Abbey Road, Sound Doctors, and Polish Psychedelia: My Interview with Sun Replica


By: Harrison Giza

Sun Replica makes really, really, good music. That’s plain and simple to say. Kuba Korzeniowski, the entire brains and heart behind the band, listens to everything from early Pink Floyd to late White Stripes. He loves Beck and The Beatles, but doesn’t just focus on game-changing bands in their respective heydays. With each good artist comes a bad one to learn from, and Sun Replica is definitely the former.

Not much older than eighteen, Kuba released an EP titled “Proto-Post.” Five songs are on it, each one quality. “Shake of the Snowglobe” melts with reverb-soaked guitar and 60’s era peddled-drums. The riff just builds and builds and ultimately surmounts to a crash of heavy-hitting chords and long-winded bends.

And as for a favorite, my ears belong to “Let’s do it (Or Let’s Not But Say That We Did),” a song so happy, funny, and bone-warmingly chill that I have already sang the chorus a thousand times. It sounds like it was made to be a classic, the kind of song you sing in the car with your friends on a Summer drive to nowhere.

Listeners might get MGMT vibes from Sun Replica and I can see why entirely. “Congratulations” has the same slithering psychedelia as Sun Replica, but, in my opinion, isn’t as consistent and quaintly resound as “Proto-Post” is. There are no bad tracks to listen to here. Each one has it’s own tone, feeling, and character.

Luckily, I got to talk with Kuba about his music, growing up listening to records, and the “odd” future of what is next for Sun Replica. Mr. Korzeniowski is humble, insightful to talk to, and knows his music well. After all, he does make the best psychedelic revival rock Poland has ever produced…

HG: Who inspires you? What bands have influence in Sun Replica?

SR: All the people I’ve met and every band I’ve ever listened to left some impact on the way I see music. Even the bands I don’t like shape the music path after which I step, they tell me what should I better avoid.

HG: Do you believe in love? How do you write a song?

SR: I think that if you make some things that might be considered by others just as a duty, but you make it with real dedication and feel huge joy from doing it, you can call it love.

My method for songwriting is rather simple. When I’ll think of a nice riff I play it on and on murmuring to it. With time, murmurs change into certain vowels and eventually I make sentences from them. Done. It’s not always that easy though.

HG: One of my favorite Sun tracks is “Let’s Do It.” It’s one of the most addicting songs I’ve heard this year. Tell me about when and how you wrote that.

SR: I came up with the phrase “let’s do it or let’s not, but say that we did” about a year ago. I really liked it so I tried to write some lyrics that would fit in. They came out rather ironic so I thought I’ll put them into a feel-good campfire-like song for greater effect.

HG: What are Sun Replica concerts like? What can people expect?

SR: The only concerts I have ever performed so far were for my mom, my girlfriend and my cat. But I’ll try to let my imagination run wild! OK, I think that as I wouldn’t perform with the regular band I’d be free to play anything I like using any instrument I like. Perhaps I’d take my girlfriend for a help from the second guitar or vocals. But in that case, we’d probably end up playing White Stripes covers.

HG: “Odysseggio” has fantastic riffs. Where were you when you wrote that?

SR: In my room. I came up with the main one – the one played on the synthesizer – last summer. I was just jamming on the synth, liked the riff and decided to add some layers to it. I also recall that the guitar part in the middle was originally meant to be the base for some other song but it fit nicely into this tune.

HG: Sun Replica’s future is________.

SR: (pause) … odd.

HG: Describe your perfect breakfast.

SR: Well, I’m kind of lazy when it comes to cooking so I sometimes skip the proper breakfast for the dinner. But well made scrambled eggs with some aromatic spices, served with fresh bread and butter would definitely do. Plus tea. Bonus points if somebody does the breakfast for me (laughs).

HG: When did you start writing music? How old were you when you started playing?

SR: I was always really enthusiastic about music, as far as I remember I used to hit the table rhytmically when I heard the tunes I liked. I was given my first guitar when I was 10 I think. Really cute 3/4 classic guitar, I play on it to this day. But until I was about 16 I played mostly covers or some improvised joke songs. Around that time I found out I can actually write something more serious.

HG: Why don’t you go by Sound Doctor anymore? That’s a pretty good name if you ask me.

SR: One day I noticed my Facebook username was replaced for the default one (you know, just some number). I found out some other Sound Doctor from the UK took it and now uses it. I contacted the guy and he said he registered it as a trademark or something, and the best solution is to change my name. I must agree Sound Doctor was pretty fancy at first, but I think all that dressing as a doctor would be a bit dumb in the long run.

HG: How does a guy from Warsaw, Poland end up creating a psychedelic-revival band? Do you remember the first psychedelic music you heard?

SR: Funny, isn’t it? I ask myself this kind of questions everyday. The first time I heard psychedelic music I had no idea what was it. I remember I used to watch ‘Yellow Submarine’ from a videotape every day when I was about 8, and I just considered it to be a regular cartoon, but with the music. I really loved The Beatles ever since I remember. I’m surprised that as a kid I was perfectly ok with all the weird stuff they put on their later records. It the same with other bands from that era. I think the first time I really noticed that ‘there’s something really weird going on with the music’ was when I listened for the first time to ‘Atom Heart Mother’ by Pink Floyd. I was twelve or so… truly amazing record.

HG: Do you have a favorite song?

SR: I don’t have a favorite song. But I think I have a favorite album. That would be ‘Abbey Road’. And the honorable mention goes to ‘Sea Change’, by Beck. This is the record that helped me through some bad times and encouraged me to make music.

HG: Would you rather be able to turn invisible… or fly? Why?

SR: I have the fear of heights so I guess I have no choice. I think turning invisible might be useful. For obtaining some information you’re not supposed to know about. Or just visual enjoyment (laughs).

HG: How do you feel about jambands? Phish being an example.

SR: I think jam bands have a very spontaneous, natural way of making music. I often create some guitar loops and try to jam to them, to get the more consistent sound. Phish have my respect. I enjoy watching bands that don’t stick to the structure of their records when they play live. It takes much skill and understanding of each other to do that. I generally like watching concerts because it may let you extend your perception of certain songs, how cool is that!

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