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UZ JSME DOMA are a Czech avant-garde prog band, who formed in 1985, with stylistic similarities to RIO bands such as SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA and STORMY SIX [even thou they never heard of them]. Formed in Teplice, the band have been through many line-up changes (and problems with Communism and secret police) and have never stuck to a particular style, but they have always had a unique sound nevertheless. They are also known for their highly entertaining stage shows, album packaging and DVDs [for ex. the one to their 20th Anniversary 2-DVD concert "20 Letu (20 Flyears)/Puding (Pudding)". This concert includes former members of the band (in particular former saxophonist Jindra Dolanský) and is covered on disc 1, whilst on disc two, there are interviews and archive footage and photographs of the band from over the years.] To c elebrate 30 years Anniversary they released CD Three Crosses, kind of "Best of" release, but with newly recorded and radicaly re-arranged songs thou. In year 2018 they released new album called KRY [Ice-floes], which is dedicated to 71 refugees killed in Austria in 2015. One of their primary progressive rock music influences is surprisingly URIAH HEEP and others include FRED FRITH, PERE UBU, EBBA GRÖN, THE DAMNED, ART BEARS and the RIO movement in general. They have also surprisingly performed onstage with THE RESIDENTS in Prague, Czech Republic in 1995 which was recorded and released as Disc 2 of The Residents album "Freak Show". [Mirek Wanek was music director and conductor of that show]. In 2010 they were performing with Randy, the Residents' singer, 13 Residents' songs in Wanek's arrangement for UJD.

Their sound incorporates Gregorian chanting, surreal poetry (by Mirek Wanek), visual art (by long time painter and regular member of band Martin Velisek) and exceptionally high musicianship (all apparently played from sheet music) by many different and unique Czech musicians and definitely performed with good humour and talent. More generically, their sound contains folk, klezmer, symphonic, gothic and avant-garde aspects (not surprising for an Eastern Bloc country), with reminiscences of VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR, SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA, STORMY SIX, ALAMAAILMAN VASARAT, TAAL, European punk (THE EX come to mind) and post-punk (such as PERE UBU).

If you like post-punk and RIO bands and don't mind non-English lyrics (but always translated to EN in booklets), chanting and poetry in your music, then you need to seek out some UZ JSME DOM...
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Skoda Records 1999
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Ears (Usi)Ears (Usi)
Skoda Records 2000
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Unloved World (Nemilovany Svet)Unloved World (Nemilovany Svet)
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UZ JSME DOMA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.29 | 15 ratings
Uprostřed Slov (In The Middle of Words)
3.39 | 16 ratings
Nemilovaný Svět (Unloved World)
3.61 | 18 ratings
3.31 | 23 ratings
Pohádky ze Zapotrebí (Fairytales from Needland)
3.55 | 19 ratings
Usi (Ears)
3.73 | 15 ratings
Rybí Tuk (Codliver Oil)
3.96 | 56 ratings
Jeskyne (Caves)
5.00 | 1 ratings
Pohádek ze Zapotrebí Znovuudelání Fortelné
5.00 | 1 ratings
Tri Krizky
0.00 | 0 ratings
Kry - Ice Floes

UZ JSME DOMA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 4 ratings
Vancouver 1997
4.06 | 8 ratings
20 letů (20 Flyears)
0.00 | 0 ratings
MEdley YOUdley - SEStrih BRAtrih

UZ JSME DOMA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.33 | 3 ratings
20 Letu; / Puding 2DVD

UZ JSME DOMA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 2 ratings
Patnáct Kapek Vody

UZ JSME DOMA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Rock Debut 7
5.00 | 1 ratings
Jaro, peklo, podzim, zima


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 Hollywood by UZ JSME DOMA album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.61 | 18 ratings

Uz Jsme Doma RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TheGazzardian
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This is my first exploration into the background of this Czech band since I discovered their Cuneiform release, Jeskyne (Caves) last year (which found a place in my best-of-2010 list).

