Congrats to Polaris and Jayden Roy for their unheard of debut success. Well done from all of us at Music Injection.
In what is surely one of the best DIY stories of 2016 so far (and perhaps of the last 12 months), unsigned and independent Sydney metalcore act Polaris have pulled off an ARIA Album chart debut at #34 overall for their EP “The Guilt and the Grief” and #11 overall for releases by Australian artists.
What’s even more incredible about the chart position is that the completely unsigned, independent act, managed and booked by Jayden Roy of Chase Music Group, achieved this with physical product being sold through their Big Cartel page, all of which was not counted in their ARIA-registered sales. The chart position came from iTunes and digital store sales only, distributed by independent digital distributor Ditto Music.
The ARIA result comes in the same week they debuted at #1 in Rock and Metal on iTunes, as well as overall at #6, finishing at #11 overall and being added to 2017’s Legion Festival alongside Devildriver, Devil You Know and Lordi.
The band are about to kick off their tour alongside Sydney UNFD-signed act Stories next week, Thursday 11th at Crowbar, Brisbane and Friday 12th at Red Rattler in Sydney.
The band fulfilled their Big Cartel pre-orders themselves and included hand-written notes to their fans, thanking them for the purchase, with over 250 physical CDs going out in the past two weeks.
The band are ecstatic with the result. Band member Daniel Furnari said “For us, having basically distributed a record out of our bedrooms, the idea of charting on the ARIAs was barely on our radar until the record had been selling for a few days. This result is just far beyond whatever we’d hoped for and it’s so rewarding to see it come to fruition. Including those thank you notes to the people that purchased CDs was really important to us, as physical copies of music are so undervalued now so we’re especially thankful for anyone supporting us on that end.”
POLARIS – “THE GUILT & THE GRIEF”
EP TOUR DATES – FEB/MARCH 2016