Friday 27 October 2017

upcoming gig in Novi Marof, Croatia

okay, here's another one, exactly a week from now.. it's on Friday so I hope there will be more people then the last time.. just check out this awesome poster, I heard it has been made like a collage (don't know if this is the right word on English) and I know how much effort was required in making it..
okay see you there, I'm working again next day in the morning and that just sucks but will be there anyway..
support your local scene!..

when?............03.11.2017., Friday
where?...........Stara škola, Novi Marof
who?..............NULLA OSTA hc punk, Pu
                      STAINED HAND pv hc, Ka
                      MIDNIGHT CLIMAX hc punk, Zg
                      DROTPAD punk, Zg
entrance?.......25 kn

Thursday 26 October 2017

LA CASA FANTOM / RUINAS 21.10.2017., Podrum, Rijeka & LA CASA FANTOM / RUINAS / CC 22.10.2017., Klaonica, Zagreb

uf, I wasn't on some two day trip for ages, really can't remember when was the last time I was on some gigs two days in a row or on any festival, so when I first heard that La Casa Fantom will have gigs in Rijeka and Zagreb on their October tour and especially when I found out that gigs will be in Podrum and Klaonica, already legendary spaces and I still wasn't visiting them never before (actually Podrum maybe once but it was like 7 or so years ago when it was even smaller than it's now, I don't remember it well) also I become really obsessed with La Casa Fantom in last few months so it was nice opportunity because of all that and of course because of testing myself if I can still handle two days party, intoxication and everything what goes with it, hehe..
it's funny how things sometimes just sort it out by themselves, I mean, few months ago I accidentally found live video of La Casa Fantom who I used to listen even before, superficially although, but only now discovering all the power and beauty of this band, then I get their LP, few weeks ago I heard they will be on tour and at the end they play in two interesting places in Croatia - I couldn't miss that..
so there weren't any problems, the deal with L was easy, I succeed to get few free days at work and finally we were ready to hit the road, once again like in good old times..

- day 1: Rijeka 
this time L was driving so we meet in Marof somewhere about 16:00 and there were already some guy who was sharing the ride with us and he was bringing his cat with him, hmm interesting.. first we pick up some fresh from print posters for upcoming gig in Marof, just to spread the word about it in Ri and Zg, quick stop at gas station to buy gas and few beers and we were on our way to Rijeka.. atmosphere in car was kinda strange with constant, already little annoying meowing from the back seat, but luckily ride wasn't long, some speed records were made that day so we arrived in only two hours with only one quick stop..  we settled down in L brother's B apartment, have few more beers and sandwiches and we headed toward Podrum..
there was already a lot of people, we greeted few familiar faces, have some more beers at the bar and hang out outside,somehow usual and already standard pre-gig situation..
shortly after, the gig started and first band was Ruinas, interesting, something newer stenchcore act from faraway Argentina.. interesting was also the fact that both bands were playing on absolutely mighty and amazing La Casa Fantom's backline and equipment, because Podrum is actually as it's name says basement (podrum = basement O.E.) and it's pretty small, so with first touch of bass guitar string the walls was literally shaking and I had the feeling everything will collapse every second.. Ruinas treated us with about half an hour of standardly good stenchcore crust, in one moment they reminded me a lot on Last Legion Alive, very similar music and mighty female vocal, but the thing that is chronically missing in their music is speed or at least some faster parts here and there in songs, I mean I like to listen such bands but mostly at home during some cold snowy day and live this gets me bored sometimes.. but to be completely honest if they would have faster songs they sure wold be in my top 5 or so stenchcore bands..
after short pause and of course few more beers it's time for La Casa Fantom.. well, expectations from my side was huge and when they opened the show with "Timewaster/Decisionfaker" which is extra long song and to me personally little boring I was having some question marks above my head but already with 2nd song that was it.. amazing energy, unbelievably skilled drummer and bassist with wooden board on the floor, like 1.5 m long full of pedals with various effects and distortions, they both sing and have great vocals, all together for huge amount of noise but not any kind of noise but somehow perfectly arranged and beautiful.. also something slower set by them, they do have a way faster songs then this from this time's setlist, but that didn't bother me in their case 'cause they have something special anyhow, don't know what and can't explain it, you should just try it, hehe.. I think that I watch them on mute and just by seeing with what passion and intensity they play that wold be enough for me.. something more than half an hour by them, more like 45 mins, which actually passed really quickly but I wasn't sad 'cause I knew I will get another doze of them tomorrow.. later I found out that this was 8th time they were playing in Rijeka and that's awesome.. it seems they like the place and crew here..
and after the gig, well what was that.. L told me already before about after-parties in Podrum but I was pretty surprised.. after few old punk hits, they started with some old dance hits, than there was some also old rave songs from Prodigy to Darude and I don't know what, and interesting was how all the punks there, including me knows those hits, all dancing and singing, already drunk and stoned, naked guy dancing on the stage, well it was hell.. until the morning we drink like beasts, beers, gemišts (white vine+mineral water) with member of same named band Gemišt, then red wine with mineral water and similar strange drinks, when the bar left without beers we go on nearby gas station to buy some supplies, so it was very "interesting"..
like this wasn't enough, somewhere around 6 in the morning few of us made us little after-after-party in the park which lasted till 7:30 when we finally come to B's place and were going to have some sleep..

