Militant dance punk duo Polevaulter drop intense new track 'Violently Ill' & announce their debut album ‘Hang Wave’.
The new single from militant dance-punk duo Polevaulter, ‘Violently Ill’, is as the title suggests, a hard-hitting dark and fiercely off-kilter slab of awesome sickly noise and follows recent acclaim for the duos work from the likes of music media outlets. The track combines pulsating beats and glitchy electronics with intense repeating shouts to create an intoxicating and exhilarating experience.
With the track, Polevaulter announce their debut album ‘Hang Wave’ for release on 26th January and UK/EU tour dates starting February.
Standing alone in the cold north, militant DIY dance punk duo, Polevaulter toil and labour to explore the limits of underground achievement. Known the land over for their hypnotic live performances home and away, the Northern noisemakers have built from nothing something few can argue with.
The sonic assault the two create is almost arrogant, fathered from the marriage of seismically sharp bass and loin-grinding beats. The words are quipped and brayed atop the aural landscape. They are boastful, accusing, repellent and inviting, they question and skewer the veins of masculinity, sexuality, the order of things, the music industry and the miserable reality of the North. Toured with JOHN, shared a stage with Thank, Mandy Indiana, Pink Turns Blue, Bambara, A Place To Bury Strangers, VR Sex, and others.
On ‘Violently Ill’, Polevaulter’s Jon Franz explains:
“I created the track out of a sample I found from a free library, it was inspired by our trip to Tallinn in April. I demoed the track pretty much as is as soon as we got back, and Dan liked the sampling a lot, so we moved forwards. The lyrics were the first things I thought out at practice, and I like the fact that it has more sparse vocals than most of our tracks, gives our music chance to shine. Its maybe my favourite song on the album.”
Alongside the single release, Polevaulter performed the debut album on repeat for 8 hours straight last 13th January via a livestream to raise funds for the Gaza Sunbirds, a para cycling team based in the Gaza Strip.
The team is currently providing emergency food parcels and aid to families sheltering around the Gaza Strip.
For more info and to donate visit here.
Picture by Lucie Armstrong / Album artwork by Cameron Rolland.
Polevaulter UK & EU Tour Dates
Jan 31st - The Fenton, Leeds - Album launch
Feb 2nd - Hatch, Sheffield
Feb 3rd - Little Buildings, Newcastle
Feb 6th - New Adelphi, Hull
Feb 7th - The Lounge, Manchester
Feb 8th - Old Blue Last, London
Feb 9th - Bear Cave, Bournemouth w/ JOHN
Feb 10th - Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes w/ JOHN
Feb 13th - DAda, Toulouse, France
Feb 14th - Le Mans, France
Feb 15th - TBA, France
Feb 16th - Melody Maker, Rennes, France