Sydney duo Polish Club have released a unabashedly dance floor filler of a single in ‘Stop For A Minute’, one that, despite the apparent gloss, deals with some not so savoury themes.
The instrumentation is fast and pacy with an insistent rhythm section, h and sustained guitars. The high impact vocals add a funky soul touch. This is bright and expressive pop that’s catchy and energising. Of the lyrics, however, David Novak, the band’s lead vocalist and guitarist says:
At its core, this song is me trying to deal with our inconsistent acknowledgement of the cavalcade of horrible things done by countless artists in a position of power.
There is a knowledge that nothing ever really comes of these things until the relevance of these artists wane. A good hit is enough for us to all collectively decide it’s not worth dealing with right now – or sometimes ever.
The band decided that the video for their new single was going to contrast the song’s dark themes with something rather mundane. According to drummer John-Henry Pajak:
The only way to be original these days is to be completely unoriginal…Also, people like watching other people try to dance…and people like sandwiches.
Indeed the self-deprecatory sense of humour in the clip by Director Tim Nathan recalls Michael Jackson or Talking Heads green screen-heavy approach, with sandwiches:
This creates a fascinating number of layers – a dichotomy between the dark lyrics and the poppy sound, all wrapped in a video that has its tongue firmly planted in its cheeks.
Polish Club will be touring to launch the single – details below.
Tickets on sale Friday 19th February 9am AEDT from here.
Saturday 17 April | Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC
Friday 30 April | The Triffid, Brisbane QLD
Feature Photograph: Derek Bogart