Exposure: Penguins Kill Polar Bears
Penguins Kill Polar Bears - Wish With Worry
Penguins Kill Polar Bears are a four piece from Linlithgow who have recently been trawling the depths of various other towns and cities across Scotland, sharing their glacial and dense melodic rocky stylings with anyone who will listen. Never staying still for too long, their constant momentum looks set to drive them further into the collective consciousness of the country's underground - or at the very least, those already fascinated with likes of Aereogramme, Brand New or Explosions In The Sky.
As a precursor to what very well could be a 'Hey, that support bands pretty good, what's their name?' moment in the very near future, here's bassist, Gavin Cormack to get you all far better acquainted.
How did you guys first meet?
We all went to school together and we were all involved in different bands at the time. A few years later, after leaving school we formed Penguins Kill Polar Bears and we've been writing music together ever since.
How did you decide on the name?
We had a couple of ideas floating around and Ben had the idea of Penguins and Polar Bears. We all liked it, but we thought it needed an extra kick so we added Kill. Friends have said that the name reflects the quiet/loud sound that we have.
When did you play your first show? Fond memories?
Our very first show was at the Local High School in Linlithgow, we had just recorded our first song together which was called 'We All Need Saved', we recorded an acoustic B-side ourselves and burnt 60 copies. We managed to sell all the copies and got asked to sign a few of them, it was all very surreal for us all.
What do you set out to create when writing your music?
We write music because we enjoy the challenges it presents to us, recently we've been trying to refine our sound through recording our own material, It's good for us because it means we can take a step back from the song and listen to each others parts in detail and make changes where we feel they are needed. We like to take our time when it comes to writing songs.
Would you say it's a particularly thought-out process or a more organic, laid back approach?
We like to keep things relatively organic and laid back, usually if someone gets an idea we'll work on it through out a practise, and then we'll record a rough demo of the song for us all to work on. It can take anywhere between three hours to a month for us to write and finish a song.
If you could share the stage with anyone, who would it be?
We've played with some incredible band's to date, but I think the two bands we would all love to play with would either be Brand New or The Appleseed Cast, both bands have been huge influences for us all and write some incredible music.
What was the first record you ever heard that made you go 'Wow'? Or has that never happened?
I remember hearing Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins when I was 11, that album blew my mind and made me want to play music for the rest of my life.
Would you say you are all on the same page in terms of musical tastes? Are there any glaring differences?
We all have different musical backgrounds so we all bring something different to the table, Kieran takes a lot of his influences from bands such as Sonic Youth and The Pixies, Ben and John are both heavily influenced by Aereogramme and Manchester Orchestra and I find that i take a lot of my influences from bands such as Stapleton and Sharks Keep Moving.
For anyone who has not yet enjoyed the aural pleasures of PKPB, how would you convince them to check you out?
Come down to a show and check us out there! We enjoy playing with bucket loads of energy and have been known to jump into the occasional drum kit.
If you can't come and see us then have a listen to our songs on our myspace at www.myspace.com/penguinskillpolarbearsuk
Penguins Kill Polar Bears will play Glasgow's Capitol on August 4, and also will play The Mill @ Cabaret Voltaire on Sep 17