Following in the footsteps of heavy hitting titans Parkway Drive, Sydney’s own Polaris are putting everything in place to be the next big thing in Australian metalcore. With the release of their debut full-length ‘The Mortal Coil’ last year, they’ve quickly become firm favourites in the scene.
Whilst over on the other side of the world, touring the UK alongside of host of other genre contemporaries including We Came As Romans, we caught up with vocalist Jamie Hails backstage before their show in London to talk touring, recording, and unusual drinking games…
DP!: How’s tour going so far? Any good stories?
J: Plenty! Probably some that I shouldn’t say, haha. There’s a drinking game that We Came As Romans have that’s called Bungee, and it’s very intricate and I can’t really explain it, but it’s one of the most unorthodox drinking games I’ve ever heard of, and you get very, very drunk very, very quickly! The shows have been incredible. We were actually over in the UK and Europe in November last year for the Never Say Die! tour, and the shows from then compared to now, the response has been crazy. Last time we’d literally just released ‘The Mortal Coil’, and now more and more people know the lyrics and are shouting them back. The tour has been great so far. The shows have been insane.
DP!: How did it feel to finally release ‘The Mortal Coil’? Was it quite a step up going from EPs to a full-length?
J: Yeah, it was very daunting. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves leading up to it, but since releasing it the response has just blown us away. I didn’t expect the record to do what it has already done so far, and it’s been out for six months now. The response, not only in Australia but worldwide, has been incredible. We’re constantly getting messages on Facebook and stuff, and seeing more and more reviews. It’s a bit overwhelming! Compared to an EP, it’s completely different. With an EP you chuck four or five banging tracks together and it’s done!
DP!: Did you do anything differently with the writing and recording process?
J: We recorded in a house that we hired. That’s different. We’ve always recorded in studios before. We flew Grant and Carson from Atrium Audio over from America, and we hired a holiday house about two and a half hours away from where we live in Sydney, a little place called Mollymook. We converted a walk in wardrobe into a vocal booth and guitar space, and recorded there for just over a month, then we went into the studio. In terms of the writing process, we usually lock ourselves in Rick’s downstairs room, and the five of us sit around trying to jam out until we finally get something good. It was a very daunting process though, like I said before, very different to writing an EP. Writing an album was something very foreign for us that we never thought we’d get to do, and we put a lot of pressure on ourselves in the work up to the release. An album makes or breaks a band.
DP!: What songs were you excited to play live?
J: All of them! ‘Lucid’ and ‘The Remedy’, of course, because they were the two main singles, so they’ve had the biggest reaction online. I’d have to say ‘Consume’ is one of my favourite songs to play live, because it’s gotta be one of the heaviest songs we’ve written, and I like to get a wall of death going! But, I’d probably say ‘Lucid’ out of all of them.
DP!: So you’ve played with Parkway Drive, and now We Came As Romans, but who would be a dream band to tour with?
J: We’ve already done it, man! We’ve played with Parkway Drive! But for me, The Devil Wears Prada is my all time favourite band. I’d love to play with them one day, but even being on this tour with We Came As Romans, like, I wouldn’t be doing vocals if it wasn’t for Dave. I had a big chat with him the other day and he was saying how he really likes what we’re doing, and I was like “You don’t know what that means coming from you. You’re like my idol, man!” haha. Ryan, our guitarist, his favourite band is Periphery, and we played with them about a year and a half ago, so that was a big one for him. We’ve done so much over the past couple years that we never thought we’d ever do!
DP!: You’ve already achieved a lot of dreams then! What’s next for you?
J: We just wanna take Polaris as far as we can overseas. This is our second time here, and it won’t be our last. We wanna come back before the end of the year. We wanna try and get to America. I’d love to try and get to Asia as well. Just anywhere we can get with this record, and eventually we’ll start making preparations for another one, but we’ll tour the shit out of this record first.
The band’s debut full-length album, ‘The Mortal Coil’, is out now through SharpTone Records/Resist Records.
Interview by Lottie Cook (@pixelottie)