PLEASE DON'T CRY FEST 5

 

 

 

 PLEASE DON'T CRY FEST 5

 

 

 JUST ANOTHER WASTED NIGHT AT  THE WARSZTAT CLUB

 

 

 

 

 

“Music that gentlier on the spirit lies,
Than tired eyelids upon tired eyes.”

                              Alfred Tennyson about emo hardcore

 

 

 

 

 

WHERETHEBIRDSSLEEP

 

WATCHING ME FALL

 

WATCHING TIDES

 

GROUP OF MAN

 

ONE TRILLION DREAMS

 

MASADA

 

ANSA

 

NÚKK 

 

 

 

March 11, 2017

Warsztat 

 

 

I was only joking, my dear. It was not wasted at all. It was a great night, actually. Well, initially I did not to intend to write a report, but the event turned out to be so successful that I changed my mind.

The gig was really a one-day independent DIY festival of emo, hardcore, punk, post hardcore and the like. It was organized for the 5th time by the tireless underground activist Wyrak, who this time combined forces with the best indie space in town called Warsztat.

Every time we say goodbye and I go to Warsztat, I am extremely surprised. This club looks better and better each time. The group of punks that took the place over and converted an old, stinking ruin into a cool, clean and really nice meeting place for all nice, positive, caring people. Not only to listen to some great, unique, intelligent and loud independent bands from all over the planet, but also to exchange thoughts, ideas and sometimes records, CDs, books and fanzines.

The eight scheduled bands appeared in the following order: WHERETHEBIRDSSLEEP, WATCHING ME FALL, WATCHING TIDES, GROUP OF MAN, ONE TRILLION DREAMS, MASADA, ANSA, NÚKK. I was told by Wyrak that this order was not accidental as he wanted to make a good mix according to the music, sound and intensity of the participating groups. I guess the final result was rather slick.

Wherethebirdssleep and  Watching Me Fall are both Polish bands coming from Poznan and Bielsko-Biała respectively. Watching Tides and Masada were German groups from Berlin and from Erlangen. Group Of Man are based in London, while the remaining three units: One Trillion Dreams (Poznań & Luboń), Ansa (Ciechanów) and Núkk (Wrocław) were all Polish bands.

All of them were worth checking out, although I must say that One Trillion Dreams stood a bit apart, representing a  somewhat different style and attitude when compared to the rest. But it was good to see them anyway, especially for someone who did not know them, as it was their farewell gig.

Out of the two German bands Masada were angrier and more screamish and  Watching Tides presented a gentlier and more melodic attitude while remaining angry enough for the festival.

Among the Polish bands, Watching Me Fall especially appealed to me. They are one of my favourite Polish hardcore bands. Heavy, fast, emotional and dedicated. The others were cool as well.

But I feel Group Of Man turned out to be the real killer of the night. This sixpiece from London uses three (sic!) guitar players but to good effect. Their sound was big, solid as a (punk) rock, massive and empowering. The music was a little trancelike with some melodic threads interwoven here and there. If you don't mind the comparison, they were a bit like a hardcore Hawkwind, sans acid.

We were lucky to see them, as this present Euro tour included three dates only! Two in Poland and one in Germany. And they were also their first gigs with the third guitarist. They plan to release their debut album next year. 

In all, a perfect night spent in good company with plenty of healthy food and drink and even some vinyl and T's. I was glad to choose Warsztat, but there were two other HC/punk gigs on that day as well. Still a lot of people turned up. See you next year.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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