What is your name and role within Polymer?
Anth Semrani – Vocals/ Guitarist.
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
Based in Sydney. The music scene right now, I think is the best it’s been in a long while. There’re loads of bands out there playing, and people are actually getting more excited about watching live music again.
How did you first start playing music?
As a kid, I just remember being drawn to music as if it had some kind of magic spell on me.. I was always either banging on pots and pans as my makeshift drums, playing a 1 string guitar, or out in front of family and friends singing my heart out.
How did Polymer form?
Me and Constantine played in a band a while ago, we wanted to record some songs and stumbled into Adam barns’ studio, he liked what he heard, we needed a bass player, and the rest is history.
What’s been happening recently?
Recently, not much to report. Work sucks, but it pays the bills. But, Im playing a few shows with my band, and that makes it all bearable.
You’ve recently released ‘Believers’ from your forthcoming debut album Zealots Box, what influenced the sound and songwriting for this track the rest of the album?
Believers really have a lot happening in the background, from a songwriting perspective, it comes from a somewhat broken place, be it emotional, mental, or relationship break downs. Sometimes we don’t recognise the person we are anymore and find ourselves asking some big questions. It’s a song about hope, and belief, that maybe we can get back to where the journey started.
How did you go about writing Believers and the album?
Initially, it was the opportunity of having such an amazing space to ourselves, that we should utilise it. It was only after we had written quite a few songs that we knew we were onto something good and had to record them, and record an album if for nothing else, a stamp point of those days.
It was such a carefree and creative space, we had it all to ourselves, our instruments were permanently set up, we would literally walk in and walk out.
Where and when did you record and why did you choose this location?
We wrote believers and the album, in an old warehouse in the middle of residential inner west Sydney. A friend of mine had space, which was unused for ages, and I coaxed him into letting me jam out tin there with a couple of my mates, he agreed, and we set up shop in the mezzanine of the warehouse, which was basically the roof space!! It was convenient, we had no time restrictions, except for the restrictions the cops would put us on if we got too loud and played too long..
How did the idea to record in a warehouse come about?
The album was produced and mixed by Andrew Covell, being an absolute thoroughbred and master of his art, paying homage to bands like “led zepellin” was at the forefront in his thinking, keeping it organic, and setting up in the main floor space of the warehouse and trying to capture all the sounds this place could muster.
How did you approach the recording/production process?
So, we tried as close as possible to play the tracks in their entirety as a band, just to get the energy right. Drums were set up in the middle of the warehouse, with a thousand mics around the place, some close, some far, some on the ceiling, just everywhere!! Andrew really dug deep and wanted to capture as much of the energy as he could.
What did you find most challenging during the recording process?
For me personally, vocals were the most challenging, getting the right emotion for each song, as well as delivery, was challenging, but it was also my favourite part of the process. The mixing process was also very challenging, wow!
What programs/instruments did you use?
We tried to keep as authentic to our instruments as possible, Tama drums, Les Paul guitar, Marshall amp, oh and Adam barns’ baby, his “kemper” which he uses for his bass tones.
Who did you work with?
Whoever wants to work with me!
Is the end result as you imagined it to be before recording started?
I have to admit, it’s a lot better than I imagined, it’s probably as good as I hoped, and I am an optimist.
What are your plans for the new album?
We’re embarking on a run of live shows between Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong for the next couple months, with further tour dates constantly being scheduled. We’d love to play as much as we can and see as much of the country in the process, playing our live sets to some real genuine fans of music.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I’ve always appreciated music across most genres, so I’m pretty receptive to anything that sounds good.
What do you like to do away from music?
I love being active, if I had all my time to myself I would fill my days with a nice workout, a swim, throw in a surf from time to time, eat a lot, go to the local skate park, take my boat out on Sydney Harbour when the suns out, and I’ve just adopted a coffee addiction of late, so cafés beware.
You’ve got some shows coming up in late July going into August, what can we expect?
I think as a band, and musicians, all we want is to be genuine.
Without being too long-winded, if you like watching bands and appreciate music, I think you’ll enjoy what we bring.
What’s planned for the remainder of 2019 going into 2020?
We really want to just play the hell out of this album, we’d love to get a serious Aussie tour lined up and play some good shows. For now, we are loving the fact that we can share what we’ve created, and hope to get a bit of love in return.
Any secrets that you care to share?
I’ll tell you plenty in person.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
As long as the company is good, I’m not fussy.