You may or may not have seen this inconspicuous four piece from distant Gdansk at last year’s Colors of Ostrava or this year’s Sharpe festival in Bratislava, but their remarkable mix of punk, psychedelic, pop or noise has been noticed by journalists across Western Europe and their fourth album has been released on the British label Blue tapes. The band speaks both Swans and Beatles in one breath, and journalists talk about Syd Barrett, Mogwai or Radiohead, which – though not painting a picture of very happy music – raises the audience’s growing respect and desire to understand the ambiguous and unscheduled songs.
Nenápadnou čtveřici z dalekého Gdaňsku jste už mohli vidět na loňských Colours of Ostrava nebo letošním bratislavském Sharpe festivalu, ale jejich pozoruhodného mixu punku, psychedelie, popu nebo noise si už všimli i novináři v Západní Evropě, a jejich čtvrté album nakonec vyšlo na britském labelu Blue tapes. Kapela mluví jedním dechem o Swans i Beatles, a novináři zas o Sydu Barrettovi, Mogwai nebo Radiohead, což ve výsledku – ačkoli opravdu nejde o příliš veselou hudbu – vzbuzuje stále větší respekt publika a jeho chuť porozumět nejednoznačným a neprvoplánovým skladbám.
„Many artists come from abroad to take advantage of the unique opportunity SXSW offers, including Polish psychedelic rock group, Trupa Trupa. Trupa Trupa attempts to combine many disparate musical styles and genres, based on each members’ preference and style. The group’s lead vocalist, Grzegorz Kwiatkowski, claims that this blending of styles is part of what makes the band unique. Dalej SXSW / The Liberator
Trupa Trupa jednym z 15 najlepszych zespołów tegorocznej edycji SXSW wg Gigwise!
„Whether it’s the heavy, jarring soundscape from new Subpop signings out of Gdansk, Trupa Trupa, or the Pavement-influenced juggernaut of Japan’s Stereogirl, SXSW brings the cream of international music to one spot unlike any other festival.”
Trupa Trupa jednym z siedmiu najciekawszych zjawisk tegorocznej edycji festiwalu SXSW wg Tucson weekly.
„Trupa Trupa’s delivery on a promise. There’s a big room in the convention center called the Flatstock, where artists sell their wares and mostly music posters. There’s also, of course, a venue in the middle of the room where bands play shows during the day. Polish rock group Trupa Trupa (which translates literally to „corpse corpse”), played a short set that made me feel hyper and like I was floating at the same time. At one point, frontman Grzegorz Kwiatkowski introduced a song: „The next song,” he cried into the microphone, „is called ‚Snow.’ And it’s about snow. Surprise! From, Poland.” One of the song’s lyrics repeats, „I’ve got nothing to hide, oh, I’ve got nothing to hide.” And they didn’t. They told us they would give us a song about snow, and they gave us a great song about snow.”
David Fricke z magazynu Rolling Stone uznał koncert Trupy Trupa za jeden z 10 najważniejszych występów podczas tegorocznej edycji festiwalu SXSW!
„On a day that opened with news of another horrific shooting — the massacre of Muslim worshippers at mosques in New Zealand — this experimental hard-rock quartet from Gdansk, Poland, began its set in requiem: “Never Forget,” a violent exasperation of anger and sorrow expressed in marching rhythm, overheated guitars and the title chant, and coming from much closer to home. In January, Pawel Adamowicz, the mayor of Gdansk and a friend of the band, was stabbed to death onstage at a charity event by an ultra-right fanatic. Singer-guitarist Grzegorz Kwiatkowski, his body shaking with nervous, outraged commitment, dedicated this performance to Adamowicz and the distant prospect of “no more hating.” “Dream About,” a track from Trupa Trupa’s forthcoming U.S. debut on Sub Pop, was another rattling challenge to futility. And when the band finished with “Good Days Are Gone,” it was in an angular, frantic desperation to prove the opposite.”
Greg Kot z Chicago Tribune uznał występ Trupy Trupa za jeden z 12 najlepszych koncertów tegorocznej edycji festiwali SXSW!
„Trupa Trupa: Gdansk, Poland’s Trupa Trupa first made an impact in America last year at South by Southwest, and the quartet returned this year to debut songs from a forthcoming album on Sub Pop. The band dedicated its performance to Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz, an ally and friend who was recently murdered. “These are new radical, dark, anti-hate-speech songs,” singer Grzegorz Kwiatkowski said by way of introduction, as good a way as any to describe the band’s stark aesthetic. The lyrics were often snippets, phrases, designed to provoke rather than soothe, hint rather resolve: “I dream about no one, no way, no one,” “I’ve got nothing to hide, I will just disappear.” The minimalist constructions prized dynamics and drone over melody and often built hypnotic force.” Dalej SXSW / Chicago Tribune