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(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.

(gig report) Fakofbolan(Pula)+Saša 21(Pula)-22.02.2020.-Unterhund, Ormož(Slovenia)

Last year there was a great gig in legendary club Unterhund at carnival weekend, Fakofbolan from Pula, Croatia provided mighty set and I still remember it with a smile on my face.

This year, carnival weekend came again and what better way to celebrate than with punk gig, line-up package of two punk bands from Pula. Ormož is a lovely little town, circa 20 kilometers from our hometown, so we went there in the evening hours knowing that gigs usually start late in Unterhund. There were a lot of merry masked people over there, drinking booze, having fun and preparing for the gig start. Around ten thirty SAŠA 21 took their place on stage. This trio is relatively new band in the Croatian punk scene led by legendary ex Kud Idijoti guitar player Sale Veruda, who plays guitar and sings for Saša 21, with two younger guys on drums and bass, making them punkrock power trio. The guys call their music boogie punkrock, I don˙t really know what that means, but they provided nice 45 minutes of energetic melodic punkrock with lyrics in Croatian language. I don`t know their material, because they have one full length album out and it is only released on lp version so no digitals. They have only two songs on YouTube, so real underground hehe. Whether it is helpful or they damage their own band with such decision it is a matter of opinion. Some of their songs really reminded me of Kud Idijoti, guitar melodies and Sale˙s vocals. Although the response was not so eager and there were not a lot of people in front of the stage, as Saša 21 got deeper towards the middle of their set, the situation improved and I was happy to see with how great amount of energy and smiles on their faces all three guys in the band deliver their music although Sale Veruda is way over fifty years old the guy has a lot of explosive in his bones and much respect to him for that. The vocals are somewhat quiet in the whole mix but Saša 21 ended their set triumphantly with their single Vesna 2.

After a quick stage makeover there came time for FAKOFBOLAN legendary streetpunk band from Pula, Croatia, who are one of my favorite Croatian punk bands in last 25 years. This was my third or fourth time that I watch them live in one year and I still remember their fantastic set at last year`s Punk Rock Holiday. I am not one of those guys who shit and whine about the sound a lot, but the soundman yesterday night was criminal. The main vocals were too quiet for both bands, then Šapo˙s vocals suddenly grew louder, bass player` s back vox were too loud and I had non stop feeling that something is breaking up in the sound, like guitar falls out, or drums or bass, and this spoiled Fakofbolan`s set for me a little. This is not band`s fault because they played all of their hits from all of their releases from older favorites like Kota 313, Ropstvo je sloboda, Ostali smo, Da li znaš and similar to couple of songs from their last come back album which is now like six years old already. They tried one cover by Scuffy Dogs-Heroji which I had hard time to recognize hehe. I guess Fakofbolan is not for playing covers they have enough of their great songs, no need to try that. First couple of songs in the set were somewhat reserved by the band and the crowd, but somewhere in the middle of the set, party started and never ended until the last two encores, so there was over one hour and fifteen minutes of great streetpunk like we are used to get from the band. The guys were all smiles with people singing along, stage diving, doing all kinds of crazy dance and enjoying the gig. Apart from technical difficulties, this was another great night, great gig and much respect to all the crew in Unterhund who promotes and keeps the flame of the scene alive here.

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(gig report) Nedovršena priča 1.1.-Never forget Ivek-01.02.2020.-Močvara, Zagreb

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It was hard for me to visit this gig. One of the hardest gigs I went to, because our fallen brother is in my heart, not one damn day goes by that I don˙t remember him and think of him. Yes, the gig was tribute to brother Ivek, the singer of Pičke Vrište, one of my favorite Croatian bands, who tragically passed away a little more than six months ago.

Our mixed expedition from Čakovec/Varaždin arrived to Močvara in Zagreb just prior to the beginning of this mini festival. When we greeted and talked a bit with familiar faces, hugged some people that mean to us a lot, SHIN started with their set. It was the third time I watched them live and I saw that they have a new drummer and the guy killed it on drums. Shin play excellent hardcore, a mix of old school from the nineties with modern influences thrown in here and there. Singer Tea has one of the best voices in the region delivering brutal, yet at the same time melodic vocal lines. Their set was a mixture of their material from both releases plus I think a new song or two and finished in about fourty or so minutes tim.

