Leeds trio Polo have started off this year in the best way possible with their enthralling single ‘Louder Than Words’. The tracks effortlessly combines polished alt-pop production with sublime vocals from lead singer Kat McHugh. We were lucky enough to catch up with the band to hear all about their new single and future plans!
Your new track ‘Louder Than Words’ is great, how did the track come about?
All three of us work together and start from scratch. We start from basics and add all the fancy production later on. We all moved house and it was the first song we worked on.
You’re heading off on a UK tour this April, what can we expect from your live show?
This tour will be a lot more ambitious than out previous shows. We have some new songs to play, new gadgets and some new visuals. We’re really excited to trial out the new material on stage.
The artwork for ‘Louder Than Words’ is incredible, can you tell us how you decided on it?
Ellen Dixon is the mastermind behind this entire campaign. She’s a visual demon and gave us a fresh new look that complemented our new sounds.
Who would you say are major influences on your sound?
Our surroundings and the Zeitgeist of any given moment. Our current moment is living in Beeston in Leeds. Each space has it’s own influences.
How did you come up with the name Polo?
Luke: I have a bit of an obsession with branding, but more specifically, band names. I have hundreds of ideas saved in my phone. Polo was my favourite name on the list, and it still is. I once said to Kat, “I’m not sure what Polo sound like, but that’s how I want to sound, because that sounds like a great band”.
And finally, what does the rest of 2018 hold for you?
We’re currently writing our second EP, and will be recording it as soon as it’s finished. We’re also really excited for festival season as we’re playing Great Escape for the first time as well as Live at Leeds and a few others.