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, 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