Błoto (The Mire) is a band that came to being accidentally, yet naturally, like a puddle after a rainy day. It all started in the summer of 2018 when the Wrocław-based EABS septet had a day off between the concerts in Brzeg Dolny, Łódź and Sopot. On the way to TriCity, the lineup in the car was getting smaller and smaller. Marek Pędziwiatr (keyboards / synthesizers), Paweł Stachowiak (bass), Marcin Rak (drums), Olaf Węgier (tenor saxophone) and Maciek Jakimiuk (sound engineer) stayed in the car.
It was Friday afternoon when the band were passing Gdańsk. Somewhere on the way to Wejherowo one of the guys mentioned that there is a nice recording studio nearby… An evening off, a well-tuned rhythm section on the road, harmonious as can be, and a great deal of creative potential within the members of Błoto band forming at that very moment stirred up common enthusiasm. However, the studio that the band was passing was not really available at a short notice. Fortunately, the burning desire to record something new did not stop the group. It was Grzegorz Skawiński of the legendary Kombi group who eventually hosted the band in his superbly equipped Maska studio that Friday evening. This is where Błoto was born.
The music is deeply rooted in brutal hip-hop grooves, referring quite loosely to the sound of the 90s. Dirty and uncompromising, this music’s strength lies in the drums and bass. Radical in a sense, it also captures the atmosphere of the times in which it is created. The times of distinct social divisions, hate speech, growing nationalism, police brutality, nepotism, political deals and the dismantling of legal state structures. All this is happening before our eyes. Our soil is eroding right now.
Błoto’s LP “Erozje Gleby” [“Soil Erosion”] will be released by Astigmatic Records at the turn of 2019/2020.