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Polar Bear Club

Interview von: arne mit Jimmy, am: 19.01.2014 ]

Das Quintett aus Rochester, New York ist eine dieser Konsens-Gruppen, die sich Spielart übergreifend großer Beliebtheit erfreuen und ob ihres sympathischen und zugleich eigenständigen Spiels punkten und Eindruck hinterlassen. Von Bridge Nine sind POLAR BEAR CLUB zu Rise Records gewechselt und das ist nicht die einzige Veränderung. Gesundheitsbedingt musste Jimmy Stadt seinen Gesangsstil verändern, der nun tatsächlich ein solcher ist. Das nimmt den Vocals auf „Death Chorus“ zwar ihre Kratzigkeit, steigert jedoch den eingängigen Gehalt der Stücke und ihren Nachhaltigkeitswert. Das geht tatsächlich, obschon die Songs der Gruppe schon immer eindringliche Hymnen gewesen sind.


Musicscan: If you would have to say what especially the philosophy behind Polar Bear Club is all about – how would that description be like?

Polar Bear Club: The philosophy behind PBC is just about honest expression. It's about normal people being able to connect and express themselves honestly and passionately.

Musicscan: Whether you’re going punk rock, hardcore, emo or powerpop - it tends or is told to be a somehow youth oriented movement. How do you Wemake sure to stay young with what you’re doing? ;-)

Polar Bear Club: We really don't care about "Staying young". We just want to be ourselves. If we had to try and sound "younger" or whatever we'd be making music for the wrong reasons.

Musicscan: Punk rock, hardcore, emo or powerpop have always been emotional genres – have to be emotional out of my view. How would you classify the state of them right now compared to the times, when you started with Polar Bear Club? Did it change for the better?


Polar Bear Club: I think it's gotten better. There are a lot of really solid bands who put themselves out there completely for you to know. Sometimes that's a bad thing but a lot of times not. Things right now are getting a little trendy (in certain areas, not all). I just hope that younger kids listening to bands today build a community out of it and not a second high school or social hierarchy.

Musicscan: Growing up, was there anyone that you would look up to and say “Oh I wish I could be like so and so…I wish I was as cool as him?” If not on a famous level, do you remember seeing any local bands when you were younger that you looked up to and that inspired you to start being a musician?

Polar Bear Club: Yes definitely. The entire class of hardcore kid before me were people I wanted to be so bad. There was a local band called Standfast that was my first show and I remember just wanting to be apart of them and their world in every way possible. It was so raw and honest, I had never seen music like that before then. I had never seen concert so intimate and intense until I saw them and it blew my mind.

Musicscan: From my point of view Polar Bear Club are playing a style in between melodic punk rock and catchy powerpop; always having a positive feeling and outlook to it. What would you retort to that? Am I partially right with this?

Polar Bear Club: Yeah you're pretty much right. We always wanted it to feel positive at face value but maybe upon further exploration you might find it is more complicated than that. But being upbeat and positive in the presentation has always been important to us.

Musicscan: And Polar Bear Club writes honest music, at least that's my opinion. Your band seems to stand for a certain kind of emotional intelligence that sometimes gets missed in nowadays music. Do you as a band ever think about your lyrics and music in this particular way?

Polar Bear Club: Yeah you could say that. I just try to accurately present my inner voice to you all in the best way I can. But I make sure that the lyrics work for me and hit me first, sometimes I have to work hard at that but lyrics are really important to me, more so than just some sounds to fill a melody.

Musicscan: A lot of bands change their core sound over time, but much to your credit Polar Bear Club has kept the sound your fans have grown to love. Regarding Death Chorus – has it been hard to stay true to that sound or do you guys just play what feels right?

Polar Bear Club: We've always just played what felt right. We don't really know how to do it any other way. Maybe that's a bad thing but it wouldn't be PBC if we did it any other way.

Musicscan: What is the main difference between the messages portrayed in the lyrics of the new album to your previous work? What different thoughts are being brought out through the songs? Have you mostly stuck to the same topics, or have you progressed to another subject matter?

Polar Bear Club: A lot of it is the same stuff I've been singing about for a while. Relationships and doubts and just life shit. I think "Death Chorus" is different in that it takes some a the worst feelings and tries to figure out how to use them positively. That being said, it's still just about my life and feelings.

Musicscan: From being on the road a lot, what is one of the things you've come to realize? Do you think touring made you a stronger person at all? It's difficult to maintain friendships with people back home, I'm sure…

Polar Bear Club: Having been on the road has made me stronger in some ways but has also put a strain on important relationships to me. It's hard to find that balance and yes, difficult to maintain but it has made me stronger in a lot of ways too.

Musicscan: What do you hope to uncover in the future of Polar Bear Club? There must be more the band has in store to unleash to the public, it’s only a matter of time until it’s all said and done (or not?). What else would you like to try and stress to your listeners through your work?

Polar Bear Club: I'm not exactly sure yet, I don't mean to cop out on your question but I'm really just not sure yet. When we know though, you all will too.

Musicscan: Lastly, what has been your proudest moment being in Polar Bear Club so far?

Polar Bear Club: Hmmm, this is tough. I've always been most proud when we finish a record but other than that, I was really excited (not necessarily proud) to meet Ian Mackeye when we did. We met him during out tour opening for Bad Religion and it was just one of the coolest things that has happened to me.

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