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Two years ago, Polaris released the ARIA-nominated The Mortal Coil. They’ve now returned with their brand-new single Masochist.
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Premiered on Triple J’s Good Nights, the single is the first taste of their second LP. It comes with a video directed by the legendary Ed Reiss, starring Zac Britt (Dream On, Dreamer, Young Lions).
“Masochist was the first song that we began writing in the album process,” says drummer Daniel Furnari. “We had a very clear vision from the start of what we wanted to do with this song—something that straddled the line between our more metalcore sound and the emo and pop-punk tracks we grew up on, with some new textures in the verses, a big singalong chorus and just enough riffs woven in. We’ve never opened a song in such a stripped-back way with just clean guitar and quietly sung vocals before so we were really proud of how that came together, and in rolling with it as the first single we wanted to introduce people to this record with something a little unexpected from us.
Polaris recorded the track in the NSW town of Mollymook, in the same home studio where The Mortal Coil was made.
“This song asks the question, am I to blame for my own negative state of mind?”, adds Furnari. “It’s a heavy question to hit yourself with, but it’s one that I feel like a lot of us have asked when we’re battling through difficult times and this song is an honest representation of points in time when I’ve felt that way. And the truth is, of course, no—you’re not to blame for your mental health. It’s so complicated and being angry at yourself for the way that you feel leads nowhere, but sometimes turning the mirror on yourself like that is the only way to start becoming an active participant in your own wellbeing.”
It’s been a massive two years for the Sydneysiders. Following the release of their debut, they embarked on three sold-out headlining tours of Australia, five runs through Europe (including appearances on the summer festival circuit), three US tours and an appearance at this year’s Download Festival Australia. With no signs of slowing down, they’ll also perform at Unify Festival 2020.
Masochist is available for streaming and purchase now.