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A great guitar shredder since the age of only 13, Montreal artist Polychuck is now an innovative and ever-maturing singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and high profile guitar coach who's ready to take the rock world by storm with multiple singles and a just-issued EP, ‘Shadows Exposed’ (released on July 23rd), and a new single/video, “Beating Myself Down,” which can be experienced here:

“I started messing around on the piano with something that sounded like The Clash’s ‘London Calling’ song, and I took it from there,” recalls Polychuck about the writing of “Beating Myself Down.” For me, the melody was clearly going to be kind of uplifting and motivational. At the same time, a friend and I were working on a text with a depressing tone, these lyrics were almost too much to be taken seriously. The theme was dark but the lines were cool and catchy and I knew there was something to keep developing this song. At first, we thought it would fit perfectly like a Papa Roach/ Korn type of song, but I ended up wanting to try it on a more upbeat ‘the world is beautiful & unicorns, etc.’ instrumental track that I had written around the same time.”

Musically, Polychuck stepped outside the box for the song. “After recording the vocals and having finished the structure of the track, I decided to go all in with my upbeat vibe, and even add a brass section. The goal was to make it so ‘over the top’ that it’s almost like there’s a parade going on while I’m singing about how life sucks. The way I ended up arranging the song was now perfectly in line with the feel that I wanted it to have. The song has a swing beat, it starts off with a very light hearted piano chord progression and the instrumentation gradually gets fuller and more complex until the guitar solo kicks in, and I am moving forward going in a super dramatic sound with the long arpeggios and sweep picking to give it an epic sound.”

And when it came to the song’s video, Polychuck knew exactly what he wanted. “A couple of weeks after having it mastered, and ready to release, I started getting tons of ideas for the music video to accompany the song. The video would need to be funny, but still keep the meaning that I was trying to communicate in the track. The idea was to have me play the role of many different aspects of myself. A bunch of me’s talking to each other like I am having some kind of self-inquiry moment or inner conversation. It happens to all of us, and that was my way to put that in music and now images. It took a bit of a humorous turn but it still had a very profound meaning. I’m really happy about what we did with this track and I really think it makes the perfect single for the EP. Enjoy the song!”

The multi-talented Polychuck played, produced, recorded and mastered everything that you hear on the EP. With most modern artists sounding quite one-dimensional, predictable, and same-sounding as their competition, the hard-to-pin-down Polychuck is a most welcome arrival on the music scene, as heard throughout ‘Shadows Exposed,’ and on the new single/video, “Beating Myself Down.”


1. Beating Myself Down

2. Exposure

3. In the Dark

4. Driving Me Mad

5. Lights Out


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