Ending 2007 at a crackling pace, Perth’s Institut Polaire and Sydney’s Cuthbert and the Night Walkers join forces to tour nationally in May.
Like Cuthbert and The Night Walkers, Perth’s Institut Polaire were discovered by winning the Unearthed BDO competition, leading to a well received appearances at the Big Day Out and Southbound festivals. With a palette of sounds ranging from country tinged psychedelia to 60’s soundtracks, Institut Polaire take little pieces of each genre to create a special blend of their own. Pulling off these ambitious layered wall-of-sound aspirations does take a lot of sonic firepower. As a result, Institut Polaire has grown from humble three piece roots into a full-blown collective who currently number between 7 and 9 members.
Becoming the first Australian act signed to boutique Sydney label Popfrenzy Records (Australian home of Of Montreal, Black Mountain, Kimya Dawson and more), Institut Polaire have gone on to tour with label mates Camera Obscura (Scotland), the Clientele (England) and performed with the likes of Jens Lekman, Lou Barlow and Architecture in Helsinki. Their debut EP The Fauna and the Flora was released in October 07 to rave reviews. They’ve additionally taken out the prestigious WAMI award in 2008 for the Best Indie Pop Act.
Creating their own musical bubble where the orchestration is laid on thick around a joyous brand of lyrical earnest, Cuthbert and the Night Walkers have been creating gleeful chaos on stages around Australia with their skewed pop majestic. Harnessed by combining a traditional rock band elements with an all-girl choir, the result is an energetic, colourful and joy provoking live show.
Winning Triple J Unearthed in early 2007, CATNW have gone on to frolic with the likes of Peter Bjorn & John (Sweden), Regurgitator, Angie Hart, Tim Freedman, Old Man River & Josh Pike whilst wowing the festival circuit at Peats Ridge, the Great Escape and Playground Weekender. After signing to ABC Music, the enigmatic ten-piece bottled their spirit into their critically acclaimed long player, Love Needs Us (ABC/ Warner). This glorious debut has secured Album of the Week airplay on FBI 94.5, Indie Album of the Week in Brag and Faster Louder, and a host of national rave reviews.
Late last year, both Institut Polaire and Cuthbert and the Night Walkers were nominated for the inaugural Triple J Unearthed J Award, igniting the idea of a combined tour. Now, from opposite sides of the continent this natural union will be unleashed nationally in May.