Ipswich: Music Day’s Polar Collective interviewed

Polar Collective. Picture: Tony Bell Photography

Polar Collective. Picture: Tony Bell Photography - Credit: Archant

Polar Collective - Jake Cardy, Adam Dodd, Ally Newbigging, Gryphen Ford and Luke English - are a five-piece band from Ipswich who combine elements of ska, pop, hiphop and indie to create a fresh energetic sound. So far they’ve played at numerous local events and are in the studio writing for a new set, Event’s Emily Godden caught up with them to find out more.

In five words, describe your sound/music.

Fun, energetic, jumpy, quirky and bouncy.

What’s Polar Collective’s unique selling point?

I think the fact we love to have a laugh and enjoy ourselves. We see so many bands that come out and play to a fourth wall... it’s really important to involve the audience as much as possible.


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Is there a natural leader in the group?

We all lead in different ways. Adam leads in height for example...

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Who would you most like to be able to jam with?

We’d love to hang and duet with Madness. Their technical knowledge and experience is something we could learn a lot from.

If you could have a super power what would it be?

To possess the ability to create super powers... resulting in an infinite number of super powers.

What’s on your music playlist?

You’d be shocked if you looked at all our playlists together. We have everything from Mac Miller, Don Broco and Bon Iver to One Direction, Busted and Enter Shikari.

If you had a tour bus, which venues would you want to travel to and play?

We would love to play the academies around the UK. We love that intimate feel to a gig, but obviously we wouldn’t turn down Wembley.

What makes Polar Collective click?

Playing music as best mates and the heated debates we have... none of this would happen if we weren’t passionate about what we’re doing.

What would you most like to be doing right now?

Living on the moon.

What’s the worst thing that could happen at a gig/concert?

You know that dream everyone has about having no clothes on? Yeah, that.

Any guilty pleasures, anyone been caught reading Fifty Shades of Grey?

None of us have been caught yet. We love to kick back and listen to some Wham but we don’t feel guilty about it.

Most embarrassing moment?

When Jake mixes his words up. For example, the other day we were picking what DVD to watch on the way to a London show. Jake asked ‘What’s the general consumption of 127 hours’. There were a few blank faces.

How do you like to chill out?

If it’s a nice day, we like to play frisbee. But if it’s not, we like to chill out playing FIFA - much to Gryphen’s refusal!

What are you currently working on?

We’re currently working in the studio – writing, demoing and rehearsing our brand new material. We’re really excited about getting it all out there.

What’s next for Polar Collective?

Doing what we love - writing, recording and playing high-energy shows. We’ve got a lot planned for this summer and beyond; we are keen to expand into other towns and cities, to spread the Polar word.

Polar Collective play Ipswich Music Day on July 7, Stowmarket’s Gig in the Garden on July 14 and the Homegrown Festival on August 31. For more info about the band visit www.facebook.com/polarcollective, www.twitter.com/polarcollective and www.youtube.com/polarcollective

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