Belgrado

belgrado

Barcelona, ES

post-punk * coldwave

Dva Venezuelané, Brit a Polka v čele, takové je složení v Barceloně usazeného post-punkového kvartetu Belgrado. Kapela, která po celou dobu téměř desetileté existence zůstává věrná svým anarcho-punkovým kořenům, patří mezi to nejzajímavější, co může evropská undergroundová scéna v tomto žánru nabídnout. Na kontě mají tři dlouhé desky, z čehož poslední dvě - Siglo XXI a Obraz, vydal respektovaný nezávislý label La Vida Es Un Mus. Zatímco první dvě alba vycházela primárně z evropské post punkové klasiky osmdesátých let, zejména z polské coldwave, na třetí desce pod vlivem zážitků z jihoamerického turné Belgrado rozebrali minimalistický zvuk na prvočinitele a poskládali ho nanovo, obohacený o prvky psychedelie, dubu a další exotické rytmy. V prosinci roztančili Underdogs', v létě je čekáme na Fluffu.

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Formed in 2010, Barcelona-based outfit Belgrado has existed at the innovative forefront of the global post-punk scene. Now in their ninth year, the quartet continues to play at home and abroad, carrying with them a reputation built on three full length albums and an impressive touring career that has taken them to all corners of the globe. Emerging from the DIY underground of Barcelona, Belgrado initially traded in a stylish mixture of post-punk tropes that could be traced back to the Europe of the early 1980s. Following the release of their debut LP (2011), the band embarked on an extensive touring schedule of Europe and North America. As the group progressed onto their sophomore Siglo XXI (2013) the sound became distinctly more streamlined, elegantly incorporating a colder element, and ultimately marking them out as true frontrunners of the genre. Further touring ensued including a month-long expedition to Latin America in 2014, performing in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. But it could be argued that their latest LP, Obraz (2016), really demonstrated what the band is capable of. Sophisticated yet accessible, different to their previous work but still noticeably Belgrado. The LP saw the group branch out into  territory clearly influenced just as much by psychedelia, dub and exotic rhythms as they were by the now familiar canon of cold wave and post-punk classics. Whilst based in Barcelona, Belgrado’s membership is a blend of transplanted Venezuelans, a Brit and a Polish woman. This cultural collision of rectangular post soviet buildings and grey skies with a Caribbean sensibility inevitably informs their sound, as does the city of Barcelona, with its mediterranean backdrop and cosmopolitan multiculturalism.

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