The upper echelon of our heavy music hierarchy needs to make a little room as South-Sydney five-piece,Polaris release their highly anticipated debut album, The Mortal Coil this Friday, 3rd November via Resist Records. The Mortal Coil is triple j’s feature album all this week.
“Lucid came to us fairly late in the writing period. That big riff that drops in the middle of the song was actually written for a different song that Ryan was working on which didn’t make it to the album, but we loved the riff so we pulled it out and constructed a new song around it that was totally different to the original – really aggressive and full of this dark adrenaline, and straight away it became the album opener!”says vocalist, Jamie Hails
While drummer Daniel Furnari adds, “Lucid is a song about realising you’ve backed yourself into a mental corner that you have to work your way out of. I think by the end of the writing period we had all at one stage or another in our own time reached a bit of a breaking point where we became pretty drained and disillusioned with the creative process, which is somewhat inevitable when you’re working consistently on something for a long period of time and putting pressure on yourself to make things that you like. A few of us were getting kind of lost in the whole thing and beginning to lose a lot of faith in ourselves, and this song is about trying to process and understand that negative mindset.”
The Mortal Coil was recorded in Polaris’ self-made studio in Mollymook, NSW, where they shipped American tandem, Carson Slovak and Grant MacFarland of Atrium Audio to oversee the recording. No strangers to success themselves, the hotly-tipped duo most recently produced, engineered and mixed August Burns Red’s Grammy-nominated album, Found In Far Away Places.
Guitarist Rick Schneider talks about the recording of The Mortal Coil, “Recording The Mortal Coil was unlike any studio experience we’d had before, both in location and environment. A few hours south of Sydney we rented a holiday house, not knowing how well it would suit our needs. We managed to set up two workstations and quickly found ourselves in a focused, yet highly relaxed work environment. While stress would inevitably make its way into the process, the end result is something we are all very proud of, and I’ll personally always look back on that month fondly.”
They have shared the stage with fellow prog-metal enthusiasts Periphery and Northlane, Hellions, Parkway Drive and joined Byron Bay eco-warriors In Hearts Wake on their massive Ark tour around the country with While She Sleeps and Japanese favourites, Crossfaith.
The quintet have just completed their national headline tour which saw them shred across the country ahead of the release of The Mortal Coil selling out shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.
Their first European tour kicks off this week on the Never Say Die! tour performing alongside Emmure, Deez Nuts, Chelsea Grin, Sworn In, Kublai Khan and Lorna Shore.