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WALFAD

Crossover Prog • Poland


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Founded in Wodzisław Śląski, Poland in 2011

Walfad (We Are Looking for a Drummer) was created by Wojciech Ciuraj (vocal, guitar). Although 2nd September 2011 is considered the date of their official start, the core of the band had been active since April that year. Maksym Frączek (lead guitar) and Radosław Sitek (bass guitar) were the first members of We Are Looking For A Drummer. Then, those students of the 1st General Secondary School in Wodzisław Śląski and young musicians, they played covers of such groups as Cream, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Deep Purple. At that time the band?s name was also coined - a teasing manifest against unreliability of Kacper Kucharski (drums) who during the first months in the band never showed up for the rehearsals. But when he finally made it, he proved that he had been worth the wait. The oldest member, Daniel Rodzoń (keyboard instruments) - a man as talented as unpredictable - completed the composition of Walfad. The local community reacts enthusiastically to the band?s first songs, which are created in 2012 and recorded that year in No Fear Records studio in Rybnik. This material lets the band win a place in the final of the first edition of the festival Sophiscapes in Cracow, where the band shared the stage with Retrospective and Quidam. The following months are full of concerts, often in a quartet without keyboard instruments (among others as a support during the TUNE?s concert in Chorzˇw). In the summer of 2013 Maksym Frączek suddenly decides to leave Walfad. In order to document the earliest, high school-related period of activity, the band decides to record an album. In the meantime Radosłąw Sitek, the bass guitarist, is replaced by experienced Maciej Kucharski (Kacper's father). After three weeks of rehearsals and rising funds for the album almost until the last minute, Walfad starts working on "Ab Ovo" in LYNX MUSIC. A few months earlier the band came up with the idea for "śląski koncept album". A story of a young Silesian man, composed of such songs as Kwiaty na Hałdzie, 2013 or Pociągi, made the fans of ambitious music aware of Walfad. Despite certain lacks, the band's debut finds its buyers in, among others, Japan, USA and France. The reviewers unanimously agree that there is a great potential in the group. Maksym Frączek leaves the group right after the premiere of "AB Ovo". His substitute also unexpectedly resigns and W...
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4.15 | 27 ratings
Ab Ovo
2013
3.71 | 58 ratings
An Unsung Hero, Salty Rains & Him
2014
4.10 | 20 ratings
Momentum
2016
3.73 | 21 ratings
Colloids
2018

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4.60 | 5 ratings
We Are Looking For A Drummer
2012

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 Colloids by WALFAD album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.73 | 21 ratings

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Walfad Crossover Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Poland has always been and continues to be a fountain of progressive rock, continuously releasing thrilling albums from a plethora of old and new bands , consistently adding quality to their quantity. There is a fondness for both the more romantic side (neo-prog) as well as symphonic oriented material that always showcases suprior musicianship and great sense of stylistics. There are many veteran bands still doing their thing like Albion, Millenium, Riverside, Lebowski, Believe and Lizard, among many others, there are also young upstarts that keep the flame alight, such as Walfad.

''Colloids'' is their latest offering , after 3 previous releases dating back to their debut in 2013. Wojciech Ciuraj leads his young crew on guitar and vocals as well as writing the material that has a grimy knife edge to it both sonically as well as in intent. After a dreamy and cinematic intro, the album kicks off mercilessly, drums pounding relentlessly, the aptly named ''In A Powder Keg'' explodes out of the speakers . The effect is one of solid insanity, musically edgy and unrestrained, with a greasy organ fill that is quite savory. Definitely rock-prog instead of prog-rock, it provides a nice hard slap in the face. Twangy and jangly guitars introduce ''Sysyphus' Sons'', giving the spotlight to Wojciech's high pitched voice to great effect, fueled by a sturdy beat and a quirky rhythmic package that takes over and lumbers forward , unabashedly noisy, with a nice serpentine synthesizer solo.

The 10 minute + title track should be the main attraction here, a slow building composition that starts off in sweet simplicity, twangy guitar licks and a pleading voice that begs for attention. When the intensity ratchets up, its time to let loose, first with a slithering synth foray and then followed by a tortuous guitar solo . The subsequent musical elevation swerves into a passionate section that is utterly tasty. The fact that the tracks are not overtly candy-coated with bombastic production certainly gives the work a sense of genuineness that is frankly appealing. The rawness in fact is the first impression that comes to mind. Take the wah-wah drenched electric guitar solo at the end of this piece, a shrieking slice of beauty, delicious prog tartare!

''Rust'' is a swirling vocal melody wrapped in an airy arrangement, solidly punctuated by tough drum flurries, an interesting contrast between anger and bliss, featuring another spectacular bluesy guitar romp. The fade out sparkles in the rain, with wild synthesizers ablaze and the marshalling beat pushing the flame along.

Things get hot and heavy on 'Jotting', a rambling tirade immersed in unkempt rage and fury, this is perhaps the most intense track on this offering, another fine piece of intensitywhat with a gritty guitar being the star of the show. The voice is a combination of high-pitched delivery and angry lyrics, a bludgeoning slice of sweaty prog. But unexpectedly, the second part evolves into blissful harmony, pushed along by a gorgeous electric axe solo.

The disc finishes off on a one more piece of quality, 'To Walk on Water' with its initial acoustic guitar morphing into another frazzled composition that has quite the indie feel to it, with shimmering guitars and syncopated drum fills , a vocal full of pleading sincerity. The guitar solo once again rages, complex and fiery , thus keeping the prog fans happy.

