Drekoty delivers movement, emotion, primal screams, sparse low-key forms and great expression.
Performing since 2011, this female trio brings something new to the Polish scene. Their album Persentyna, released in the autumn of 2012, is not ideal soundtrack for holiday travel. It is untamable and requires a lot of attention. Their songs are thus regarded as an avant-garde hits. They combine the different experiences of leader Ola Rzepka – a self-taught drummer and trained pianist, who also studied eurythmics. All of this is combined in Drekoty: movement, emotion, primal screams and symmetry, sparse low key forms and great expression.
Rzepka – as a percussionist – is a familiar face on the Silesian scene, and has appeared with Budyń i Sprawcy Rzepaku, The Complainer, Graal and Pogodno. These days she can often be heard with Warsaw’s Alte Zachen (Jewish surf rock) and Wovoka (American blues). In Drekoty, Rzepka writes both music and lyrics. She was first joined by violinist and pianist Magda Roll, “Karotka,” a well-known fixture of the Gorzow groups Kawałek Kulki and Żółte Kalendarze. Singer Zosz Chabiera was added shortly thereafter.
In their first year the artists issued the EP Trafostacja, with the hits Masłem and Poddania. It was a revelation – synthesizer, punk, scream and drums as the most powerful sound in the band. The energy of Drekoty, however, is variable, as though their hit songs were a byproduct of actions and not the main objective. On Persentyna, the sound has been rethought again. Balancing the synthesizers are violin, zither and castanets. The drums were recorded with 23 microphones, though they no longer play such a dominant role. The lyrics are always feminine, coded, contentious and very good. Drekoty can always be counted on to give great, energetic concerts.
Jacek Świąder, Gazeta Wyborcza, June 2013
2011 – Trafostacja EP
2012 – Persentyna
The band's official page: www.drekoty.pl