NEED-TO-KNOW TUNES - Death Chorus
Kyle Florence
kflor654@uwsp.edu

Too often in our society, beautiful art, which has the potential to change lives, sculpt individuals and alter the ways in which we think, goes unnoticed. This is especially true in regard to music, whose more thoughtful messengers are often overshadowed by a maelstrom of cookie-cutter acts all strumming the same four- chord progression. For this reason, we at The Pointer present you with Need-To-Know Tunes, a weekly column dedicated to highlighting not necessarily the newest releases, but rather the totally awesome ones that, for one reason or another, you may have missed:

Death Chorus

Polar Bear Club

For Fan’s of:

Title Fight’s “Anaconda Sniper,” Misser’s “The Waits,” and Such Gold’s “Two Year Plan”

The Scoop:

Polar Bear Club was formed in the summer of 2005, from the ashes of several upstate New York- based punk and indie bands. Shortly thereafter, the five-piece released a slew of EPs before debuting its first full-length, Sometimes Things Just​Disappear, which eventually landed them a record deal with Bridge Nine Records. The group has since gone on to release three more full-lengths under the label, including their most recent effort, Death Chorus, which dropped earlier this week. And guess what? It rules.

Wh​y It Rules:

Personally, I enjoy Polar Bear Club for their ability to take a genre that many people have trouble getting behind, hardcore and punk-infused hardcore, and reimagining it in a way that appeals to the masses. This especially true now, as with this most recent release lead vocalist Jimmy Stadt has drastically altered his vocal styling’s, resulting in a beautiful contrast between his new wispy croon and the rest of the band’s gritty yet poignant instrumentation.

The album opener “Blood Balloon” hits home with toe-tapping melodies and relatable subject matter, while “So I Buy” and “Graph Paper Glory Days” are nothing short of infectious, and likely candidates for singles. “WLWYCD” starts modestly but builds to a triumphant climax, all the while with Stadt wondering, “Why live when you can die?” Additionally, my personal favorite, “When We Were College Kids” will almost certainly strike a chord with all those swiftly approaching adulthood.