DZIADY KAZIMIERSKIE: Kazimiernikejszyn: LP

May 21, 2014

I feel like it’s not fair for me to review this record until I learn enough Polish to write the review in it. With the exception of a courtesy English insert from the label, the entire record is in Polish and it describes the band as “The Pogues meets Gogol Bordello and having a pint of brew somewhere in scenic countryside.” It goes on to tell us this band includes some credible Polish punk musicians doing something completely unexpected. I get the feeling that this label is just as confused as me, though some things just get lost in translation. There’s whistling, slide guitar, roosters crowing, and some acoustic instruments that I suck at identifying, with folk-style vocals that sound like they’re sung with a smirk. Most of the songs have upbeat rhythms that mimic a ska sound, though there are other times when the guitar gets closer to a Latin sound ala “La Bamba.” One of the songs includes a few measures of Lou Reed’s “Wild Thing,” translated and sung in Polish out of nowhere. While I’m not sure what they’re up to lyrically, it’s obvious they’re way laid back and having an awesome time. 

 –Kayla Greet (Pasazer,