Hello, guys! At first write your name, role in band and your interests besides the band.
P: I’m Paweł. I sing in the band. I like watching movies, reading books, eating good food. Making love with my wife. I’m a simple guy. I work in TV. Currently I'm also studying in a movie school. I like working out. I go to gym at least five times a weak, and i try very hard to be strongest and biggest vegan in Warsaw.
J: Hi there! I'm Jurek, I play drums in The Lowest. Besides playing I'm working as sound engineer. Rest of my life is basically music because of my two other bands.
Ł: I’m Łukasz and I play bass guitar.
What would you like to tell about your band to those who don’t know about you yet?
P: Listen to our music, read the lyrics. If you like it, come to our concerts and mosh a little bit. Some singalongs and stagedives also would be nice.
Ł: We don’t like to put our music into categories. Everyone hears something different while listening to us. But if you really need to - I would say that we play hardcore/punk with lots of anger and sadness.
Tell about The Lowest. When did you start playing together and what became the thing that united all of you?
P: Me, Łukasz and Michał started playing together almost 8 years ago. We formed a band called "nothing between us". I was playing drums back then. We wanted to do something different from NBU, so we formed The Lowest. We met Jurek on some gig. Then we met Bartek, who was replaced by Staszek in 2014. When we started playing together - we just wanted to do music good enough, so someone will like it. We wanted to play some gigs in Poland and abroad. The biggest dream was to have our music on vinyl. We started in late 2011. Now it's 2016 and everything is going really great. We played many good shows, met some wonderful people. Life is good.
J: We play for 5 years now I think. It all started at a very underground diy punk show in Studio Fonia in Warsaw. After the show Paweł came to me and asked me if I would like to play in a band and I said yes. Very suprising, I know. But that's pretty much it. That's how bands become alive! Later I felt more and more comfortable with guys, because they all have known eachother so I was the only fresh member. Now I think we all can call others friends. We've just found almost perfect match.
Is the band for you one of your main hobbies or does it mean something bigger to you?
P: I would't call band my hobby. It's something different. I started going to hardcore gigs in 2001. I met many great people, many friends. Playing in a punk band is just the best thing to do. And when people really want to listen to your band, come to gigs, know your songs - it's one of the coolest thing ever. Maybe our world is doomed, but at least there are few nice people it’s worth to hang out with.
J: Beeing in a band is a very unique and one of a kind things to do in life. For me it's something bigger than hobby from the very beginning. You have to spend a lot more time on this and you have to face the arguments with other people. Our band is working as kind of weird family. There is Paweł, he's the father. Michał is a very tough and muscled mom. Whitey is that crazy uncle we all have and sometimes love or hate. And me with Staszek, we are the growing up kids who just entered the world of adults but we all learn from eachother, sometimes it needs sacrifices, sometimes it pays off and sometimes not. We have to get through all the wins and fails together and that's what makes it special and "something bigger".
Ł: I have got many things I like to do. I like snowboarding, i ride on a bike. I try to construct my perfect bike all the time. I used to skate when I was a kid. Still I like watching skate videos on the internet. I want to start surfing this year, hope it will be possible and it became my new hobby. And the band is like the icing on the cake.
You visited Ukraine three times and became respected and well known band. What is your opinion on Ukrainian hardcore\punk scene, people, and concerts? What do you like and what do not?
P: Ukraine scene is great. There are many cool bands, people are very nice, and the gigs are awesome. The sad thing about Ukraine is the political class and the economy. In Poland people often say, that all the politics are thieves and they steal. But the scale of corruption in Ukraine is much bigger. Are there any politicians that really care about the people ? Of course it's a major problem not only in Ukraine. In Poland, in western countries, even in the US - the political class lost their connection with regular people. But the problem with developing countries, like Poland or Ukraine - is that we need more responsibility in politics. Otherwise all the international corporations will eat us.
J: For me Ukraine is one of the best places to go play shows with band. There is not many other places in the world that stands so still as a hardcore punk scene. Kids are great, so full of power and so thirsty for fun. We had and will have the best shows there. Neverending passion, having fun on shows like nowhere else. That's the spirit! There are two things I don't like in Ukraine and those are borders and very bad roads.
Ł: Since our first gigs in Ukraine we felt in love with the scene. You can feel reel passion in the ukrainian hardcore community. We love to play there. As a matter of fact gigs in the west are crazy. People here are honest, always willing to talk to us. This is the reason we play gigs.
Can you tell about main differences between concerts in Ukraine and in Poland?
P: In Poland everyone is old and tired. In Ukraine everyone is young, beautiful and loves to mosh. Polish scene lacks of young people. So often when you play a gig, majority of people is in their thirties. Our scene is getting old.
J: Everything I said in the previous question about those awesome things in Ukraine, the passion and fun. We don't have it in Poland. There are some places where you can play a really wild show but what you can expect in Poland as the best in Ukraine goes as worst. It's how it is, I don't know why. I think the most important difference is the age of Polish and Ukrainian sceners. In Poland punks are spoiled by the amount of shows, they are older, don't have time to have fun. And I can only suspect what makes the difference, but it's huge. Also I don't want to generalize, I don't want to tell you that everyone in Poland is blase and don't want to have fun. I guess your way of having fun is better ha ha.
What impressed you the most while visiting Ukraine?
P: People. Everyone in the scene is really friendly. Beautiful nature. Vegan mayonnaise. Falafel in Odessa.
J: I'm gonna sound like a broken record but that's also gonna be the shows that impressed me the most. The amount of people there. Also the big cities like Kiev. Man they are impressive!
Your lyrics is full of despair. We even can feel that through the music. What encourage you for that?
J: Paweł is the creator of lyrics. But we talk about them. We all are saying something through them. The world has its dark side, full of lies, suffering. Our music is kinda drip of everything negative, everything that bothers us in our lives. That's what it is.
P: I thought about it few days ago. I guess It's just the way i see the world. When i was fifteen, I was writing some really bad poetry. But when i think about it now, the way i see the world didn't changed too much since then. I was always a thinker. So why such lyrics? I would say that because this is the way I think about our world, people, etc. I try to be positive in my regular life. Try to be a good person. But that doesn't change anything - world is a fucked up place. And it is like that because of people who create it.
Where there any events in your lives that greatly influenced your world outlook?
P: No, no tragic events so far. If i can name name one thing - i was into christianity for few years when I was young. I read lot of bible, I was in neocatechumenal community. So i learned lot about religion, and now I'm quite sure that it's all bullshit.
J: I don't think I have a specific moment that made me look at world like I do. All my life shaped my outlook and there is so many things that did that. I can't recall you one thing or something that happened.
The song King of Pain sends shivers down a spine. What events proceeded composing this song? Who or what did you want to depict with this song?
J: That's the question to Paweł. I can only suspect what's happening in his ill mind ha ha. I can tell you about the song from my place. When we play it, I also feel very powerful. Our passion combined with the way people react is a perpetum mobile and the anger and fun at the same time grows and grows through the song to be unleashed at the end. This song became one of our best and it deserves it.
P: We made this song in 15 minutes. I don't know how it happend, sometimes things like this just happen. Michał started playing some riffs on the guitar. He often do this when we are playing. We are talking about something, and he starts to play something out of his head. Then I say "Hey, this one is good, i need to record it on my phone" - and we have an idea of a song. But king of pain was little bit different. We made the whole song just like that.
In your songs you are saying that the humanity doesn’t have anything to hope for. Do you see no developments options, which would change our condition?
P: I really don't know. I'm just some guy who songs in a punk band. Of course I would love to see our world changing for better. The problem is that our world is very complex. There are no easy answers, to all major problems of our times. World us to complex to understand it by majority of people. People in general are easy to manipulate and dumb. Internet was supposed to make everything better. But I think that we are slowly returning to a mental cave. Like ancient hunters, people even stoped using alphabet. We return to picture culture. Internet is used for social media, pictures, instagram. Don't get me wrong because I'm not against all those things. They are ok. They are not okay only when they are the only way you use the web. There are so many amazing things in the internet ! And it's impossible to explain nowadays problems in three pictures. The other major problem is greed. People always want more. It's greed that smashed world's economy almost ten years ago. And sick ambition that drives countries to behave aggressively.
J: There are options for sure. But the lack of the right people at the right places is the reason that nothing changes. The thing is, the government is still a job for most people. And most people care only about themselves. The government is not different than any other corporation, you get to the top through the victims. You have to feel no compassion to others to get to the top so how can you feel it when you're there. To prevent that we should all die and again crawl back from water to start it all over.
I want to ask a questions about Pavel’s tattoos and comic books. Watchmen if the most depressing comic book for me that deals with serious issues that is why I like it so much. Pawel, do you like it for the same reasons? Is only Pavel fond of it or all of you? What are you favourite comic books?
J: I'm not really a comic book fan, but if I had to choose I would deffinitely go with Batman. He's the man!
