There are a hundred ways to make your name these days, but there are few more meaningful than watching a band grow before you in real time. And, having honed their craft over the past five years, moving from their first single to now as they stand on the cusp of their forthcoming debut album, Polo are a band who’ve earned every success that’s rightfully come to them.
Three friends from college, vocalist Kat McHugh, synth player Luke Lount and drummer Daniel Edgell came together musically as the decade ticked over into its second half, releasing debut track Visions of Fortune at the tail end of 2015. Since then, through 2017 debut EP Alice and beyond, the songwriting trio have shown that a high-end approach towards production and a resolutely self-sufficient DIY spirit can go hand in hand. Influenced by strong women, LGBT+ culture and global cultures, theirs are empathetic songs that beat with a tangible human heart.
Having earned critical plaudits from the likes of Noisy, Wonderland and Stereogum, plays on BBC 6Music and BBC Radio 1, and notable festival appearances at Reading and Leeds, The Great Escape, Live at Leeds and more, the validation for Polo’s self-made first steps has been coming from all directions. Exuding a strong, feminist spirit, and surrounding it with technical precision and layered, evocative atmospheres, the trio are heading into their debut in their strongest position yet.