Hop around the rock

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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.

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