Welcome back folks! Lots of craziness the past few months but with the light visible at the end of the tunnel I wanted to focus on the foundation on which this company is built – the music. That being said I’ve got another Music Feature that is sure to get you rocking and grooving. This band is a Progressive Rock/Alternative band from the Greater Toronto Area called Polarity.
A long time ago, I want to say 2012, my pal Tony and I were looking for something to do. There was a new bar that opened up beside our favourite pub (which is now goneL) in Mississauga that featured live music every so often. I checked their listings and saw there was a show going on featuring a band whose name I had seen been thrown around all over MySpace at the time. Figured it wasn’t far and the cover was cheap so hey, let’s go check it out. With little to no expectation, we were met with a high energy performance of heavy yet groovy rock tunes with strong vocals and great crowd interaction. Let’s just say I’ve seen them a handful of times since.
Their big single at the time, ‘Tug of War’ from their 2011 “Treeman” EP, was the only tune I had heard ahead of the show. Something about this tune felt super nostalgic to some of the music I listened to in the early 2000s, sort of tapping into the nu-metal style riffs I once loved – but more on the Deftones side of things and minus the rap. ‘Tug of War’ now boasts nearly half a million views on YouTube which speaks volumes.
2016 saw the release of their highly anticipated new album, “Action Potential” co-produced by Grammy award winner David Bottrill who has produced albums for bands like Tool, Dream Theater, Stone Sour, and so many more. Yeah, that means Polarity’s latest album sounds really friggin good. The first two singles released were ‘Autonomy’s Conquest’ which featured David Journeaux (formerly of Today I Caught the Plague/The Kindred), and ‘Event Horizon’ which they shot a music video for. Naturally, they carried their signature Polarity sound of heavy riffs mixed with progressive ambient riffs. The real standout, which is absolutely hard to miss, is the powerful emotional vocals by lead singer Jasmine Virginia taking you through the journey. Her lyrics are raw and feel quite personal, coming from the heart – you can really feel it, ya know?
They’ve continued to push the boundaries of the norm, and in 2017 released a 360-degree music video for their song ‘Skeptic’. If you happen to have a VR Headset or Cardboard, definitely pop this video on your phone and check it out. It is monoscopic so you will need to close one eye and look around, unless you’re into seeing people fuse together, which honestly it’s kind of a mindfuck, no judgement.
It’s easy to think the future is quite strong with this band. Polarity just came off a few dates around Ontario and Quebec in April, and will be playing Canadian Music Week on May 12th for the Mississauga Music Showcase with some really cool bands *wink wink*. We’re really excited about this because that means this is the first time The Parallax and Polarity get to share a stage together so hey that’s a win in our books. They will also be supporting Toronto Rock n Roll band Fallen Heirs on the Toronto date of their Ontario tour – June 9th at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern. Check them out and add them to your playlists!