Live Review: Polaris, Melbourne 10/03/23

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WHERE: 170 Russell, Naarm/Melbourne VIC
WHEN: Friday March 10th, 2023
REVIEW: Ellie Robinson

Cutting their teeth on gruff, angsty metalcore in PCYCs and pubs around Eora/Sydney – then the rest of the country, then (inevitably) the world – Polaris fast rose to their hard-earned stature as one of the most exciting bands in the scene; especially impressive since their first release came in 2013 (the rough-and-tumble Dichotomy EP, which hasn’t aged too horribly), when the second wave of metalcore was in the stages of fizzling out. So to celebrate their first decade of musical destruction, Polaris took to some (relatively) intimate theatres, a lineup of their closest local mates in tow, for a soul-splitting drag race down memory lane.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…