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Ponk Trio

Czech Republic Dreamin'
Michal Krystýnek (left) of the Czech trio Ponk talks about one of the songs on their latest recording, Diedina.

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When I started to write "Dycky Dobre" ("always good"), it was about a guy I knew who made special medicine from marijuana. People thought he was just strange, but when they had some problems they used his medicine (for free, of course). But I wanted to put something from my own point of view in the lyrics, so I changed the theme, making it a multidimensional view of young Moravian man (myself) who is enjoying a beautiful warm summer night with his friends and guitars, sitting by a lake in a Moravian village.

They are quite relaxed, maybe due to the fact they are smoking some green stuff ("shaahshee" is the Moravian dialect word for some green bush). Then this man's inner vision begins. Everything comes from nothing and everything is immortal. Lives start and end again and again, but this is just a big theater. We should just enjoy the rest of our lifetime, do our best, relax, and realize the final goal - the inner village, the symbol of perfect a state - is the only thing that never changes. - Michal

Ponk are:
Michal Krystýnek – vocals & violin (the longest hair)
Eduard Tomaštík – cimbalom & vocals (the bigger belly)
Jakub Nožička - double bass & vocals (not pictured)
Pavel Rajmic (the tall one) is the new bass player, but not on this recording

The Czech trio has a new album for 2019: Deidina.
Our review will be published soon.

Read the review of their previous recording (and a Music of the Month pick in 2016): Ponk: Postfolklor

Find Ponk online.

All audio and images ©2019 Ponk
Note: Michal provided the photo IDs. The editor is blameless.

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