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A Dirty Dozen with ADAM “WOODY” WOODFORD from POLAR – December 2022

| 15 December 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “UK quartet Polar have shared the new video for “Rush.” The song appears on the upcoming album Everywhere, Everything, which will arrive January 13 via Arising Empire.” We get singer Adam to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1.Tell us a little about your latest release. What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through? Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Everywhere, Everything is the continued sequence of existence and events from the past, through the present, into the future. The album consists of a variety of self-reflective moments within one’s life. These can be moments of clarity, admission, guilt or reflection, that have shaped the person one becomes, lyrically this has given the record a dark and light element, as we explored the positives and negatives that we have experienced and how they have influenced each song and how those situations made us feel emotionally. Musically it is the biggest step forward and we worked tirelessly through the pandemic to make sure we covered all bases musically and vocally/lyrically. This is our strongest work to date.

2. What got you into music and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Deftones and it was the album Around the Fur, I was younger when this came out, it was the perfect mix of aggression, angst and melody. After hearing that record, I knew I wanted to pursue my own musical journey with my own band. I was obsessed with Chino, the way he looked, carried himself and sang, I just wanted to be as cool as him.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

To refer to my previous answer, the album Around the Fur by Deftones. I worshipped this record and I still do to this day.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

I would love to collaborate with Aphex Twin, I’m a huge fan and obsess over his albums. He is a musical genius and thinks outside of the book when he creates music. I would love to hear what the music would sound like, if our two worlds collide.

5. What is your favourite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour? What do you like to do to unwind?

At the very beginning of the pandemic, I made a conscious decision to get myself healthy and one of the exercises I have been doing is hiking. I am very lucky where I live that it’s very rural and there are a lot of woods and canals to explore. It’s good for my mental health being amongst nature and really inspires me for lyrical content for Polar.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe, or you disagreed with?

We don’t belong to genre but a lot of differing styles within our sound, emotional, heavy, melodic with soundscape layers to create a very dynamic post hardcore sound. We did an interview on the Nova press campaign and the guy interviewing us thought we were Polaris and the whole interview had been researched and questions created from the research. It was very awkward for everyone involved.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

When we hang out, we are generally working on something Polar related, but we are very keen for a beer or two when we are together. It can’t all be all work and no play.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

We were on tour at the early part of 2020 just before the pandemic with After the Burial, Make Them Suffer and Spiritbox and we had a day off in Munich and went to watch Kyle Gass from Tenacious D. We met him after the show and I remember being a bit taken back by meeting him, although I think we were more excited to meet him than he was to meet us.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

I love creating, I love being part of a process where we start with just a small musical idea and watch and create the small idea into a full song, it’s a huge rush for me. If I was no longer in a band I would really consider going back and studying fashion and try and carve a career in that sector, I would want to remain in a creative environment.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

I can tell you the one question we can’t stand is How did you get your band name? It’s been so long even I have forgotten how and when, but that question is still to this day waiting in the shadows for us. We have been asked a lot of questions over the many years, not a lot of questions haven’t been asked.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I would probably say I wouldn’t change a thing, everything we archived, lived through and survived has made us into the band we are today. Polar’s musical journey has been an education and when good or bad happens to the band we always walk away with life lessons on how to approach similar situations in the future and improve from the last time. Everything happens for a reason and what hasn’t killed us has only made us stronger.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

It would have to be Nevermind by Nirvana, this album and band changed everything. I really think Butch Vig (producer) got the absolute best out of them, and the record stands the test of time. It would have been incredible to witness the birth of this record in the studio, unwire how world changing it would become.






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