P: I like some comic books, but I’m not in the comic book scene that much. I like Hellblazer, because it’s funny and blasphemous. I think that it’s one of my favorite comic books. I look at my bookshelf right now. Sandman, Maus, V for Vendetta, some lighter stuff like Punisher or Ghost Rider (specially first issues of Ghost Rider 2099). And some others too. About Watchmen - I made this tattoo because I’m into popular culture in general. And I like when popular culture starts to tell serious stories. Watchmen, when you analyze the plot scheme - is very similar to ancient tragedy. The history of storytelling is the history of human kind. And I find it very important and inspiring that it’s possible to tell so many serious things using pop cultural medium like comic book.
Ł: My favorite comic book is Preacher. I used to read lots of sideman comic books when I was a kid.
I’ve heard that you were unsure about coming to the festival in 2014 because of the situation in Ukraine, but in the end you did come. What made you change your mind?
P: It wasn’t really like that. The biggest issue was not the political situation, but the question - how to get to Odessa ? We wanted to book a flight, but It was very expensive. We don’t own a van and no one would rent us a car to go to Ukraine. And then suddenly - our belarusan friends from Bagna and Monday Suicide told us that we can go with them. Michał and Łukasz couldn’t come, so we decided that we will play on one guitar, and with our friend Mike on bass guitar.
J: We had thoughts, we didn't know what's gonna happen. But we were always decided that we'll go. It can sound stupid but I guess we've felt needed there.
Are you planning to record any new songs? If yes, when will we be able to listen to them and what will they be like?
J: Yes we are working on new material. I really don't know when it's gonna be available because we want to be sure that we are satisfied by this album ourselves. It's gonna be more overthought, it might gonna have more melodies but it might not :). It's changing like caleidoscope so nothing is sure at the moment.
P: We will record a full length album this year. More than half an hour of new music. Hope you will like it.
Could please each of you advise one song of a polish band and one song of a foreign band.
J: I’m more of an metalcore guy when it comes to listening to something. I guess songs that I'm gonna advice are going to be treated like they had a real influence in my life but I don't have specific songs that I would give all the lifechanging orders. So if there have to be only two of them let it be: Polish: Sunrise - Cursed Foreign: Architects – Naysayer
Ł: Marksman - Champion. Citizen - What it feels.
P: Calm the fire - chce mi się wyc. Short and fucking awesome. Poison the well - Botchla. Used to listen to it a lot almost fifteen years ago :).
Please share a couple interesting/fun stories connected with your concerts/tours.
J: Well, there is too many of them to choose the best but there you go: - we've landed in the creepiest house you can imagine in Finland, we had problems with fitting there, I was sleeping in the basement with Mike who was there for Whitey because he couldn't go for the tour with us. We heard that there is something going on upstairs and we've crawled up to see what's up. We found all the guys and Lila who was touring with us all super scared and talking quietly. Staszek was holding the doors because there was no lock there and said there is a creepy girl outside and she's trying to get in the house. She was walking all around the house, punching windows and scared us as fuck because she was super drunk or worse. She looked like that fucked up girl from The Ring. We were there alone because our host was also super drunk. He had problems with finding way home and then he decided to go back to the club where we were playing to get super wasted.
We refused to open as long as it was interesting for us and then I told Staszek to let her in. What could've happened? 5 big guys vs one little creepy girl? C’mon! So she walked in, tried to speak to us in probably every language possible, including all the dialects from Star Wars haha. We tried english but that was the one blocked in her system. She was sitting by the computer, and really trying to entertain us with some folk finnish music. It was really late so we pluged out the computer from the wall. She walked somewhere and we tried to sleep for the rest of the night but man it was hard... In the morning when we were all ready to leave, but all garbage after hard night. She walked down to us, said that she is really sorry for the night using perfect english and it turned out she is the host's girlfriend or something like that.
So we were refusing to let her in her house, plugged off her computer and basically treated host like a ghost! After all that's pretty funny. There are lot of stories, all of them are really long to write about. There were me kissed by Paweł in lips. Waking up with someones ass pointed in the face an letting all out. There were some crazy drunk nights we all want to forget about and really trying to avoid them but sometimes it's your destiny and you can't do anything with that. There were some crazy adventures with vans braking in the middle of nowhere or at the weekend when no one could help us. Many interesting people and places.
There were some knife fights, pretty criminal stuff, stealing joints from us by the really weird narco telling us he's gonna kill us in the park, crazy punks all over the Europe doing wicked shit. There were also beautiful views, super fun, enjoying life and all the best you can imagine. Skateboards, skimboards, snowboards. I'm scared to think how many of them did I forget. I'm thankfull to anyone involved in creating all of these adventures.
P: Broken Vans, we are van destroyers. So many crazy stories. When we will record new album and come to Ukraine, i promise i will tell you some of them personally :)