Paula & Karol (PL/CAN) in Krakow’s Klub Re
(15zł for those who click ‘ATTENDING’ on the Facebook event page – deadline to join the list is 6pm on Friday)
If you don’t know much about the band, Paula & Karol may seem like a Canadian girl and a Polish guy who got together to write a few happy folk pop songs on a few folky instruments.
But the real Paula & Karol are not just a duo but a large family of Warsaw-based musicians who, for the past two years, have been capturing the hearts of young and old alike, across Poland and abroad. The Guardian listed them in their “sound of 2011 around the world”, stating that “They are Poland’s new superheroes. Not the tight pants, fluttering cape kind. More like, come to our concert – we’ll break your heart, and then we’ll fix it up kind.”
After the release of their EP Goodnight Warsaw in December of 2009, and their first studio album Overshare on Poland’s top alternative label LADO ABC in December of 2010, the band gained rave reviews by local media, bloggers, and Polish fans, gaining accalades as “discovery of the year,” and the “the most interesting and important debut bands in alternative Polish music.” One blogger, commenting on their live act, stated: “I’ve just seen one of the most enjoyable concerts in my life, and perhaps the new torchbearers of the Polish music scene.”
By singing in English, and writing songs filled with catchy melodies and lyrics that prioritize honesty, community, and love over hype and postmodern blase, the band has been touching listeners that cross a range of generations and nationalities. In the past year, Polish cultural organizations picked up on their gift for reaching wide audiences and sent them to represent modern Polish alternative culture at festivals in Iceland, Germany, Holland, the Ukraine, France, the UK, and the United States.
Today, Paula Bialski and Karol Strzemieczny play and create music with Christoph Thun and Staszek Wróbel on percussion, Krzysiek Pożarowski on bass, and Szymon Najder on electric guitar. The band is currently planning their second album and touring Poland and Germany. All of them would agree that an honest discussion over dinner is as important as making music together.