9 September 2016
| Norma Jean|
Solid State Records
| September 9, 2016 (2016-09-09)|
January 2016 at Pachyderm Studios in Cannan Falls, MN
Josh Barber, Norma Jean
Post-hardcore, Mathcore, Post-metal, Noise rock
Norma Jean albums, Post-hardcore albums
Polar Similar is the seventh studio album by American metalcore band Norma Jean. The album was released on September 9, 2016 through Solid State Records, the band's first release on the label since 2008's The Anti Mother. This is Norma Jean's first release with guitarist Phillip Farris.
The album was recorded in January 2016 at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, where artists such as Nirvana, Failure, P.J. Harvey, and Explosions in the Sky have recorded albums. The album was produced by Josh Barber and the band. The title of the song "Everyone Talking Over Everyone Else" is a tribute to Lemmy of Motörhead, while the song itself is about an abusive relationship that vocalist Cory Brandan Putman was in.
"1,000,000 Watts" was the first song to be released from the album, premiering on June 14, 2016. The song caused some minor controversy in the Christian music scene upon its release as the song contains the line "I'm not fucking around." The album was released on September 9 through Solid State Records, the band's first release on the label since 2008's The Anti Mother. Four days later, on September 13, a music video was released for the song "Everyone Talking Over Everyone Else." The video, directed by Anthony Altamura, shows the band performing the song in a dimly lit room along with footage of people in abusive relationships.
All tracks written by Norma Jean.
Norma JeanCory Brandan Putman – vocals, guitar
Jeff Hickey – guitar
Phillip Farris – guitar
John Finnegan – bass
Clayton "Goose" Holyoak – drums, auxiliary percussion
Additional personnelJosh Holyoak – Sound design, keyboards, ambient sounds, and additional percussion throughout the album. Production at the end of track 13
Adam Putman – additional percussion, piano and organ on tracks 4 and 13, background vocals on track 8
Ben "Bob" Turkovic – additional percussion, engineering
Josh Barber – production, additional guitars on tracks 1 and 2
Norma Jean – production
Josh Barber – engineering
Jeremy S.H. Griffith – mixing
Drew Lavyne – mastering
1I The Planet3:03Polar Similar Wikipedia
2Everyone Talking over Everyone Else3:27
3Forever Hurtling Towards Andromeda2:16