The music contained herein fits into the avant-garde category quite nicely, with odd rhythms and weird sounds mixed throughout, but that is not really the appeal of this album. These are simply ingredients used by the band to create what are ultimately inviting, catchy, and fun songs. I have no idea what they are singing about (despite English translations of the lyrics being included in the booklet), and it doesn't really matter, because on sound alone these guys make quite an impact.

The rhythm section is strong and consistent enough to build the framework from which the songs can perform their acrobatics. In this album, it is a tenor sax adding a distinctive flavour (compared to Caves, which used trumpet). The music propels itself forward with a punk-like energy, but there is some maturity to the way it is used here - for sure, this is not just art-punk music. The band has a great sense of dynamics and is able to build into the most energetic, rocking parts in ways that make them sound better than if they had just gone straight to them. This keeps the songs fresh and interesting, even when they are repeating similar themes (as in the title track, which actually has English in it to begin with). The melodies here aren't quite as in-your-face as in my past experience with the band, but instead slowly work their way insidiously into your head and last a lot longer, which I actually find I enjoy more.

This is one of those albums that has so many highlights that it seems like the whole album is full of highlights. It is bookended with great tracks - the opener (Koroze) is a great introduction both to the energy of the band as well as their weirdness (it includes a cry-singing part), and the closer (Jdi tam, nevím kam, přines to, nevím co) is pretty epic - but these aren't even the best tracks on the album. Hollywood just begs you to sing along, Vlazna a sediva is a cool, more chilled piece, Belveder builds up wonderfully, and Jassica has superb energy.

If you are into music with a lot of energy, or music that is weird but has great rhythm to it, this is probably an album you should be checking out.

 Jeskyne (Caves) by UZ JSME DOMA album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.96 | 56 ratings

Jeskyne (Caves)
Uz Jsme Doma RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars I cannot help notice a trend in the Scandinavian countries towards punk'ing up folk music and releasing album with this blend. This is not a blend I am fond of. The proper word is "disdain", really.

Unfortunate, this trend has spread to the mainland Europe too.

To my dismay, this album starts with a punk rock song with folk music creeping into the mix too. The vocals (including the football stadium choirs) are typical punk, backed up by some woodwinds and other instruments who plays folk music and folk rock. I gather the band has done some RIO albums before, because Jeskyne does not comes across as a typical RIO/ Avant-Garde album in my books. Not by a country mile. OK, there are some hints of RIO, but that's all.

The music is good throughout. Navij?k is by far the best song here where the punk has taken a bit of a backseat. The rest of the album is OK and at times enjoyable. But I have my strong objections and awards it a weak feeble three stars. Sorry !

3 stars (barely)

 Jeskyne (Caves) by UZ JSME DOMA album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.96 | 56 ratings

Jeskyne (Caves)
Uz Jsme Doma RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Andy Webb
Special Collaborator Retired Admin

5 stars Exploring the sonic caves

U? Jsme Doma (pronounced Ooz-smeh Doma) is a Czech Avant-jazz band (U? Jsme Doma translated to "Are We Home Yet" in English, and I will refer to them as UJD). They are a project that has been around since the mid 80's, and has constantly changed and morphed though countless member changes. Caves is a eclectic and truly avant-garde album with a full (at least sounding) brass section, along with a full-fledged rock band (vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keys). The music is a mix of funky jazz, punk rock, and purely avant-garde music, with absolutely maniacal melodies and backing rhythms. The music barely slows down once on the entire album, keeping a head banging beat the whole way through.

Cave is a little sound-fx intro with "cave noises," which flows into Droplet. Droplet opens the album with a smash and the typical catchy funk avant jazz that the album is made up. If I spoke Czech, I could tell you what the lyrics were saying, but I've not a clue. The melodies are extremely odd, but have a certain catchiness to them that makes the song oddly appealing. With most avant-garde music I have to scratch my head to even understand what could possibly happening, but with these songs I can see where they get their amazing peculiarity. A start to a fantastic album!

