10 May 2019

Polish Club's new album perfects the art of not caring

| Lachlan Roberts
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Polish Club, featuring John-Henry Pajak and David Novak, will perform in Canberra next month on their nationwide tour. Photos: Supplied.

The two-man Sydney band Polish Club have always been carefree so it is no surprise lead singer and guitarist David Novak is flaunting a new dress sense and haircut.

“I am an a**hole who thinks he looks good in a leather jacket, who wears it in every photo shoot,” Novak said with a laugh as he speaks to Region Media. “Having worn black for the past four to five years, I had this desire to see what I could get away with.

“I am not sure if I am getting away with wearing white pants but screw it. I dyed my hair blonde. I well and truly don’t give a s*** but simultaneously, I want to know what people think.”

The only thing that Novak and drummer John-Henry Pajak seriously care about is their new album – maybe even a bit too much, Novak concedes. Perhaps that is why it has been a couple of years since the band debuted their successful 2015 album Alright Already.

“I hate how cliche it is but having the time to actually think about what an album should be was both a blessing and a curse,” he shared. “We didn’t have much pressure put on us from other people but we put a lot of it on ourselves.

“We wanted it to be something different but something that is still us.”

Bursting onto the scene in 2014 with their two-and-a-half-minute, fun, fast songs that causes the head to bop regardless of the situation, the first album was made after just 10 days in the recording studio, a complete contrast to the 18 months it took to complete their forthcoming second album Iguana.

“We booked a room for three hours and we had a handful of songs and we tracked it and then it got on Triple J and the rest just happened to us without us thinking too much about it,” Novak recalls.

“It was a very organic thing where we just decided to try our own thing and fortunately it made sense. Now five years later, we think too much about it to the point where we drive ourselves a little bit crazy.”

Named in part after the infamous Kings Cross bar, “where the only guaranteed upside was ending your night facedown”, Polish Club’s new album boasts a more expansive, adventurous sound already showcased on lead singles Clarity and We Don’t Care.

“We had this revelation that this is a ‘nighttime album’ which summarises a whole night out and everything that comes with it, from the physical mistakes we make to the doubt and the fear and the social anxiety,” Novak shared.

“I think We Don’t Care is the whole idea of the album, to be honest. The song is about telling yourself that nothing matters but you are overthinking everything. It is a perfect summary of everything that comes after it.”

The duo’s only regret about their new album and the nation-wide tour is missing the chance to perform at Canberra’s very own Polish Club.

“Everybody that we have ever talked to in Canberra tells us we need to head to the Polish Club,” Novak said with a laugh. “I hear that it is a great place to go and drink so I think it is only a matter of time before we do play there.

“It would be rude not to. We love a gimmick so we will do it at some point but for now, the UC Hub will suffice.”

Polish Club – “Meet Me At The Iguana” Tour
Friday 14th June
UC Hub, Canberra
But your tickets here.

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