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The Car Is On Fire

Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland | MAJOR

Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland | MAJOR
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Aug
18
The Car Is On Fire @ Krögis

Krögis, None, Germany

Krögis, None, Germany

Aug
04
The Car Is On Fire @ Dolina Trzech Stawów

Katowice, None, Poland

Katowice, None, Poland

May
25
The Car Is On Fire @ Parc del Forum

Barcelona, None, Spain

Barcelona, None, Spain

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The Car Is On Fire, I’ll stop the world and melt with you. The band’s “What Makes Me Cry,” a brand-new non-album single, pushes so many Rawkblog buttons: A “ba-da-da” opening, vibraphone played by producer (and Tortoise/Sea and Caker) John McEntire, electric major 7th chords — I could go on. (You may remember fellow Rawkblog favorites like International Waters and the Ancient Greeks sounding, ahem, almost exactly like this.) “What Makes Cry’s” tropical guitar-pop comes with verve, agility and hooks the size of James Cameron’s ego — let it lodge itself deep in your brain. - Rawkblog


The Car Is On Fire, I’ll stop the world and melt with you. The band’s “What Makes Me Cry,” a brand-new non-album single, pushes so many Rawkblog buttons: A “ba-da-da” opening, vibraphone played by producer (and Tortoise/Sea and Caker) John McEntire, electric major 7th chords — I could go on. (You may remember fellow Rawkblog favorites like International Waters and the Ancient Greeks sounding, ahem, almost exactly like this.) “What Makes Cry’s” tropical guitar-pop comes with verve, agility and hooks the size of James Cameron’s ego — let it lodge itself deep in your brain. - Rawkblog


Day two and a trek is made first to Noho for The Car is On Fire. With the band dressed in matching red and white football shorts and socks and spouting fake moustaches, this Polish group rather than following many of their East European counterparts in towards Balkan folk, focus their attention West. New York City nights in lounge bars in the late 70s are more of the spirit. They produce a lovely varied performance mixed with flutters of post punk, the Rapture, a noisier Haircut 100 and elements of XTC, particularly in the occasional melancholy. - Soundblab


For the last few months I’ve been helping out behind the scenes for The Great Escape. At one point I was tasked with finding a 4 acts from Poland to play this year. This was a lot harder than it sounds, 3 days of me trawling the internet listening to some really dreadful bands…. Thankfully Poland does have some rather cool music, the best of the bunch I think are Warsaw’s The Car Is On Fire. - My Band's Better Than Your Band


For the last few months I’ve been helping out behind the scenes for The Great Escape. At one point I was tasked with finding a 4 acts from Poland to play this year. This was a lot harder than it sounds, 3 days of me trawling the internet listening to some really dreadful bands…. Thankfully Poland does have some rather cool music, the best of the bunch I think are Warsaw’s The Car Is On Fire. - My Band's Better Than Your Band


For anyone who is familiar with Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s F# A# 8, it will be almost impossible to read the name of The Car Is On Fire and not quickly be filled with the creeping dread that accompanies that phrase.

For ‘The car is on fire’ is the opening spoken-word snippet from Dead Flag Blues, a song that is as cheerful as a bucket of dead baby puppies; the audio equivalent of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, only bleaker.

How cunning, then, of The Car Is On Fire to pick a name associated with such dreadful fear as a peg to hang a section of delightfully upbeat and cheerful songs off. This false-signifier name-trick is pulled again on songs like What Makes Me Cry, which is approximately 1% as gloomy as its title suggests.

What Makes Me Cry is more carefree than a bus-load of teenagers on a school trip, and as youthfully exuberant too. Gentle and twee it may be, but there’s world-weariness lingering below the surface, tempering any aspirations to exhaust the band’s ambition.

Thus, after a few feverish repeat-spins of this song, we reach a strange impasse – on the next listen of Dead Flag Blues will The Car Is On Fire wiggle their way into the consciousness? Will they blunt the evil edge? Will spontaneous jaunty whistling follow suit? The fact that this is even a concern marks them out as the cheekiest of talents. Great. - A New Band A Day


http://www.rawkblog.net/2010/10/live-in-the-city-2010/ - Rawkblog


http://www.rawkblog.net/2010/10/live-in-the-city-2010/ - Rawkblog


The Car is On Fire got things kicking off at Noho. They’re from Warsaw, and I believe they were dressed as the Polish football team but sport ain’t my strong point. I was surprised to hear another band with such prominent bass lines, having excepted grungey washed-out guitars to reign supreme this week. The band occasionally drifted off key, perhaps from concentrating on keeping their fake moustaches on, but they never went off pace. - Teeth Records


The Car is On Fire got things kicking off at Noho. They’re from Warsaw, and I believe they were dressed as the Polish football team but sport ain’t my strong point. I was surprised to hear another band with such prominent bass lines, having excepted grungey washed-out guitars to reign supreme this week. The band occasionally drifted off key, perhaps from concentrating on keeping their fake moustaches on, but they never went off pace. - Teeth Records


