RED STAR: Ranny Pacierz Towarzysza Live 1985-1986: LP

May 27, 2020

This sample of classic Polish hardcore, recorded live and raw, is magical. Even though these sets were in 1985 and 1986, the sound is more reminiscent of that felt earlier in the decade, before any hints of crossover started to dilute classic hardcore vibes. An English version of the Polish lyrics is included, and they’re fiercely political, although it’s clear that the translation is far from perfect. Members of this band went on to form the better-known new wave group One Million Bulgarians. Red Star played brilliant, top tier material that is well-deserving of its current rescue from obscurity. –Art Ettinger (Warsaw Pact)