Following a prolific bout of writing over lockdown while the schools were closed and they dodged their GCSEs, Polarized Eyes are releasing Blackout on 19th December 2020. The new single is a call to action against racism and corruption and was written on Blackout Tuesday inspired by fury and frustration after the murder of George Floyd by US police officers.
Blackout is driven by an urgent bassline, drums and distorted guitars. These are topped by exceptional vocals – an initial beguiling tone drawing the listener in before a fierce wail at 00:46 sets the powerful pace for the remainder of the track. This is the first of four new tracks written and recorded at London’s Alchemy Studios and produced by Kenny Jones, whose production chops span from Bauhaus and The Smiths to Billy Bragg and The Jim Jones Revue.
Polarized Eyes have a rapidly growing following amongst supporters of new, exciting music and fans alike, and were set to play London’s Camden Assembly before the second lockdown scuppered plans. The band can’t wait to be able to gig again, but in the meantime, they’re honing their craft and continuing to write edgy, powerful songs that capture the zeitgeist of Gen Z.
Blackout is the fourth single from the band, with previous tracks getting stellar reviews and radio play including Tom Robinson’s BBC Introducing Mixtape on BBC 6Music. Selected praise for previous releases Storm, Inferno and Sinner:
“160 seconds of authentic lo-fi, high energy punk rock that would have put a smile on the face of their spiritual predecessor Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex” Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music
“I love it!!!!” Brix Smith Start
“This is an exciting time to get in on the ground floor with a band already starting to realise their potential. The future is bright here.” Mind Noise Network
“The authenticity and love for music Polarized Eyes brings is unparalleled” Rock The Pigeon
“This track is a Punk Rocker’s dream!” Reignland
“No doubt a band to keep an eye on.” Indie Midlands
Polarized Eyes are Noah (formerly known as Katie) Lonergan (vocals and guitar), Amber Welsh (bass) and Harry Heard (drums). The 16-year olds were brought up properly on the music of Patti Smith, The Who and The Clash and their sound is influenced by Nirvana, Royal Blood and Idles. They’ve been friends since they met at their North London primary school and started making a noise together in 2018. The band has been getting crowds excited at London gigs with an explosive live set and at their last gig before the pandemic hit they took the roof off a sold-out house at The Dublin Castle. Listen to Blackout: https://soundcloud.com/user-251598930/sets/blackout