- day 2: Zagreb
we wake up around 15:00 next day, pretty much hungovered.. L was cooking some pasta and after we eat and after 1 or 2 hours of  ineffective and confused agreement of when we will go to Zagreb and where and how we will pick up V and R who were supposed to go with us we were ready to road up.. the whole day was heavily raining and it was a real challenge get to the car which was parked 20 m from the apartment.. we managed in that by getting almost completely wet and was thinking that the worst part is behind us, completely unaware of what is waiting us just around the corner..
it was raining so strong we could hardly see anything through windshield, streets were flooded, cars stopped in the middle of street, on some parts water was deep to almost half a door of a car, we didn't see where is the road and where sidewalk, everything was under the water.. after we picked up R and V and headed outside of Rijeka real show begins.. we couldn't pass the way we arrived in Rijeka but we must go all around, then we hit something, still don't know what, probably manhole cover, when we want to check the damage on car we wasn't able to get out of the car 'cause there was water over the ankle... in short total chaos, I've never seen anything like this.. luckily there wasn't any visible damage on the car so we were able to continue.. when we finally exit the town it was something easier but still fckd up because of heavy rain and wind combined with dark we were driving like 50km/h on the highway.. anyhow, congratulations to L who managed to drive out whole way on this conditions and bring us to Zagreb in one piece..
we arrived in Klaonica after 21:00.. on 1st impression really awesome place but totally fcked up entry into the complex, if I wold go there alone I wouldn't find the place until the morning..
when we buy tickets, CC were having sound check and shortly after they opened the gig..
they are new band but with already familiar crew and from what I saw on youtube I was sure they will not be by my taste.. but they totally surprised me.. really good fast and uncompromising hc punk, great female vocal, on some song dual vocals.. in short really pleasant surprise.. they were playing with new drummer (or he is just temporary replacement, I didn't get that part well..) and have only two or so rehearsals with him but I didn't noticed that they had any trouble with that..
then again Ruinas, or how would singer all silent and sweet said "vi ar ruhinas from arhentina" and then switch to the most bad ass vocal ever and they cause some serious thunder just like in Rijeka.. this time me and L were counting how many fast songs they have and we didn't count more than two.. how I said already before that's the only minus of this band..
after short pause La Casa Fantom are taking the stage, not only taking - conquering it!.. again same setlist like in Rijeka, I think.. slow and full of despair and depression intro with 10min long 1st song then absolute madness until the end.. there's no pause and silence between the songs, huge amount of feedback noise is always present and it plays with your nerves and eardrums.. I'm still not expert when it's about knowing their every song but I'm pretty sure that they played songs from latest album "Kill Me Clean" and maybe some newer.. I'm sorry 'cause they didn't play some older songs from Feed my Silence, Selection by Elimination or earlier releases, they have some seriously awesome songs there.. but I sincerely do hope that this isn't the last time I watched them live so there would still a chance to hear some other songs.. immediately after the gig we say goodbye to the crew and are going home, already exhausted and tired but with smile on our faces..

at the end all 3 bands were great that two days but I must repeat how I'm fascinated with La Casa Fantom, I won't say that they are the best band ever to me but definitely they are the most interesting band on the entire diy hc punk scene for sure.. don't know which genre they play, it can be hardcore, black metal, hc punk, neo crust, I don't care and that's also awesome that today when already everything has been played and then there is one such original and unique band, so much devoted to diy principles (btw all the amps, speakers, effects, etc. which they are using they fix or made by themselves and they succeed in making one monstrous sound system) and so simple and relaxed people.. just great..
I'm glad that I attend those two events, prove myself that I'm still not for the scrap metal and had some awesome time.. thanks goes to B on hospitality at his place and to L for the driving and sharing the same enthusiasm about punk as me.. until the next time, cheers!..

P.S.- pictures are stolen from LCF instagram page..