Abyss is more waltzy-ish, if this could possibly be called a waltz. The 6/8 feel to it makes a great little swing piece, with more avant and catchy melodies. The song has a more prominent piano part rather than the punk-rock guitar chords or (although still prominent) trumpet. The instrumental section is a great little avant solo section with some creative trumpet soloing.

Reel has a more proggy sound to it, with an even more avant-garde backing trumpet melody. The song has a slower and more deliberate beat and punk-rock backed guitar part and more obvious dynamic changes between the "fast" verses and the slower chorus. The polyrhythmic feel to the music is really fun, switching up the feel of the rhythm yet again and keeping the music interesting, as UJD always can do.

Nugget is another softer and more proggy song, with a funky fretless bass and more compassionate vocals and melodies. The punk dynamics are again a great contrast behind the avant-jazz melodies and trumpet work. The song has a great Latin/bossa feel with the funky drum line.

Fascination is one of the most avant-garde and difficult to understand (in a good way) song on the album. With a trumpet melody that makes Bach flip in his grave and peculiar "choral" vocal parts accompanying, the song makes no traditional sense. In an avant-garde mind, however, the song has a great punk-funk-weird-jazzy quality that makes this song even more fun than the rest of them. (Plus, there is a bounty of cowbell!)

Ceilings is one of my favorite tracks on the album. With a great funky polyrhythmic standup bass part and a funky trumpet and piano "duet" accompanying it, the song opens fantastically. The melody and backing piano and trumpet are catchy and powerful. The song has one of the more dynamic song structure, switching from basically straight jazz to punk rock to polyrhythmic rock and avant-garde melodic sections.

Shelter is also one of my favorite tracks. The trumpet melody and punk guitar makes this song an extremely catchy avant-punk rock track. All the individual dynamics between instrumental sections and vocal sections are fantastic, making this an exceptional track. Again the dynamics switch from this to that to something else within only a few seconds, what fun!

Marianne is (what a surprise) another favorite track. This is one of the very few albums that opens strong, and exits even stronger. Out of the all the songs, I think this song has some of the most catchy melodies and creative dynamics and avant properties. The crescendoing instrumental sections, the dynamic guitar playing, the great brass, bass, and drums, and of course that great Czech vocal act make this track really great.

Cranny is in my opinion the official ender and the last track is just a bonus. It is fantastic. It essentially sums up every musical quality explored in the album, which is a great number, if I might say so myself. From punk to jazz to avant-garde to rock to polyrhythmic sections to multi layered melodic sections to so much more, the song is jam packed with some great stuff!

Like I said before, the last track, Lullaby for Anezka, is essentially a little bonus "ballad," with a short length of less than 2 minutes and some quiet instrumentation between standup bass and slight keyboards and vocals. Nothing really special about the track.

ALBUM OVERALL: Caves is an extremely fun ride. With avant-garde melodies and all-over- the-place everything, every song has a special "charm" and quality that make all the music found on the album extremely unique. The obvious main influences are jazz and punk-rock, two genres not often mixed, to make an extremely fun and peculiar sound. Song to song, the composition and quality of the music is fantastic, and the whole album is a blast to listen. Other than its absolute insanity musically, which is what one looks for in an avant-garde album, the album has virtually no flaws, other than a few non-organic sounding basses that sound like a fake bass. It isn't a major flaw but makes the music sound more fake. 5- stars.

 Jeskyne (Caves) by UZ JSME DOMA album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.96 | 56 ratings

Jeskyne (Caves)
Uz Jsme Doma RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TheGazzardian
Prog Reviewer

4 stars If I'm honest, I'm surprised more hasn't been said about this album as of the time of writing. This release is an excellent, high energy release by this Czech band.

