First of all it must be noted that this band should not be confused with the Chicago-based band similarly dubbed the Polkaholics. Surprisingly both bands play roughly the same type of music – which is rocked up polkas sometimes bordering on punk. This German outfit from Berlin is more esoteric than their Windy City counterpart. With an emphasis on brassy arrangements the Polkaholix sneak Klezmer, gypsy, Cajun and Celtic influences into their polkas, in a manner not unlike that of the Texan eclectics, Brave Combo. Sung exclusively in German the lyrics don’t necessarily need to be understood in order to appreciate this group’s energy and impeccable musicianship.
Review By Dave Sleger