October 10th 2014
On the 3rd October, the Polish rock band Budka Suflera performed at the O2 Indigo in London as part of their final tour. I’d heard a couple of songs from this band before hand so I went along to see what it was all about…
When I arrived, there was a really good atmosphere and the venue was already full so I made my way to the front and found a great spot and I was happy! The gig kicked off with support from Adam Palma a finger style guitarist who has played live in front of 700,000 people (Przystanek Woodstock in Poland 2011) and who treated the crowd with a masterclass of guitar technique which is probably why Paul McCartney is listed in his credits ! Adam was really impressive so if you want learn Jazz guitar or fingerpicking Adam teaches guitar the University of Salford in Manchester.
Even before Adam cam on stage, you could feel the excitement from the crowd in their expectation for the main band and that really was a great feeling to sense as I wasn’t that familiar with them at all other what I had briefly previously heard. As soon as they walked out on stage you understand from the warmth and reception of the crowd the level of respect these guys had built up over the years……there was a lot of love here and it was great to feel that and see the smiles of appreciation from both the band and the audience! I almost felt like a witness to a special connection… a secret smile between the whole audience and the band ! That unique bond that great bands and songs create and deliver. As they aired their first notes it evident that these guys were all about the music but then any band who have survived 40 years in the music business will no doubt be playing from the right place, the heart !
As the set progressed the bass and guitar were kicking our some great riffs and solos and the juices were flowing which were led by some impressive vocals that sometimes I thought were a cross between Meatloaf and Dave Gilmour !!!
I think everyone should experience this type gig! A gig with another language and culture where you have no knowledge or connection to the band or their music because it really puts you in a position to witness the emotional human connection that music and songs can bring. The depth of that connection. To step outside of your own influences and to experience the influences of others in an almost tangible environment. At times throughout the gig I found myself singing along and attempting to sing in Polish to words I didn’t know…..the music and the surge of the crowd pulled me in… you feel good music when it’s played right and from true expression so bypass the language and feel the intent. It was a different experience the normal gig experience and a humbling one. Their music and performance was superb. The musicianship outstanding and would I go to Budka Suflera again, yes ! If this is really their last tour then I’m really glad I had the chance to see them. A special gig on all accounts and one of those to remember.
Budka Suflera are a Polish rock band who first started in 1969 in Lublin by Krzysztof Cugowski, and, after disbanding soon thereafter, resurrected by Cugowski and Romuald Lipko in 1974 and have been active on the music scene to this day. They are perhaps best known for their rock ballads, such as “Jolka Jolka” and “Za ostatni grosz” that are often quoted as some of the best songs of Polish rock.
In English, Budka Suflera means Prompt Box.
Hear their hit song Jolka Jolka and a great lead guitar solo…..Read All Articles >