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Posted by: Drew Beringer (11/18/13)
Polar Bear Club's new album, Death Chorus, hits stores tomorrow (you will be able to read my review on the record later tonight), and a lot of discussion has focused on vocalist Jimmy Stadt's cleaner vocal delivery. So Stadt released a statement about the new vocal direction, which you can read in the replies.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an excuse or an apology, we in PBC back this record 100 percent including the vocals. If it isn’t your thing then that’s fine, it’s completely fine if you prefer older records to this one! What isn’t fine though is the idea that we’re trying to “get big” or “go mainstream” or “Rise Records changed us” yadda yadda yadda. I feel stupid that I even have to address these completely facile critiques of new PBC. If we wanted to go “mainstream” or get big we’d put out a dub step, Christian metal-core album and call it “Ta$te the Bear” or something like that.
    
 
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01:52 PM on 11/18/13
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PBC Frontman Releases Statement on Vocal ChangesI’m sure most of you have noticed the change in my voice on the new PBC songs. It seems to be the thing people are talking about the most, so as the release date for “Death Chorus” approaches I thought I should address the thing head on and try to put an end to some of the speculation. Normally, I’d just say “fuck it, let people think what they want.” But this is a little different and people who have supported our band have always been really good to us so in turn, I don’t mind being open with you all.

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.

So here we are, in the studio, the songs are done and it’s time to track some vocals. I go to sing like I always have and…pissy, hot garbage. My voice felt a little better compared to when I was on tour but it had definitely changed. My range was a little lower, my voice was a little cleaner and singing like I used to sing was simply not an ability I possessed anymore. So we tracked the record the way it sounded best and the result is what you’ll hear as “Death Chorus.” Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an excuse or an apology, we in PBC back this record 100 percent including the vocals. If it isn’t your thing then that’s fine, it’s completely fine if you prefer older records to this one! What isn’t fine though is the idea that we’re trying to “get big” or “go mainstream” or “Rise Records changed us” yadda yadda yadda. I feel stupid that I even have to address these completely facile critiques of new PBC. If we wanted to go “mainstream” or get big we’d put out a dub step, Christian metal-core album and call it “Ta$te the Bear” or something like that.

This may seem weird coming from the singer but I feel really comfortable expressing this to all of you because to me, PBC has never been about how the singer sounds. It’s been about the fucking songs, the point of view and being honest and passionate about what you choose to do with your time. It’s also been about the show, which I assure you hasn’t deteriorated in anyway shape or form. I’ve never been an amazing, traditional “singer” per se. I’ve always considered myself to be just a guy who could write lyrics and melodies and then proceeded to fuck them all up by being too excited and moving around too much when said lyrics and melodies are played live. I assure you all, I am that same fuck up. It’s going to sound a little different, sure, there’s nothing I can do about that. However rest assured, it’s the same fucking band and the same show. Thanks for your time, see you on tour.
- Jimmy
01:52 PM on 11/18/13
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Haha, good dude. Personally, I haven't liked his vocal changes too much, but I'm sure I'll still dig this record.
01:59 PM on 11/18/13
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true.
02:00 PM on 11/18/13
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Definitely a different sound but after seeing 'em live recently I can't complain. Still great stuff
02:00 PM on 11/18/13
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02:02 PM on 11/18/13
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He pretty much had to do this after so much "WTF" backlash.

It sucks to hear him confirm that his voice is likely shot for good and this is what Polar Bear Club will evolve into. The illegitimate child of Transit and Saves the Day. Yikes..

They proved on CBGP and before that they have ability to release good tunes with cleaner vocals. But god knows you won't find any on Death Chorus.
02:05 PM on 11/18/13
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Was waiting for this, feel bad that it happened but it's ok. They're still the best live band in the scene.

Death Chorus is starting to grow on me
02:06 PM on 11/18/13
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Really glad that he addressed this. The statement makes total sense, and even though the vocal change does make this record sound pretty drastically different than their first three, I'm still enjoying it and I'm still looking forward to whatever the band does in the future.
02:07 PM on 11/18/13
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Definitely a different sound but after seeing 'em live recently I can't complain. Still great stuff
So, when you saw them live, Jimmy had to use his new range on all the songs?
02:14 PM on 11/18/13
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Respect this guy for being so open about all of this. Can't wait to see them with Diamond Youth, Citizen and Sainthood Reps.
02:14 PM on 11/18/13
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I knew it had nothing to do with Rise, but I was curious about the change. Interesting.
02:21 PM on 11/18/13
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I honestly think this record is great. Bummer that he lost something he used to be able to do, but the vocals sounds great regardless.
02:21 PM on 11/18/13
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So, when you saw them live, Jimmy had to use his new range on all the songs?

That's how it was when they opened for TBS a few weeks ago. I really didn't feel like his voice made any difference, I just personally don't enjoy the softness of the new songs. Transit's live show on the other hand...
02:24 PM on 11/18/13
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Man that's unfortunate, but quite common. Still, new release is pretty great even if I prefer their older stuff.
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