Interview // POLISH CLUB
Sydney guitar-drums duo Polish Club discuss life on the road and their forthcoming sophomore album in our latest Q&A.
With their UK & EU tour coming to an end, we hit vocalist and guitarist Novak with some questions about his musical influences, inner fears and what we can expect from the band’s forthcoming second record.
What are the main themes/feelings captured on your new album?
It’s shaping up to be a little bit more personal. Dealing with relationships and trying to be honest with yourself and others. I’ve figured out that I’m too old to not be brutally honest with myself and others.
In what way do you think you’ve evolved since you started the band, and what’s been the biggest challenge when working on the new record?
We’re trying to expand what we do beyond just drums and guitar, while still sounding like it’s just us two. It’s a delicate balance but the test is whether or not we can stay true to the songs live and I think we’ve just about found the middle ground.
As you’re currently on your EU tour, do you have any pre-show rituals?
Well, we’re on a bus for the first time touring (as we usually have to fly everywhere in Aus because it’s massive). So the new routine is 1. Find wifi. 2. Find shower. 3. Sandwiches. In that order.
Who’s the messiest on tour?
We’re both pretty clean boys. John is way better at getting his shit together for checking out of a hotel or going somewhere. I just kind of do everything last minute. But goddamn do I ever get it done fast.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
JH is amazing at finding a huge variety of musical influences that aren’t anything like us and somehow moulding a concept into something that is Polish Club. I steer clear of direct inspiration musically and just try to make whatever comes out feel genuine and real to me. And if it does, it’s usually something that people connect with.
What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened to you as a band?
We are in Bielefeld, Germany now. A town that even some Germans deny exists. So right now I’m not even sure if I’m in some sort of weird German fever dream where the only thing to drink is beer. It’s great.
If your sound was a colour, what colour would it be?
Brown. It’s nothing new and it’s not sexy on the surface, but if u stick with it, you realise how good it is and how versatile it can be. All the best foods are brown. That’s very important.
Name one thing you’re scared of.
Music gear. Everything I touch breaks. And I’ve gotten to the point where my guitar pedal board is big enough to double as my suitcase. There are too many ingredients in my live setup now and it makes me nervous.
What advice would you give to new bands?
Get your music out there. Put it online. Give it to everyone. If you wait until you’re 100% happy with it, you’ll either never release anything or you’ll set yourself up for massive disappointment. Just be prolific.
And a cliché question, what does music mean to you?
It’s the only thing I can do with complete confidence. It’s a safety blanket. I don’t have to worry about anything with music because I know I’m doing something worthwhile and there’s a point at which I have no control over it and I find that freeing.
The band has recently released electrifying new single Clarity, which serves a first taste of their new record. Check out the video for it below.