19 July 2010

Fresh Meat Monday - Penguins Kill Polar Bears

Would you care to introduce yourself?

We are Penguins Kill Polar Bears, a post rock band from the quiet town of Linlithgow in Scotland. We formed in April 2009 and since then we have been bringing our massive melodic sound to venues all over Scotland.

How would you describe the music you make?

A explosion of post and alternative rock music, fueled by angsty vocals, intricate guitar parts, massive bass lines and driving drum beats. We like to write songs with some dynamism behind them, the kind of music that makes you want to go outside and climb a mountain and relax at the top and enjoy the view. It's intense at times, but we know how to get some chilled out vibes going. Imagine the ginormous sound of Mogwai funnelled through the anthemic power of Manchester Orchestra...

How did you start out making music?

We all went to high school together and played in a variety of different bands across various different genres. Once we had all left school we formed Penguins Kill Polar Bears through a love of bands such as Brand New, Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins. We took flight in April 2009 and since then we have been writing, recording and playing all over Scotland.

What process goes into the way you write songs?

Most of our song writing happens when we get together in the studio. We usually spend a few hours jamming out some ideas and seeing what happens with them. Once we're happy with the basic structure of the song we'll demo it ourselves and see what parts need working on. Normally it'll take us about 2 weeks to get a song finished and sounding the way we want it to. We're not really sure how we go about writing lyrics; we usually write the songs first and then get a feel for it. The lyrics tend to have a negative vibe to them; it works well as an emotional out put.

What can people expect from your live shows?

Our live shows are known for having a chaotic atmosphere. We always aim to play our songs with as much energy and passion as we can, whilst creating a massive sound. At the end of the day, our goal is to get out there and play our music as passionately and as well as we can. We've had one incident where Ben took on our drummer Kieran and his drum kit mid show but sadly the drum kit won the fight and Ben ended up unconscious on the floor.
Drum Kit 1- Ben 0

What are you all listening to at the moment?

A bit of everything, we're always listening to bands such as The Appleseed Cast and Manchester Orchestra. We listened to the new Pulled Apart By Horses album a lot when we were away on tour. It's pretty crazy and has some mind blowing riffs. I think it's safe to say, we've all got a soft spot for a little bit of Ellie Goulding every now and again.

What can we expect to see/hear from you in 2010?

Bigger riffs, louder songs, and are planning a UK tour. We've also just started writing new songs for our debut album which we hope to release within a year. We're all very excited about what the future holds.

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