By: Django Gold
The members of indie rock trio Polski Fiat are an energetic bunch, to be sure, and it’s this active attitude that leaves a lasting impression long after the final cymbal crash. Having been playing together for over a decade, Polski Fiat is a tightly knit group of ace musicians and songwriters, and the hard work they’ve put into their art over the years certainly shows. The band’s membership (depicted only in acronyms on their website; full names have been assumed) includes guitarist/bassist Marlon Silo Ozarks and bassist/guitarist Jerry Gropegloves Ozarks, brothers hailing from Bridgewater, MA. Rounding out the group is furious drummer Edwin Longhorn Khrushchev, who lends a bit of classic punk-rock speed to the overall sound.
Polski Fiat dubs itself a “Science Rock” band, but such a label shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Other than a few electronic bleeps on some of their studio tracks, the band is a classic guitar-bass-drums outfit, with some great, great songs. “Return to Flight,” for example, balances between an energetic ska beat and rapid-fire vocals, smoothly transitioning to a hard rock chorus that positively soars. “Avatar” combines these same speedy vocal stylings with clever lyrics and hooks aplenty. Throughout the band’s catalog, “change” seems to be the operative word, as most songs speed through a variety of different moods and colors, none of which feels gratuitous. In this respect, and especially considering their snarky sense of humor, they are very much like Ween, and with much of the same songwriting prowess. Be sure to catch them in action.