Lead singer and guitarist of Sydney rock duo Polish Club, David Novak is sounding worse for wear.
“I’m a little bit sick,” he croaks.
“I think I went a bit too hard on New Year’s. We played Falls Festival in Lorne. It was really fun, but suffice to say I’m not built for camping. I’ll sit inside for a couple of days and play some video games, I’ll be fine.”
David and bandmate John-Henry Palak had a massive 2017. The pair released their debut album ‘Alright Already’, landing in the ARIA album chart’s Top 20 and scoring an ARIA Award nomination.
The boys toured heaps behind it, selling-out shows across the country. “We don’t really like to rest to much. We want to keep busy and get away with as much as we possibly can, which is tiring but I think it keeps us on our toes and keeps us productive.
"It makes sure we’re always focusing on the band, which is all that we want to do, so why not do what we can.”
If that wasn’t enough, Polish Club also found time to release ‘Okie Dokie’ – an EP of six new tracks and a cover of Mariah Carey’s classic ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. The latter featured a video stacked with cameos including 360, Josh Pyke and federal MP Anthony Albanese.
“We seem to be maybe a little to good at spending half-a-day in the studio taking the piss out of a cover and actually releasing it with a music video – the whole shebang. But if it sounds alright, I’m happy to put it out there; give it to the people and see what they think. So far they like it, so it’s fine.”
The band’s first show of 2018 will be headlining OzFest on the Gold Coast playing alongside Cosmic Psychos, One Day DJs, Rackett and more.
The festival will be their second visit to the Gold Coast and David is sure it will be as wild and memorable as their last visit. “There was a photo that we loved from the Gold Coast show of a punter losing his mind, and we used it in a bunch of ads,” David says.
“It’s one of my favourite photos ever, and it goes to show when you see how crazy that show was. I think his friend cut open his hand somehow in the moshpit. It was a really out of control crowd, but in a good way.”
The rest of the year will see more touring for Polish Club, possibly overseas to America and Europe.
There are also plans to get started on writing more tunes, but the most definitive plan is playing more video games. “I think it’s going to be like 20 per cent touring, 60 per cent playing video games and 20 per cent writing new music,” David jokes.
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“We’ve got to do our second album at some point. I mean, what else are we going to do? There’s only so many bullshit covers we can record and release.
“At some point we’ll have to head back into the rehearsal studio and write some original songs, which is probably the most difficult and easy thing at the same time.
"We’ll probably take our sweet time with it, but it’ll be exciting to be back in that headspace when we finally get there.”
Polish Club Tour DatesSat 27 Jan - OzFest (Gold Coast)
Fri 2 Feb - The Whaler's Club (Warrnambool)
2-4 Feb - Grampians Music Festival (Victoria)