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1983 - in a dirty, covered with smoke of the factory chimneys Polish town Lodz, the band Moskwa (Moscow) was formed - a big legend of Polish underground, one of the most original and charismatic bands of the Eastern-Europe punkrock scene. From the very beginning the most important role in the band played Pawel “Guma” Gumola - guitarist , singer, and author of almost all songs and lyrics, who soon became a symbol of the new movement. Already a couple of months after being formed, Moskwa attends successfully some local band-competitions, instantly raising great interest of the audience.

Next year, Moskwa plays - as a newcomer - at the Rock Music Festival Jarocin (the biggest festival in Poland at that time). The band had an enthusiastic welcome and overnight became an insider tip in the Polish independent scene.

The success at the festival made it possible to record four songs for the radio, which were later released on their first MC “Nigdy!” (Never!). The album soon gained “cult” status and showed that Moskwa successfully mixed aggressive and “gutsy” sound - inspired by bands like GBH (for whom they played support some years later) or Discharge - with their nihilistic, rooted in the reality of communist Poland lyrics.

Next year the band toured extensively, playing innumerable concerts and festivals (among others “Rock Arena ‘85” in Poznan, Rock FAMA’85 in Swinoujscie, III Grand Festival Robrege, and Jarocin Rock Musik Festival ‘85 - this time as a headliner ). The band keeps on touring and plays also at the “1 Zlocie Mlodziezy Cynicznej Ery Atomowej - Nowa Scena” (1st Meeting of the Youth of the Cynical Atom Era) in Gdynia.

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