This Polish band’s sixth album is a well-crafted set of ominous rock ranging from driving, tension-filled post-punk to atmospheric psych-rock, with often-dark lyrics for these troubled times.
Imagine the Beatles and Velvet Underground reading Hannah Arendt while in the studio with film director Michael Haneke. That’s Trupa Trupa in a nutshell, a Gdańsk-based band who spent the last decade perfecting their balancing act between lyrical songs and crushing psychedelia.
I don’t often review poetry on this blog. The last — and, in fact, the only — time I did was Andrew McLuhan’s Written Matter last February. But, once again, words without music, or with music entirely in the head, call.
What strange music: joyful, optimistic, happy, rich. It sounds like Nick Drake not on a dark side, but on a bright side of the moon. ‘Gentle Blue Cherry Bell’, from this great LP, blooms from the same garden as the one tended by Syd Barrett. And what magnificent orchestration is on this mighty ‘Twice Upon A Rhyme’ album! This joyfully psychedelic LP reminds me of the atmosphere of ‘The Wizard of Oz’, the spirituality of The Beach Boys’ ‘Pet Sounds’, and the works of Cat Stevens and Jethro Tull. But this is not an imitation but a very original thing. This is a brilliant musical lost world, a world that should definitely be rediscovered.
Gdańsk, Poland’s Trupa Trupa just released their new album B FLAT A, that, according to frontman Grzegorz Kwiatkowski, explores “the wasteland of human nature where hatred and genocide are not just distant reverberations of Central European history but still resonate in contemporary reality,” and does so via visceral komische and post-punk inspired rock. You can listen to the whole album below.
Western University and City Lights Bookshop invite you to the event:
Confronting Hate: Artistic responses to history, genocide and rising right wing nationalism. A conversation with – Grzegorz Kwiatkowski – a Gdańsk-based poet, musician, and the lead singer of the internationally acclaimed art-rock band, Trupa Trupa.
Meeting led by Dr. Amanda Grzyb will take place on Wednesday January 26, 2022 11:am – 12.00pm EST [UTC/GMT-5).
Trupa Trupa’s Dream of Peace. Polish rock band’s new single “Uniforms” is a clarion call for humanism in a hateful world.
Polish band Trupa Trupa will release new album B Flat A on February 11 and they’ve just shared the very well-shot video for new single “Uniforms.” The song starts as airy indie rock but devolves into a good bit of noisy fun by the end.
University of California, Berkeley invites you to the event:
“Crops”: Grzegorz Kwiatkowski, Polish poet and musician, in conversation with Jenny Browne, 2017-18 Poet Laureate of the State of Texas
The Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at UC Berkeley invites you to a conversation about the poetry of Grzegorz Kwiatkowski and his latest book ‘Crops’, published by Rain Taxi. Kwiatkowski and Browne will read from their respective works and discuss the history that informs these poems, as well as the role poetry can play in offering testimony and hope in our troubled world.
The meeting will be held on Friday, January 21.