It’s hard to pick 5 songs you should hear this week, hard because I usually discover new, interesting music through the Erol forum! so I just picked stuff I hope you didn’t hear before and I think you should really check out – I’m going to introduce you to some polish stuff too! Let’s start with The Car is on Fire – my favourite Polish band. They’re from Warsaw, they play something between pop-rock and post-punk, at least that’s how their first album sounds like. I don’t remember when and where did I hear them for the first time, but they caught my attention. The song I picked is more…experimental, but still good – it comes from their new album, which is also really nice, but completely different than the previous one. I love the chorus there… - Erol Alkan's website


It’s hard to pick 5 songs you should hear this week, hard because I usually discover new, interesting music through the Erol forum! so I just picked stuff I hope you didn’t hear before and I think you should really check out – I’m going to introduce you to some polish stuff too! Let’s start with The Car is on Fire – my favourite Polish band. They’re from Warsaw, they play something between pop-rock and post-punk, at least that’s how their first album sounds like. I don’t remember when and where did I hear them for the first time, but they caught my attention. The song I picked is more…experimental, but still good – it comes from their new album, which is also really nice, but completely different than the previous one. I love the chorus there… - Erol Alkan's website


It’s hard to pick 5 songs you should hear this week, hard because I usually discover new, interesting music through the Erol forum! so I just picked stuff I hope you didn’t hear before and I think you should really check out – I’m going to introduce you to some polish stuff too! Let’s start with The Car is on Fire – my favourite Polish band. They’re from Warsaw, they play something between pop-rock and post-punk, at least that’s how their first album sounds like. I don’t remember when and where did I hear them for the first time, but they caught my attention. The song I picked is more…experimental, but still good – it comes from their new album, which is also really nice, but completely different than the previous one. I love the chorus there… - Erol Alkan's website


It’s hard to pick 5 songs you should hear this week, hard because I usually discover new, interesting music through the Erol forum! so I just picked stuff I hope you didn’t hear before and I think you should really check out – I’m going to introduce you to some polish stuff too! Let’s start with The Car is on Fire – my favourite Polish band. They’re from Warsaw, they play something between pop-rock and post-punk, at least that’s how their first album sounds like. I don’t remember when and where did I hear them for the first time, but they caught my attention. The song I picked is more…experimental, but still good – it comes from their new album, which is also really nice, but completely different than the previous one. I love the chorus there… - Erol Alkan's website


For the last few months I’ve been helping out behind the scenes for The Great Escape. At one point I was tasked with finding a 4 acts from Poland to play this year. This was a lot harder than it sounds, 3 days of me trawling the internet listening to some really dreadful bands…. Thankfully Poland does have some rather cool music, the best of the bunch I think are Warsaw’s The Car Is On Fire. - Ollie Russian


For the last few months I’ve been helping out behind the scenes for The Great Escape. At one point I was tasked with finding a 4 acts from Poland to play this year. This was a lot harder than it sounds, 3 days of me trawling the internet listening to some really dreadful bands…. Thankfully Poland does have some rather cool music, the best of the bunch I think are Warsaw’s The Car Is On Fire. - Ollie Russian


For the last few months I’ve been helping out behind the scenes for The Great Escape. At one point I was tasked with finding a 4 acts from Poland to play this year. This was a lot harder than it sounds, 3 days of me trawling the internet listening to some really dreadful bands…. Thankfully Poland does have some rather cool music, the best of the bunch I think are Warsaw’s The Car Is On Fire. - Ollie Russian


For the last few months I’ve been helping out behind the scenes for The Great Escape. At one point I was tasked with finding a 4 acts from Poland to play this year. This was a lot harder than it sounds, 3 days of me trawling the internet listening to some really dreadful bands…. Thankfully Poland does have some rather cool music, the best of the bunch I think are Warsaw’s The Car Is On Fire. - Ollie Russian


The Car Is On Fire must be the first Polish band we've ever featured (let me know if I'm wrong!). Within the space of one song they manage to sound like a funk band, a summery pop band and a few others sandwiched between. The singer sounds like Adrian Jewett from TMSR and that can't be a bad thing. - The 405


The Car Is On Fire must be the first Polish band we've ever featured (let me know if I'm wrong!). Within the space of one song they manage to sound like a funk band, a summery pop band and a few others sandwiched between. The singer sounds like Adrian Jewett from TMSR and that can't be a bad thing. - The 405


The Car Is On Fire must be the first Polish band we've ever featured (let me know if I'm wrong!). Within the space of one song they manage to sound like a funk band, a summery pop band and a few others sandwiched between. The singer sounds like Adrian Jewett from TMSR and that can't be a bad thing. - The 405


The Car Is On Fire must be the first Polish band we've ever featured (let me know if I'm wrong!). Within the space of one song they manage to sound like a funk band, a summery pop band and a few others sandwiched between. The singer sounds like Adrian Jewett from TMSR and that can't be a bad thing. - The 405


Let’s play a game. It’s a pretty simple game: think about all the things you know about Poland. Can you name a city in Poland? Alright, Warsaw, obviously, but can you name any others? Nope? Not even Krakow? You’re slapping yourself for that one, aren’t you? Alright, who’s the Prime Minister of Poland? Don’t know? Is it even a Prime Minister, or is it a President, or something else? Don’t go and get on Wikipedia, there’s no prize or anything, I’m just trying to prove a point.

