There's not really anything to be said about these bands, except that they rule. But even a cursory glance into the world of 80s Polish punk will let you know that these bands rule. DEZERTER are probably the best known Polish band from the era, primarily because Tim and Maximumrocknroll released their music in the US, perhaps the first punk record that made it outside the Iron Curtain. To hardcore fans, SIEKIERA are just as legendary - their demo tape made the rounds for years, and even after the singer left to form the epic band ARMIA, the transformed SIEKIERA released two excellent cold wave records on the state label Tonpress. The SIEKIERA track "Fala" was the namesake for the first Polish "alternative" compilation LP, and the tracks on this tape capture them in all their live fury. DEUTER start this tape off right with the track "Fuckin' System" and continue on with more 77 punk pogo friendly numbers. SEDES are the mystery band on the tape, no song titles and few clues on the internets, but these songs are super catchy and have that angular quality that seems specific to Eastern European punk. ABADDON are fantastic as always, and these tracks are not on the Wet Za Wet LP or any other releases I could track down.
All of these songs seem to be recorded at a festival (or at least a show with a big fuck all crowd), and all have about the same recording quality...a good board mix I'm guessing. The guitar sound for DEZERTER and SIEKIERA is to fucking die for. I would classify everything here as 'punk' instead of 'hardcore,' but this is what was written above the track lists, so who am I to argue with the maker of the tape, much less start splitting hairs over genre definitions? This tape appeared in my box at MRR last week...I honestly do not remember if I loaned it out and it was returned, or if someone was nice enough to donate this gem so that I could share it here. Well, thanks either way - and if indeed I have loaned you anything else and forgotten about it, I would like it back now please.