Polish Bands At Heineken Opener, A Guide for non-Poles going

Rightio, I’d searched a few forums to see if anyone could point me in the right direction as to which Polish bands are worth checking out at this years Heineken Opener. I was given a few names to check out but I decided that I you want something done you may as well do it yourself.

There’s only one way to do this, there’s a lot to get through. I’ve done 45 bands in all, but no Headliners.

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I’ll put a link for each band and their genre and I’ll put  a wee note beside it about what I think of them.

I hope this will be useful for you. This’ll be my third Heineken Opener and every year I’ve come away from it delighted to have “discovered”  some cool new Polish music, even though the band may have been playing in Poland for years and years.

Ok, enough of me rattling on, let’s get the ball rolling.

3Moonboys

Alternative/Electro-Indie/Post-Rock

Really cool sounding band, not afraid to experiment either, should be very good.

52um

Rock/Alt Rock

I’m on the fence here, they wanna sound Sonic Youth, but don’t, maybe live they’ll pull it off, as their Myspace material isn’t all that experimental and sounds a bit soft-rock.

Alains

Ska/Reggae/Folk

These will be great so long as the sun is belting down and the beer is flowing.

Bester Quartet

Folk/Alt Folk/Experimental/Jazz

If you’re into experimental Jazz tempos and drums mixed with traditional instruments then this’ll be the thing for you. Think Gogol Bordello but really really stoned.

Boryska

Instrumental/Experimental/Ambient

Lots of piano and some sweeping electro. Quite experimental too. But a bit meh and a bit too far up it’s own ass.

Brasil And The Gallow Brothers Band

Alt/Ambient/Psychelilica

With a name that naff they must be great? Yea, they are. They like to experiment with sounds, but you may have to be in a certain  mind-frame to fully appreciate their music, if you catch my drift.

Dead Snow Monster

Garage/Indie/Grunge

If you liked the old White Stripes you’ll love this band, but they’re far better than that. Gotta go see these.

Gra Pozorow

Indie/Rock/Alt

Good solid UK indie influenced rock band, along the lines of Editors and the like. Should be very good in the Polish sunshine, but will be crap if it’s raining.

Indigo Tree

Indie/Rock/Shoegaze

Very interesting Polish band and would well be worth checking out if you like your Indie soaked with Shoegaze tones.

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Irena

Pop/Rock

Nothing you haven’t heard a million times before. Boring.

Jacaszek

Electro/Ambient/Chill

Sweeping landscapes of music are the order of the day here, if you’re into music that been inspired by the Icelandic heavyweights of instrumentals you’ll enjoy this

Julia Marcell

Pop/Classical

She has a wonderful voice but I can’t see this being very good at a festival, small intimate club yes but not a festival. Music is a bit too melodramatic and lacks a punch.

Dreadsquad

Reggae/Dubstep/Electro

Poland has a strong tradition of quality reggae inspired bands and here’s another one. Grab a beer,  smoke a…cigarette and get the grove to the rhythm.

Karolina Glazer

Jazz

She has a really really annoying Flash website, she can sing but, so what, it’s jazz and jazz sucks.

Kiev Office

Alt Rock/New wave/Indie

A band that love driving beats and will get a crowd jumping up and down for sure, well worth checking out for any New Wave fans

kIRk

Electro/Industrial/HipHop

Alternative thinking mans hiphop this one here, very cool and ought to be checked out.

Klimt

Post Rock/Showgaze/Ambient

Mogwai mixed with God is an Astronaut topped off with a bit of Sigur Ros, fantastic, cannot wait to see this band.

Kyst

Lo-Fi/Alt-Indie/Experimental

Bit of a melting pot here. One moment sounding very Americana then changing to Post Rock, these could be good but they’re a bit directionless sounding.  Might be worth checking out for a half hour.

L.Stadt

Rock/New Wave/Pop

Check out their song Ciggies, a wonderful piece of guitar pop. These have a few belters in them so you should get along to whichever tent they’re playing in.

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L.U.C

Hip Hop/Trip Hop/Jazz Funk

Tripped out Hip Hop, very chilled out at times and with the odd Jazz instrument now and again. Good if you’re into a more intelligent Hip Hop thank your typical crap about bling and bitches.

Lao Che

Alternative Indie/Indie/Experimental

Interesting band but they sometimes go a bit too “far out” on their tunes and can be a bit over self-indulgent. However if you’re into more experimental sounding music this might be your bag baby.

Let The Boy Decide

Americana/Electro Folk/Acoustic

If you like Neil Young then you’ll cream your pants for these guys, the singer even sings a bit like him. Sprinkle it with some Mercury Rev influenced pop hook and you’ve got Let The Boy Decide.

Letters From Silence

Acoustic/Folk

Unlike the previous band, this band are very much an inward looking band and will probably be pretty boring live.

London Type Smog

Electro Rock/Indie/ New Wave

This band will probably put on a pretty good show, the songs are laden with a heavy bass drum which will get everyone moving. Imagine a happier Depeche Mode mixed Joy Division and you’ve got London Type Smog.

Łaki Łan

Funk/Alt-Electro/Shock Disco (whatever that is!)

