Polar States are going from strength to strength, ending 2019 with a packed headline tour, and beginning the new decade with a brand new single, Sleeping Rough, which has already received plays on the radio including BBC Introducing. The song was performed at Break the Chain festival last year alongside Wolf Alice, raising money for homelessness and received a great reaction. The song focuses on the homelessness crisis that surrounds the band’s hometown, Liverpool, but also the hope they have for the future.
oh are you, looking out for something you need
tell me everything hasn’t been
when do we stand tough
oh enough is enough
why are we sleeping rough?
The indie energy is back, Polar States tackle a serious issue whilst keeping their chirpy, upbeat style. Guitar riffs and soulful lyrics, combined with driving basslines and intricately complex drum beats giving the music a unique ‘funk’ feel.
It is clear that Polar States are not only interested in releasing truly great music, but also really honest and representative music. The issue of homelessness in Liverpool has been prominent for a while, described as a “real and growing issue” in the Liverpool Echo. It’s refreshing to see a band writing about the issues that really hit home, or in this case the lack of one. Yet, they haven’t once lost focus on the music, this is no tokenistic gesture to seem ‘relevant’, but an outpouring of emotion about something you can tell they really care about as a band.
It’s a song about the struggle, but also the optimism that things can improve – Paul Tong (lead singer)
Polar States have exciting year ahead of them, if you want to join them on that journey follow their socials @PolarStates and check out Sleeping Rough here!