Best of Polish DIY: 2021

by Maciej Lewicki

Best of Polish DIY: 2021

WaluśKraksaKryzys - ATAK (Mystic Production, April)

An incredible follow-up to the band’s debut album MiłyMłodyCzłowiek in 2019, this release loses some of the first album’s energetic, punk attitude, but more than makes up for it with incredible songwriting and an extension of their signature post punk style.

Check out: TO, CO MIĘDZY NAMI


Oxford Drama - What’s the Deal with Time? (self-released, March)

The Wrocław duo’s third LP brings to the table a very attentive combo of pop acoustic guitar and driving drum beats, underscoring their vocalist’s observations and an old fashioned approach to the world. Expect catchy choruses and chill, laid back instrumentation.

Check out: Not My Friend



pies - Na Więcej Nie Ma Sił (self-released, March)


The band pies (meaning dog, not a baked dish which is usually made of a pastry dough casing that contains a filling of various sweet or savoury ingredients) hail from Poznań, the de facto emo capital of Poland. Their LP blends together surf and indie music, in some places delving into near-jazzy territory.

Check out: Klub Winowajców



Bez - Jednym Okiem Śnię (Koty Records, May)

Another band from Poznań, Bez present an incredibly interesting variety of dream pop, thickly veiled in 80s-tinged nostalgia, with which the band’s second full length release never ceases to surprise.

Check out: Kitku



Syndrom Paryski - Małe Pokoje w Dużym Mieście (Peleton Records, April)

A band I previously referred to as the Mom Jeans of Polish emo, Syndrom Paryski know their place in the emo canon and strictly stick to it. They present a generally uncomplicated, straight-forward, and most importantly catchy style of emo that has a way of worming its way into your brain.

Check out: Letnie Noce





BROOKS WAS HERE - Brak Kontaktu / Żółć / Restart (Peleton Records, Sept-Nov)

Let me stop you right there. Yes, these are three singles, not one release. The reason I include these singles is, released in a rapid fashion, they could be treated as a stunted EP of sorts. Six years since their last release, III, the band has gotten significantly better at capturing the fervour of their extravagant live shows and only stand to get better as time goes on.

Check out: Brak Kontaktu



Pavement Pizza - Snack Bag (Peleton Records, August)

Another incredible band on Peleton Records, Pavement Pizza represent a cool, surf-induced variety of pop punk, with their singer’s yelly vocals fitting perfectly under the majorly barre-chord composed instrumentation.

Check out: Thunderclap



The Spouds

Now, The Spouds haven’t released anything this year. In fact, they haven’t accomplished anything except for breaking up, but they did so in truly bombastic fashion! A legendary Warsaw shoegaze band, the group called it quits after 12 years of playing on and off together, with two exhaustive sets played to a filled room. As soon as I heard them strum the first chords, I knew they were a band I just had to highlight. Made up of musicians who’ve moved onto other significant projects, like Brooks Was Here, Raban, Hanako, and daysdaysdays just to name a few, The Spouds held the entire Warsaw emo/diy scene on their back and more than proved they were up to the task with their farewell show.

Check out: Codeine, off the album Paxil


Best of Polish DIY: 2021

by Maciej Lewicki

Best of Polish DIY: 2021

WaluśKraksaKryzys - ATAK (Mystic Production, April)

An incredible follow-up to the band’s debut album MiłyMłodyCzłowiek in 2019, this release loses some of the first album’s energetic, punk attitude, but more than makes up for it with incredible songwriting and an extension of their signature post punk style.

Check out: TO, CO MIĘDZY NAMI


Oxford Drama - What’s the Deal with Time? (self-released, March)

The Wrocław duo’s third LP brings to the table a very attentive combo of pop acoustic guitar and driving drum beats, underscoring their vocalist’s observations and an old fashioned approach to the world. Expect catchy choruses and chill, laid back instrumentation.

Check out: Not My Friend



pies - Na Więcej Nie Ma Sił (self-released, March)


The band pies (meaning dog, not a baked dish which is usually made of a pastry dough casing that contains a filling of various sweet or savoury ingredients) hail from Poznań, the de facto emo capital of Poland. Their LP blends together surf and indie music, in some places delving into near-jazzy territory.

Check out: Klub Winowajców



Bez - Jednym Okiem Śnię (Koty Records, May)

Another band from Poznań, Bez present an incredibly interesting variety of dream pop, thickly veiled in 80s-tinged nostalgia, with which the band’s second full length release never ceases to surprise.

Check out: Kitku



Syndrom Paryski - Małe Pokoje w Dużym Mieście (Peleton Records, April)

A band I previously referred to as the Mom Jeans of Polish emo, Syndrom Paryski know their place in the emo canon and strictly stick to it. They present a generally uncomplicated, straight-forward, and most importantly catchy style of emo that has a way of worming its way into your brain.

Check out: Letnie Noce





BROOKS WAS HERE - Brak Kontaktu / Żółć / Restart (Peleton Records, Sept-Nov)

Let me stop you right there. Yes, these are three singles, not one release. The reason I include these singles is, released in a rapid fashion, they could be treated as a stunted EP of sorts. Six years since their last release, III, the band has gotten significantly better at capturing the fervour of their extravagant live shows and only stand to get better as time goes on.

Check out: Brak Kontaktu



Pavement Pizza - Snack Bag (Peleton Records, August)

Another incredible band on Peleton Records, Pavement Pizza represent a cool, surf-induced variety of pop punk, with their singer’s yelly vocals fitting perfectly under the majorly barre-chord composed instrumentation.

Check out: Thunderclap



The Spouds

Now, The Spouds haven’t released anything this year. In fact, they haven’t accomplished anything except for breaking up, but they did so in truly bombastic fashion! A legendary Warsaw shoegaze band, the group called it quits after 12 years of playing on and off together, with two exhaustive sets played to a filled room. As soon as I heard them strum the first chords, I knew they were a band I just had to highlight. Made up of musicians who’ve moved onto other significant projects, like Brooks Was Here, Raban, Hanako, and daysdaysdays just to name a few, The Spouds held the entire Warsaw emo/diy scene on their back and more than proved they were up to the task with their farewell show.

Check out: Codeine, off the album Paxil