The point being that you really don’t know a damn thing about Poland. That’s because if you’re reading this there’s a better-than-50% chance you’re an American, and if you’re an American there’s a better-than-50% chance you don’t know or care about other countries. I’m not trying to make you feel bad, I’m just speaking the truth, and letting you know that about 1.2% of our readership is Polish and is pretty disappointed in you for not knowing about The Car Is On Fire.

Of course, I’m an American as well, so I’m no different. My knowledge of the Polish indie-rock scene begins and ends with The Car Is On Fire, and that knowledge only goes back like three days. I wouldn’t have even brought them up if I didn’t think they were totally fucking rad and that you would love them. How rad are they? They had an album out a few months back, and if I had heard it back then it’d be a shoo-in for any best-of-the-year list you care to mention. It’s that good. First of all, it’s produced by John McEntire, who worked with Stereolab and Tortoise, so it sounds crisp and clean. The songs are bouncy and bright and they hit you instantly; the chord changes are like swinging across the jungle floor snatching onto vine after vine. I’d say they sounded like of Montreal, except a) I don’t really like of Montreal and b) those kinds of comparisons don’t make any sense. I could just as easily say they sound like a cross between The Beatles and Tupac Shakur. Like They Might Be Giants had a baby with Gogol Bordello and named it Phoenix. I’m not sure what I have to tell you to convince you to click the little arrows at the bottom of the post that make the music play. Just click them and you’ll see what I’m trying to get at.

And for your information, this isn’t some nobody band from nowhere that I picked up in a thrift store and am talking up to boost my credibility. Their last album won a Fryderyk, which is basically the Polish equivalent of the Grammy. Bet you didn’t know about the Polish Grammys, did you? There’s a 98.8% chance you didn’t. And again, I’m not trying to make you feel bad. On the contrary — I’m just trying to get you to listen. - Too Much Happiness


Let’s play a game. It’s a pretty simple game: think about all the things you know about Poland. Can you name a city in Poland? Alright, Warsaw, obviously, but can you name any others? Nope? Not even Krakow? You’re slapping yourself for that one, aren’t you? Alright, who’s the Prime Minister of Poland? Don’t know? Is it even a Prime Minister, or is it a President, or something else? Don’t go and get on Wikipedia, there’s no prize or anything, I’m just trying to prove a point.

The point being that you really don’t know a damn thing about Poland. That’s because if you’re reading this there’s a better-than-50% chance you’re an American, and if you’re an American there’s a better-than-50% chance you don’t know or care about other countries. I’m not trying to make you feel bad, I’m just speaking the truth, and letting you know that about 1.2% of our readership is Polish and is pretty disappointed in you for not knowing about The Car Is On Fire.

Of course, I’m an American as well, so I’m no different. My knowledge of the Polish indie-rock scene begins and ends with The Car Is On Fire, and that knowledge only goes back like three days. I wouldn’t have even brought them up if I didn’t think they were totally fucking rad and that you would love them. How rad are they? They had an album out a few months back, and if I had heard it back then it’d be a shoo-in for any best-of-the-year list you care to mention. It’s that good. First of all, it’s produced by John McEntire, who worked with Stereolab and Tortoise, so it sounds crisp and clean. The songs are bouncy and bright and they hit you instantly; the chord changes are like swinging across the jungle floor snatching onto vine after vine. I’d say they sounded like of Montreal, except a) I don’t really like of Montreal and b) those kinds of comparisons don’t make any sense. I could just as easily say they sound like a cross between The Beatles and Tupac Shakur. Like They Might Be Giants had a baby with Gogol Bordello and named it Phoenix. I’m not sure what I have to tell you to convince you to click the little arrows at the bottom of the post that make the music play. Just click them and you’ll see what I’m trying to get at.

And for your information, this isn’t some nobody band from nowhere that I picked up in a thrift store and am talking up to boost my credibility. Their last album won a Fryderyk, which is basically the Polish equivalent of the Grammy. Bet you didn’t know about the Polish Grammys, did you? There’s a 98.8% chance you didn’t. And again, I’m not trying to make you feel bad. On the contrary — I’m just trying to get you to listen. - Too Much Happiness


Let’s play a game. It’s a pretty simple game: think about all the things you know about Poland. Can you name a city in Poland? Alright, Warsaw, obviously, but can you name any others? Nope? Not even Krakow? You’re slapping yourself for that one, aren’t you? Alright, who’s the Prime Minister of Poland? Don’t know? Is it even a Prime Minister, or is it a President, or something else? Don’t go and get on Wikipedia, there’s no prize or anything, I’m just trying to prove a point.

