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PUSTKI (PL) The Warsaw based PUSTKI (The Empties) perform music which is emotional, unpredictable and of a noble simplicity. They play songs which are very melodic on one hand, and raw, on the other. The archaic sound of instruments may remind us of the rebellious groups of the 60’s and 70’s, but the compositions and arrangements sound quite modern. The four released albums gave them quite a huge following among fans in Poland. Another face of the band are soundtracks and music composed for theatre plays. The band described its work in an artistic manifesto as MUSIC OF EASTERN EUROPE. First album of the band, entitled “Studio Pustki”, was released in 2001 by an independent punk label Antena Krzyku and was distributed also in USA and Czech Republic by Tamizdat. The CD got very good reviews and the group was labeled as one of the most promising new bands on the Polish indie scene. In June 2004, after releasing next album, entitled “8 ohm”, the group toured with No Means No as a special guest of the legendary band (the Canadians bought “Studio Pustki” during their previous visit to Poland). Autumn of 2008 brought their third album “Koniec Kryzysu”, which turned out to be the most successful of the band’s releases, containing several hit singles and having the best reception from the music press in the history of the band. The journalists emphasized sophisticated arrangements, catchy melodies and meaningful lyrics, full of crafty word plays. The album was chosen as the best album of the year by an alternative music magazine Pulp and by Program 3 of the national Polish Radio. It was also nominated to the most prestigious music awards: Fryderyk Award (Polish equivalent to Grammy and BRIT Award), and Paszport Polityki (award presented by the weekly magazine Polityka to the most outstanding artist of the year). Their live shows are, in the opinion of many a fan, their greatest asset. Pustki have played more than 300 shows in Poland and abroad (France, Germany, Ukraine, England), recorded 5 albums, 1 “Live DVD”, composed music for five theatre plays and two movies soundtracks. The band is one of the major players in the Polish independent music scene. Their uniqueness and style was appreciated by SUB POP’s founder, Jonathan Poneman. Their latest album, “Kalambury”, released in October 2009 by a major Polish publisher AGORA, is fast becoming one of the most discussed and praised CDs... So much so, that it was followed by a “Live” DVD in 2010. The band plays excessively abroad. This year they played at SXSW Music and Film Festival (Austin, Texas), International Book Fair in Prague and Liverpool Sound and City. www.pustki.pl www.myspace.com/pustkimusic

My Artists Sessions

Friday, March 18

8:00pm CDT