Friday 20 October 2017

video projection: "Odpadki Druge Generacije" documentary movie 27.10.2017. Novi Marof

another one event in the row in Novi Marof organised by friend of mine who is super active lately.. this time video projection of documentary film about the punk movement in Slovenia after disintegration of ex-Yugoslavia.. this movie already received a lot of attention all over the Balkans and there was similar projections all over the Slovenia and abroad, so now it's time for Novi Marof..
also one more interesting gig is in preparation two weeks from now in Marof, but more info about this one in next few days..

what? projection of documentary movie Odpadki Druge Generacije
when?.........27.10.2017., Friday
where?........Stara škola, Novi Marof

about the movie:
"Punk had to die so it could live.
After the independence of Slovenia it seemed that the story of Slovenian punk is finished. But every end is a new beginning. After 1991 rose a new, second generation of punks who still believe that another world is possible and necessary.
Active members of the underground: musicians, activists, squatters, music promoters and organizers tell us about punk ideology, culture, music, squatting movement, lust for freedom and political struggle under the flag of anarchism. First hand, forthright.
This is a document of independence, love for music and creativity. Reflection on the work of passion and of the world not driven by capital.

From the punks for the punks."

Wednesday 18 October 2017

upcoming gig in Zagreb, Croatia

                                           when?...................22.10.2017., Sunday
                                           where?..................Klaonica squat, Zagreb
                                           who?.....................LA CASA FANTOM experimental core, Nor
                                                                         RUINAS stenchcore, Arg
                                                                         CC punk, Cro
                                           entrance?...............25 kn

upcoming gig in Rijeka, Croatia

when?..............................21.10.2017., Saturday
where?.............................Podrum, Rijeka
who?................................LA CASA FANTOM experimental core, Nor
                                         RUINAS stenchcore, Arg


more info

Saturday 7 October 2017

DEATHWISH / U.B.T. / OTVORENI PRELOM / DISBAJA 05.10.2017., Stara škola, Novi Marof

after a long, actually too long time, one more interesting gig in Novi Marof.. there was some ultra positive atmosphere and mood all around this one whole two weeks before it happened, from the day I found out about it, probably the reason was just that there wasn't any gig with such good line up like for ages in Marof and, well it is Marof.. I had huge expectations of it, was sure there will be a lot of familiar faces and one more great party, but this time I was so wrong.. at least with one part..
but let's go from beginning.. as I found out from the conversation with L who organised this event, there was a plan to make some gig for Disbaja in Marof for a long time already so when Otvoreni Prelom was asking for a gig on their mini tour through Croatia that was great opportunity to call Disbaja as well.. U.B.T. are old friends and glad too see guests and only two days before gig Deathwish from USA pop out and instead of gig in Zagreb where they were supposed to play that night they are transferred in Marof.. and this is how this interesting crew of bands ended out together in small city in the middle of week (Thursday).. well, and that was the biggest problem, as shown later..
when me and Š arrived in 20:30 (gig was about to start in 21:00) there wasn't literally no one except organiser, two guys who were supposed to work on bar, the guy selling tickets and folks from the States.. that's where we start to be a little suspicious about if there will be any people there.. there was some joke about how confused guys from Deatwish looks like and was probably asking themselves, something like, where the hell we come to.. shortly after, guys from Otvoreni Prelom arrived, as we later found out they had some car accident on the way and a lot of troubles, that's was the reason why they were late, and few minutes after them crew from Zagreb also come with all the backline so after setting everything up gig could begin.. in meantime some 10 - 15 people gathered not counting the bands members and that just make me sad.. I mean, I do realize that it was Thursday, a lot of people was working the other day, go to school, etc., but I was also at 5AM next morning on my way to work, even some band members was working the other day but still we were there.. I really didn't expect that, and that's just shame..
anyhow, Deathwish takes their positions and open the gig without any sound check or whatever and they played their 20-25 min set without any compromises despite they were in front of 30 people or less, respect for that.. I'm not fan of such kind of music, heavily Motorhead influenced hc punk, but they sure are good, well played band and it was extra interesting to see them this night..
after really short pause, U.B.T. takes the stage and they kicked some asses.. thousand times better gig then the last time in Marof and they were great back then too.. vocal was almost sober this time, they sound more rehearsed then ever, I really like what V is doing with guitar and all together it was great performance.. short set by them in old school raw hc punk way with a lot of microphonia and noise in between songs, a little bit echoed vocals, friend said that they sounded like After the Bombs, well they sounded more "american" than Deathwish, hehe.. everything was great by them only a little too short performance due shortness of their songs, so I hope that they will make few new ones 'till the next time and play a bit longer..
after them, Otvoreni Prelom from Serbia.. I don't know what I feel about this band, they aren't too good to me at studio recordings but I liked few live videos I watched on youtube before.. anarcho colored hc punk by them, occasionally with two vocals, they somehow reminds on all this 90's/early 00's atmosphere but there is just something missing, don't know what but can't decide if I like them or not, strange.. anyhow good performance by them too..
and for the end, as it once again confirmed that night the best and the most quality domestic band at the moment - Disbaja.. last time when I was watching them in Zagreb, if I remember well they were playing mostly some newer songs and sounded to me more metal as it should be, by far when it's about my taste so I was a little bit worry how they will sound but this time they were playing also old songs like to me the best What Are You Looking For, Saboteri Mladosti and Fog of Lies, also cover of Varuker's Another Religion Another War and with their 30-35 min performance finally shaken up those 30 people who were there.. and yes they were only band that night that was asking to play bis, and they of course did.. they are really, really mighty band live and even if I'd watched them already like 10+ times I just want more!..
after the gig and just few words and pictures with "crowd" we go home because we were working in the morning.. at the end it was actually a hell of a gig, I'm just sorry and kinda ashamed when such good bands need to play for 15 people or for other bands.. we complain about the scene every day and when you should bring your lazy ass to a gig and support your local scene you stay at home.. that's just lame.. and yes, the most important on the facebook event there was like 40 people "is going" and 58 "is interested" - up the facebook punks!.. and to all other people from Varaždin, Marof and Čakovec for which I know that they aren't assholes - where the hell were you on Thursday!??..
I mean I was on gigs, for example in Zagreb, with such or even less number of people but didn't expect that from Marof..
luckily we were drinking a lot so organiser manage to collect some gas money for the bands from the beers.. also bands from Zagreb left their part of money to bands that were on tour and except of great playing that was the only praiseworthy thing and bright part of this night..
see you next time.. I hope in bigger number..

