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Syracuse, United States (2005 – present)

Polar Bear Club is a / band from Rochester and Syracuse, New York. A demo released in 2005 brought them much attention, and was a precursor to their first EP, The Redder, the Better, released in Summer 2006 on Triple Attack and Luchador Records. The EP contained catchy, pop-punk songs with lots of of opportunities for energetic sing-a-longs, and was found to be a fan and zine favorite throughout the year.

The band’s debut full-length, Sometimes Things Just Disappear was released in March 2008, also receiving glowing reviews from an even wider number of webzines and great reception from their rapidly growing fanbase. Appearances in “best of” lists followed, as well as tours with The Gaslight Anthem, American Steel, Crime in Stereo, A Wilhelm Scream and Cancer Bats, leading to the band’s signing to Bridge Nine Records, officially announced on January 8, 2009. The label at the same time announced they would issue Sometimes Things Just Disappear on vinyl sometime during spring.

In February/March 2009, the band toured the UK and Europe with The Gaslight Anthem and Frank Turner, with a small string of UK headlining dates subsequent to the tour. During the European visit, they announced plans to return for a US tour with labelmates Have Heart. They also announced that they were to start work on a new album, to be produced by Matt Bayles.

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  • simontogo

    love the new album!

    4 Feb 8:27pm Reply
  • Coolbutlame

    Twang could have easily fit on the first album.

    3 Feb 8:23pm Reply
  • Coolbutlame

    Also, the guitar tones on this album are loud in spite of the vocals.

    3 Feb 8:21pm Reply
  • Coolbutlame

    @redgrave9 Some of the slower songs on Death Chorus have a massive STJD feel (Why Live When You Can Die for example).

    3 Feb 8:21pm Reply
  • charmingaxelotl

    kind of a refreshing change tbh, but i still love the older albums a little more.

    21 Jan 1:54am Reply
  • SuitcaseLife

    I agree with u, Pajolero!

    17 Jan 3:10pm Reply
  • Pajolero

    I'm really sorry for Jimmy and all but the new vocals do absolutely nothing for me. His harsh and raspy style was what got me so much into them in the first place (because let's be honest here, they aren't exactly the most original band around instrumentally) and now that it's gone the band lost like 3/4 of their charm. The fact that Death Chorus is quite possibly their most straightforward and uninspired work doesn't make it any better for me. Well, at least the old stuff will always be there I guess.

    16 Jan 2:27pm Reply
  • redgrave9

    Chasing Hamburg is their weakest release in my opinion. It has some golden tracks, but even the demo seems to be more solid for me. Also, I don't get the STJD and Death Chorus comparisons- everything on their newest album is way too bright and clean to be anything similar to their first record.

    12 Jan 7:45am Reply
  • Walenta

    Heavypop Review: http://www.heavypop.at/polar-bear-club-death-chorus/

    3 Jan 1:56pm Reply
  • Lawman_05

    Albums slowly growing on me. A couple of songs I like (Blood Balloon, For Show) but its mostly pretty average, Old stuff is definitely more up my alley

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • PLoneKmk

    New album is great, but Blood Balloon is boring and WLWYCD is just a BAD song. Despite this whole album is as good as previous releases. My favorites - For Show, When We Were College Kids and Upstate Mosquito.

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • dudukilleeer

    miss their old stuff, new album sounds so generic :l

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Coolbutlame

    That being said, this band will never release anything better than Chasing Hamburg. That album is pure gold.

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Coolbutlame

    The new album is just as good as the previous releases. In fact, if it weren't for the vocal change, this album would be the closet thing to Sometimes Things Just Disappear 2 that will ever happen.

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • narsqt

    Really can't get into the vocal change on the new album, my favourite thing about PBC was the raspy vocals and felt it made them stand out from a lot of the genre (similar to Living with Lions). I know it's not their fault they had to change but that doesn't make it suck any less.

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • raymoon182

    http://livingghosts.bandcamp.com/

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • psychobadger

    I actually quite like the new album! I dont think the vocals are that drastically different.

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • xSandstorm

    Been through this before with Saves The Day and AFI's vocalists. I can get through it with this band too. They're still great, imo.

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ReaIis

    Something about 'Death Chorus'.. I can't pinpoint it but I found myself reminiscing a lot while listening to it. I dig this album a lot.

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Bruce19931002

    Polar Bear Club lança novo álbum e disponibiliza para audição gratuita. Ouça "Death Chorus" na íntegra! Saiba mais no link: http://www.botapratocar.com/2013/11/PBC-novo-album-integra.html

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
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