In what is surely one of the best DIY stories of 2016 so far (and perhaps of the last 12 months), unsigned and independent Sydney metalcore act Polaris have pulled off an ARIA Album chart debut at #34 overall for their EP “The Guilt and the Grief” and #11 overall for releases by Australian artists.
What’s even more incredible about the chart position is that the completely unsigned, independent act, managed and booked by Jayden Roy of Chase Music Group, achieved this with physical product being sold through their Big Cartel page, all of which was not counted in their ARIA-registered sales. The chart position came from iTunes and digital store sales only, distributed by independent digital distributor Ditto Music.
The ARIA result comes in the same week they debuted at #1 in Rock and Metal on iTunes, as well as overall at #6, finishing at #11 overall and being added to 2017’s Legion Festival alongside Devildriver, Devil You Know and Lordi.
The band are about to kick off their tour alongside Sydney UNFD-signed act Stories next week, Thursday 11th at Crowbar, Brisbane and Friday 12th at Red Rattler in Sydney.
The band fulfilled their Big Cartel pre-orders themselves and included hand-written notes to their fans, thanking them for the purchase, with over 250 physical CDs going out in the past two weeks.
The band are ecstatic with the result. Band member Daniel Furnari said “For us, having basically distributed a record out of our bedrooms, the idea of charting on the ARIAs was barely on our radar until the record had been selling for a few days. This result is just far beyond whatever we’d hoped for and it’s so rewarding to see it come to fruition. Including those thank you notes to the people that purchased CDs was really important to us, as physical copies of music are so undervalued now so we’re especially thankful for anyone supporting us on that end.”
STREAM “HOLD YOU UNDER” FEAT. MARCUS BRIDGE (NORTHLAND)
|The Guilt & The Grief was written between May and August 2015 before the band stepped into STL Studios with producer Sonny Truelove (Young Lions, Prepared Like A Bride) to create the record, which was then mixed and mastered by Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland (August Burns Red, I The Breather, Texas In July).
The road to the release of the EP has been a gradual, sure but steady build, with the two singles streaming on Youtube (Hold You Under features Marcus Bridge from Northlane), with a combined viewership of over 70,000 within 2 months of release. triple j spins on The Racket, Short Fast Loud and Home and Hosed, playlisting on Spotify’s “Go Hard or Go Home” playlist and a hugely successful premiere stream on Tone Deaf with over 10,000 spins in a week – have also bolstered love for the EP.
Polaris are celebrating their release on the STORIES‘ “The Youth To Become” tour starting on February 11, along with Belle Haven and Perspectives.
POLARIS – “THE GUILT & THE GRIEF”
– SUPPORTING STORIES –
– with Special Guests Belle Haven and Perspectives –
Thursday 11 February – BRISBANE
Friday 12 February – SYDNEY
Red Rattler 18+
with Grizzly Adams
Sunday 28 February – WOLLONGONG
Rad Bar AA
with Dear Seattle
Friday 4 March – ADELAIDE
Enigma Mar 18+
Saturday 5 March – MELBOURNE
Worker’s Club 18+
2017 LEGION FEST DATES
Thursday 26th January – MELBOURNE
Saturday 27th January – SYDNEY
Sunday 29th January – BRISBANE