If you didn’t sleep on one of the rough diamonds of 2017, Alright Already, you’d be familiar with Polish Club. Otherwise, it’s time you got up to speed and on board with these UNCO[V]ERED artists and their latest single “Clarity”. The Sydney-based duo, Novak and John-Henry, have been releasing some of the best rock’n’roll to come out of Australia in recent memory.
“The last two years have been so crazy I’ve completely lost track of time,” says Novak, the man with the voice seemingly teleported from the vaults of Stax Studios circa ’67, and the chords composted from the sticky carpet of a hundred Aussie pubs.
“The Christmas tour of last year was pure insanity. To have over 1000 people reacting to every single thing that you do on stage every night … that’s not the kind of thing that you foresee happening to you at any point in time, so it kinda spins your head around a little bit.”
Hence “Clarity”, a plea from the churning vortex of modern existence that heralds a slightly more serious phase in the songwriters’ headspace.
“Lyrically, the new songs have a bit more darkness and, knowing that, I wanted to work on the melodies and make sure they’re as catchy and danceable as possible,” Novak says. “Finding the right mix of that is challenging, but it’s a lot of fun.”
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As yet untitled, album #2 is again taking shape under the steady hand of producer Wade Keighran. This time the tight trio has forsaken the inner-city grind to spread out both creatively and physically: The Grove Studios, situated in the verdant countryside north of Sydney, was originally built by INXS bassist Gary Garry Beers.
“It’s interesting, getting involved with someone else’s writing process but we kind of found it slowing us down,” John says. “With me and Novak, it all happens pretty quick. We seem to have our own way of doing things.”
File that under bleeding obvious for anyone who’s been swept up in the hair-parting dance-party maelstrom of a Polish Club gig, whether it be raining sweat from the ceiling of the Corner Hotel or roaring like thunder round the arenas of their 2018 support slot with UK heavyweights, Royal Blood.
“That was fucking awesome for us,” John recalls. “It’s not often as a rock band that you get a big support slot where an audience understands you immediately. I feel like we came on and everyone there just got it. They were some of the most gratifying shows we’ve played.”
Polish Club are wrapping up their Clarity Tour on Saturday 15 December at The Gasometer in Melbourne.
UNCO[V]ERED will premiere on Saturday at 12noon, after the Spotify Countdown.