The band’s youthful exuberance propels this uplifting new cut, marrying an indie sensibility with a vulnerable backdrop, and the track now paired with a high quality audio visual performance directed by Duncan Caterall. 

Explaining the concept behind the video the band say, “We wanted to keep the video super simple, so that it feels like you’re just watching us rehearse. It was shot one late winter evening and we finished it at 2am, before collapsing in a heap.”

Speaking about the song, singer Paul explains, “We somehow ended up inheriting an old piano that originally belonged to The Wombats, and it opened up a whole other dimension to our writing. Suddenly it felt like our sound fell out of the sky. ‘So Much Happened Since You Came’ was the first song we wrote on it. I’m forever writing lyrics into my phone, often in the middle of the night in a hazy state. I sat down at the piano, opened my phone notes and there it was. 5 minutes later it was finished.”




Today’s new track also comes with the news of Polar States’ self-titled four-track EP, due for release on 29th April 2022. ‘So Much Happened Since You Came’ is the first teaser from the body of work, which, unlike previous material, was mostly written on the piano. Documenting inner city life with escapism, there’s a cascading vulnerability running through the body of work. “We knew some people would love it, and some would hate it but that excited us even more,” the band say.

The announcement follows on from a busy 18 months for the band, who’s online cult following saw exponential growth during lockdown, with the bands’ WhatsApp group hitting thousands of messages a night. By the end of 2021, this resulted in a series of sold out shows across the country and hundreds of thousands of streams.

Previous singles ‘2020’, ‘Cover Me’ and ‘Lines’ received relentless support from BBC IntroducingBBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and Spotify’s Fresh FindsHot New Bands and The Indie List. The band also recently supported Wolf Alice and have appeared at Liverpool Sound City, Tramlines and Kendal Calling.‘So Much Happened Since You Came’ is out now. ‘Polar States’ EP is released on 29th April 2022.



About Polar States After a demo was picked up by Coldplay producer Jon Withnall, Polar States found themselves being played on BBC Radio 1 before they’d even had a chance to cut their teeth live. They spent the tail-end of 2021 touring the UK, with sold out shows in London, Manchester and their hometown, Liverpool.

It all began when singer Paul and guitarist Josh met one December evening to discuss forming a band, finalising the plan when they got stuck in a lift together later that night, before climbing out in-between floors in a mission impossible-esque fashion. There’s still a raging debate as to who was Tom Cruise that night.

Surreal incidents have continued to occur since Polar States’ inception, more recently a cat named Dust interrupted a recording session by jumping on the piano in the studio whilst they were recording the EP track of the same name. It’s enough to make you believe that the band’s glittering fate is written in the stars.

“During lockdown, we pressed reset. We knew we didn’t want to look back. We spent nearly every minute of the day together, wrote a load of new songs and just found ourselves becoming really attached to what we’d made,” they explain.

And so here it begins, 2022, the year Polar States stake their claim. 

Live Dates
31st January – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes4th March – The Continental, Preston11th March – The Underground, Bradford25th March – Ku, Stockton-on-Tees5th May – Moonshine, Portsmouth6th May – The Chapel, Salisbury6th June – Sonic Wave Festival, Birmingham31st July – Y Not Festival



Polar States EP tracklisting1. ‘So Much Happened Since You Came’2. ‘Waves (Beyond The Shore)’3. ‘Safe House’4. ‘Dust’