With album ‘My Own Company’ coming soon this year, Polsky are looking to make 2016 a big one. Single ‘Switchboard Operator’ is online now, with and interview below to boot.
Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?
CHRIS W: My first memory of being excited by music was when an old hippie dude visited my primary school when I was 8-years-old and played the bassoon. I convinced my parents to get me lessons only to be told that I was too small for the instrument after a few lessons. I was heartbroken! Didn’t take me long to find the trumpet though.
ALEX: I think my memory was pretty similar but I do remember the first time I saw a real drum kit on my first day at secondary school being played by one of the year 11 big kids in the school band. He was crap. I remember thinking “I could do that better” and made it my mission to become the first choice drummer in the school band. Imagine the plot of Whiplash without the bleeding and shouty teacher. And the talent.
- What are your main ambitions in the industry?
CHRIS W: To be the biggest band in Catford!
ALEX: Today Catford, tomorrow Lewisham and the surrounding boroughs! We can dream.
CHRIS W: I would like to be able to do everything in-house , studio , label ( PRODUKT) also I have some good ideas for projects working with people with autism.
ALEX: All we really want is for people to listen and enjoy the music. If they then come and see us live though, we will expect dancing.
- When did you start writing your own songs/music?
CHRIS W: As soon as I picked up a guitar when I was 11. I remember being fascinated with the process of making up songs of my own, and still am.
- What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
CHRIS W: That would definitely be co writing and producing “The Pendragon Recordings” an album of original songs with students with autism. We worked with the students to help overcome their social inhibitions and perform at the Barbican centre with the English National Opera! POLSKY contributed a track called “Broken Language” that we’ll be releasing once the album has been launched. It was a wonderful and surreal experience. At one point I remember speaking with Idris Elba on the phone while I was on the 75 bus to Penge to work out some parts on a song that was co-written for the album.
- Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?
ALEX: We all come from a wide world of influences but POLSKY definitely has elements of The Cure, Wire, Talking Heads, Pink Floyd, Joy Division, The The – lots of late seventies/early eighties post-punk and electro all wrapped up in a pop blanket.
- What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
CHRIS W: “Switchboard Operator” is the first single taken from our debut album and is part lament on social anxiety and part swipe at the perception of the music industry.
ALEX: If you’ve ever accidently signed off a work email to your boss with an “X”, Switchboard Operator is a snap shot of the immediate panic you feel.
- Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?
ALEX: We’re pretty new onto the London scene as POLSKY but there are loads of great bands around at the moment that we’re really into. ExLibras, Fat Goth, Black Sparrows are a few.
CHRIS W: Our shows are always accompanied by the guys behind the incredible John Peel Vinyl Night.
- Any gigs coming up?
CHRIS W: We have the Switchboard Operator single launch on Friday 5th Feb at The Ivy House in Peckham Rye.
- Where can we find/follow you online?