Release date: May 23, 2015
Running Time: 37:49, 12 tracks
“Tvrdá realita” is the third album by Cezch band Driák. Průža (accordion, vocals), Tůča (guitar), Milda (guitar, vocals), Lukašenko (bass, vocals) and Lukas alias Ježíšek (drums) are not a Celtic punk band, but a kick-ass accordion punk band. They sing in their mother tongue, but they are a worth hearing band.
Obviously my favourite songs are the accordion fronted numbers: the opening track “Nekonecný Seriál”, the catchy single “Pátek trináctýho” (the video for this song can be watched here ), the Across the Border sounding tracks “Nocní mura” and “Holky ceský” (awesome!), “Zakázaný ovoce” (with that ska punk part), the closing number “Poslední vlak” and “Geniální vynálezce” (a track where the accordion doesn’t play the major role). There is no accordion on “Veselé Vánoce”, but it’s an infectious punk song with amazing gang vocals.
“Tvrdá realita” comes in a jewel case with a 16 page booklet. All the lyrics in Czech are included, together with a pic for every song, line-up, thank yous and the band logo. The album cover has drawn my attention, since in Spanish we say “he feels like a kid with new shoes” when someone is happy.
If you want to stretch your folk-punk boundaries and you enjoy punk music even if it’s not sung in English, don’t think twice: grab a copy of Driák “Tvrdá realita”
Tracklist (Click on the song's title to listen):
01 - Nekonecný Seriál (Infinite Series)
02 - Do jednoho pytle (In the Spotlight)
03 - Pátek trináctýho (Friday 13th)
04 - Všeobecnej strach (General Fear)
05 - Veselé Vánoce (Merry Christmas)
06 - Nocní mura (Nightmare)
07 - Orbis Pictus
08 - Deti a hrdinové (Children and Heroes)
09 - Holky ceský (Czech Girls)
10 - Geniální vynálezce (Genius Inventor)
11 - Zakázaný ovoce (Forbidden Fruit)
12 - Poslední vlak (The Last Train)
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or purchase it from Cecek Store
Review by Kinksmarkham