It took a while but the interview came anyway in the end of march 2009.. The
polish group DeLindows sounds so good and it´s an honour to have them on my
History about the group, you have been on the road for many years?
-History of De Łindows started in 2002 when we did our first EP “ Niech
zapłoną Katowice “let Katowice burn” . Katowice is our City. The ep we did
D.I.Y. and it´s sold out.. 2004 we did our first album “ Depresja” and in
2006 “100 mil na sekunde” ( 100 miles per hour) for Pasażer rec. Lineup have
changed in De łindows. Now we are Marcin- vocal, Agnieszka-vocal. Mateusz-
, Michał trumpet, Robet drums. We are not so old
Please tell me a little about every member, age, family, work, interests and
something bad about every one?
-The youngest is Mateusz - 23 and the oldest is Robert , but we are still
(I think), so we are not teenage punk band kids. Most of us work , some of
us are students. Robert has a wife and a son , I have a wife, and the rest
of our band members are still single. We are ordinary people, sometimes a
little bit lazy, sometimes nervous. Radek is a real gentleman.
To play punk in Poland, how is that?
-It’s not a fairytale. Now it’s not so dangerous like in early ’90 when in
Poland hade many nazi skinheads. Not every club wants to do a punk rock
concerts. Punk rock in Poland it’s not a very popular music. There are only
a few punk label generally we have 2 big fanzines: Pasazer and Garaż. We
have many bands and some people who are involved in punk rock.
Why do you sing in polish and not in English?
-Coz we live in Poland and we speak to people in Poland. Many punk bands
sing in English but we want to sing in polish coz its our language.
What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle?
-Punk for me means to think independent, and to do things the way you want,
not like somebody tells you to do. It’s also a music, without life would be
with lyrics which is about something and not only about love, beer and so
-Lyrics for us are very important, coz we live in this country, we know the
problems, and we want to sing about it. But not all our lyrics are
political, very often they´re personal, sometimes describes some funny
situations in our life, we have also some about alcohol
Which is the most political song you have done?
-I think the most political is “Toxic Days”. It describes the situation when
our government was PIS- very closed minded, homophobic, and not a tolerant
party. They took to government a party which was right-wing, it was terrible
thing. Now they lost last election and now they are not in government.
Doesn´t music and politics goes along hand in hand?
-Not necessary. For many bands politics and music are two separate things,
and its ok. But for us it’s important to say what is wrong and what we don’t
Is there any good polish punk band which is really political? ! Other good
Polish bands? ?
-In Poland you will find all kind of hardcore/punk/ska/oi! bands. The most
political is Włochaty. Punk rock legends - Dezerter - has one of the best
lyrics describing situation in Poland. Ska/punk bands e.x: Koniec świata,
Zabili mi zółwia, Leniwiec, Alians, Skankan. Punk rock bands e.x: Farben
lehre, Uliczny opryszek, El banda . Street punk: the Analogs. Hadcore/punk
e.x: Eye for an eye, Apatia. Melodic punk e.x: upside down.
How is it to live in Poland nowadays? What’s the best and what’s the worst?
-The situation in Poland is much better then 20 years ago when communism
fell. Communism was the worst thing for this country after the second world
war. Nazists during 2 world war destroyed the country, killed hundreds of
thousand people. When war was over and things could be normal we got in to
Soviet influence. We lost 50 years of normality. When countries in western
Europe developed we had terrible stagnation : no freedom, no freedom of
speech. We couldn’t get anything, no goods. Many people were in prison.
Poland were under control. People in Poland were angry and said no! Many of
them died. After 50 years, we in Poland, destroyed communism. We have only
20 years of normality. It’s not easy coz of unemployment , high cost of
living many young people have to leave this country to find a job. But we
have freedom, you can do what you want, say what you want.
Is it many differences between rich and the poor?
-I don’t think so. Like in every normal country.
Football? Any favourites?
-I don’t have my favourite football club. But me and my friends always the
watch polish national team. And that’s all.
Is it any big punkbands which have been over in Poland and played?
-Green day, Sex Pistols, Agnostic Front, Misfits, UK.Subs, the Vibrators,
the Business, Deadline, Poison Idea, the Adicts, Ignite, Exploited, GBH, die
Toten Hosen, the Casualties, the Unseen, Anti Nowhere League, Oi Polloi, Los
Your hometown, how is the musiclife there?
