SXSW / Rolling Stone
Trupa Trupa's debut in the Rolling Stone magazine as one of the best acts at this year's SXSW Festival! "It sounded like the start of a rewarding friendship" says David Fricke!
"This four-piece band from Gdansk, Poland had a hellish 24-hour commute to SXSW – via Amsterdam and Minneapolis. They arrived with sense of humor intact. Singer-guitarist Grzegorz Kwiatowski pointed out that their hometown was both „a city of Solidarity” – referring to the revolutionary Polish-labor union – and where „the Second World War started,” a contrast that explains the seesaw between bleak-Radiohead turmoil and spacious Sigur Rós-like moments on Trupa Trupa’s two albums, 2015’s Headache and 2016’s Jolly New Songs. This venue – an Irish bar with its windows open to the alcoholic midnight din on East 6th Street – did not bode well for a live taste. But Trupa Trupa beat the odds with the throb-and-hammer of the perversely titled „Jolly New Songs” and the staccato surge of „To Me,” the latter laced with molten-fuzz guitar played by Rafal Wojczal on a custom instrument made from a petrol can. „Good days are gone,” Kwiatowski sang with bitter conviction at the end of the set, in the art-rock comet „Good Days.” For the few of us in this pub, it sounded like the start of a rewarding friendship."