Tom Wolfe, the frontman and songwriter of Reading-based electro punk band The Polysonic, is no stranger to music. Despite only being in his early-20s, Wolfe already has many years of musical experience. As The Polysonic, he has been mentored by a world renowned record producer, self-released two EPs and a single, written and recorded an album, achieved over 100,000 online streams and received international airplay – and this is only the beginning. In the form of a 4- piece band, The Polysonic are now taking their explosive and energetic signature blend of electro pop and alternative rock to the stage.
Formed in 2009, The Polysonic quickly gained a devoted following armed with just a laptop, microphone, guitar and the World Wide Web. The following year, Wolfe met renowned punk and electro producer Martin Rushent (The Human League, The Buzzcocks, The Stranglers), who took Tom under his wing and taught him the tricks of songwriting and production. As a result of this, The Polysonic’s first EP was conceived.
The release of The Polysonic’s 2011 debut EP Say Something was met with critical acclaim. As well as receiving airplay both nationally and internationally, one Canadian radio station placed the release at number 3 in their monthly ‘Best Of British’ chart, higher than bands such as White Lies and Glasvegas. New York-based music blog AudioCred gave the EP 4/5, stating “Say Something touches the top echelon of electronic rock-pop… I’d go so far as to say we may be witnessing the emergence of a potentially virtuosic electronic music producer”; whilst on this side of the Atlantic, AAA Music described The Polysonic as “one to watch for the future”. And all of this was achieved with very little promotion.
Following hot on the heels of Say Something, The Polysonic released the single Come Down, achieving yet more attention for the unsigned act with further radio plays (including the renowned BBC Introducing), chart placements and reviews, this time with AAA describing the track as “…an element of dubstep with a punk-esque chorus… I see this one going down well on any dance floor”. After premiering it on thepolysonic.com, Come Down received over 2,000 plays in just a matter of hours.
In mid-2011, Wolfe took to the studio to build on this success by writing and recording the follow-up to Come Down – the eclectic album The Sun. Due for release in 2013, The Sun successfully fuses electro pop with a punk aesthetic to create 45 minutes of original and unique music that’s both creative and yet commercial-sounding. This 11-track album debut encapsulates vast atmospheric soundscapes – rich layers of synths and guitars intertwined with driving bass lines and melancholy vocals, expertly mixed together by engineer Kevin Paul (Depeche Mode, Moby, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds).
With a new EP having been released in July and the full-length album to follow shortly after, the future looks exciting for The Polysonic. Now, as a 4-piece band comprised of Tom Wolfe (vocals/synth/guitar), Chaz Foster (guitar/backing vocals), Sam McCarthy (bass) and Ryan Lavender (drums), The Polysonic’s live show brings a new element of raw energy into the mix, and they’re ready to take the album to the stage and lift this already exciting artist to the next level.