The point being that you really don’t know a damn thing about Poland. That’s because if you’re reading this there’s a better-than-50% chance you’re an American, and if you’re an American there’s a better-than-50% chance you don’t know or care about other countries. I’m not trying to make you feel bad, I’m just speaking the truth, and letting you know that about 1.2% of our readership is Polish and is pretty disappointed in you for not knowing about The Car Is On Fire.

Of course, I’m an American as well, so I’m no different. My knowledge of the Polish indie-rock scene begins and ends with The Car Is On Fire, and that knowledge only goes back like three days. I wouldn’t have even brought them up if I didn’t think they were totally fucking rad and that you would love them. How rad are they? They had an album out a few months back, and if I had heard it back then it’d be a shoo-in for any best-of-the-year list you care to mention. It’s that good. First of all, it’s produced by John McEntire, who worked with Stereolab and Tortoise, so it sounds crisp and clean. The songs are bouncy and bright and they hit you instantly; the chord changes are like swinging across the jungle floor snatching onto vine after vine. I’d say they sounded like of Montreal, except a) I don’t really like of Montreal and b) those kinds of comparisons don’t make any sense. I could just as easily say they sound like a cross between The Beatles and Tupac Shakur. Like They Might Be Giants had a baby with Gogol Bordello and named it Phoenix. I’m not sure what I have to tell you to convince you to click the little arrows at the bottom of the post that make the music play. Just click them and you’ll see what I’m trying to get at.

And for your information, this isn’t some nobody band from nowhere that I picked up in a thrift store and am talking up to boost my credibility. Their last album won a Fryderyk, which is basically the Polish equivalent of the Grammy. Bet you didn’t know about the Polish Grammys, did you? There’s a 98.8% chance you didn’t. And again, I’m not trying to make you feel bad. On the contrary — I’m just trying to get you to listen. - Too Much Happiness


Let’s play a game. It’s a pretty simple game: think about all the things you know about Poland. Can you name a city in Poland? Alright, Warsaw, obviously, but can you name any others? Nope? Not even Krakow? You’re slapping yourself for that one, aren’t you? Alright, who’s the Prime Minister of Poland? Don’t know? Is it even a Prime Minister, or is it a President, or something else? Don’t go and get on Wikipedia, there’s no prize or anything, I’m just trying to prove a point.

The point being that you really don’t know a damn thing about Poland. That’s because if you’re reading this there’s a better-than-50% chance you’re an American, and if you’re an American there’s a better-than-50% chance you don’t know or care about other countries. I’m not trying to make you feel bad, I’m just speaking the truth, and letting you know that about 1.2% of our readership is Polish and is pretty disappointed in you for not knowing about The Car Is On Fire.

Of course, I’m an American as well, so I’m no different. My knowledge of the Polish indie-rock scene begins and ends with The Car Is On Fire, and that knowledge only goes back like three days. I wouldn’t have even brought them up if I didn’t think they were totally fucking rad and that you would love them. How rad are they? They had an album out a few months back, and if I had heard it back then it’d be a shoo-in for any best-of-the-year list you care to mention. It’s that good. First of all, it’s produced by John McEntire, who worked with Stereolab and Tortoise, so it sounds crisp and clean. The songs are bouncy and bright and they hit you instantly; the chord changes are like swinging across the jungle floor snatching onto vine after vine. I’d say they sounded like of Montreal, except a) I don’t really like of Montreal and b) those kinds of comparisons don’t make any sense. I could just as easily say they sound like a cross between The Beatles and Tupac Shakur. Like They Might Be Giants had a baby with Gogol Bordello and named it Phoenix. I’m not sure what I have to tell you to convince you to click the little arrows at the bottom of the post that make the music play. Just click them and you’ll see what I’m trying to get at.

And for your information, this isn’t some nobody band from nowhere that I picked up in a thrift store and am talking up to boost my credibility. Their last album won a Fryderyk, which is basically the Polish equivalent of the Grammy. Bet you didn’t know about the Polish Grammys, did you? There’s a 98.8% chance you didn’t. And again, I’m not trying to make you feel bad. On the contrary — I’m just trying to get you to listen. - Too Much Happiness


Let’s play a game. It’s a pretty simple game: think about all the things you know about Poland. Can you name a city in Poland? Alright, Warsaw, obviously, but can you name any others? Nope? Not even Krakow? You’re slapping yourself for that one, aren’t you? Alright, who’s the Prime Minister of Poland? Don’t know? Is it even a Prime Minister, or is it a President, or something else? Don’t go and get on Wikipedia, there’s no prize or anything, I’m just trying to prove a point.

