Sydney metalcore outfit Polaris are stoked to reveal an epic new music video for Vagabond, taken from their ARIA Nominated and #3 ARIA Album Chart debut record, The Death Of Me. Drawing visual inspiration from classic movies such as Mad Max, Star Wars, Dune and Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and the aesthetics of festivals like Burning Man and Rainbow Serpent, the Vagabond music video was filmed entirely outdoors and shot in natural locations. Filming outdoors had it’s challenges such as facing high winds, intense heat and military planes flying overhead.
The video lands alongside a summer Australian tour announcement, their first tour dates in 16 months, set to warm them up for their European run in November as headline act for the Impericon Never Say Die Tour. Joining them on the road will be Emmure, Currents, Stepson and more.
“It’s turned out to be kind of ironic that the lyrics of Vagabond mention this idea that “nowhere feels like home”, which was originally a reference to constantly being on the move when we were touring… But after the last year of being unable to tour and travel, there were a lot of times when our actual homes didn’t really feel like home either, because where we really wanted to be was out travelling the world and playing shows! We are so psyched to finally shake the rust off and get back on the road after what will have been 16 months away from doing what we love most. We’ll be hitting some of those little pockets of the East Coast that we don’t get out to as often, as well as some spots that we’ve never been out to before.” says drummer Daniel Furnari.
“This video has been a long time in the making, and is probably the most ambitious visual project we’ve ever worked on. When we first considered doing a video for Vagabond we knew that the vibrant sunny attitude of the song’s chorus was something we wanted to reflect in the visuals – something a lot brighter than what we’d normally go for. The name of the song and the sound of the intro guitar motif had always inspired desert imagery for us so we began the concept focusing more on the visual ideas we wanted to accomplish, with the narrative then forming naturally around those images and elements of the song’s lyrics.” says vocalist/bassist, Jake Steinhauser.
He adds, “With the initial idea for the video having been conceived in early 2020 there was also a desire to show off the beautiful Australian landscape we’re lucky enough to call our backyard – a landscape that had recently been ravaged by a very long and intense bushfire season. Over the months that followed, a series of lockdowns, interstate travel restrictions, and wild weather conditions all created complications for us. But between us and our friends Kez Ellis-Jones and Chris Elder, who worked on the video with us, we adapted and kept pushing ahead because we were all determined to see it brought to life. We had a lot of fun getting heavily into the concept with the outfits we put together to create our own little post-apocalyptic cinematic world.”
While Daniel Furnari includes, “Getting to film that big “desert-rave” scene that closes out the video was so special. Something that we felt had been missing from ours and so many peoples’ lives over the last year was the ability to get together with a large group of people and just celebrate life through music and dancing and self-expression. That search for a sense of community and togetherness not only became the driving force for the characters in the video’s narrative, but also allowed us to do something that temporarily filled that void in real life for a night! And the best thing was that we could see that all the friends who jumped on board to be extras had been really craving that too, and I think that’s why so many of them were willing to get around the idea, put together wild costumes for themselves and and trek into the dunes at night – they had missed it as much as we had, and there was a really exciting energy in the air because of that.
So much planning and crazy logistics went into that scene and there were so many points where we thought we wouldn’t be able to pull it off. When night fell and we were about to start shooting, we finally turned around and saw the location lit up and filled with all these people in these amazing colourful outfits and we couldn’t believe our eyes!”