Sticking it to The Man With Polish Club

When Polish Club plays, no one stands a chance.

Blues-rock came to fame in the U.S. during the reign of greasers in the ‘50s. Polish Club hearkens back to that rocker sound of old, only darkened with a kick of punk rock. The duo’s music is stripped down rock ‘n’ roll passion in the tradition of Jerry Lee Lewis or Chuck Berry. So why has it been a struggle for this fast and loud Australian duo to bring their music to the birthplace of blues rock?

The duo, drummer John-Henry Pajak and guitarist/vocalist David Novak, recently prevailed in a lengthy legal battle with a record label that prevented them from releasing their music in America.

“We stuck it to the man the way everyone sticks it to the man … by paying a lawyer all our money so they can talk to another lawyer so we don’t get screwed for life,” Pajak tells BTRtoday.

Now, they were able to release a double A-side Beeping/Able at the end of March and have started their adventure in the U.S. See if they’re touring to a town near you here.

Their music oozes with passion that will quickly make you feel a bond with them. They didn’t strive for this bluesy sound, but when Pajak’s percussion and Novak’s soulful voice combine, it forms the vintage-sounding beauty of Polish Club.

Below, BTRtoday is proud to premiere the video for “Able,” a love song bursting with desire and hunger for what could’ve been. The music is urgent and direct, perfectly supporting Novak’s soulful wailing. The song is paired with a simple black-and-white video of the two playing with edits repeating their hits to the drums or strums to the guitar like they’re musical heartbeats.

Watch the video below and read the entire interview with Polish Club.

BTRtoday (BTR): How long have you guys been playing?

John-Henry Pajak (JHP): We’ve been doing this thing for just over three years now—feels like 10.

BTR: You had some trouble with legal stuff right, what happened there? How’d you stick it to the man?

JHP: We stuck it to the man the way everyone sticks it to the man … by paying a lawyer all our money so they can talk to another lawyer so we don’t get screwed for life. But yeah, we had to get out of the deal that wasn’t working for us, which means it’s taken a little long to get our stuff out in the US. That whole situation was a bummer. We’re all happy it’s done.

BTR: Tell me about your sound—it’s extremely vintage, but still original. What have been some inspirations?

JHP: We never really intentionally tried to be vintage sounding. We just kind of tried to play as loud and hard as possible. [David] Novak discovered that he could sing with a bit of a soul vibe only when we started jammin’. But I guess we are super into that garage rock revival scene of the early 2000s (The Strokes, etc.) and the Stax and Motown stuff.

BTR: Tell me about this song “Able” and the new music video that’s being premiered here.

JHP: That was one of the first songs we wrote. I feel like Novak just came up with the lyrics off the top of his head like the first time we jammed it out.

That video is the classic case of having no money to make a video and getting your mate to make it for free—in this case, it was made by my housemate Tommy. We actually filmed it twice because he had his laptop stolen when he was in the middle of editing it. The dickhead didn’t have it backed up so we literally had to reshoot the exact same thing.

BTR: What is the writing process/a typical day at practice like for Polish Club like?

JHP: We write everything together in a practice room. We start with a rhythm and work it out from there. It’s a pretty quick process; rock n roll isn’t rocket science. Sometimes if you overthink it the songs lose their energy.

BTR: What should we keep an eye out for in the future of The Polish Club?

JHP: We should have a few more singles and our album out in the second half of the year. Hopefully, also get to do a big ol’ tour of the US too.

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