The Świetliki band was created in October 1992 in Krakow. The band made its debut in December that year at the poetry meeting “Na Głos”, with their first audience including Czesław Miłosz and Wisława Szymborska.
In 1995, Świetliki recorded their first album Ogród Koncentracyjny, released by the independen label Music Corner Records. The album attracted great interest from both media and the public. As a result, the band was invited to take part in the Opole Festival next year, where they performed live in front of all of Poland. The band cemented its position, releasing a second album in November 1996, Cacy Cacy Fleischmaschine, nominated for the 1996 Fryderyk Award in the alternative music and poetic song categories. Their next album, Perły przed wieprze, was released in June 1999 and was very well received by the public and the press. Materusz Pospieszalski took part in the recordings. 2001 saw the release of another album, Złe misie, which was recorded with guest appearances by Kasia Nosowska and Lech Janerka.
In 2005, the band released another album, Las Putas Melancólitas, featureing Bogusław Linda as a full member of the band. The song “Filandia” from the album, performed with the MozART Group, spent 30 weeks on the Polish Radio Program 3 hit list, keeping 3rd place for three weeks.
Sromota was the sixth album, recorded/released after eight years’ break, or if you prefer, a mental and spiritual holiday. It contains 36 songs running about 130 minutes total, on three CDs.
Over the years of its existence, the group has established its own unique musical style, playing concerts throughout Poland and becoming part of the awareness of many listeners. Marcin Świetlicki is not only the band’s singer, but above all a poet singing his own poems, and winner of many literary awards, including the Kościelski Award and the Gdynia Literary Award.