Thanks to Di Nigunim for the heads up.
Poland’s most outspoken band headline Songlines Encounters Festival
by Simon Broughton for The Arts Desk
“When certain boundaries are crossed the avalanche of anger may turn out to be unstoppable”
With the yelling and posturing, R.U.T.A. are clearly a punk band, but it’s like no punk band you’ve ever heard before. The lyrics are in Polish, for one thing, and there are no guitars, but Middle Eastern lutes, archaic fiddles and a battery of percussion. They only formed last year, but already R.U.T.A. – a jokey acronym for the Movement of Utopia, Transcendence and Anarchy – have stirred up controversy. The conservative Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc (Law and Justice) party, second largest in the Polish parliament, tried to get them banned at a festival for being “anti-Polish and anti-Catholic”. Which has helped their popularity no end, of course. When certain boundaries are crossed the avalanche of anger may turn out to be unstoppable
It’s ironic really, because the lyrics R.U.T.A. are singing are absolutely traditional, although not your usual folk repertoire. They are poems of peasant uprising, powerful protests against the land owners and the church. Most were collected by folklorists in the 19th-century…read more
R.U.T.A. “Batracka Dola” z płyty “Na uschod. Wolność albo śmierć.”