The point being that you really don’t know a damn thing about Poland. That’s because if you’re reading this there’s a better-than-50% chance you’re an American, and if you’re an American there’s a better-than-50% chance you don’t know or care about other countries. I’m not trying to make you feel bad, I’m just speaking the truth, and letting you know that about 1.2% of our readership is Polish and is pretty disappointed in you for not knowing about The Car Is On Fire.

Of course, I’m an American as well, so I’m no different. My knowledge of the Polish indie-rock scene begins and ends with The Car Is On Fire, and that knowledge only goes back like three days. I wouldn’t have even brought them up if I didn’t think they were totally fucking rad and that you would love them. How rad are they? They had an album out a few months back, and if I had heard it back then it’d be a shoo-in for any best-of-the-year list you care to mention. It’s that good. First of all, it’s produced by John McEntire, who worked with Stereolab and Tortoise, so it sounds crisp and clean. The songs are bouncy and bright and they hit you instantly; the chord changes are like swinging across the jungle floor snatching onto vine after vine. I’d say they sounded like of Montreal, except a) I don’t really like of Montreal and b) those kinds of comparisons don’t make any sense. I could just as easily say they sound like a cross between The Beatles and Tupac Shakur. Like They Might Be Giants had a baby with Gogol Bordello and named it Phoenix. I’m not sure what I have to tell you to convince you to click the little arrows at the bottom of the post that make the music play. Just click them and you’ll see what I’m trying to get at.

And for your information, this isn’t some nobody band from nowhere that I picked up in a thrift store and am talking up to boost my credibility. Their last album won a Fryderyk, which is basically the Polish equivalent of the Grammy. Bet you didn’t know about the Polish Grammys, did you? There’s a 98.8% chance you didn’t. And again, I’m not trying to make you feel bad. On the contrary — I’m just trying to get you to listen. - Too Much Happiness


Let’s play a game. It’s a pretty simple game: think about all the things you know about Poland. Can you name a city in Poland? Alright, Warsaw, obviously, but can you name any others? Nope? Not even Krakow? You’re slapping yourself for that one, aren’t you? Alright, who’s the Prime Minister of Poland? Don’t know? Is it even a Prime Minister, or is it a President, or something else? Don’t go and get on Wikipedia, there’s no prize or anything, I’m just trying to prove a point.

The point being that you really don’t know a damn thing about Poland. That’s because if you’re reading this there’s a better-than-50% chance you’re an American, and if you’re an American there’s a better-than-50% chance you don’t know or care about other countries. I’m not trying to make you feel bad, I’m just speaking the truth, and letting you know that about 1.2% of our readership is Polish and is pretty disappointed in you for not knowing about The Car Is On Fire.

Of course, I’m an American as well, so I’m no different. My knowledge of the Polish indie-rock scene begins and ends with The Car Is On Fire, and that knowledge only goes back like three days. I wouldn’t have even brought them up if I didn’t think they were totally fucking rad and that you would love them. How rad are they? They had an album out a few months back, and if I had heard it back then it’d be a shoo-in for any best-of-the-year list you care to mention. It’s that good. First of all, it’s produced by John McEntire, who worked with Stereolab and Tortoise, so it sounds crisp and clean. The songs are bouncy and bright and they hit you instantly; the chord changes are like swinging across the jungle floor snatching onto vine after vine. I’d say they sounded like of Montreal, except a) I don’t really like of Montreal and b) those kinds of comparisons don’t make any sense. I could just as easily say they sound like a cross between The Beatles and Tupac Shakur. Like They Might Be Giants had a baby with Gogol Bordello and named it Phoenix. I’m not sure what I have to tell you to convince you to click the little arrows at the bottom of the post that make the music play. Just click them and you’ll see what I’m trying to get at.

And for your information, this isn’t some nobody band from nowhere that I picked up in a thrift store and am talking up to boost my credibility. Their last album won a Fryderyk, which is basically the Polish equivalent of the Grammy. Bet you didn’t know about the Polish Grammys, did you? There’s a 98.8% chance you didn’t. And again, I’m not trying to make you feel bad. On the contrary — I’m just trying to get you to listen. - Too Much Happiness


Warsaw based trio The Car Is On Fire are a little known gem, one of those bands you are smug to know about first. They are, for all intents and purposes a slightly jazzy Passion Pit…. with balls. Garage rock mixed with electro, heated with the warm fuzz of front man and bass player Kuba Czubak‘s lilting tones.

Following the success of the band’s self titled release in 2005 and its followup Lake and Flames in 2006, the band made a name for themselves in their native Poland and surrounding Europe. Their latest album release is an effort for the mainstream; In the best possible way of course.

With expert producer John McEntire at the helm, OMBARROPS! boasts strong songwriting and excellent melodies with a backing of angular guitars, synthesisers and a mixture of analog and digital percussion. Their creative blend of electro and analog instrumentation sounds are sure to grab the Listener’s attention.

