The Polar Bear is Mine
Hailing from the Niagara Region in Ontario, Canada, The Polar Bear is Mine plays shows all across Southern Ontario frequenting Hamilton and St. Catharines. They were primarily active from 2011 until 2017 and are currently on indefinite hiatus with members working on other projects and spread across the globe. The band is DJ Maki on guitar, William Preston on bass, Jacob Wiley on drums, and Kostyn as vocals. They put on a wild and theatrical show, playing crunchy yet groove-heavy songs about politics, belief (or lackthereof), and mental health. DJ's guitar sounds and her minimalist style make their sound distinctly alternative, but also counter-intuitively lay the groundwork for the complexities of the rhythm section. Will's highly technical and iconic funk-reminiscent bass lines explore the sonic space left open by the guitar and vocals. For Jacob's part, he creates the foundation for experimentation but engages with the strings to provide unique and punchy, movement-inducing rhythm. Kostyn, acting as front-man, gives voice to the band and sings melodies built on the string parts with often nasally and chromatic vocal lines belted out loud or softly spoken, taking on various characters in dialogue. Their first and only release, an EP called "Emission Amplification", featured seven of their earliest tracks and was released in February of 2015. Post-"Emission Amplification", the band wrote a number of thus far unreleased songs which further explore their collective sonic power and feature Will taking on synth as well as bass.
Though the band was never totally satisfied with their recorded material, their live shows are where they excel. Frequenting bars, as well as the occasional house venue, Will and Kostyn riffed off of each other's crazed performances often resulting in partial nudity and on-floor writhing while DJ coolly anchored the fray and Jacob could be heard screaming nearly as loud his kit.