Polaris Address Future Of The Band Following Death Of Ryan Siew

Nearly a month after the passing of guitarist Ryan Siew, Polaris have revealed plans to move forward with the band.

They made the announcement on social media and shared their intent to release their new album Fatalism as planned with a September 1st release date. They also talked about returning to the road to tour in Australia and North America this fall.

Dear friends,

After much consideration, in the face of everything we are dealing with, we have decided to proceed with our upcoming plans. This means our new album Fatalism will still be released on September 1. This is the last set of complete songs that we wrote together with Ryan, and though the circumstances of their release are now framed by this tragedy, the meaning of the songs and the love we have for them has not changed. We are incredibly proud of this record and looking forward to sharing it with you, and now more than ever we hope that you connect with it.

The Fatalism Australian & North American tours will be going ahead as planned. Please note that the Brisbane & Newcastle shows of the AU tour have already sold out. We also have another short set of international dates that were booked several months ago, which we will be announcing very shortly. These shows were always going to be special to us, but now they come with a different weight. Playing these shows will not be easy… It will be different. It will be beautiful & bittersweet. But this is what we love most, and right now we choose to put our faith in the healing power of art and community. We want to do this for ourselves, for you, and for Ryan. We hope to see you there.

With love,

Siew joined Polaris as lead guitarist in 2013 after Rick Schneider moved from lead to rhythm guitar duties. His work can be heard on 2017’s The Moral Coil and 2020’s The Death of Me. Their new album Fatalism features the final songs the band wrote with Siew.

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Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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