Early 2008 saw Polar Bear Club release their debut full-length, Sometimes Things Just Disappear, an instant underground hit, gartering much critical acclaim. A year-and-a-half later, the New York quintet are currently gearing up for the release of their next full-length, Chasing Hamburg, but, in the meantime, we have to settle with The Summer of George (yes, that is a Seinfeld reference), a teaser EP, featuring two songs from the new album, Living Saints and Boxes, plus one exclusive track titled Dead Man.
Opening with the thumping drums of Living Saints, a feel-good and upbeat, melodic punk offering, and, undoubtedly, one of the catchiest Polar Bear Club tunes to date, it perfectly captures the essence and unique sound of the band.
The impressive vocal delivery of Jimmy Stadt who effortlessly transitions from gravely intense to smooth vocals is still prevalent, along with the band’s sensational musicianship, creating contagious melodies aplenty.
Middle and exclusive track, Dead Man, takes a slightly different and heavier approach from the two more poppier album tracks, as it explodes into the powerfully gruff, Hot Water Music-esque vocals of Stadt and it can only mean great things when a track as good as Dead Man is left off their forthcoming album.
This EP may not show much progression, but it is still a solid and promising effort, and while we’re salivating for September to arrive, this release, of just over 8-minutes, unquestionably, tantalises our taste buds, desperately leaving us craving for more.
The Summer of George is out now through Bridge Nine Records.
Polar Bear Club’s upcoming full-length, Chasing Hamburg, is released on September 8th on Bridge Nine Records.