Gary Lightbody said once in an interview with RTÉ's No Disco: "A Newcastle fanzine wrote the album as, buy Songs For Polarbears and get Sebadoh's III, My Bloody Valentine's Isn't Anything and The Breeders' Safari for free. And I was like, 'Ouch, that hurts. They're making us out like we were copying some American bands.'"
Gary went on to say later in a interview with BBC sound in Belfast, "That we were still young and felt like a unsigned band around 96 & 7. When the first recordings we made are first record and playing to small crowds.We were in a mist of the Post Nirvana like world that later becoming more a Brit Pop like time with Blur and Oasis storming the charts. We got a small following on the indie scene when Star Fighter Pilot came out and the video. But we were not getting much play from the major radio station or MTV. And it still felt like demo on a low budget label. We were trying hard too sound like the Foo Fighters and The Pixies and Hüsker Dü along with The Dandy Warhols and others then basically. We were trying to find a Style like and The album is a collectors item if someone first bought it in 1998".
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^Syairi Ramly, Adly (9 July 2004). "Join this Snow patrol". AccessMyLibrary. The Malay Mail. Retrieved 2009-10-19.Appears as: "The musical diversity that ranges from hip hop beats to guitar drone to Pavement-esque indie rock that can be heard on the album is strong enough of a reason to make them a cult favourite."
^Bailie, Stuart (3 February 1999). "Licensed to chill". Hot Press. Retrieved 4 January 2010.Appears as: "Once they were called Shrug, and more recently, Polarbear, which was changed when another, similarly titled act started getting a bit frosty. Hence the title of the album."