Following on from my earlier chart on post punk from the former Yugoslavia I thought it was about time to do a follow up. Starting off in Poland which after Yugoslavia had perhaps the most famed and widespread scene.
Brygada Kryzys - Centrala. This song is taken from their first single and also appeared on the black album (their s/t LP). The band were one of the first post punk groups in Poland and had a sound built around lingering vocals, some dub/reggae influences and a lot of tension building up in the music. Below is another earlier song which highlights the reggae/ska influence in their sound
Here is a related group founded by members of Brygada Kryzys which is much more reliant on reggae.
An early compilation from the polish scene worth checking out is the 'Fala' LP ('Fala' means 'wave' in Polish) This track 'Czarna Droga' is by a band called Bakszysz and is again a reggae influenced song as many were at this time.
Again reggae influenced (this time a cover of Bob Marley), Deadlock were one of the first Polish bands to get a record out, through France. This was before state owned labels such as Tonpress or Polton would risk releasing such contemporary music.
Another band who were a stalwart of the Polish scene alongside Brygada Kryzys were Siekera. Siekera (which means 'Ax') started off life as a hardcore punk band playing songs such as this from their demo sessions
However they progressed quickly to become more influenced by post punk groups such as Joy Division, the Cure and the Neue Deutsch Welle coming out of Germany at the time. These influences predicated a move towards more electronic/gothic territory, moving towards the creation of much more foreboding and menacing sounds. The release of the album Nowa Aleksandria in 1986 was a milestone for the group. Below are two tracks from it, the title track and Jest Bezpiecznie. This album is one of my favourite post punk LPs released anywhere during the 1980s and stands up against the bands who influenced them
Lastly, another band emerging at the time was Dezerter who were based far more in the hardcore scene than the other bands. Here is one song of off their debut 7" released by Tonpress, Spytaj Milicjanta