Polar Bear Club (11 novembre 2009)


Entrevue de Dave avec Jimmy

Certains groupes sortent de nulle part et vous renversent littéralement. POLAR BEAR CLUB fait partir de ces groupes. Nous avons pris quelques minutes pour parler avec la formation afin de souligner la sortie de leur tout nouvel album.

[DAVE]: You released Chasing Hamburg this year through Bridge Nine Records. Where did you get the inspiration (music, books, art) for this album?

[JIMMY]
: Inspiration comes from all over. It's hard to pin-point it to some specific stuff but I was listening to a lot of THE GET UP KIDS and THE REPLACEMENTS at the time. I'm sure it's a bit different for everyone else in the band but movies and books play a part in it as well.

[DAVE]: You released this album a year and a half after your debut full-length. How did you manage to write so many new songs while touring?

[JIMMY]
: We try to write on the road but it's hard. We pretty much took a solid month off touring and locked ourselves in a basement and wrote the shit out it. It was a little mind numbing at times but we pulled through. I wouldn't want to do it like that again.

[DAVE]: What are the subjects you touch in the lyrics of the new album?

[JIMMY]
: The songs are about a lot of things. Music, touring, relationships. That's all there but it's not confined to that. I hope kids read the lyrics and take what they want from them.

[DAVE]: You have always offered your fans some pretty unique artwork. Who does it and what was the inspiratin this time around?

[JIMMY]
: Our two album covers for Hamburg and Sometimes Things Just Disappear were done by Richard Nemino of Horsebites Design. His stuff is always awesome and unique. He gets his inspiration from how he interprets the lyrics and I think that's super rad. He takes time to internalize it and works from there. He's wild.

[DAVE]: Reading about your band online, I can't find a single bad review of your albums. Similarily, it seems the last two to three years just flew by with big tours and trips. How does one keep his feet on the ground?

[JIMMY]
: We definitely have our critics out there. There's no avoiding that. Our fans have high expectations for us, that keeps me pretty grounded. A lot of the artists and musicians who inspire me are down to earth, people who write for the everyday person.To me, that's a lot harder than coming up with the high-brow stuff that no one understands and no one can relate to. There is a lot of responsibility in song-writing. We could just go out there and make up some catchy drivel that pertains to nothing and no one, trying to grasp onto whatever the next trend may be but that wouldn't be very responsible in my view.

[DAVE]: Being from New York, how did you manage to make your mark in an environnement where there are hundreds of bands competing for attention?

[JIMMY]
: There are so many bands out there! Every time we get to a club, I always like checking the calendar of acts they have coming through. I like to see how many months I have to go back before I see a band I've heard of and it surprises me how long that takes. We just do our thing. I don't really think of it in terms of a competition really. I just want to do it justice and meet our standards as a band and as fans of music.

[DAVE]: You have released a few vinyls so far. Was that important for you?

[JIMMY]
: Yeah it is. I'm personally not a vinyl collector but a lot of our fans are. With everything digital, it puts more emphasis on the vinyl and the actual artwork. It's cool and it's making a resurgence for sure

[DAVE]: What's your take on digital download and internet piracy?

[JIMMY]
: I'm sure I feel different about it than someone who has been in bands for the past ten years. I've been playing for about that long but only seriously for like two years now. So, I got into this thing after the whole game changed. Bands don't really make money off of record sales. In a way it is stealing, sure, but maybe we wouldn't feel so bad about it if major labels hadn't started jacking CD prices up and all the music store chains didn't come through and shut down our favorite indie record shops. Internet piracy does put emphasis on vinyl though, as well as touring. Anyone can make music and put it out there now, but not everyone can get in the van and bust their ass on the road.

[DAVE]: Why did you switch to Bridge Nince Records for your second album? Do people give too much attention to what label you sign on?

[JIMMY]
: We were ready for something a little bit bigger and Bridge Nine seemed perfect. When we met with them, we fell in love. They have been great so far. Some labels try and have one certain sound and I think B9 was like that for a bit but they are branching out which is awesome.

[DAVE]: When you think of Canada, you think of.

[JIMMY]
: Very nice people and very nice poutine.

[DAVE]: Any last words for your fans in Quebec?

[JIMMY]
: Hopefully see you soon.



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