a new fan and band favourite. ‘Blood For Blood’ never disappoints though.

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

Singers like Dustin Kensrue and Chino Moreno would be incredible guests to have on an album; scene icons with such unique and effective voices and emotions.

Hardest thing about being in a band?

Juggling touring and band life with home life and relationships can be quite a tricky prospect at times. That and the van farts.

Interesting fact about one of your members?

Our guitarist, Fab, is actually part French!

Jokes you have in the band?

Nothing too hectic, just a lot of Office (UK) quotes and references.

Key to writing a song?

Starting with something, be it a riff or melody, that really excites everyone involved. From then on, setting the vision for the song and following through to really drive it home.  

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

We did an Eastern European tour at the beginning of 2020 that was filled with many long van drives, to then bring us back to Spain and Portugal to finish.  

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

As far as touring buddies goes, we’ve been lucky enough to do two tours with Crystal Lake from Japan. Watching those guys every night was inspiring and a true lesson in how to be as tight a band as possible.

New band you’d recommend?

Go check out Sunfall, really great mix of tech, slam, metalcore and nü-metal based in Surrey!

Opening for this band would be ideal?

Opening UK heavyweights like Bring Me The Horizon and Architects would be great opportunities for us, and I feel our music would go down really well to their crowds too. But on a personal level, touring with the likes of Thrice or Underoath would be incredible.

Place you’d most like to tour?

We’d love to go as far afield as possible and Australia has a really healthy metal scene at the moment. We’ve done plenty of tours with Aussie bands in the EU/UK and would love to return the favour on their turf.

Quote that you’d like to pass on to our readers?

“If you want the rainbow, you’ve got to put up with the rain.”

Reason for the title of your forthcoming release?

We were considering a number of different titles, but the song ‘Everywhere, Everything’ really encapsulated the message of the album lyrically and really stood out to us for the  album title.

See us live at?

To-be-announced dates across Europe and the UK, or at our debut at Resurrection Fest later this summer.

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

I wouldn’t necessarily agree, it’s just that we remember only the great stuff from the past and we’re currently living amongst all the music that’s being put out, good and bad.  

Unusual merchandise?

I think we are pretty traditional with our merch options, but I have seen a band offer to draw improvised designs on plain white t-shirts to anyone that brings one to their merch stand.

Variations you’d like to do on one of your songs?

We think certain songs of ours would translate really well as acoustic or even electronic arrangements. Maybe a club remix of a NOVA track (Midnight)?

What do your fans mean to you?

Our fans mean the world to us. We write the music for ourselves, but to know we have such a dedicated fanbase backing us is truly humbling and makes the experience of being in a band much more satisfying.

X-rays or any treatments needed for band injuries?

Luckily for us we’ve been fairly ok on the road, but have had a number of crowd members end up in A&E with mosh related injuries, namely a broken foot and even a broken collar bone after a Berlin headline set.

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

In the past it would have been either Noah for waking up too late, or Woody for his constant pee breaks, but these days it’d most likely be border control getting in and out of mainland Europe.

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?

Koala Bear for sure.

Elizabeth Birt

March 14, 2023

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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