Clear lever, everyone rides in it beautifully, Ambrose and Koller are laughing. The group releases a new album | iROZHLAS

The group Jasná páka releases new recordings and takes stock of 40 years since its foundation. These are songs about super old age, heartfelt love, brutal gossip, and dramatic blows. Will young people understand this? “Maybe they’ll get there in time,” says David Koller, and Michal Ambrož adds: “I wouldn’t underestimate them.” Both musicians were guests at Radiožurnál.




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Jasná páka releases a new disc and balances the 40 years of existence of the group. | Photo: Tomas Cerny | Source: Czech Radio

How do you remember the first concert of Jasná páka on November 18, 1981?
Ambrose: Excuse me, Vladimir, I would like to interrupt and say at the beginning a clear message from Clear Lever: Clear Lever supports Ukraine and sends a clear message to Vladimir Adolf or Putin: Fire from here, motherfucker.

You can see there that it was formed in times of covid, because it was difficult to come together as a group, say Michal Ambrož and David Koller about the creation of the new Jasné páky album.

Was this the song you had in your repertoire from the start?
Koller: Yeah, it’s actually since the beginning of the Jasná páka group, the text encodes that when you went out after seven, a uniformed cop and an undercover cop could check if you had an ID, if you were employed … Pal vocu, that’s where the neighborhood sings to you. But we’ve done it again now.

Is it still Clear Lever? Where is the anger, the challenge, the contrast of girls’ voices and boys’ voices?
Ambrose: If you got to the song No love song, you’d be a little angry there and you could say aggressive, he felt.

The record is titled Old Being Not Everyone Can. Why only four songs? Isn’t that too little?
Koller: And how many good songs do you think of on your favorite records? We had more songs, no more than four. Covid played a part in that, we’re a band and we love working together. But there is a song I’m Kissing Hands, it’s a collective song made of greetings, I think it’s very nice.


It happened that you can’t say hi today, people, not to be a moron. We were making fun of a nameless estébák there, and I think that made for a great song.

Ambrose: You can see in it that he was born in the time of covid because it was difficult to come together as a group. So some things there are done by improvising, the so-called who could and who was at hand.

Koller: That was exactly the case at the beginning, because the longest party I had with Jasná páka in 1980 lasted a quarter of a year, and in fact the people who walked around stayed in the group.

What is Clear Lever for you today?
Ambrose: It’s great fun for me, as it was at the beginning. I’m so happy to be able to participate. First of all, it’s a holiday when Jasná páka plays, both for us and for the listeners, because we don’t play very often. I take advantage of it.

Koller: Such exaggeration, humor, dadaism, which has always been in the group, thus transcends genres. It doesn’t matter if it’s post punk, rock and roll, there’s always been an accentuated enjoyment of those not-so-bad lyrics and normal rock music.


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It has already been said that you play sporadically. How do you appreciate him on this stage?
Ambrose: Jasná páka is the only band where I’m a residual guitarist, I try to show something on the guitar in some songs. But otherwise I had to hang my guitar on a nail because of rheumatism, and I just sing. And of course Jasná páka are other songs that I play with the Hudba Praha band, and now that we’ve made new songs, I’m looking forward to them, because it’s like receiving a transfusion of new blood.

Koller: For me, it’s an opportunity to play fast songs, because we don’t play that fast with Lucie or Kollerband, after all, punk music was fast, I like to sing it, it’s my debut – Jasna paka. And now it really is my end.

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