DER SCHWARZE KANAL
The 30th anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall is a great opportunity to go back in time and focus on communication and cooperation within Eastern bloc underground punk scenes. One of the best example of it is a productive cooperation between Punx from Warsaw and East Berlin of the 80’s. Zines were smuggled (and sometimes confiscated), tapes were exchanged, Polish bands had a opportunity to play in Germany and East German bands were coming to tour Poland. Art group Praffdata did performance of falling down of the Berlin Wall before that actually happened. DDR scene reports were regularly published in main Polish fanzine of the era – Qqryq. Around the same time people from Qqryq started their own label and their second release was “We’re the flowers in the redzone” tape compilation with bands from Eastern Germany, Poland and Hungary. One of the best document of this cooperation and at the same time first punk compilation focused on Eastern bloc.
This event is a release-show for vinyl reissue of this important compilation and it’s coming out on Warsaw Pact Records (Warsaw), Edition Iron Curtain Radio (Leipzig, division of Major Label) and Trottel Records (Budapest).
One of the bands that appeared on that compilation is DEZERTER – absolutely classic, longest active Punk/HC band in Poland since almost 40 years. Reading their great lyrics you can get good knowledge about recent history of Poland – from communist era, transformation process, liberal democracy to current wave or right wing populism and nationalism. This incredibly influential band had a chance to play in Germany many times and their songs appeared on many compilations released in Germany. It was obvious they need to be our special guest at this event!
One of the last active band from DDR times is DER SCHWARZE KANAL from Leipzig, started in 1989 but their history is even longer because of the link to legendary L’ATTENTAT. One of the most important band from DDR era.
MORUS and KRAIN are both from Warsaw and even if they started later (Krain in the early 90’s and Morus just a few years ago), members of both bands are integral part of this history. Drummer of KRAIN is a ex-member of TRYBUNA BRUDU, band that appeared on “We’re the flowers in the redzone” compilation and they played in East Berlin. He was also part of Qqryq fanzine and label. Some members of MORUS had a chance to play many shows in Germany and all around Europe with their former bands like POST REGIMENT and ANTIDOTUM as a result of Warsaw-Berlin punk cooperation that happened back then in the 80’s. MORUS continue this tradition and their singer Nika is involved currently in both Warsaw to Berlin DIY scenes. This whole story still have new chapters and punk friendships, communication and cooperation lasted more than 30 years!
Before the show we want to invite you for discussion panel with Piotr “Pietia” Wierzbicki and Zbyszek Matera (Qqryq), Herne (Berlin, Kopi), Jark Guła (Praffdata). More details on it soon!
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