A band that formed in 1993, released one album in 1999, is finally going on tour now, in 2014.
How does something like that happen?
Polaris was formed for just one reason, to provide music for the upcoming kid’s show The Adventures of Pete & Pete. They wrote the theme song, “Hey Sandy” (which, may or may not be about the Kent state massacre, but that’s never been confirmed since it’s probably dark subject matter for a song appearing in a show aimed towards ten year olds), and numerous other songs during the show’s three seasons.
Besides appearing in the beginning of every episode during the opening credits, they also showed up as themselves playing a song that Little Pete would get stuck in his head and spend the rest of the episode trying to figure out what song it was.
The show stopped production in 1996, but it wasn’t until 1999 that an album was finally cut featuring 12 of the songs Polaris wrote for the show. It’s not much of a surprise that the album didn’t sell well since they probably kind of missed the prime moment to release it. Nonetheless, the album did grow a cult following.
In 2012, Polaris reunited for one night at a Pete & Pete reunion, to which they were warmly received.
Finally, just this year, Polaris released a cassette single (yes a cassette single in 2014) and announced a tour, including a show In Brooklyn that sold out within moments of it’s announcement.