DZIECI KAPITANA KLOSSA: Syf Baltycki: LP

Nov 27, 2018

Very cool and well-recorded live document of a mostly unheralded (at least in the U.S.) Polish punk/post-punk quintet from the mid-’80s. I would love it if someone could translate not just the lyrics but the extended oral history by former band members included in the accompanying liner notes (all I know is that the album title translates to “Baltic Crap”). What was it like to make underground music in what wound up being the last years of a Communist government? Why did they never make any studio recordings? In the music, they’re somehow fed up and exuberant, draw on the music of their immediate predecessors without exactly copying any one band, and walk a line between direct thrashing and something melodic and subtle, which is really the ideal. –Matt Werts (Pasazer, pasazer.pl)

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