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GET TO KNOW: Polyvoda
Despite being forced to live through one of the most brutal wars in modern times, Ukrainian duo Polyvoda are continuing to spread their message of hope and resistance to the rest of the world with their powerful new single 'Sirens'.
With its thought-provoking lyrics and progressive ideals throughout, 'Sirens' makes for a brilliantly inventive listen. Filled with smooth and driven textures, a soulful atmosphere, and engaging vocals throughout, they are still finding plenty of adventurous directions in which to take their sound.
So with the new single doing the rounds right now, we sat down with them to find out more about their origins and influences over the years.
What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?
The first artist that really stood out to us was Leo Sayer. Polyvoda’s theoretical classes (beyond the studio work) are usually held with a glass of wine and a few vinyls, and Leo is still on our radar.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
Back in the days we started everyone was playing rock (apart from those who were not though), but whatever we played sounded pretty close to grunge (the closest reference might be Pearl Jam).
What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?
We have been inspired by the society and events we live in (whatever they may be these days), but sometimes we need something refreshing, so we go outdoors. Nature takes you back to the primitive necessities of life (like russian shelling but inspiring).
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
“I’ll Be Back” by The Beatles.
If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?
Kyrylo still believes that the brightest moment in his career is yet to come, so he could experience that moment at least once.
Denys remembers the times when himself together with one of the most iconic Ukrainian bands called “Boombox” were making their creations at the Recording studio in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France named “LA FABRIQUE” led by Hervé Le Guil.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Currently, there is no open position for a drummer at Polyvoda, but for Anderson .Paak we can change our mind.
And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?
It’s important to learn new things in order to evolve, and without a doubt a lot of stuff can be learnt from Mr. Glover (a.k.a. Childish Gambino) and his team. Looking forward to that day.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
It’s pretty difficult to forecast our future nowadays as you are not really in control, but regardless of the pathways, it would be good to live in the mountains in five years time – gaining either inspiration for another collaboration with Childish Gambino or energy and food from a mountain stream for surviving just another day of that reality.
Polyvoda's new single 'Sirens' is available to stream now. Watch the new lyric video for it below.