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Interview – Polaris

Who are you and what are you doing here? (what is your name, what is the band and what is your role in the band?)

I’m Daniel Furnari, my band is called Polaris and I play drums.
How did the band start?

Well Jake (Steinhauser, bass/vocals) and I met in high school at our school’s Battle of the Bands and started jamming together, and found Rick (Schneider, guitar) when a friend recommended we go up and chat to him at a local show we all happened to be at. About a year later, a friend who was rehearsing at the same studio as us recommended Jamie (Hails, vocals) as a potential vocalist, and he was a great fit. We got everything into action as an actual band in late 2012, and we had a couple of other members who came and went before we came into contact with Ryan (Siew, guitar) over the net and he joined in mid 2013.
How would you describe your band?

Five loud dudes bringing the Sad Boy Grooves.
If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your band which one would it be?

I’d probably have to say “Unfamiliar”, which was an early single off this EP. It’s got one of our favourite choruses, the riffs are very aggressive and busy, and the lyrics are closely linked to the overall themes of our new EP The Guilt & The Grief. That song was just a big step up for us in general – we challenged ourselves to write something that would take people by surprise.

In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets your band apart from the rest?

That’s a really tough question to answer! I guess we’ve never tried to be the heaviest band around – we just want our riffs to be memorable and busy and fun to play. I think we focus on melody perhaps more than a lot of other heavy bands do, and we try to make sure our vocal patterns and melodies are very well thought out and memorable, not written as an afterthought.
Where are people able to hear your songs?

Most places you’d normally go to hear or buy music! iTunes, BandCamp, Spotify, and we have CDs on our online BigCartel store. We also have a lot of content on YouTube, but of course the best way to hear them is to come out to a show.
Are you playing any shows anytime soon?

Yep, we’re about to head out on tour with Stories for their “The Youth To Become” Tour, along with Belle Haven and Perspectives. We’re hitting Brisbane, Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne, Adelaide through Feb/March!


What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band?

Well this only recently happened, but we just found out we debuted at #34 on the ARIA Album Charts and #2 on the Australian Independent Artist Charts with The Guilt & The Grief, and for us that was an absolutely huge thing that we just had not anticipated, especially being as we’re still independent. It’s just really wonderful to know that enough people out there still buy music, and I think it speaks volumes about Aussie music fans specifically that they’ll spend money to support their locals.
Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

It’s so hard to pick just 3 from our talented mates! But we’ll try to go for some you might not have heard about so much yet.

Ambleside: incredible melodic hardcore band from Adelaide who are breaking ground on the touring circuit now.
Deadlights: these guys are from Brisbane and they have a really unique approach to rocky post-hardcore, with the hugest choruses.
Justice For The Damned: close mates of ours who we’ve been playing with since the beginning, and they’re one of the best riffy hardcore bands coming up.


Anything Else you’d like to add?

Thanks so much for having a chat with us guys! Really appreciate the interest and hope your readers find something to enjoy in our music.

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