Australian band POLARIS have shared the video for “Vagabond.” The track appears on the band’s ARIA-nominated The Death Of Me, out now via SharpTone Records.
Drawing visual inspiration from classic movies such as Mad Max, Star Wars, Dune, and Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and the aesthetics of festivals like Burning Man and Rainbow Serpent, the video was filmed entirely outdoors and shot in natural locations. Filming outdoors had its challenges, such as facing high winds, intense heat, military planes flying overhead, and a whole lot of other factors that made filming a very interesting experience.
“This video has been a long time in the making, and is probably the most ambitious visual project we’ve ever worked on,” says vocalist/bassist Jake Steinhauser. “When we first considered doing a video for ‘Vagabond,’ we knew that the vibrant sunny attitude of the song’s chorus was something we wanted to reflect in the visuals — something a lot brighter than what we’d normally go for.”
He continues, “The name of the song and the sound of the intro guitar motif had always inspired desert imagery for us, so we began the concept focusing more on the visual ideas we wanted to accomplish, with the narrative then forming naturally around those images and elements of the song’s lyrics. With the initial idea for the video having been conceived in early 2020, there was also a desire to show off the beautiful Australian landscape we’re lucky enough to call our backyard — a landscape that had recently been ravaged by a very long and intense bushfire season.”
He finishes, “Over the months that followed, a series of lockdowns, interstate travel restrictions, and wild weather conditions all created complications for us. But between us and our friends, Kez Ellis-Jones and Chris Elder, who worked on the video with us, we adapted and kept pushing ahead, because we were all determined to see it brought to life. We had a lot of fun getting heavily into the concept with the outfits we put together to create our own little post-apocalyptic cinematic world.”
Drummer Daniel Furnari chimes in, saying, “Getting to film that big ‘desert rave’ scene that closes out the video was so special. Something that we felt had been missing from ours and so many peoples’ lives over the last year was the ability to get together with a large group of people and just celebrate life through music and dancing and self-expression. That search for a sense of community and togetherness not only became the driving force for the characters in the video’s narrative, but also allowed us to do something that temporarily filled that void in real life for a night!”
He furthers, “And the best thing was that we could see that all the friends who jumped on board to be extras had been really craving that too, and I think that’s why so many of them were willing to get around the idea, put together wild costumes for themselves, and trek into the dunes at night. They had missed it as much as we had, and there was a really exciting energy in the air because of that. So much planning and crazy logistics went into that scene and there were so many points where we thought we wouldn’t be able to pull it off. When night fell and we were about to start shooting, we finally turned around and saw the location lit up and filled with all these people in these amazing colourful outfits and we couldn’t believe our eyes!”