Hop around the rock
POLO Club (pictured) managed to merge the two worlds of hip-hop and rock into one sound for their debut EP, Live for Tonight. The Melbournebased outfit started out as duo with producer Cam Chapman and rapper Dyl Thomas, but in 2011 the boys recruited drummer Aidan Mclaren and singer Adam Fitzgerald. The new additions gave Polo Club a new feel, similar to the flavour of US rock, funk, and hip hop band N.E.R.D. Chapman says he picked up bass, synths, beats and sample duties while Thomas learnt to handle percussion. ‘‘It took a while to fine tune it all,’’ says Chapman. ‘‘Our sound is still hip-hop but with live energy. It just makes it a lot cooler for gigs. When it was just the two of us we played heaps of gigs on big stages and it felt empty. Being in a duo makes it difficult to get a vibe.’’ Live for Tonight was released last month and Chapman says it mixes an old school feel with fresh sounds. ‘‘It’s a weird mix of an EP – two tracks have live drums recorded on them and two are more modern,’’ he says. ‘‘The lyrics tend to jump around a bit. Some songs are about scenarios we make up or personal experiences.’’ Chapman says Polo Club are fortunate to have a rotating roster of mixed tracks, meaning they can cater the setlist to the crowd. ‘‘It really makes a difference if it’s a rock or a hip-hop crowd,’’ he says. ‘‘Our shows are just cool, modern beats with lots of energy. Dyl is a great rapper, he’s got a unique flow. The drums are tight and Adam’s a real good singer. The show’s a different approach to hip-hop.’’
– ROSE SADLEIR
Polo Club play Alpha Beta, at the Coolangatta Hotel, tonight.