Thrash Hits verdict: ”Hey man, have you ever heard if this band Polio before?” Why can’t more people email us about bands named after infectious childhood diseases? With our interest well and truly piqued (cheers, Thom), with two clicks of a mouse we were listening to some scratchy, snotty, howls-of-disgust-at-modern-living punk-rock sneer. We chased them down and got Polio to fill us in on what’s what via a Future Hits interrogation.
Describe your sound in 3 words.
Could be better.
How did you meet?
Thom, Karl, and Carl have played in bands since school. We met rob at Uni in the early stages of polio. We used to call him “Sideways Mouth”, because he talks out of the side of his mouth. Jokes aside, we saw him shred once and decided we needed him in the band.
What made you want to start a band?
We wanted to upset people. It’s just a bit of a laugh really but somehow we keep playing gigs.
Watch the video to ‘Skooma’ by Polio:
Where did the name come from?
We thought it was funny. We were originally called Jill Dando’s Skull.
Where did you grow up? How do you think it’s affected your music?
Portsmouth via Braintree – it made it ‘wacky’.
What are your non-musical influences?
We are all disgusting in real life and wanted to replicate that into our music. If you go to a gig and the people on stage are pulling grotesque faces, at the very least that can be appreciated even if they don’t like your music. ALSO The square finest chocolate shortbread from all good supermarkets, check that out.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
By far our favourite thing about being in a band is the beautiful strip of elusive concrete known as the M3. For the solitary reason that along there dwells the most tremendousl habitat of toilets, food and cigarette breaks. Fleet Services. May it forever fill our sweaty bellies with delicious calories and our lungs with deadly tar.
With which band would your dream tour be?
I think it’s a little hard for us to answer that as we all love so many different bands. Just to play to more than fourteen people would be nice though. also, Limp Bizkit.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
We don’t even know what our scene is, but our buddies in Apollo’s Arrows were our only friends and they don’t even exist anymore. I think we made them stop being a band because of our bad personalities. But these days we would say The Rumble Strips and Nickelback.
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
We are all actually gay.
What’s the best and/or funniest show you’ve played?
We played at Southampton Joiners once, nobody turned up. We found out later it’s because we were the promoters.
How did you first hook up with your label, Flatpack Records?
Thom and Carl approached [James] Moodie (mr flatpack) outside a nightclub called Rhino in 2007 and sexually assulted him. Years later, Carl, drunk on the way home from a nightclub played Moodie the demos. He said “I don’t care what it sounds like, I’m gonna release it.”
What other band should everyone find out about?
Big fans of a band from Cardiff called Samoans we played a show with last year. We’re going to do a string of shows with them soon because their new EP is fucking gay and we love it. Also Let’s Talk Daggers, who we are touring with, and Bloody Mammals, because they fucking rock.
Tell us a joke.
Went to the zoo. There was only one dog in it.
It was a shitzu
Polio’s second EP, The Krill Is Dry is out now on Flatpack Records – click here to go buy a copy. As they said above, they’re currently on tour with Future Hits alumni Let’s Talk Daggers – check out the dates below, and get yourself along to a show.
Polio December tour dates (with Let’s Talk Daggers):
05 Bristol Croft
06 Epsom Native Tongue
08 London Camberwell Wreck
10 Southampton Avondale House (The Krill is Dry EP launch show)