The Analogs are a popular street punk band from Szczecin, Poland, known for making street punk music popular in their country. Despite initially claiming to be apolitical, the band has always been committed to anti-fascism and eventually referred to themselves as “100% leftie”. They have performed alongside influential ska artist Roy Ellis and recognized the multicultural roots of the skinhead subculture.
The band originated in 1995, when three members of a ska band, Dr. Cycos, came together in a rehearsal hall in Szczecin to work on songs in the traditional punk rock style. The band consisted of Marek Adamowicz on guitar, Ziemowit Pawluk on drums, and Paweł Czekała on bass. The band was initially nameless until Dominik Pyrzyna was chosen as the vocalist. The band then gave itself the name The Analogs.
The band recorded their debut album entitled “Oi! Młodzież” while simultaneously negotiating with Rock’n’roller productions, who agreed to release the album under their label. The album was recorded at the same time as an album by Dr. Cycos, with both bands recording music on the first day and vocals and mixing on the second day. Just after the recording session ended, Czekała’s troubles with the law began.
The band played numerous concerts, including a controversial gig with Canadian punk rock band DOA in Poznań, where fights broke out between the band’s supporters and the rest of the audience. The band’s opposition to anarchist and feminist punks, combined with the DOA concert riots, caused many Polish underground media to criticize the band. However, the calls for boycott significantly contributed to an increase in the band’s popularity.
In 1997, three songs by The Analogs appeared on the “Oi! it’s a world invasion” compilation released by Bronco Bullfrog Records and Step-1. The band was invited to play at the Punk & Disorderly festival in Germany in 2003, and they returned to the same festival the following year and in 2006. The band’s songs have also appeared on several international compilations.
The band’s second album, “Street Punk Rulez!”, was released in 1998 and strongly encouraged by Zdzisław Jodko, surprised by the huge success of the debut album. Despite the band being in poor condition and Adamowicz’s interest in other music genres, the album was a success, with some songs reaching the level of the band’s most popular and still being played live by the band.
The Analogs’ third album, “Hlaskover Rock”, was recorded in 2000. Grzegorz Król, who had an alcohol problem, affected his performances on stage, which caused pressure within the band to grow. The band eventually found a new guitarist, Dawid Włodarek, and released their fourth album, “Odkurzacz”, in 2002.
The Analogs’ success continued, and they became a well-known name in the international punk rock scene. They have since released several more albums, including “Project Oi!” (2007), “Pieśni buntu” (2011), and “Uklęknij Przed Władcą Piekieł” (2020). Their commitment to anti-fascism and the roots of the skinhead subculture has remained a constant theme in their music, and they continue to be one of Poland’s most successful and respected punk bands.