Third Man Records - Cass Corridor
May 3rd, 2022
All Ages
Tickets: $12 advanced/$15 day of show
Doors 8:00pm
Show: 9:00pm


For information regarding The Blue Rooms COVID Policy, read the information here.

*All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges will be permitted*

 Bio:

In the 1963 introduction to his dystopian novel, Bend Sinister, Vladimir Nabokov talks of how the book’s plot - one of subterfuge, betrayal, imprisonment and death - “starts to breed in the bright broth of a rain puddle”. This oblong pool, “shaped like a cell that is about to divide”, reappears throughout the text as an ink blot then an ink stain, spilled milk, an image of ciliated thought, a footprint and the imprint of a human soul. Nabokov’s puddle could be the perfect metaphor for the music of Trupa Trupa. An entity that shapeshifts and documents different circumstances, but music that still reflects a single, inevitable truth. The band’s make up is key here; Trupa Trupa consists of “four friends and captains” with different personalities: something that creates, in the words of singer Grzegorz Kwiatkowski, “troubles”, which lead to “both a democracy and a polyphonic situation.” We could also look to their formidable back catalogue and sift through a body of work that can often sound hard, or blunt; akin to the offhand and oblique stories of a backwoodsman. But this bluntness is carefully couched in abstractions or clever patterns, courtesy of suggestive phrases and the imposition of tonal or rhythmic moods. It is also set off against the most beautiful and uplifting pop music. A conundrum, of course, but then one doesn’t look into Nabokovian puddles for ‘likes’. One element of the Gdansk band’s music is always there, in plain sight. Trupa Trupa look to confront evil; exploring, in Kwiatkowski’s words, “the wasteland of human nature where hatred and genocide are not just distant reverberations of Central European history but still resonate in contemporary reality.” The band often does this openly and without compromise; even if the lyrics love to deal in metaphor or intrigue. And yet, and maybe strangely in a world increasingly addicted to proclaiming “its own truth” online, Trupa Trupa still revels in making truthful music that needs no instant affirmation. On this new release, for example, the crushing plod of ‘Sick’ is driven by the lines, “I don’t know how to tell you that you’re sick”. Brilliantly evocative and double-dealing, it is a line that brings to mind both recent events and countryman Andrzej Żuławski’s 1971 film, The Third Part of the Night, where the metaphor of sickness is graphically and symbolically used to describe a society dealing with the pressure of both a physical and mental occupation. Here, the processed noises sound like they mutate, or decay as they progress; a sonic petri dish that reminds us that sometimes we have no control over the way things pan out. 

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Third Man Records - Cass Corridor
May 3rd, 2022
All Ages
Tickets: $12 advanced/$15 day of show
Doors 8:00pm
Show: 9:00pm


For information regarding The Blue Rooms COVID Policy, read the information here.

*All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges will be permitted*

 Bio:

In the 1963 introduction to his dystopian novel, Bend Sinister, Vladimir Nabokov talks of how the book’s plot - one of subterfuge, betrayal, imprisonment and death - “starts to breed in the bright broth of a rain puddle”. This oblong pool, “shaped like a cell that is about to divide”, reappears throughout the text as an ink blot then an ink stain, spilled milk, an image of ciliated thought, a footprint and the imprint of a human soul. Nabokov’s puddle could be the perfect metaphor for the music of Trupa Trupa. An entity that shapeshifts and documents different circumstances, but music that still reflects a single, inevitable truth. The band’s make up is key here; Trupa Trupa consists of “four friends and captains” with different personalities: something that creates, in the words of singer Grzegorz Kwiatkowski, “troubles”, which lead to “both a democracy and a polyphonic situation.” We could also look to their formidable back catalogue and sift through a body of work that can often sound hard, or blunt; akin to the offhand and oblique stories of a backwoodsman. But this bluntness is carefully couched in abstractions or clever patterns, courtesy of suggestive phrases and the imposition of tonal or rhythmic moods. It is also set off against the most beautiful and uplifting pop music. A conundrum, of course, but then one doesn’t look into Nabokovian puddles for ‘likes’. One element of the Gdansk band’s music is always there, in plain sight. Trupa Trupa look to confront evil; exploring, in Kwiatkowski’s words, “the wasteland of human nature where hatred and genocide are not just distant reverberations of Central European history but still resonate in contemporary reality.” The band often does this openly and without compromise; even if the lyrics love to deal in metaphor or intrigue. And yet, and maybe strangely in a world increasingly addicted to proclaiming “its own truth” online, Trupa Trupa still revels in making truthful music that needs no instant affirmation. On this new release, for example, the crushing plod of ‘Sick’ is driven by the lines, “I don’t know how to tell you that you’re sick”. Brilliantly evocative and double-dealing, it is a line that brings to mind both recent events and countryman Andrzej Żuławski’s 1971 film, The Third Part of the Night, where the metaphor of sickness is graphically and symbolically used to describe a society dealing with the pressure of both a physical and mental occupation. Here, the processed noises sound like they mutate, or decay as they progress; a sonic petri dish that reminds us that sometimes we have no control over the way things pan out.