(gig report) Rock in Marof MMXX

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Gig at last! I waited a really long time for real gig to happen and yesterday night, Stara škola Novi Marof was the place to be! I don´t mean to slander anyone, but online gigs are not the real thing, devoid of crowd, sweat, some, beer stench and loud guitar and amplifier screeching.

Our expedition from Čakovec came at approximately at the same time as Bakterije and the rest of the crew was already there. It was nice to see and hang out with all the people that I didn´t see forever, all the people from Koprivnica, Varaždin, Novi Marof, Zagreb and all other places. The schedule for gig was already running late, so with all the hanging out I missed sludge set by Bogetz, but I heard that the guys delivered a mighty set like the last time I saw them at Bodale Napadaju in January this year in my hometown. Krah 1573 was next on stage, this band is made of old foxes in the scene and they delivered their set of a bit unusual and original indie punk hardcore metal, the people had good time during their set and everyone seemed to enjoy the gig, after so long without live sets here in the north. I saw Kurve from Zagreb two times live prior to this set and I must say that the band sounds tighter and more convincing than ever, these guys are musicians exquisite, especially the bass player and the singer Vito is real showman who had the crowd eat from his hand, so to say, and singing along every song with the band. For those who don´t know, Kurve play hardcore punk, a mixture of d-beat and garage rock influenced songs with lots of catchy guitar hooks and melodies sounding great. Of course I waited for my personal favorite song Trgaj stranice which the guys played of course, towards the end of their set. This set was bittersweet for Kurve because this was the last gig with their drummer Gago, who is leaving Croatia to work in Portugal if I understood well, so they will not play live until they have a new drummer. Bakterije headlined and they played their best of set from last two or three albums with all set must be-s being included, ending their one hour set with anthem Sam.

After the gig with our hearts full we went back to our hometown where the party continued till early Sunday morning hours.

What to say? This gig brought us back to good old times prior to this Covid shit, when the gigs were our everyday not the exception from the otherwise dull evenings. Congrats and hats  off to Filip and all the crew from Stara škola for making this possible. Cheers, guys, you made this Saturday special after really long time.

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