The band offers two vocal versions, one in Polish and the other in English. Certainly a band with a promising future in view of their apparent youth, proving once again that Poland keeps on delivering quality progressive rock music.

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 Colloids by WALFAD album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.73 | 21 ratings

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Walfad Crossover Prog

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

3 stars The band's fourth album delivers catchy prog rock songs again, for what it's worth. Obviously Wojciech Ciuraj (guitar, vocals) is taking the lead when it comes to this outfit from Poland. While alternating between quartet and quintet during the recent years, he is representing the main constant by all means. With Pawel Krawiec 'Colloids' now features a second guitarist. Interestingly enough their facebook account still is provided with the extension 'We Are Looking For A Drummer'. Don't know if we should take this seriously. Well, all their productions are showing Kacper Kucharski aboard, though yet it's Jakub Dabrowski who has occupied the drum kit.

Not really unusual, especially when it comes to bands hailing from this country, there are two versions available which differentiate due to the language. What we get is a technically flawless album, art rock flavoured, with some singer/songwriter appeal plus psychedelic touch. Unfortunately and surprisingly, for me the album title track will not start a fire really, hence belongs to the weaker songs. On the other hand at least Sisyphus' Sons showing some mandolin input, Jottings and To Walk On The Water are top-notch compositions, highly enjoyable. Comfortable vocals and great guitar work, including the bass. Keyboards are having a minor role. If you like easy to grasp rock songs I can recommend this one without any restriction. 3.5 stars.

 Colloids by WALFAD album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.73 | 21 ratings

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Walfad Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Walfad were back with their fourth studio album towards the end of 2018, and between this and their previous one, singer/guitarist Wojciech Ciuraj had found time to release a solo album which wasinspired by the Polish romantic poetry of Adam Mickiewicz. None of the musicians involved in the solo effort had been in Walfad, and on the subsequent band album only bassist Radosław Żelazny previously been involved (and then only on 'Momentum') so it really is a brand new band with Wojciech driving it on. Unfortunately their web site hasn't been updated in a few years, so I actually have no idea what has been happening within the band, but it is certainly unusual to see such a change in just two years. The band has also reverted back to a quintet, which is what they were like for the debut, bringing back an additional guitarist.

This album does feel very much like a logical progression from the last one, even though most of the band have changed, with twin guitars providing additional depth and bass to the sound. There isn't as much space within the music as one has come to expect, but it still feels fresh and inviting. The use of a Hammond Organ is also a nice touch, as it adds to depth and presence, powering over the top of piano or other keyboard sounds. Even though there is a larger rock element, the different approach to keyboards has meant the band now appear even more melodic and much more crossover than previously. The vocals are sweetly sung (apparently the album has again been released in two versions, one English and one Polish), and the album is beautifully produced and engineered. Walfad have yet to make much of an impact outside their home country, but having now heard all four of their studio albums I am at a loss to understand why that is, as this is again an incredibly accessible and enjoyable piece of work.

 Momentum by WALFAD album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.10 | 20 ratings

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Walfad Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars 2016 saw Walfad back with their third album, two years on from 'Unsung Hero'. In the intervening time the band had been through some changes, and although singer/guitarist Wojciech Ciuraj and drummer Kacper Kucharski (apparently the band got their name from his inability to come to rehearsals) are still there, they have both a new keyboard player in Dawid Makosz and a new bassist in Radosław Żelazny. Not only has this album been released in both English and Polish language versions, but this time there are separate booklets and covers. The English shows the elevated woman with a red skirt (and a different wall), while the Polish has the woman in green. Mind you, it's probably not a good idea to pay too close attention to the lyrics, as they don't always seem to make a lot of sense.

There is a feeling here that the band have grown in confidence, and the approach is somewhat more direct with strident guitar and less of a concentration on the bass. Although there are still elements of Credo, there is also plenty of Muse and a band moving much more into the rock arena and moving away slightly from the traditional neo-prog roots they had previously. Both new musicians have fitted in well, and the swirling piano on the title cut is wonderful, ripping and creating waves of sound I could lie in all day. Wojciech is content to riff and take lead melodies when the song requires it, and is more forceful and definitely more present than on the previous release. Good use of different keyboard sounds, combined with a more powerful approach (which can also be light when required, providing strong contrasts), really demonstrates a band starting to come into their own.

 An Unsung Hero, Salty Rains & Him by WALFAD album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.71 | 58 ratings

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Walfad Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars Just a year on from their debut, and Polish band Walfad (We Are Looking For A Drummer) were back in the studio. They had dropped to a quartet after 'Ab Ovo', with Wojciech Ciuraj now being the sole guitarist. This now allowed their music to open up, with far more space within it, as there are times when he allows himself to concentrate on the singing and not provide any guitar at all. This means that there is a lot of space within the sound, with some luxurious bass lines often taking the lead melodic role with keyboards providing a background to be played against. It took me a while to think what band they reminded me of, but finally it clicked that in many ways they are following a very similar path to Credo after Mike Varty had joined the band. Credo had yet to morph into the huge sounding outfit they were to become, and in many ways this album contains the same amount of naivety, and is all the better for it.

All the vocals are in English, yet the booklet contains all lyrics in both Polish and English, as are the song titles, which makes me wonder if there has been a Polish language version as well, as I have come across that previously with other bands. Millenium's keyboard player Ryszard Kramarski was on hand to assist with the production, and the result is a very clean sounding album. The second song, "Leaves", is broken into four sections but it is only possible to play this as a single song on the CD, and at more than eighteen minutes long shows that the young band have a great deal of confidence. The album is laid-back for the most part, and is solid and enjoyable neo-prog.

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