Thursday 5 October 2017

few upcoming gigs..

when?.............09.10.2017., Monday
where?............Monteparadiso club, Pula
who?...............DAŠA FON FLAŠA acoustic punk, Sk
                        ANTISOCIAL SKILLS hc punk, Cz

when?...........12.10.2017., Thursday
where?..........Bolid, Varaždin
who?.............DAŠA FON FLAŠA acoustic punk, Sk
                      ANTISOCIAL SKILLS hc punk, Cz
                      SENF metal punk, Cro
entrance?.......15 kn

when?.......12.10.2017., Thursday
where?......Monteparadiso club, Pula
who?.........FORCA MACABRA hc punk, Fin
                  KOVAA RASVAA hc punk, Fin

when?......12.10.2017., Thursday
where?.....Klaonica squat, Zagreb
who?........GENERACION SUICIDA melodic punk, USA
                 ILL WIND punk'n'roll, Cro
                 DROTPAD punk, Cro
entrance?..30 kn

when?......13.10.2017., Friday
where?.....Klaonica squat, Zagreb
who?........FORCA MACABRA hc punk, Fin
                 KOVAA RASVAA hc punk, Fin
                 NO SANCTUARY metal punk, Spa
entrance?..30 kn

when?..........14.10.2017., Saturday
where?.........Suburbia, Novi Sad
who?............FORCA MACABRA hc punk, Fin
                    KOVAA RASVAA hc punk, Fin
                    NO SANCTUARY metal punk, Spa
                    MUTABO mutant crust punk, Ser
entrance?.....300 din

Wednesday 4 October 2017

reminder on tomorrow's gig in Novi Marof

so, it's look like tomorrow will be another one interesting and hopefully great night in Marof.. everything is ready and except previously announced bands as the last minute surprise there is confirmed one more, Deathwish, motor-charged punk from Wisconsin, USA who should have gig in Zagreb that day.. maybe not really band by my taste, but it will sure be interesting and fun to watch band from USA in Novi Martof..
besides them there will also play Otvoreni Prelom from Senta, Serbia which are on mini tour through Croatia, and after Marof they will play also in Pula and Kastav.. like "domestic" support there will be great Disbaja, raw punk crusties from Zagreb which in last few gigs experimented a lot with some more metal influences as it was usual before, so it will be also very interesting to hear.. and for the end also great band, 2nd time visiting Marof U.B.T. raw oldschool hardcore punk with members from Zagreb and Čakovec which are pretty active lately with live shows..
I'm really looking forward to this gig and hope to see some familiar faces there.. until tomorrow, stay well and cheers!.. pankčina..

Monday 2 October 2017

upcoming gig in Idrija, Slovenia

when?..........06.10.2017., Friday
where?.........Swenak, Idrija
who?............DISEASE d-beat raw punk, Mac
                     DEATHWISH motorcharged crust, USA
                     S.O.R. oldschool hc, Slo
                     GRABLE punk, Slo
                     KRIPEL BATALJON hc punk, Slo

Sunday 1 October 2017

UDAR GROMA festival 2017

poster for upcoming, 4th edition of Udar Groma festival in Karlovac 06.-08.10.2017.. 1st night looks really promising.. this is actually poster for music part of the fest and about other events there you can find out something more on this link (on Croatian only)..