Indies Scope / 2022
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To have a cowboy heart.
The Brno band Poletíme? on their new album Kroskántry discover within themselves a cowboy heart and they extend their unique banjo-punk style trying another one – country, or more precisely, as they put it – ‘kántry’. On the third studio album of Poletíme? they emphasize the humorous lyrics which are straightforward, poetic, yet slightly vulgar. After the second album called Skupina dobře vypadajících mužů/Band of good-looking men the band set out from Brno’s clubs to main stages of not only rock festivals and now with the new album they confirm their position of joyful band, full of brisk rhythm and melodic choruses.
The album KROSKÁNTRY in a lightweight style again tells stories about difficult or sad things in yet colorful and cheerful mood. Rudolf Brančovský admits the inspiration by country music: “I just discovered for myself again the long forgotten world of musical romanticism. I am sure that thanks to our rogue style of playing country music won’t be a dirty word for some people anymore. So we don’t say country on purpose, because we mean KÁNTRY!“ In addition to classical instrumental formation we can also hear the rezofonic guitar of Martin Mikl and saxophone of Pavel Križovenský and five-string banjo of the legendary banjo player and founder of the bluegrass band Poutníci, Sváťa Kotas.
The lyrics whose sole author is Rudolf Brančovský are again, with a few exceptions, all about women!
These exceptions are for example “Lev“, which tells a story about an animal which keeps the bandleader Rudolf alive, or the song “Pepův Happyend“ talks about a dream come true of every lonely beer drinker (although in the end, it’s again about women) and the song “Kovbojové“ about social and mental outsiders. The song “Muž neviditelný“ is in a special category; it tells the life story of one brave former homeless man whose seventy-year-old voice we can hear in this song as well.
The band recorded again in the Brno studio G under the supervision of Jiří “Topol“ Novotný. Nevertheless, the resulting sound is a little bit different this time compared to previous albums and the reason is the third person as Rudolf Brančovský says. “What you hear on the new album is a consensus among three different approaches. One approach is me, as a supporter of the dirtiest sound possible, such as at our concerts. The other one is our sound engineer Jiří Topol Novotný, who, as a professional, tends to make everything clean and tuned. And the third element is the approach of Sváťa Kotas, a professional of the bluegrass & country area. He looked at it from a totally different point of view. I would say that his contribution to the final sound of the album is essential. “ The resulting sound of fifteen songs will be completed with a video of the title song Lokomotiva. The illustrations are by Rudolf Brančovský and their animation was work of Jan Mikota.