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New single Hegemon
In December 2019, during the mix down sessions of their debut EP ‘Conflict’, Polemics self-produced a batch of six songs for possible future release.
Hegemon and Woodshop were picked as the first two to see the light.
Hegemon was previously seen only in the cassette edition of the ‘Conflict’ EP and is now finally available with Woodshop as b-side.
Hegemon is a song that takes aim at US foreign policy circa 1945, with an accompanying self-made video full of archival footage of atom bomb tests and duck and cover infomercials. It’s not an intellectual affair though, the riffs are no frills and the sound is cascading like an artillery barrage. On top of the obvious punky sentiment Polemics cite their black metal roots as influence on this one.
B-side Woodshop captures the duo at their highest energy to date as frontman Nathan takes too much cocaine and debates political economy with himself before cutting off his left hand with a buzzsaw.
Joe Garcia at Joe’s Garage, Bristol, nailed the mix, retaining the essence of their raw live power whilst capturing a Lynch-esque sentiment that runs through the heavy fusion of their sound, vision and particularly the brilliant self-produced accompanying video.
The single and b-side are self released with the help of Beatbuzz Records on the management front.
Polemics deftly combine their natural edge, attitude and fury with skilled musicianship and hugely bombastic drums. The elements of hardcore and angry vocals are matched with songwriting, chunky riffs and a pop sensibility. They are naming The Mars Volta and Smashing Pumpkins as big influences whereas blogs and fans are calling comparisons with IDLES, Fugazi and Primus.
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Bristol has a rich heritage of cultivating musical talent. It’s a proudly independent city - the kind of city that chucks statues of slave owners in a river - and now from Bristol, come Polemics, a duo whose powerful DIY punk ethic has been showcased in a succession of ferocious live shows.
Polemics are Nathan Smith and Jeff Ingle, school friends united by Enter Sandman. They’ve played Dot To Dot Bristol, Stagfest and Bristol Harbourside Festival and now Polemics are an exciting emerging fixture of the Bristol live scene.
Committing their shock-and-awe live style to digital eternity, Polemics deftly combine their natural edge, attitude and fury with skilled musicianship and hugely bombastic drums. The elements of hardcore and angry vocals are matched with songwriting, chunky riffs and a pop sensibility that evokes Blur on pcp.
With their DIY ethic stretching to nights in a borrowed studio and bedroom recorded vocals (the studio dollars were all invested in that magnificent drum sound), Polemics then cherry picked Paradise Studios and the skills of Jim Macrae to nail the mix that retains the essence of their raw live power whilst capturing a Lynch-esque sentiment that runs through the heavy fusion of their sound, vision and particularly the brilliant self-produced accompanying video.
Polemics’ first album is already under construction and will be devastating live rigs near you shortly… and with indie gem management Beatbuzz on their side, the world is their socially distanced oyster.