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Muck @ Iceland Airwaves 2014

Watching you, watching me, watching Muck

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Once upon a time I met in Cracow four pretty cool guys from Reykjavík. They just stopped by my absolutely favorite district and gave a show, one of a dozen of them on their European tour. Before the gig I heard among others about joy of being challenged with new music and new sounds. Those four guys brought to (then) my city a kind of volcanic eruption since as soon as they entered the stage they turned from pretty cool people into crazy, fast and angry creatures teaching me immediately that I will not forget the name of Muck. Indeed, they provoked me. And also they challenged me saying that everything for a forth-coming album is ready but in the end I have waited for Your Joyous Future for over 2,5 year. Here comes out the second album of Muck – finally, February 24th! Damn, I easily became a Master of Waiting (instead of Science or Arts).

Muck is well-known on the local music scene of warming up the crowd extremely fast with its headline-grabbing hardcore during bewildering gigs. They definitely make some noise on the stage and some mess in the audience… if you are brave enough to spend their show in front of the crowd. Undisputedly, Muck is never selfish when it comes about their crazy power. Whilst there are bands that give 100% of the energy on stage those guys set the bar definitely higher and reach it smoothly every time. Tick-tock, just wait for this bomb to explode and make you drop your jaw while you are watching both guitarists and their dizzying tempo of playing. There were times I was wondering if it’s everything all right with my eyes but I’m still good. They are just incredibly fast. And furious. Moreover, Muck plays still technically properly… what is impressive.

Now imagine a summer evening. You are running up the narrow stairs and coming into a medium size room with guitars and drums set. Suddenly, the room is completely packed and to let more people in you are making another one step forward that actually breaks into the band’s space. Muck is kicking off the house gig on the 2nd floor with a view for a square where people are shocked, surprised and confused about what is going on in that apartment with an open window. Musicians are playing like in a frenzy. The audience is kind of dazed because of so unique circumstances but is giving probably twice more vibes than is even receiving. Knowing Muck you can without a blink say that this is just a deep insanity with a creepily shaking floor and at the same time you think that you can actually die now. Now, not after the show, you want to feel exactly this vibe as your last breath. Yes. That really happened although I still need to be nipped to believe in that. Honestly, I am a chicken, a situation in the first row during Muck’s shows always makes me take one step back but that time… I didn’t mind if my head would be smashed by a microphone or a guitar head and I didn’t even care if somebody would push me straight onto a madly vibrating drum set. However great this gig was, the reason to organize it was pretty sad – nobody likes when your landlord wants to kick you out of the apartment just to sell it and support an opening of another f.cking hotel in Our City.

Perhaps creating and releasing a new material always takes Muck quite some time. That’s why they are so good because it’s been simply brewed. But they will show you now this wicked smile… and Your Joyous Future on February 24th!

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An interview about Slaves and some other things done in Cracow

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Stína has followed her passion to Icelandic music as a music journalist since 2010. She joined then a writing team of Muzyka Islandzka - a Polish website dedicated to Icelandic music. Spreading her wings, Stína started her adventure with Icelandic language and moved to Reykjavík where she studied the language at the university. She also takes an active part in life of the local music scene. Since 2014 Stína had run a music blog that was transformed in 2017 into a printed magazine on Icelandic music.

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