There was a quick stage makeover and FAST RESPONSE have risen after a long time. I watched them only one time at Punk Rock Holiday in 2017.and was awed how tight they are and energetic on stage. The original drummer Buda is back and Fast Response sounded better than ever. Vocalist/guitarist Pajo fought with emotions all the time when he dedicated their whole set to Ivek and they killed it, I could almost see the physical hardcore energy flowing from stage and back. I think they played most of the songs from their album and e.p.with everyone singing along, dancing and being sad, yet proud at the same time. Bassist Rudi switched place for the part of the set with their former bass player.

I know that ONE STEP AWAY are for me musically a real machine, technically I think they are the best band in the scene, and they have been that for quite some years now. But, they always surprise me again. It looks so easy when you see them doing it on stage and playing, singer/bassist Zoki´s hands almost invisible on bass, how fast he plays, rest of the band, both guitarist and drummer being in the same league. OSA played their usual all hits set from both of their albums. Although the gig was a bit sad, Ivek would not want us to be sad, being a great and good man he was, so Zoki and company made their usual jokes and stage banter which cracks me up with laughter always. Anyway, this was a mighty set and one of their best I have ever watched.

Everyone who reads our zine knows that DEBELI PRECJEDNIK are my favorite Croatian band in hardcore punk scene. I saw them play live so many times in the last 25 years or so, but they always manage to make me jump and singalong to their anthems. Koca was singing great, all the hits like Marionette, Ready To Fight, Another Day Conquered were there, but there was a really emotional moment when Koca announced the new song they have written for Ivek. In combination with Ivek´s photos that were being projected to the wall at the same time, and with excellent song, a lot of us just couldn˙t hold back tears. They finished their set with all the hits in Croatian language, usual Nema me, Subotom Kićo, Zaboravi, Koljena, Puška and obligatory Farmersko srce at the very end of their set.

Now came the moment that I was at the same time looking forward the most and was also dreading how my heart will cope. It was time for the guys from Ivek´s band PIČKE VRIŠTE stand on the stage for the last time. I went to the first row for this one and knew this was gonna be tough one. They started the set with Tko ostaje, one of my favorite songs and everyone was singing along to the lyrics of the man we miss so much and love so much. After playing two songs, the guys from the band asked everyone in the crowd to turn their heads towards the projector screen on the wall and there was a new video, made from all the videos where Ivek and his crew had fun, parties, birthdays, drunk fun and there was a premiere of the new song which the guys of Cunami crew made for Ivek with Deeda from Fraktura Mozga/Saučešće delivering vocals. Listening to the song and the lyrics I think there was not a heart in the club that was not moved by that one. Then the band continued their set with guest vocals Fedja Popov who traveled all the way from Novi Sad to provide his vocals for Sam, former Fast Response bassist sang on Zrno nade and Perica, Mašinko guitarist sang on Boje tuge. Pičke Vrište quickly made way for a mini set of Ivek´s first band Mirabell, who played five songs of a bit rawer, yet fast and melodic hardcore punk and that was fantastic. Then was the time for grand finale, the guys from the band returned and played Večeras odlazim and Dostojanstvo. Then, it was time for finale and it started with special cover of International you day, by No Use For A Name, guitarist Raši barely sang that one trying to cope and pull it through but we helped him. The last two songs of every Pičke Vrište set were always Oprosti and Sjeti se. During Oprosti I just couldn˙t hold back tears anymore singing along, I remember when Ivek and I sang it together on stage in Mansarda, Lendava, their favorite place to play in Slovenia. Sjeti se was special because Koca from Debeli Precjednik came out as guest vocalist, but the end of the song was sung by full stage of people, like suddenly all of us remembered that he actually never went away besides physically not being with us anymore. As I write this lines, blurred eyes with tears, I feel like he is still with us. He is. Rest in peace brother, not a day goes by that I don`t remember you. I promised myself that I will honor your memory in a special way, personal way that I promised myself some time ago. That way you will always be in my heart. Every second. Every minute. Never forget. Thank you Sinke and all the crew who made this possible. It was special, like Ivek was.