- Publish Date
- Monday, 15 October 2018, 1:55PM
Rock history tells us that, sadly, Mott the Hoople never collided with the Stone Roses on the floor of Stax Studios. Had that encounter come to pass, it's unlikely they'd have rocked the joint like Polish Club do with less than a quarter of the available limbs and double the dose of elixir of youth.
Clarity is the first taste of the Sydney drums-guitar duo's second album, currently under construction at The Grove Studios near Gosford. From glam-slamming guitar riffs to one of the most insane drum fills of all time, it's a soul-funk party starter with a dark undertow that won't, ever, leave you alone.
"It's still basically just me on drums and Novak on guitar and vocals," drummer John-Henry says, "but we've found ourselves writing music with more layers, more parts. We're spending a lot more time thinking about songs and about recording. It's definitely a different process to the last album."
Lyrically, Clarity is a plea from the churning vortex of modern existence that heralds a slightly more serious phase in the songwriters' headspace.
"It's a mental scene rather than a specific one," says fuel-injected singer/ guitarist Novak. "It's about the struggle of communication; not being able or eloquent or ballsy enough to say what you're thinking; being at the end of your tether with confusion, wanting to be clear with yourself and others."
As yet untitled, album #2 is again taking shape under the steady hand of producer Wade Keighran, this time with the added expertise of Texas-based mix maestro John Congleton (St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, Franz Ferdinand).
The new project has forsaken the inner-city grind to spread out both creatively and physically in the Grove Studios, originally built by INXS bassist Gary Garry Beers in the verdant countryside north of Sydney.
For now, best hold onto something. There's a whole new beast coming...