A PLACE BETWEEN STATES
DEBUT ALBUM OUT OCTOBER 22ND
PRE-ORDER HEREUK HEADLINE TOUR ANNOUNCED
Polo have released the video for their new single ‘CLUBLIGHT’, the latest track to be taken from their forthcoming album A Place Between States out October 22nd.
‘CLUBLIGHT’ takes aim straight for the dancefloor with a hypnotic pulsing beat, seductive vocals and pumping bass playing like a cross between Charli XCX and Tinashe. The video features the Leeds three-piece shrouded by the ominous club lights that inspire the intoxicating mystery of nightlife.
Regarding the single singer Kat McHugh says “’Clublight’ is inspired by the type of nightclubs spread across mainland Europe that are often found in abandoned power stations or across the Eastern bloc. The nightclubs where ideas of sex and gender are dissolved, hedonism is encouraged, and that are so exclusive you have little chance of getting in unless you’re willing to let go of all your insecurities.”
Continuing about the video they say, “The video follows us into the fabled nightclub we created, and sees us lose ourselves on multiple levels. Our faces merge in a grotesque mass as we fall into the club lights. We wanted a video that mirrored the dark mythology of the nightclub that we explored in the lyrics and production of the song.”
The forthcoming debut album A Place Between States finds Polo seamlessly traversing the electronic pop sphere. It features previously released singles including the poignant down-tempo ‘A SOBERING THOUGHT’ and the pulsating R&B tinged ‘HOLOGRAM’.
Speaking about the album synth/keys player Luke Lount says, “The album has given us the breathing space to explore ideas and concepts we’ve not yet been able to when releasing singles; we finally have space to be ourselves as a band without limitations. Every band is defined by their first album; this is us establishing who we are.”
To celebrate the debut album release Polo have announced a four-date headline tour for February 2022. The band have made their return to the live circuit this month following the Covid-19 shut down and are currently touring the UK with King No-One. They will finish this tour with their own headline show at The Crescent, York on October 7th 2021. Tickets for the King No-One tour are on sale now and tickets for the A Place Between States February 2022 headline tour will be on sale at 10am BST tomorrow (September 28th). Tickets for all tours will be available to purchase from the band’s website here.
Regarding the tour they say, “The ‘A Place Between States Tour’ in 2022 will be the first full public performance of the entire album. We’ll be bringing the record to life across a few special dates, hiring additional musicians and a full stage set to help create the world where the album exists. The album traverses different spaces, emotions and states and we wanted to bring that to our live shows.”
To mark the album release Polo have been invited to perform a live session for BBC Introducing and will be performing tracks from the album live on air on October 30th.
POLO TOUR DATES
30th September – Glasgow, King Tuts (Supporting King No-One)
1st October – Edinburgh, Mash House (Supporting King No-One)
2nd October – Newcastle, Think Tank (Supporting King No-One)
7th October – York, The Crescent (Headline show)
19th February – Newcastle, The Cluny 2 (Album Tour, Headline)
23rd February – York, The Crescent (Album Tour, Headline)
24th February – Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall (Album Tour, Headline)
25th February – London, The Grace (Album Tour, Headline)
A PLACE BETWEEN STATES TRACK LISTING
- ERASE YOU
- YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A STAR
- A SOBERING THOUGHT
- A PLACE BETWEEN STATES
- MY CRAZY MIND
- VISUAL HEART
- WE RECOVER
FURTHER INFORMATION ON POLO
Bonding over a shared attitude just as much as their shared musical interests, it’s this spirit of determination and a willingness to break the mould that infiltrates Polo’s ethos and their output as a band. Yes, Polo want to show that you can craft sonically-rich, nuanced synth-pop while keeping a self-produced, independent mindset, but they also want to extend that out to the messages they’re writing about, too.
“I feel empowered when I see something that is changed for the better by a human being or as a result of a group of human beings,” says Kat. “There’s a lot that needs to change and I want to do my bit; a part of that is telling stories through my music and doing that whilst being my truest self.
“I’m influenced by strong women, by LGBTQ+ culture, cultures around the world, nature and passion,” she continues. “I love experiencing little things that make me burst into tears for an unexplained reason like Thom Yorke’s ‘Anima’ video, because then you know it’s a message you needed to see. I’m an empath who takes on a lot of emotion, so my lyrics are always from when I’ve been made to really feel something.”
Since the release of their debut EP Alice in 2017 the band have earned critical plaudits from the likes of Noisey, Wonderland and Stereogum, plays on BBC 6Music and BBC Radio 1, and notable festival appearances at Reading and Leeds, The Great Escape, Live at Leeds and more. Now with the release of their forthcoming debut album they are set to build upon their high praise with a record perfectly encapsulating their unique sound and message.