#Don't Panic! We're From Poland
This year, Don’t Panic! We’re from Poland brings three Polish bands to the Primavera Sound music festival in Barcelona: Coals, The Kurws and Trupa Trupa. Each band will perform twice during the festival.
The 18th edition of Primavera Sound will host a multitude of activities open to all accredited professionals, from debates and networking sessions, conferences, workshops, mentoring sessions, to showcases and receptions during PrimaverPro. For five days, the present and future of the music business are debated amongst experts in the field, new up-and-coming bands and artists from all around the world. The objective is to establish closer ties between independent music scenes from different countries and to boost cultural exchange on a worldwide level.
At this year’s edition of the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, three Polish bands will be performing: Coals, The Kurws and Trupa Trupa. Each band will perform two concerts during the festival: one at the Don’t Panic! We’re from Poland showcase during PrimaveraPro on 29th May 2018 and one in Parc del Fòrum as part of Primavera Sound on 31st May 2018.
Coals is a young duo from Poland – Katarzyna Kowalczyk and Łukasz Rozmysłowski. The name of the band is connected with the region they come from, Silesia, which is famous for its coal mines.
They began playing together in September 2014, and quickly found fans, which enjoyed the home-recorded music they posted on the internet.
The somewhat creamy quality of Coals' music is an experience akin to being wrapped up in cotton wool and sailing away on ebb tides of unperturbed bliss. It could well be down to the silky smooth voice of vocalist Katarzyna Kowalczyk or possibly the multiinstrumentation of Łukasz Rozmysłowski but the net result is gorgeously lush music that increases the anticipation of their yet-to-be released debut album.
The Coals are inspired by artists such as Spooky Black, Soap&Skin, Dean Blunt or Sigur Rós. Apart from sold-out gigs in Poland, the band regularly performs at major European festivals (Iceland Airwaves, Positivus Festival, Reeperbahn Festival, LOFTAS, Tune In Tel Aviv, BUSH Budapest). They recorded two live sessions for KEXP and their composition Weightless was ‘KEXP Song of the Day’ in September 2015.
The Coals’ first long play Tamagotchi came out on 13th October 2017, and it’s received great reviews from listeners and critics alike.
The Kurws got together in May 2008 –an unexpected result of a ping pong game. Since then, they have pursued their own search – not so much within defined genres, but within the very foundations of rock ‘base’, expression and sound.
During their ten years of existence, the band has played numerous gigs throughout Europe. In August 2017, they toured extensively in – all the way from St. Petersburg to Vladivostock. The band still considers themselves faithful to their DIY principles. Their debut album Dziura W Getcie (editor’s translation: A Whole In The Ghetto)” – released as a joint venture by Qulturap, Oficyna Biedota, Trująca Fala and Blinded – came out in 2011 and saw its release in the US by Bat Shit Records. In 2012, they created Pustostany, an ephemeral band with Maciek Salamon from the bands Gówno and Nagrobki as the vocalist. They released an album on vinyl in 2017 by Sweet Rot Records and Pouet! Schallplatten.
In 2014, The Kurws released their second album entitled Wszystko Co Stałe Rozpływa Się W Powietrzu (Everything That’s Solid Melts In The Air), released on CD by Gusstaff Records and in the spring of 2015 on vinyl by Gaffer Records/Red Wig Records & Tapes. That same year it was named ‘Record Of The Day’ on WFMU Radio.
In 2017, the band released their third album entitled Alarm on CD (Gustaff Records) and LP (Red Wig, Mon Cul C’est Du Tofu? and Jacob Records).
Trupa Trupa is Grzegorz Kwiatkowski, Tomek Pawluczuk, Wojtek Juchniewicz and Rafał Wojczal. In 2015, the band released Headache, a critically acclaimed album released on CD and cassette by the British label Blue Tapes and X-Ray Records. In 2016, Headache Remastered was re-released on vinyl and CD by the French label Ici d'ailleurs.
The band’s newest album Jolly New Songs was released on 27th October 2017, as a result of an international collaboration of Ici d’ailleurs along with Blue Tapes and X-Ray Records. If post-rock were an animal that dies in the depths of a dense wood, Trupa Trupa would be the ghost of that noble beast, silently observing how its mortal corpse decomposes. If this imagery is too bleak for your taste, then you may not be prepared for this band, whose name in Polish means ‘Corpse Corpse’. The formation fronted by the poet Grzegorz Kwiatkowski has enough of a sense of humor to call its latest album Jolly New Songs – a collection of litanies shrouded in psychedelic fog and well-received by media such as The Quietus and Tiny Mix Tapes, and even by the great Chloë Sevigny.
All three bands from Poland will perform on the 29th of May in La  de Apollo and on the 31st of May on the NightPro Showcase stage in Parc del Fòrum as part of Primavera Sound 2018.
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The Don’t Panic! We’re from Poland project was initiated by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in 2008 to promote contemporary Polish music worldwide. Don’t Panic!’s mission is simple: to share Poland’s rich and vibrant music scene with music lovers around the globe. They have brought Polish acts to festivals around the world such as SXSW in the US, C/O Pop in Germany, Liverpool Sound City in the UK and Primavera with Entropia, Hańba! and JAAA! in tow this time around. Last year, Don’t Panic! brought RSS B0YS and Merkabah to Primavera. This year audiences in Barcelona will have the opportunity to listen to three acts with entirely different sounds and aesthetics.
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