Polar Bear Club vocalist Jimmy Stadt wrote a post on Tumblr addressing why his voice sounds a bit different on their new album, “Death Chorus:”
“A couple months back before we recorded “Death Chorus” I noticed my voice starting to change. It was cracking a lot on stage, which I had never experienced before and some of the higher notes in my range were starting to fade. Even when I was singing in the middle of my range it just felt sort of strange and/or uncontrollable and uncomfortable. As tour went on and we approached recording it just got worse, to the point where I couldn’t really sing the way I had been singing since the bands inception in 2005. When I attempted to do so it sounded like garbage, like really urine soaked, hot, hot, hot garbage. I had always been diligent about taking care of myself on tour. Getting lots of rest, drinking a lot of water and warming up before sets so naturally, I was freaked out. I took it upon myself to go to a throat specialist who after a very uncomfortable examination couldn’t find the problem. I didn’t really know what to do from there but carry on, so I did. I decided if my voice was going to be weird I would just go harder with the show and focus my energy on that. I finished the tour I was on and was banking on the couple weeks off before the studio being enough rest to solve the problem.”
Read the entire post here. “Death Chorus” is still available for streaming here and is set to be released on November 19th (tomorrow!) through Rise Records. It is the follow up to the band’s 2011 album Clash Battle Guilt Pride, which was released on Bridge Nine Records.
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