DEZERTER: Kolaboracja II: LP

This record is a reissue of the second album by Polish punk band Dezerter. It was released in 1988 and is interesting in the web of punk styles the band takes on. The opening track, “Kolaboracja II,” is a folky instrumental leading into the very thrashy “Budujesz Faszyzm Przez Nietolerancje.” It’s an angry, anti-fascist song with heavily distorted guitars bordering on DRI’s crossover era. The next song is melodic and loses me a little in its swipe into the near-emo universe. I really liked “Fabryka,” a discordant droner reminiscent of Dead Kennedys’ howling. After settling into some solid ’80s punk, the album takes a turn into the dreaded ska song. To be fair, it’s not the worst dreaded ska song I ever heard; it’s got a bit of second wave snot. The backbone punk songs on this record are excellent and the moments of surprise are enjoyable more often than not. And it looks cool. It’s one to check out if you’re into ’80s punk. –Billups Allen (Pasażer)