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Price: $12 - $14
Location: Philadelphia , PA
Venue: First Unitarian Church
By Marc Snitzer
Jimmy Stadt’s voice has changed, but it might not be his fault. A bunch of folks have been left scratching their heads when Polar Bear Club released Death Chorus (Rise) a few weeks ago sans Stadt’s cracked and husky vocals (which helped earned the upstate New Yorkers’ buzz early in their career with Small Brown Bike comparisons). He took to the Internet to explain, saying that years of singing and touring in a post-hardcore band took its toll on his barks and howls, left him sounding like “hot garbage.” I don’t completely buy that, considering the rest of Death Chorus has been sanded down into something wholly more crossover and alt-rock radio-friendly, but that’s OK. It works. In fact, this is some of the strongest singing of Stadt’s time in Polar Bear Club, maybe because he’s actually singing. His surrounding bandmates seem to be on the same page melodically, and this record looks like a step in the right direction to keep Polar Bear Club from being pigeonholed as a “hardcore” band. Blessings in disguise, right?