Clash Battle Guilt Pride is all of the good that fans have come to expect from Rochester's Polar Bear Club. Melodic yet roughed up, earnest but tough, they stack the emotion high without sacrificing any of the crashing drums and dynamic guitars. The lines of their punk rock come sharper and more tightly executed this time around, though, even as producer Brian McTernan helps to inject more rock power and shine.
Review Summary: "Clash Battle Guilt Pride" is an excellent output and progression for Polar Bear Club, though progression might not be the right word.Progression and change is always and somewhat a double edged blade. As a band you will be cursed if you do not change or progress enough. Dare to change more than people like, and you're cursed because of, well, change.
“You gotta scream to get your point across,” sings Polar Bear Club’s Jimmy Stadt on “Religion On The Radio,” the penultimate track on the band’s new LP. “That’s our way.” There’s a heavy dose of irony in the line’s delivery; it’s not screamed but sung with Stadt’s tenor, rough around the edges as though rubbed with steel wool. Still, the song’s point rings true to the whole album—if you truly want to be heard, you need to be LOUD.And Polar Bear Club is a loud band.