I N T E R V I E W
By Arpie Shirehorse
Polyester play tonight at Nivara Lounge, Saturday 19th November, along with Skux, The Biscuits and Ancient Tapes. HUP caught up with the Auckland groop ahead of the show!
You’re coming to Hamilton! Have you played here before at all, in any other bands?
It’s the first time for most, if not all, of us. We’re keen as! We almost played a Hamilton show last year but it didn’t happen.
What was the catalyst for starting the band? Tim and Sylvia were keen to do a band and they pulled Michael and old drummer Joe together for that. Tane came later when they decided an extra guitar would make it a cooler time. Finally, we got the sweet changeover to new drummer Keria!
Who chose that awesome name!? We’ve just changed our name to Polyester this month. We wanted to release our album under a name that doesn’t get massively out-Googled by a global education organisation I guess. Kip McGrath was a fun name that Sylvia came up with at the very start.
What is your writing process typically? Tim writes the majority of the songs for the band. He brings them in a very rough format to practice and we see where they go. We think we’ve found a method that works; take the solid foundation of chords and lyrics and we add to them with our own parts. We do the same thing for songs not written by Tim too; the end products are definitely a result of everyone’s input.
What does 2017 hold in store for Polyester? Our main priority is working on an album. The single we’re releasing this month is the last of our old material we wanted to put out and now we’re writing the new stuff. Aside from that we’re just keen to see what happens. We’ve got a few gigs lined up for the start of the year and will probably do a tour or two.
What’s your favourite song to play live? Probably Ordinary Day or Strange Emotion (a new one). Bouncy fast guys are always a fun time for the time.
Any current favourite NZ bands? The Beths, Milk, NIISA, Peach Milk, LSJ, Brandn Shiraz... so many hits! Too many to name!
Which member of Polyester is…
- the sportiest?! 110% Tane
- the best cook?! Sylvia and Grelj. Tim has spent enough hours making toast though that he is technically an expert.
- most likely to get arrested (what for?) ?! Don't know about arrested but I wouldn't be surprised if Tim got sectioned.
If you had the opportunity to curate a show anywhere in the world with any three bands, dead or alive, and there was only one thing to drink…who/where/what are we quaffing?! So out of enthusiasm alone Tane gets his answer for this one put forward. Picture this: a hot summer night, we're drinking wine, eating from a cheese tray. Tane is generally holding court and doing hilarious gags. Around the driftwood fire we have the golden triangle. The hot combo. That triumvirate of hits. We got Mr. Jack Johnson. We got Mr. Lenny Kravitz. We got that good good boy, only bloody Mr. Ben Harper. We got, my friends, a good, good time.