The band is composed of your typical drum/bass/guitar/keys/vocals, with the addition of trumpets provided by Adam Tomasek. The trumpets really add a lot of flavour to the music and lend the band a distinctive sound. That sound, by the way, can be described as in-your-face fast-paced music with a punk-like energy. From the moment that the trumpet starts playing on the second track, you know that you are in for quite a ride with this album. (The first track is a less-than-a-minute-long atmospheric track).

There are a total of 11 tracks on the album, a shorter, more atmospheric closer and opener, and then nine "meat" tracks that range in length from 3 and a half to 5 and a half minutes. I am a big fan of the nine main tracks because of their great energy but the opener and closer really serve to tie together the album.

The most energetic and unabashedly catchy ride I've been taken on so far this year. Recommended!

 20 letů (20 Flyears) by UZ JSME DOMA album cover Live, 2005
4.06 | 8 ratings

20 letů (20 Flyears)
Uz Jsme Doma RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by M3g52

4 stars These people are very funny ... and this album shows clearly its connection to the music, the humor and the public. I must say it is not for ears and totally used to the classic in the progressive, but has a large element of dealing with the established, especially in those places. A live album that shows its own celebration with choirs and the public, especially after telephone via the excellent Netu, the crazy Hollywood and all the strength and involvement from there to the end. Kuzelina theme is highlighted with a set of percussion and rhythm, leaving us in mind a theater with people dancing tribally. Funny, no labels to let go.
 Jeskyne (Caves) by UZ JSME DOMA album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.96 | 56 ratings

Jeskyne (Caves)
Uz Jsme Doma RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

5 stars Funny thing is that their Czech fans are mostly those who loves Punk Rock. I first heard about this album when I was on UJD's gig this autumn (in Pilsen, I was so keen about them that I simply wanted to have a photo with them - and so I did, after bothering band few minutes - they didn't seem bothered at all actually, but I'm just fan, they are artists). It was basically my first experience with them and also my first Prog gig. I have nice poster from this performance, but more important is that I realized few important facts about this music.

Firstly, it is some kind of Czech tradition that a lot of good, progressive (original / interesting) bands comes from Punk roots. This, KNS (that aren't here on PA yet, but I expect them to be) and few others. Secondly, there is usually insanely weird element.

Song names like Valounek (Little Boulder), Stropy (Ceilings) or Puklinka (ahem, "Little Crack", probably in forementioned ceiling). Because this is concept album, there has to be some kind of topic. This topic is Cave, Speleology, exploring the depths of caves, dark tunnels. It's actually quite funny in very surrealistic and crazy way. That's exactly what I like. Of course, your experience (as I suppose this review will be mostly read by English-speaking readers) won't be as good as mine, but don't worry. It's not exactly Frank Zappaesque kind of weirdness, but more unique one, poetic, melancholic, yet funny one. Hard to describe though.

Hard riffs, Ska element in ever-present (and some kind of tradermark) trumpet and as most of their songs/albums, not so noisy (as gigs tends to be).

Wild experience, but exactly what I expecting from U? jsme doma, literally "We're Home Now" (or "We're Home Already"), one of the Czech finest modern bands.

If you're OK with use of trumpet in Prog, you should be fine. And maybe it's just me, but some parts reminds me another Czech Avant groups, "Psí vojáci" (except they aren't that Hard, but not less weird).

5(-), it's maybe too early to give more. But it's possibility, as I don't hear any mistakes. Nothing at all. Only good Avant-Garde wild Punk dipped ride through insane minds of Miroslav Wanek, other band members (who are equally important) with help of talented surrealist artist Martin Velí?ek.

And one more thing - when using these words like "insane" or "weird", I mean it positively, not in a bad way.

 Jeskyne (Caves) by UZ JSME DOMA album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.96 | 56 ratings

Jeskyne (Caves)
Uz Jsme Doma RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by progpositivity
Prog Reviewer

4 stars It is only because Uz Jsme Doma prominently features trumpet on energetic songs that sometimes emphasize the up-beats that the 1990's infected brain of this Dallas Texas resident keeps wanting to connect musical dots back to "third-wave" USA Ska and/or Latin American music. And although those surface similarities do exist on Uz Jsme Doma's 2010 album Jeskyne,, this music has so much more to offer than that.

Most notably the rhythms are varied and widely syncopated. Ambitious tonality spices up the music just enough to achieve a hint of RIO taste. If you aren't a RIO fan, don't let that intimidate you. This music is very accessible.

I'll go out on a limb and infer that 3 / 4 is the predominant time signature in the popular music of the Czech Republic ? as 3 / 4 (or variants thereof) are the "meat and potatoes" underpinning most of these songs.

The first two tracks lead off the album in a catchy and energetic manner. But it was Track 3 ("Propost") that first caught my ear as something truly special. Although most of the song is in 3 / 4 time, accents make "all the difference" during the introductory sequence: Measure One: Emphasize beat 1 Measure Two: Emphasize beats 1 and 3 Measure Three: Emphasize beats 2 and 3 Measure Four: Emphasize beat 1 Measure Five: Emphasize beats 2 and 3 Repeat

Later in the song we are treated to a passage which repeats 3 measures of 3 beats followed by one measure of 2 beats.

A middle vocal dominated section combines a chant-like vibe with careful use of cowbell. Very different ? and very good!

Navijak (Reel) is an energetic 5/4 tune with nice vocal harmony and no shortage of punchy bass and distorted electric guitar.

Valounek (Nugget) reminds me a bit of the 1980's new wave band Big Country ? if Big Country had a trumpet player, implemented more varied syncopation and a huge dynamic range of course ? so you will have to judge for yourself how valid (or invalid) that reference point it! Facinace (Fascination) Here we get a hyperactive chant in 4 / 4. Bass and guitar play 8 with trumpet answering back for another 8. The syncopated cowbell in the middle of this song is delightful! Unexpectedly, a pastoral passage of acoustic guitar and beautiful vocalizing commandeers the remaining 1:42 of the song.

Stropy (Ceilings) is another standout track. It begins in 13/8. Or it may sound more natural to feel it as two 3/4 measures with a little extra half-beat added at the end of the 2nd measure of 3.

On Mariana (Marianne) a new texture is created by layering an octave lower register vocal line on top of the normal lead vocal.

We have so many 3 measures on this album, that when the band breaks into 4 / 4 on Puklinka, it becomes oddly compelling! The accents are all over the place and they drop a quick 3 measure in sparingly, just often enough to keep us on our toes! The "La La La" sections inject a humor that reminds me of Yezda Urfa.

Special Thanks to Moses for turning me on to this band!

 Uprostřed Slov (In The Middle of Words) by UZ JSME DOMA album cover Studio Album, 1990
3.29 | 15 ratings

Uprostřed Slov (In The Middle of Words)
Uz Jsme Doma RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

3 stars Oh-kay, this is insanity. But conducted with skills of masters. And it's hard to master insanity, as it's more abstract term, than anything real. But I'm afraid that being crazy just isn't enough, that some order has to stand up and raise its flag in this mass of chaos. And I still fail to see it, or the music fails to show it, or even have it inside. So I hope it's just complicated childbirth, that their first album lacks at least some of things I look for in music. I know that I had few problems with this genre, but who has not, it's after all one of the hardest ones.

Actually, I can enjoy it. Maybe it's because of some things that are connected with Czech Republic, which are well known to me, because I live here and also to band, who implemented them into their music. I think that this world-wide-well-known group is better to be heard live, as I'll go to their gig (my 3rd concert ever), 8.8.2009, so I look forward to this moment a lot. And I'm trying as much as possible to get into this, but I realized that it's not like symphonic prog, with each album similar to one another in these important things (get- into-ity to make substantive from it), but every RIO/Avant album brings something new and this new thing kicks me from the rear, when I least expect it. But it can be funny at times.