Vocally the band are reminiscent of Lexy Benaim, of Harlem Shakes fame, nasal but colourful punk shouts, against a backdrop of optimistic electro-pop; Tracks like ‘Manuel‘ and the up-beat ‘Cherry Cordial‘ are highlights of this familiar, yet fresh sound.

The album bubbles into action with a low synth and marching beat before the familar TCIOF pop hooks begin combined with playful chants and xylophones. I think playful is a good term to describe this bands new body of work. Whilst keeping their claws firmly sunk into the under belly of pop the band demonstrates a childlike innocence in their creative approach.

The album’s title track is the track that you will be continuing to hear, with it’s catchy chants, keyboard pips and off-beat drum and bass grooves. Match this up with a video that can be described as positively surreal and you are on to a winner. - Cougar Microbes


Warsaw based trio The Car Is On Fire are a little known gem, one of those bands you are smug to know about first. They are, for all intents and purposes a slightly jazzy Passion Pit…. with balls. Garage rock mixed with electro, heated with the warm fuzz of front man and bass player Kuba Czubak‘s lilting tones.

Following the success of the band’s self titled release in 2005 and its followup Lake and Flames in 2006, the band made a name for themselves in their native Poland and surrounding Europe. Their latest album release is an effort for the mainstream; In the best possible way of course.

With expert producer John McEntire at the helm, OMBARROPS! boasts strong songwriting and excellent melodies with a backing of angular guitars, synthesisers and a mixture of analog and digital percussion. Their creative blend of electro and analog instrumentation sounds are sure to grab the Listener’s attention.

Vocally the band are reminiscent of Lexy Benaim, of Harlem Shakes fame, nasal but colourful punk shouts, against a backdrop of optimistic electro-pop; Tracks like ‘Manuel‘ and the up-beat ‘Cherry Cordial‘ are highlights of this familiar, yet fresh sound.

The album bubbles into action with a low synth and marching beat before the familar TCIOF pop hooks begin combined with playful chants and xylophones. I think playful is a good term to describe this bands new body of work. Whilst keeping their claws firmly sunk into the under belly of pop the band demonstrates a childlike innocence in their creative approach.

The album’s title track is the track that you will be continuing to hear, with it’s catchy chants, keyboard pips and off-beat drum and bass grooves. Match this up with a video that can be described as positively surreal and you are on to a winner. - Cougar Microbes


Warsaw based trio The Car Is On Fire are a little known gem, one of those bands you are smug to know about first. They are, for all intents and purposes a slightly jazzy Passion Pit…. with balls. Garage rock mixed with electro, heated with the warm fuzz of front man and bass player Kuba Czubak‘s lilting tones.

Following the success of the band’s self titled release in 2005 and its followup Lake and Flames in 2006, the band made a name for themselves in their native Poland and surrounding Europe. Their latest album release is an effort for the mainstream; In the best possible way of course.

With expert producer John McEntire at the helm, OMBARROPS! boasts strong songwriting and excellent melodies with a backing of angular guitars, synthesisers and a mixture of analog and digital percussion. Their creative blend of electro and analog instrumentation sounds are sure to grab the Listener’s attention.

Vocally the band are reminiscent of Lexy Benaim, of Harlem Shakes fame, nasal but colourful punk shouts, against a backdrop of optimistic electro-pop; Tracks like ‘Manuel‘ and the up-beat ‘Cherry Cordial‘ are highlights of this familiar, yet fresh sound.

The album bubbles into action with a low synth and marching beat before the familar TCIOF pop hooks begin combined with playful chants and xylophones. I think playful is a good term to describe this bands new body of work. Whilst keeping their claws firmly sunk into the under belly of pop the band demonstrates a childlike innocence in their creative approach.

The album’s title track is the track that you will be continuing to hear, with it’s catchy chants, keyboard pips and off-beat drum and bass grooves. Match this up with a video that can be described as positively surreal and you are on to a winner. - Cougar Microbes


Warsaw based trio The Car Is On Fire are a little known gem, one of those bands you are smug to know about first. They are, for all intents and purposes a slightly jazzy Passion Pit…. with balls. Garage rock mixed with electro, heated with the warm fuzz of front man and bass player Kuba Czubak‘s lilting tones.

Following the success of the band’s self titled release in 2005 and its followup Lake and Flames in 2006, the band made a name for themselves in their native Poland and surrounding Europe. Their latest album release is an effort for the mainstream; In the best possible way of course.

With expert producer John McEntire at the helm, OMBARROPS! boasts strong songwriting and excellent melodies with a backing of angular guitars, synthesisers and a mixture of analog and digital percussion. Their creative blend of electro and analog instrumentation sounds are sure to grab the Listener’s attention.

Vocally the band are reminiscent of Lexy Benaim, of Harlem Shakes fame, nasal but colourful punk shouts, against a backdrop of optimistic electro-pop; Tracks like ‘Manuel‘ and the up-beat ‘Cherry Cordial‘ are highlights of this familiar, yet fresh sound.

