Not so long after our recent special feature for Vermont teenage hardcore punk band GONE WRONG, we’re back with some more skateboarding praise, this time with a different sonic angle and band from across the pond, Cracow, Poland based HELTER SKATER! Inspired by “Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 and 3”, skate videos, love breakdowns and 90s hip-hop, their debut 3-tracker “Three Songs About Skateboarding and Love” is a lo-fi, gritty, yet melodious mixture of powerpop, pop punk and 90s post hardcore. Today, we’re giving you a couple of insights and comments from the band that easily stands up as a project in its own style, a band that seems to be fusing a thirst for fresh innovation within a dirty little niche of punk and rock.
“Three Songs About Skateboarding and Love” demo EP is out now via Sorry Hombre Records.
𝑊𝑒 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑦 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑤𝑒 𝑠𝑘𝑎𝑡𝑒: 𝑝𝑜𝑜𝑟 𝑡𝑒𝑐ℎ𝑛𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑠𝑘𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑠, 𝑚𝑖𝑑-𝑎𝑔𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛, 𝑎 𝑙𝑖𝑙’ 𝑏𝑖𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑒𝑑 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑓𝑢𝑛
Helter skater – three guys who’ve known each other since they were children. Two of us have actually been playing together since their mid-teens – first, in a punk rock band called Polski Cukier, then in neocrust Kuroi Ame. The drummer is a member of other squad too: Torpur.
The impulse to form Helter Skater were few guitar riffs, embodying pure fun and raw power of skateboarding, played in the middle of 2019. Those riffs, over some time, transformed into EP “Three Songs About Skateboarding and Love”.
𝑂𝑢𝑟 𝐸𝑃 𝑖𝑠 𝑚𝑒𝑙𝑜𝑑𝑖𝑐, 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑒𝑒-𝑠𝑜𝑛𝑔-𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑠𝑘𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑘𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑠.
The cassette was released by Sorry Hombre Records and contains a bonus 4th track. It expresses the joy of being a skater by mixing punk and surf guitar riffs with lo-fi sound and attitude.
Unfortunately, the scene’s had to shut down due to the present circumstances. Yet, there is one place in Krakow that gathers us all – Warsztat. It’s a DIY project that lets people share their music and experiences. There are some bands here, but, considering the size of the city, the scene isn’t very big. So high 5s to those, with whom we share the rehearsal room – Cliff Jumps and a new band formed of former members of Escapism.
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