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Editors’ Notes

Polvo’s sound was fashioned from the detuned, molten guitar rock of Sonic Youth, but during college radio’s golden age (1991-1996) this Chapel Hill quartet were the pinnacle of transcendent, six string interchange. The guitars of Ash Bowie and Dave Brylawski were ever entangled in a sandstorm of shifting movement and sudden explosion. Melded to the careening drums of Eddie Watkins and the bass of Steve Popson, Polvo’s guitar attack begins to reveal a bevy of unexpectedly catchy songs, “Sure Shot,” “Tilebreaker,” and “Time Isn’t On My Side” among them. “Thermal Treasure” is a throttling opener that appeals as much to fans of Metallica as it does fans of Sonic Youth, while “Gemini Cusp” closes the album with a regal dirge. Even when they were at their most restless and esoteric — the constantly changing tempos, the vocals fully buried under a mass of amplified guitar — Polvo were headbanging hard rock music. Today’s Active Lifestyles is woven with the thread that ties together skaters, metal fans, and indie rockers.

Customer Reviews

I will say this about Today's Active Lifestyles.

It is my favorite record of all time. Indie rock at its finest. No album "does it for me" more so than this album. The guitar tones are perfect. The way the guitars are played is unconventional and holds my attention way more effectively than even the tightest prog metal virtuosos that have ever hauled their pink boa, platform shoe-wearing, dinosaur asses onto a stage in front of thousands of people. Aside from that, the drums, bass, and vocals all have their own strengths obviously, and their roles don't revolve around bringing out the best in the guitar sound. Songs like "Tilebreaker" and "My Kimono" are all-time favorites of mine. This album will grow on you if nothing else. It'll be that album that will just one day click with you. And you shall click with it! You'll be best friends forever, I promise.

This is well worth the buy.

The title pretty much sums this one up. If you are like me, and tire of the quick and dirty pop punk of today, if you really want to hear good musicianship and can handle a little guitar noodling, if you just want to listen to good music - Polvo's the band for you. Even though this is a slightly different version (the one I have on CD has the song "Thermal Treasure" on it, which is my personal favorite), this is completely awesome.


When I think of Polvo I think of complex. There is just so much going on that everytime I listen to them I find something new. For me Polvo is either on or off. However, when they are on, it's just pure power and some of the finest music out there, with amazing twists. This entire album is on as far as I am concerned. For some this can be difficult to listen to, but for others it's just bliss. I like all the songs here, however, Stinger (Five Wigs), Lazy Comet, Time Isn't On My Side seem to stick out. This was part of the soundtrack to my freshman year at UNC.


Formed: 1990 in Chapel Hill, NC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One of the most popular and accomplished bands in the arty, noisy indie rock offshoot dubbed math rock, Polvo touched on many of the genre's hallmarks: dissonant, intricately layered guitars that often employed alternate tunings; odd, off-kilter rhythms; an emphasis on dense sonic texture; and unorthodox song structures that, nonetheless, were often unconventionally melodic. Additionally, their music had a pronounced Eastern feel that came not only from the Indian and Middle Eastern-style...
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