Scottish ambient rockers Penguins Kill Polar Bears return with their debut album 'Building Homes From Broken Bones'. It's been a while since their last EP - 'Sapling' - and in that time, they've had a line-up change and honed their sound which lies somewhere in-between Aereogramme and Explosions In The Sky - beautiful rocking post-rock. Fraser Sanaghan from the band took some time out to talk to Contactmusic...
It's been over three years since your last release (Sapling EP), how come it took so long for you guys to return?
We made a conscious decision after the last release that we wanted to make an album and that we'd do it our own way and take as long as we needed to get something that we were happy with. We decided we weren't going to release something just for the sake of keeping things ticking over and making sure people kept an interest in the band, the album had to be the priority and we were going to focus all our efforts on it. Having said that, it probably could have been released quicker. Money has been a big factor, we've paid for this album ourselves and we lost our bass player too so having Gregor come in to the band has felt a little like starting from scratch, in a good way of course.
How is your new album 'Building Homes From Broken Bones' different from your previous work?
In all seriousness, it's different in the sense that it is a proper long playing album. When we wrote it there was a definite focus on the album overall, making a bunch of songs that were going to fit together and sound a certain way over the course of 50 minutes (or however long it ended up being), we had to put ourselves in the mind set to do that. Previous releases have been more along the lines of "these are all the songs we have written to date, lets get them recorded and get them out there!"
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Four lads from Linlithgow and for those who are currently thinking where the f**k is that? Well just so you know it west of Edinburgh. Yes the Northern country has grown another post rock band. Recently Scotland has been the home ground to a lot of great bands including the likes of: Glasvegas, We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Twilight Sad and not to forget Frightened Rabbit; so no pressure for Penguins Kill Polar Bears.
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