The album bubbles into action with a low synth and marching beat before the familar TCIOF pop hooks begin combined with playful chants and xylophones. I think playful is a good term to describe this bands new body of work. Whilst keeping their claws firmly sunk into the under belly of pop the band demonstrates a childlike innocence in their creative approach.

The album’s title track is the track that you will be continuing to hear, with it’s catchy chants, keyboard pips and off-beat drum and bass grooves. Match this up with a video that can be described as positively surreal and you are on to a winner. - Cougar Microbes


Warsaw based trio The Car Is On Fire are a little known gem, one of those bands you are smug to know about first. They are, for all intents and purposes a slightly jazzy Passion Pit…. with balls. Garage rock mixed with electro, heated with the warm fuzz of front man and bass player Kuba Czubak‘s lilting tones.

Following the success of the band’s self titled release in 2005 and its followup Lake and Flames in 2006, the band made a name for themselves in their native Poland and surrounding Europe. Their latest album release is an effort for the mainstream; In the best possible way of course.

With expert producer John McEntire at the helm, OMBARROPS! boasts strong songwriting and excellent melodies with a backing of angular guitars, synthesisers and a mixture of analog and digital percussion. Their creative blend of electro and analog instrumentation sounds are sure to grab the Listener’s attention.

Vocally the band are reminiscent of Lexy Benaim, of Harlem Shakes fame, nasal but colourful punk shouts, against a backdrop of optimistic electro-pop; Tracks like ‘Manuel‘ and the up-beat ‘Cherry Cordial‘ are highlights of this familiar, yet fresh sound.

The album bubbles into action with a low synth and marching beat before the familar TCIOF pop hooks begin combined with playful chants and xylophones. I think playful is a good term to describe this bands new body of work. Whilst keeping their claws firmly sunk into the under belly of pop the band demonstrates a childlike innocence in their creative approach.

The album’s title track is the track that you will be continuing to hear, with it’s catchy chants, keyboard pips and off-beat drum and bass grooves. Match this up with a video that can be described as positively surreal and you are on to a winner. - Cougar Microbes


Warsaw based trio The Car Is On Fire are a little known gem, one of those bands you are smug to know about first. They are, for all intents and purposes a slightly jazzy Passion Pit…. with balls. Garage rock mixed with electro, heated with the warm fuzz of front man and bass player Kuba Czubak‘s lilting tones.

Following the success of the band’s self titled release in 2005 and its followup Lake and Flames in 2006, the band made a name for themselves in their native Poland and surrounding Europe. Their latest album release is an effort for the mainstream; In the best possible way of course.

With expert producer John McEntire at the helm, OMBARROPS! boasts strong songwriting and excellent melodies with a backing of angular guitars, synthesisers and a mixture of analog and digital percussion. Their creative blend of electro and analog instrumentation sounds are sure to grab the Listener’s attention.

Vocally the band are reminiscent of Lexy Benaim, of Harlem Shakes fame, nasal but colourful punk shouts, against a backdrop of optimistic electro-pop; Tracks like ‘Manuel‘ and the up-beat ‘Cherry Cordial‘ are highlights of this familiar, yet fresh sound.

The album bubbles into action with a low synth and marching beat before the familar TCIOF pop hooks begin combined with playful chants and xylophones. I think playful is a good term to describe this bands new body of work. Whilst keeping their claws firmly sunk into the under belly of pop the band demonstrates a childlike innocence in their creative approach.

The album’s title track is the track that you will be continuing to hear, with it’s catchy chants, keyboard pips and off-beat drum and bass grooves. Match this up with a video that can be described as positively surreal and you are on to a winner. - Cougar Microbes


Supremely upbeat, slightly skittering Polish indie-dance-pop with undeniable Euro beat overtones. Uncomplicated, breezy and accessible stuff. - Heavier Than Air


Supremely upbeat, slightly skittering Polish indie-dance-pop with undeniable Euro beat overtones. Uncomplicated, breezy and accessible stuff. - Heavier Than Air


“Ombarrops!” can’t help but make you grin. Listen to the variety of instruments in the background! (I use the term instruments lightly…) The song is in a state of ever-changing progression – the low baritone at the beginning mixed with the playful noises sets you up for quite the surprise when the high vocals begin the melodic chorus, only to turn into a cheering verse and then a five-second (literally) piano-led orchestral bit. - Knox Road


“Ombarrops!” can’t help but make you grin. Listen to the variety of instruments in the background! (I use the term instruments lightly…) The song is in a state of ever-changing progression – the low baritone at the beginning mixed with the playful noises sets you up for quite the surprise when the high vocals begin the melodic chorus, only to turn into a cheering verse and then a five-second (literally) piano-led orchestral bit. - Knox Road


