Polish band all the rage
AT first glance, they may look like folk singers, but don’t be fooled.
The harmless look is part of the ruse of four-piece Polish band Hanba!, in Tasmania to perform at Mona Foma.
All the way from Krakow, and after a performance at Mona yesterday, band members described their songs as protest music.
“It is rough, hard, harsh and fast,” tuba player Ignacy Woland said of the punk-rock meets street-folk vibe.
“All our lyrics and music are subversive.”
Not that many local audiences will know it from the words, as Hanba! performs in Polish.
The band name translates as “Disgrace!” and draws on “the rage of the working class” in troubled periods of Polish history, especially the 1930s, where the band fictionally places itself in time. When it formed eight years ago, the themes of the dissenting songs seemed far removed from contemporary life in Europe. Not so now, Woland said. “When we started Hanba! we thought there was nothing to protest against,” he said.
“Now history is coming back at us, with the slow collapse of the European Union, all of the Euro-Atlantic troubles and the feeling that something is falling down.
“When we sing about all those nationalists who came to power in the late 1930s, we feel history is going full circle.”
Hanba! performs on Saturday at 5.30pm and Sunday at 3.45pm at Mona Foma’s Inveresk Precinct in Launceston. Entry is by three-day festival ticket or day pass.