Pol­ish band all the rage

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - AMANDA DUCKER

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.

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