Standard Interrogation Techniques: Five Questions for Polar (Interview)

Although I’d ideally love to be able to conduct hard-hitting, in-depth interviews, who has the time these days? In lieu of this, I’ve thrown together the below question template, hopefully to gather some interesting and informative results, without taking up too much of anyone’s time.

Introduce yourself – who are you and what do you do?

Hi! It’s Fabian the guitarist of Polar here.

Tell us about your latest release and why people should listen to your music

Where do I start? What I can say is that I don’t think the four of us have ever been through something quite like this. Not forgetting that we started this album process with five members, I know we feel a great sense of relief to finally have our album out and a hell of amount of pride too. We are very proud of this album, and it’s made the journey we’ve been through to get here absolutely worth it.

So what that’s given us is an album of absolute honesty, it’s from the heart and we have poured every drop of all of our hearts into it. It’s punishingly heavy in places, but in others it is hauntingly beautiful. There’s no genre here, its honest music that will touch you.

So yeah! Give it a spin.

What’s the most important thing to you about your music? What meaning does it give you and what purpose does it serve in your life?

This is a good question. I can only really answer this from my point of view, but I know the boys’ feelings towards this question will be similar.

The most important thing to me has changed over the years. Earlier on in our career I saw the importance being that our songs would get us to play in front of bigger and bigger crowds, become a bigger band and essentially have popularity to them. Nowadays it is far more the connection to the lyrics and the overall message that is being put across in the song. I want it to take me to that place every time I hear it, and when I perform it live I want to feel the connection, the honest passion.

This has really helped me as I’ve navigated my life to where I am today. The ability to contribute to the lyric writing and vocal melodies allows me to pour out feelings, or grieve or vent and is actually a help mentally. Much like when people paint to unwind and relieve stress, it’s an outlet and a creative one too.

Tell us a lesser-known interesting or funny anecdote about your band or music

Our mates and ex-band members have a band of their own. State of You, you should check them out. 90% ex-Polar members, so they obviously nail it.

Finally, what are you listening to at the moment that you especially enjoy and wish more people knew about?

I do enjoy Blood Command. They have that Scandinavian sound to them that is so distinctive, like in their melodies and chord progressions for example. Also Thousand Below, we had the pleasure of touring together and their album ‘Gone in Your Wake’ is pure bangers. So yeah I’d say those guys.


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