Forgive my ignorance connoisseurs of international psych-rock and historians of Polish music if I come across as ill-informed in this post about the band Breakout. I came across these folks, here led by the vocals of oft-member Mira Kubasinska, a little while back while searching for videos of the strangely-alluring-and-near-cornball-but-somehow-not lounge-jazz/doo-wop foursome from Poland, the Novi Singers. To make a short post shorter, I was instantly enamored with Breakout's "Poszlabym Za Toba," and true to its vivid constitution of everything great about late 60's heavy-psych/garage, I've gotten a good share of ecstatic feedback whenever I've decided to DJ this one out. The bass-drum groove has just the proper amount of funky sophistication tempered with a perfectly subtle smattering of raunch and clamor that really gets boiling once the guitar riff comes in. The flute interlude is the frosting on the cake, seeming initially like it may kill the momentum, but proving instead to be an effortlessly effective detour that really heightens the tension created as the refrain comes back in. "Gdybyś Kochał Hej" rides a similar groove, with this thick, fuzzy garage-pop masterpiece perhaps being a little more ebulant, while the sax-driven hints of Stax soul that pepper "Na Drugim Brzegu Tęcz?" suggest my favorite paradox of simultaneously "loose" and "tight" musicianship.
Sadly, I can only find scant information on the band in English, though their Wikipedia page suggests that "they were arguably the first group to play blues rock in Poland" and thus eventually ran afoul of social conservatives in the country who felt threatened by the band's embracing of Western ideology (however vague all of that might come across in their music). Their Discogs page similarly offers scant detail, but at least offers what seems to be a rather comprehensive run-down of their proper releases. Some of the later material I was able to find from Breakout traverses into more pedestrian or overly slick territory, but these early nuggets below stand unshakable in their steadfast ferocity. Anyone who can offer additional insight in this band, please feel free to offer up whatever information you've got. Enjoy: