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by Ivana Jelaca
12 January 2017
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Žen
Based in
Croatia, Zagreb
Style

Four-piece Žen defines itself as an "audio-visual progressive indie post rock band with a queer and feminist attitude". However, the collective, formed in Zagreb in 2009 and composed of Eva Badanjak, Sara Ercegović, Ivona Ivković and Tanja Minarik, is not "yet another post rock band playing the feminism card".

Their name, Žen (pronounced as /xzen/) plays with gender fluidity: a Croatian word for "woman" (žena) loses the "a" and acquires a male gender form. Their music aims to break gender stereotypes, but foremost, it invites you to reflection. Their lyrics are simple, direct ...
Chui
Based in
Croatia, Zagreb
Style
"Chui" was just a Swahili word for "leopard" when keyboard maestro Toni Starešinić, also known as the creative force behind Zagreb's neo soul combo Mangroove, decided to start another band and play some prog jazz with a modern approach. After a few years of serious live jamming and studio sessions, the instrumental jazz trio Chui was established with a renowned member of the Croational national broadcaster HRT's Big Band, saxophonist Vojkan Jocić, and quite simply the best Croatian drummer, Janko Novoselić. Their most eclectic release, Third Sun from the Stone (Dancing Bear, 2015) included complex self-penned prog jazz tunes, ...
The Bambi Molesters
Based in
Croatia, Sisak
Style

In their hometown of Sisak, the metal and oil industry centre around 50 km to the southwest of Zagreb, people hadn’t seen that kind of band before. Even Zagreb had never seen a band like that until 1997, when the Bambi Molesters arrived on the national stage to play their first LP Dumb Loud Hollow Twang. Three guys, Dalibor Pavičić (guitar), Dinko Tomljanović (guitar) and Hrvoje Zaborac (drums), and a young lady named Lada Fan (bass) pushed the limits and established a pure 60s-style instrumental surf rock combo in Croatia. All of their dreams came true after their second LP Intensity! (Dancing Bear, 1999), when they were ...

Kawasaki 3p
Based in
Croatia, Zagreb
Kawasaki 3p are, in many ways, veterans of Croatian punk rock. They've been performing since the 1990s, racking up hundreds of concerts and playing everywhere, from small alternative clubs to grand venues. And yet their presence on the Croatian punk rock scene is still perceived as a breath of fresh air. They debuted in front of a large audience in an unexpected manner - at the Dora pop festival, an event organised by Croatian Radiotelevision to choose the country’s entry in the Eurovision song contest. Considering the setting, their performance in bathrobes, playing the punk rock song 'Antonija', was deemed quite provocative.  ...
Antenat
Based in
Croatia, Zagreb
Style
In the beginning, Antenat looked like just another very young Zagreb rock group with guitars, bass, drums and vocals. Frontman Nenad Kovačić started the band in 1997 with some teenage friends from his old neighbourhood, but over the years, more and more friends with musical skills came to their sound checks, and soon they had to get a second vehicle when touring. By the time they released their admittedly long-awaited first album Subing (2006), Antenat had expanded to an 11-piece live band with a full brass section, evolving their style into the self-invented subreggae, a far cry from the renowned Jamaican school of reggae. The ...
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