Names of songs are, well, insane too, completely nonsenses, but that's probably part of the game ("In between the words" - Uprostřed slov, "Gibberish of honeys" - Mek medů, "armchair-man" - Křeslák). So my final conclusion is that I'll probably listen to this voluntarily, but only at certain points of my existence, as I'll return to some normal music after listening this. It's not bad, but needs certain mood of yours, definitely not 24/7 music.

3(+), as I was trying, but failed to understand. Completely understand, because I've managed to get into this, partially.

I'm looking forward to my 1st prog gig. Entry fee is just about 4€, so not so cheap.

 Nemilovaný Svět (Unloved World) by UZ JSME DOMA album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.39 | 16 ratings

Nemilovaný Svět (Unloved World)
Uz Jsme Doma RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars Second album from this Czech combo that will see regular line-up changes throughout their career that still runs nowadays. The quintet (plus windplayer Alice Kouslakova) develops an avant-prog close to Gyspy/Manouche jazz and some of the more eclectic and wild group meddling in the same genre, like Miriodor or Hardscore and many others. This album, like its successors, will receive a Velisek artwork that spells out the madness pervading though every pore of their music.

UJD is one of those complex groups mixing many styles from Eastern European gypsy jazz folk to avant-garde prog music with huge post punk theatrics, sometimes veering to the grotesque Oktoberfest or circus-like (in no small part due to the brass instruments), but they are far from the only group to occupy such a niche. Indeed, the spot was first occupied by Debile Menthol, Miriodor and cohorts and there must easily be 20 groups nowadays occupying the grounds: from Alammailman Vasdaat to Rouge Ciel to Hardscore to Estradasphere to Interference Sardine to Taal, and many more. UJD's present album is well within the galaxy just outline here above, keeping a few particularities and quirks, which belong to the group's identity proper. There are few weird twitches as well such as the almost Kobaian choirs chorus line around the end of the title track.

While no UJD album appears to be weaker than the others (though I haven't heard them all), it is safe to say that if you've heard one or two of them, you've heard them all. So you might want to think about that in case you're considering investing in more than two albums of theirs. I'd tell you to check either this one or PZZ among their earlier woks and Usi in their (not-so-anymore) later works.

 Usi (Ears) by UZ JSME DOMA album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.55 | 19 ratings

Usi (Ears)
Uz Jsme Doma RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

UJD's last 90's album and last with original saxman Jindra Dolanski, Usi (translated to ears) comes with an hilarious artwork representing ears as humans and what would be the inner gatefold illustration of the group's very peculiar perception of that organ's anatomy. Indeed Vetisek's arts never seem out of inspiration, especially that this is the first time I see that ugly green jewel case CD tray, that somehow fits very well the pink and green drawings. Aside from esthetics, this album's aesthetics are definitely also preserved abs Usi proves to be yet another worthy UJD album, and maybe even my "fave" (relatively speaking since I never got much into this band) with PZZ.

One of the improvements is that there are a few "songs" catchy and hum-able enough to make the album less arduous a listen. Indeed, Kovbojska (cowboy) reminds me of a Noir Désir hymn and Oko is a rather excellent follow-up with scat vocals. Both short and jumpy/happy, Strach is a great track. Unfortunately other uneven tracks like the title one, fail to bring even more maturity into this album as it is extremely intrusive (thrash-like) in its first part, but settling down much better in its vocal passages second part and frankly impressive call and response (vocals version the brass section) in its third movement and very hum-able in the finale. However the lengthy almost math-rock Pot and its follow-up Reka (in spite of an interesting chorus choir) of a lesser interest, mostly due to the useless virtuoso show-off.

While a bit short and not really their most complex, I'd suggest Usi as an introduction to this band, precisely because of the catchier music cleverly hidden throughout this album. Nt that this album would be anymore essential than others from the group and certainly no more than the rest of the numerous album of the "genre".

Thanks to NogbadTheBad for the artist addition.

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