-We have only a few clubs which have regularly concerts e.x Cogitator, Mega
club , Lesniczowka music club. The are only 2 shops where you can buy a punk
rock stuff. It’s not to much.
What do you know about Sweden?
-That you have a very high level of life and you have a very high taxes
Have you heard any good Swedish bands?
-Asta Kask, Nombshell Rocks, Millencollin, the Hives…. I don’t know many
bands from Sweden.
Have you done anything else than 100 mil na sekunde?If you have how can I
-100 mil is our second album , but first the “Depresja” was edited only on a
tape and now it’s sold out. We did our cover on the CD “ Nie ma zagrozenia
jest dezerte” it’s a tribute to Dezerter. We have also doen a few
New things like MY Space, Facebook and those things, have it helped you a
-If not My Space had been you wouldn’t have found our band, so sometimes it
helps. Nowadays internet is normal thing and any one can find bands from
Argentina, Poland , or Japan. It’s good . It helps to communicate with
people from other countries , other cultures.
You have been a lot outside Poland and played, where have you been and where
was most fun?
-We played many concerts in Czech Republic with our friends from the band
Kohout Plasi Smrt. Best regards guys! We played in Slovakia on festivals
like Punk Island or Underground Fest. Wherever we play we meet good, open
minded friendly people doesn’t matter if its Poland or other country. Last
year we had invitation to Sweden, to Malmö but unfortunately we couldn’t
play. I hope we can do that the next time.
How does the average De Lindows-fan look like?
-It’s hard to say. On our concerts you can meet punk rockers, hardcore kids,
some anti-fascist skinheads ska/reggae fans and people which are not
connected with any subcultures.
Which people do you miss on your concerts?
-With high “houke” in polish it’s “irokez” like Casualties
Which song is the fans favourite? And you own De Lindows-favourite?
-I think “Depresja”, “Wnc” and “Azbestowi piromani”. It’s also my
You haven’t done any cover-songs?
-Some time ago we did Barbie girl, but it was a music joke. We have played
Londons burning by the Clash, Blitzkrieg bob by Ramones, now we often play
“99 red ballons” by Nena but in a punk rock way. You can find it on our
website. We did also did a Dezerter cover but I wrote about it.
Punk before the Berlin wall fell, was it dangerous to play that in the
-I don’t remember those years I‘m to young. But bands had a big problems to
play concerts. There was a censorship. All lyrics you had to give to a
person from censorship before a show. Polish punk band couldn’t record
records. You could be beaten by Milicja (police) just because how you were
dressed. It was not a good time. It was not a good system.
Please rank your five favouriterecords? Five Favouriteconcerts? And five
most important things in life?
-Rancid- Out comes the wolves, Pennywise- Straight ahead, Post Regiment
–first album, Armia –legenda, Sex Pistols- Never mind…, Social Distortion
“White light….” and many more.
Shows- Dropkick Murphys in Prague, Ska-p- in Prague, Misfits in Warsaw,
Ignite in Katowice and my first punk rock gig Dezerter and Włochaty in Mega
club in Katowice.
Most important: my wife, my family, my band
First, last and most expensive record ever bought?
-First record I bought was T love “Dzieci rewolucji” then Dezerter and many
more…. I don’t collect records on vinyl, I have some classics like the
Clash, Damned, Ramones, Crass…I rather buy cds of bands I like. The last cd
I bought is Dropkick Murphys “The meanest of times”
Most embarrassing record in your collection?
-Definitely Aqua cd with Barbie girl
What about mp3 and downloading, where do you stand?
-I think when band gives mp3 to download it’s ok. On our website you can
find many free downloads mp3 and live videos. But if one day after premiere
you can download all album its not ok. I buy punk rock cds coz it’s support
for my favourites bands. And the cost of records is 3 or 4 beers in pub,
it’s not to much.
Is it good or bad for a band of your calibre?
-I will answer in another way. A few years ago there was many big and small
punk rock labels in Poland . Now there is only a few, and people generally
don’t buy cds coz they can have it for free from the internet.
Futureplans for the band?
-We want to play many concerts and we have to start work on a new CD.
Something to add?
-Thanks a lot for interesting on our band. Maybe one day we could meet At
some concert. Visit our website
When I started to play I never thought (Keep the faith.
Punk rock forever) that someone from Sweden can be interested in DE ŁINDOWS
music. Thanks again.