Trupa Trupa are 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 (Jute Gyte, Tashi Dorji, Mats Gustafsson, Katie Gately). In 2016, "Headache Remastered" was re-released on vinyl and CD by the French label Ici d'ailleurs (Yann Tiersen, Matt Elliott/The Third Eye Foundation and Stefan Wesołowski). The band’s newest album "Jolly New Songs" was released on the 27th of October as a result of an international collaboration of Ici d’ailleurs along with Blue Tapes and X-Ray Records.
"On their nimble new LP, the Polish quartet Trupa Trupa bring some poetry and subtlety to psychedelic rock."
"A strange, brilliant record. [...] This is a powerful band possessing special properties, that’s for sure. On the evidence of this record they happily live between any time and place. Or, rather, they’ve carved out their own sort of time in their music and invited you in."
Jolly New Songs appears in the top 10 albums of 2017 by Jim McGuinn of The Current: "One album I can't get enough of is Jolly New Songs from Polish rock band Trupa Trupa. This album has been the one discovery I've been telling many people about - imagine rolling bits of Radiohead, Mogwai, Syd Barrett, and Explosions in the Sky together, and you might get a sense of what's in the water in Gdansk."
"To Me" by Trupa Trupa on BBC Radio 6 Music (Stuart Maconie, Lauren Laverne, Tom Ravenscroft, Gideon Coe). Tom Ravenscroft described it as "Epic beyond words!".
"One of my favorite bands out of Europe these days is Trupa Trupa out of Gdansk, Poland. Their excellent new album, Jolly New Songs, is due out in late October, but they just released their first single, "To Me", which sounds to me like The Beach Boys' Surfs Up crashing into MBV's Loveless. Give it a listen, won't you?"
"With their fierce guitars, anthemic sound, knack for melodies and sometimes quirky lyrics, Trupa Trupa is becoming one of the most notable new psych-rock bands."
"To ingest Trupa Trupa’s Jolly New Songs is to wonder what kind of mushrooms are growing outside behind the band’s practice space in Gdansk. The drugs are working, just not quite how you would expected them to.[...] Jolly New Songs is not built on debt or reference but the persistence of their stark yet malleable vision."
Jolly New Songs are still broadcasted on WFMU by Gaylord Fields, Clay Pigeon, Mark Reichard, Mary Wing and dj Stan. Have a listen at www.trupatrupa.com
"The latest album from Gdańsk avant-rockers Trupa Trupa is another step forward. [...] Jolly New Songs picks up pretty much where Headache left off. [...] Back in 2015, parts of the indie rock landscape were looking in dire need of some attention. With Headache, and now Jolly New Songs, Trupa Trupa have brought a much-needed freshness to the territory, their nimble poeticism backed up by a wintry toughness. They, as well as other string manglers like Hey Colossus, Part-Chimp, Cayetana and Beaches – there are more if you know where to look – are carving out unique, individual spaces in a zone where mould-breaking innovation has all too often ossified into idea-free conformity. Essential listening."
"Something I really enjoy about music is challenging myself with what I listen to when I click play. This is complete deflated when I hear someone singing. I just find it more unique when things are lyric-less or plane sampled. Maybe it’s more of a sculpture that way than someone’s middle-school poetry they mid-life crisis’d into a hard rock trope that’s fucking northern European. However (and most importantly), I gave up “rock and roll” long ago in the old Tipp City Post Office basement with Brandon and Nick and Marshall years ago, though, if I were there now with them jamming, we’d totally pump out some tunes like Trupa Trupa’s “To Me.” Snoop the color-soaked video above and believe in a few more Jolly New Songs in October. More to come!"
"While sometimes hearing rock and roll played from a non-English as first language country can be alarmingly bad or cartoonish, sometimes you hear the most interesting stuff imaginable. One of my favorite discoveries of the past year was digging into a Hungarian band from the ’70s called Illes – who were like the Beatles (or Stones) of Hungary, during the Communist era, and while reflecting the ’60s rock movement also retained elements of their native folk music and launguage. Now it’s 2017, and the world is global and information spreads more easily, so I don’t know that there’s a direct „Polish-ness” to Trupa Trupa, but there is an otherworld and unique vibe the exists in the songs – I’m not sure a band from the UK or US could sound like this. What’s it sounds like? If you take a bit of the Radiohead post-rock and a touch of Pink Floyd with a litte minimalism added in, plus whatever the second language and folk traditions their Polishness must impart, and you get this really interesting thing happening."
"There’s range, and with repeated listens, depth."
"It’s full of surreal constructions that worm their way inside your head with catchy melodies and then refuse to leave when their strangeness becomes all too apparent."
Headache among the best LPs of 2015 and TT as one of the best rock bands - says Sasha Frere-Jones, one of the world's most influential music critics writing for the LA Times: "One of the best rock bands doing business now is from Gdansk, Poland. The lead singer of Trupa Trupa is poet Grzegorz Kwiatkowski, who sings (and speaks, sometimes) in English. The band recalls a less woozy version of Dungen, another band who know their ’60s psychedelia but don’t sound like thirsty revivalists. Kwiatkowski leans into the conversational loopiness of Syd Barrett and the band flowers behind him. Beauty and intensity get equal space here.”
Sasha Frere-Jones, Los Angeles Times
Tristan Bath, The Quietus
Strauss, Tiny Mix Tapes