Contrary to what their bumf may suggest, The Car Is On Fire aren't really from outer space. They're from Poland. Though we suspect that their minds have been sufficiently fried with such inadvisable doses of Spacemen 3, Ariel Pink and 13th Floor Elevators that they have little left in common with us everyday humans anymore. - NME.com


Contrary to what their bumf may suggest, The Car Is On Fire aren't really from outer space. They're from Poland. Though we suspect that their minds have been sufficiently fried with such inadvisable doses of Spacemen 3, Ariel Pink and 13th Floor Elevators that they have little left in common with us everyday humans anymore. - NME.com


This week's best NME Breakthrough artist picked by New Music Editor Jaimie Hodgson - NME 10/07/2010


This week's best NME Breakthrough artist picked by New Music Editor Jaimie Hodgson - NME 10/07/2010


This week's best NME Breakthrough artist picked by New Music Editor Jaimie Hodgson - NME 10/07/2010


This week's best NME Breakthrough artist picked by New Music Editor Jaimie Hodgson - NME 10/07/2010


Answering the question, "I wonder if indie rock exists in Poland?" Of course it does, and I like it. Now just come to NYC and play Greenpoint. However, can we declare a moratorium on "...on Fire" bands? One per country. - Sound Bites


Answering the question, "I wonder if indie rock exists in Poland?" Of course it does, and I like it. Now just come to NYC and play Greenpoint. However, can we declare a moratorium on "...on Fire" bands? One per country. - Sound Bites


Discography

Albums:
(2009) "Ombarrops!" (EMI / Thistime Records)
(2006) "Lake & Flames" (EMI / Thistime Records)
(2005) "The Car Is On Fire" (EMI / Thistime Records)

Singles (all of them have radio airplay at major Polish radio stations):
(2009) "Cherry Cordial"
(2009) "Ombarrops!"
(2007) "Oh, Joe"
(2006) "Neyorkewr"
(2006) "Can't Cook (Who Cares?)"
(2005) "Cranks"
(2005) "Miniskirt"

Photos

Bio

The Car Is On Fire (TCIOF) is a three-piece pop outfit from Warsaw (Poland), formed in 2002. Their raw, furious energy presented at live shows attracted attention among some of the main figures of the Polish independent scene. This led to signing to EMI Music Poland and in May 2005 the debut, self-titled album was released. The record was praised by local critics as the first Polish attempt at dance-punk, balancing its garage rock sound with infectious melodies.

It didn’t take long to prove that their aspirations were far more than that. With the help of top producer Leszek Biolik and his studio team, they started working on the second album, entitled "Lake & Flames". Released in 2006, it has met with nearly universal acclaim from the Polish media. The hype resulted in German and UK gigs, as well as a number of awards, including the prestigious "Fryderyk" (national equivalent of a "Grammy") for the best alternative album of 2006. Its lead single “Can’t Cook (Who Cares?)”, as well the album itself, were voted the best of 2006 by the listeners of the biggest Polish alternative audition broadcast by Polish Radio 3. In the summer of 2007, TCIOF were chosen to open for Sonic Youth on the Main Stage of the Open’er Festival and for Sinead O’Connor at the Malta Festival. For the whole 2008, the band was touring around Europe, including a tour around Germany and many festival appearances, from which the most notable was the Glastonbury Festival.

Soon, the band started preparing songs for their 3rd album. They've chosen John McEntire (Tortoise, producer of Stereolab, Broken Social Scene) for producing the album "Ombarrops!". It was recorded at his Soma Electronic Studios in Chicago in 2009 and soon released. That year also saw the band playing their largest Polish tour to date, which included Off Festival and Open’er Festival for the 3rd time in 4 years.

The band’s discography appeared on the Japanese market through Thistime Records and its popularity resulted in a 10-concert tour across the country in October 2009. TCIOF’s songs are also available in the USA, UK and Germany through iTunes. The band started to gain recognition at many English and Spanish music blogs. These include: The 405, Mybandsbetterthanyourband, Bolachas, Too Much Happiness or Soundbites. Thanks to such publicity, the group got spotted by the organizers of The Great Escape Festival 2010, where they gave 2 very well-received showcases. Not long after that, The Car Is On Fire got appreciated by New Musical Express editor (Jaimie Hodgson) where he presented them as the ,,NME Breakthrough Band of the Week” in one of the latest issues. TCIOF were also featured at the magazine’s website and a couple of Hodgson’s blog posts, including the song "Cherry Cordial" presented in “5 NME Breakthrough Tracks You Have To Hear This Week”. This summer the "Ombarrops!" album was nominated for the "Superjedynki" awards, organized by TVP1, the biggest national public TV channel. Recently the band showcased at In The City Festival 2010 (Manchester) as part of the ITC Unsigned Stage.

TCIOF is currently working on writing songs for their 4th album.

The band was featured on the Sonicbids spotlight, as well as on its Indie Pick of the Week (http://blogs.sonicbids.com/blog/indie-pick-of-the-week-the-car-is-on-fire/).