These guys cannot simply be described, they’re all over the place, but they are pretty freaking cool, guaranteed to get your ass moving. They’ll probably put on a fantastic live show. Elements of trad, funk, metal and hip hop, check out the link and the video below and make up your own mind.

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Marika

Pop/R’n'B/Reggae

R’n'B influenced Reggae, and it’s actually worse than it sounds in real life than on paper. Avoid.

Merkabah

Metal/Thrash Metal/Gothic

Actually these are Polish they’re Canadian, but whatever I guess loads of people won’t have heard of them.  Riff-tastic metal band with tons of goth influences/imagery, they’re a bit naff but some of their tunes are pretty good especially when the double bass drum gets a pounding.

Mitch and Mitch

Chill/New Jazz

This band should’ve soundtracked the first Austin Powers movie, instrumental 60s and 70s influenced chill out music. Imagine if The Shadow munched a load of magic mushrooms then this is what they’d have sounded like.

Ms. No One

Alternative/Electro

Get Múm and Ladytron into a cat fight and hey presto Ms. No One. Probably Bjork influenced too, I’ll be heading a long to see this band for sure.

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Muariolanza

Ambient/Nu-Jazz

This kind of music can be cool in the right setting, like a hip and trendy cocktail bar, but in my experience at a festival it just gets a bit monotonous. Maybe they’ll pull off a good show, but it all sounds a bit boring to me.

Muchy

Indie/Rock

Another British indie influenced band, will probably put on a good show and pull a good crowd as they’ve had a couple of radio hits in Poland. For fans of the likes of Doves, Editors, The Drums.

Najakotiva

Electro/Post Rock/Electro Orchestra

Electronic music mashed with traditional orchestra sounds, they could well be epic on stage. Completely different than any other of the bands so far, you should at least check them out for being truly original . Some of their songs build to epic proportions.

Niwa

Chill/Down Tempo/Lounge

Really well executed music along the lines of RJD2 and early Flying Lotus. Niwa’s soulful set will be the perfect complement to a sunny afternoon.

Novika

Dance/Electro

Roisin Murphy and Moloko were, and still are huge in Poland and Novika is likely to be a product of such influence. With some really excellent tunes, Novika may well provide a very memorable set.

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NP

Hip Hop/Alternative/Electro

It’s hip hop but not like you’ve heard before, this is a proper cross over between alternative electro and hip hop. This will sound awesome when blasted out through massive speakers and may likely scare the be-jaysus out of some festival revellers. Fantastic stuff.

Oranzada

Avant-Garde/Pop/Alternative

This band’s take on pop music won’t be to everyone liking but for those of you into more experimental music then this might be up your alley. Go with an open mind and you may be surprised.

Pablopavo

Hip Hop/Reggae/Electro

Alternative hip hop, some great beats and melodies for you hip hop fans. The vocalist of also a member of the awesome Vavamuffin a dub influenced hip hop group.

Pasimito

New Jazz/Electro/Rock

It’s hard to pull of the new jazz thing and not sound completely self-indulgent but this Katowice band somehow manage it. By using pop influenced hooks they keep everything sounding fresh and engaging…most of the time, when it gets too jazzy that’s when it borders on bollox.

Paula i Karol

Folk/Pop/Acoustic

Acoustic music that’ll bore you to within an inch of your life. Unoriginal in every aspect, they sound stop playing music an become accountants.

Pleq

Down-Tempo/Electro/Experimental

Stoner music right here for all you leaf smokers. Again setting will play a large part in how this goes down, this isn’t music for a 3pm chill out, it’s music for about 4am as the buzz of the day’s festivities begins to fade and you want something to relax to. How and ever the tunes and melodies are quite good and Pleq certainly know their craft.

Popkultura

Rock

Straight out, no frills rock and roll. For fans of bands like Bruce Springsteen, Stereophonics. Not bad, just not very original.

Psio Crew

Folk/Electro Folk

If this band doesn’t have you dancing and enjoying the sunshine then you have no soul and you need to kill yourself. Mixing elements of Slavic trad. music with modern pop you’ll be hooked after the first few beats. Great drinking music!

Soniamiki

Pop/Electro

Pop music can be good when it’s in the right hands and handled properly, this is all a bit meh though. Uninspiring and a bit lacklustre, falls flat on its face at the first hurdle. Boring.

The Lollipops

Indie/Surf/Rock

A little bit of originality goes a long way and The Lollipops bring that, their sound is influenced by early surf but it’s also got an element of filth about it. They’ll probably turn it up s a live band and get the crowd going too.

Natural Born Chillers

Drum ‘n’ Bass/ Breakbeat/ Hip Hop

Not Polish either but maybe not so well-known as the headliners. This will be fantastic at 2am, get on your dancing shoes and get into the groove. Will be brilliant live and will doubtlessly get the crowd pumping.

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We Call It A Sound

Pop/Electro

Pretty good electro band not afraid to be both experimental and pop sounding at the same time. A little bit too down-tempo for a festival maybe but, again it depends on the setting and where they play. Well worth checking out though, their tunes are very good.

Well, that’s it.

Enjoy the festival, hope to see you there.

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