Siekiera formed in 1982 or 1983 in Pulawy, Poland, under the name of "Trafo". The line-up then was Tomasz Adamski - guitar, Tomasz Budzynski - vocals, Jerzy Janaczek - bass, and Borys - drums. They started by playing cover songs of UK Subs and The Exploited. In the autumn of 1983 they changed their name to Siekiera (Polish for "Hatchet"). There is a legend that the name came from a guy who heard their music and compared it to the axe. The original line-up was Tomasz Adamski (a.