Do not confuse the band Polar Bear Club with the Polar Bear Club of Coney Island. I was utterly befuddled when I tried to find biographical information on the band and it led me to a site dedicated to ‘the oldest winter bathing organization in the United States.’ That’s awesome, Polar Bear Club of Coney Island, but I’m much more interested in the band.
Polar Bear Club formed in 2005 in upstate New York (Rochester and Syracuse to be exact), and currently consist of five members: Jimmy Stadt (lead singer), Steve Port (drummer), Chris Browne (lead guitarist), Patrick Benson (guitarist, and Tyler Smith (guitarist). The group has had eight other members (obviously not at the same time) that were a part of Polar Bear Club at some point.
The band released a five song demo CD-R after forming, but it is now out of print. The demo well received, and the band was noticed by Triple Attack Records (TAR). TAR helped release the band’s first EP The Redder, the Better, in the spring of 2006. The EP was received even better than the five song demo, so well that it made several year-end ‘best of’ lists on blogs, webzines, and Australian radio ‘Triple R’s Bullying The Jukebox’ program. Quite incredible for a band that was still relatively new. The Redder, the Better EP is also out of print on CD, but can be purchased by digital download and 12″ vinyl. I advise buying it, on either medium.
Polar Bear Club didn’t release any official music until early 2008. The band released a full-length debut album dubbed Sometimes Things Just Disappear, which includes one of my favorite songs: ‘Another Night In The Rock.’ Sometimes Things Just Disappear continued the trend of Polar Bear Club music appearing on ‘best of’ lists, being lauded on blogs, and increasing their fanbase tremendously. This album led to the band being signed by Bridge Nine Records in 2009. The label’s owner, Chris Wrenn, had this to say about adding Polar Bear Club to Bridge Nine Records:
We couldn’t be more excited to add Polar Bear Club to the family. This was one of the best and easiest decisions we’ve made and it’s a great way to start off 2009. Not only are they an incredible band, but they know who they are and what they want to be—and they fit in perfect perfectly with the way B9 is growing.
Bridge Nine Records kindly issued Sometimes Things Just Disappear on vinyl during spring of 2009.
Through the next few months Polar Bear Club began touring through the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe with the band The Gaslight Anthem, as well as with Frank Turner. After this tour, the band announced they would be working on a new album in the spring of 2009. The band’s sophomore album is titled Chasing Hamburg, and was released on September 8th, 2009. Bridge Nine Records released the albums on 12″ vinyls and CDs; I do not believe this album is out of print just yet!
In 2010 the band released a remix of ‘Drifting Thing’ off Chasing Hamburg exclusively on AbsolutePunk.net. Here is that remix. The band also played at the Hevy Music Festival in Folkestone, Kent (UK) in 2010, and The AP Fall Ball 2010. Shortly after The AP Fall Ball 2010, Polar Bear Club spent the next six months recording their next album: Clash Battle Guilt Pride.
(Clash Battle Guilt Pride includes two more of my favorite songs by Polar Bear Club: ‘Pawner’ and ‘Screams In Caves.’)
After creating Clash Battle Guilt Pride, Polar Bear Club toured throughout 2012 and made stops at Leeds and Reading festival 2012, as well as touring with The Gaslight Anthem. During the Slam Dunk Festival in 2013, Jimmy Stadt announced the band would be in the studio recording a new album after the tour. That album Death Chorus will be released on November 19th, 2013 and you better buy it! The band is currently on tour with Transit and Taking Back Sunday, but the tour has been put on a hiatus (sort of) because of the birth of Adam Lazzara’s second son. Polar Bear Club and Transit are still determined to continue the tour, and I’m sure they wish Adam, Adam’s wife, and their new son well.
Here is one of my favorite songs and videos by Polar Bear Club:
Thank you for reading.
- Taking Back Sunday Concert In Columbus, Ohio! (chwomp.wordpress.com)
- Polar Bear Club – ‘Blood Balloon’ (godfearingyouth.wordpress.com)