If there’s one thing we learned at Knight And Day Festival – it’s that Australians LOVE Polaris.
The two-time ARIA nominated metalcore kings from Sydney have been carving up the scene since the release of their surprise hit EP The Guilt and The Grief in 2016. Its follow up, the impeccable 2017 debut album The Mortal Coil, has been touted as one of the best debut metalcore releases in existence (more recently by Pridelands scream boy Mason Bunt). The band have since dropped their sophomore album The Death of Me which was released just before the world turned to shit in 2020 and so far, only us Australians have been granted the pleasure of witnessing songs like ‘Vagabond‘, ‘Hypermania‘, ‘Above My Head‘, ‘Pray For Rain‘ and others in a live setting. Which isn’t exactly a bad thing at all, but the boys are chomping at the bit to take this release overseas to their ever-growing fanbase.
When we sat down with frontman Jamie Hails, we spoke about the struggles the band faced with COVID stalling their world domination plans, but a shining light kept them motivated and eager to head back out as soon as they were allowed… that light was their fanbase:
“Obviously as the pandemic kept going on and on, we were kind of like ‘shit, I hope this record doesn’t die!’ But like as band members do, we’re watching the Spotify stats… the album is still doing the rounds pretty strong, which is incredible, it’s almost about to be two years old. For it to still be, by the looks of things, still making an impact that it is makes us very happy, makes us very confident that we can still actually do the tours that we wanted, were gonna plan to do and still want to do before we kind of go into the next step which is another album cycle or something.”
With that in mind Jamie did speak about utilising their time during the pandemic to work on new material. In the past the band burnt themselves out trying to balance home life, recording and touring at the same time and by the end of it, they were wrecked. This time, they have been able to rest when they needed and thoroughly plan their next assault on the world, but, you’ll be waiting just a little bit longer before we start hearing this new music they’ve been working on:
“We are planning to take this record worldwide before we release anything.”
So for our international readers and worldwide Polaris sweaters, never fear, your time to shine is near and with the lads already announcing US/Canadian shows alongside Like Moths To Flames, Alpha Wolf and Invent Animate + the STACKED metalcore show in Worchester, Massachusetts supporting Fit For A King, the future is looking bright and Polaris will soon find their own peace in a place unknown…
Check out the full interview below, revisit our festival review here and start counting down the days until the boys eventuallybegin teasing us with their new mateiral…
Interviewer: Paul ‘Browny’ Brown @brownypaul
Revisit all the action in our A Metal Knight’s Tale: Knight And Day Fest AfterFilm right here
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