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KULTUR SHOCK

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KULTUR SHOCK is Seattle-based multi-national band formed in 1996. The members are Srdjan "Gino" Yevdjevich (Bosnia and Herzegovina) on vocals, Mario Butkovic (Bosnia) on guitars and buzuki, Valeri Kiossovski (Bulgaria) on guitars and vocals, Masashi Kobayashi (Japan) on bass, Chris Stromquist (USA)
on drums and a RIO legend Amy Demio on clarinets and saxes, later replaced with Matty Noble (USA) on violin.

Their music could be described as messy as their stories and personalities.
The pre-history of the band started half a globe and a few years away in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the war.
Yevchevich was already a succesful pop star(!) who decided to change his path after the loss of his material goods.With the help of Joan Baez (among others), he continued his career in the US (he was the co-author of the internationally renowned "Hair Sarajevo A.D. 1992" musical). Butkovic came in the US in 1995, Yevchevich contacting him shortly after.


In the beginnig, they were an acoustic "world music" band for a while, but were kicked out of the one venue because of singer's attitude and overall debauchery. After that, they electrified themselves and started doing punk venues; their work was supported by names such are Christ Novoselic, Jello Biafra and Billy Gould. They published a debut shortly after(the debut was actually a live recording). Nowaday they're touring all over the globe.

The music of KULTUR SHOCK is extremly difficult to describe - and yet it's so charming and appealing. There's a solid amount of punk/metal/hardcore thrown in, all that mixed with East-European (Balkan & Roma) folk music. They're also implementing the elements of pop, bossa-nova, rumba and much more, very often in odd-time signatures. They are often described as "brass metal" or System Of a Down with heavy folk influences, but they are actually much more than that...you can find influences from Rage Against The Machine to Zappa, all that packed in a clever package and performed with a raw, punkish energy and a unique avant garde approach to the rock music. Highly recommended!


Moris Mateljan, 2008.









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We Came To Take Your Jobs AwayWe Came To Take Your Jobs Away
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Fucc The I.N.S.
2001
4.79 | 5 ratings
Kultura-Diktatura
2004
3.00 | 3 ratings
We Came To Take Your Jobs Away
2006
1.50 | 2 ratings
Integration
2009

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Live In Amerika
1999
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Live In Europe
2006

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 We Came To Take Your Jobs Away by KULTUR SHOCK album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.00 | 3 ratings

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Review by clarke2001
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3 stars A good album, but not nearly as brilliant as its predecessor 'Kultura Diktatura'. The overall picture is equally raw, a wide spectrum of various influences is somewhat narrowed. Thee are still great hooks, killing melodies rooted in Balkan folk and chugging concrete blocks shooting air with razor-sharp bars in irregular time measures.

The thing is (not actually a problem but it might become one if they continue that path) band used more or less same recipe as on the previous album, but without wider aspects of 'world musics' and instruments. In the core it's a four-members Balkan punk (okay, six, members, but most of the time it's sounds like an ordinary rock/metal quartet, sound-wise). However, there IS enough of the worthy material, even segments of really intelligent sublime details, something that pushed 'Kultura' from 'brilliant' to 'masterpiece' status.

Having said that, this album is by no means un-enjoyable. There are some killing tunes; 'Dune' being perhaps the best of the bunch, with it's chorus, incredible bass hook, good riffs, berserk violin. 'Zumbul' and 'Sarajevo' are leaning deeper on traditional Balkan folk values, they're both deeply emotional, reflecting sevdah in many ways. It's a pity non-speakers won't grasp the lyrics, a sorrow spiced up with sprinkles of humour, ornamented in archaic.

'Hashishi' is absolutely unnecessary in this version; I liked the one from previous album much more. On this one, the band is singing the chorus off-key, but that was perhaps their intention: they certainly do sound stoned. That might have some appeal, but after repeated listening it will fall flat. 'Tango la Victoire' is the least likeable; it's sort of a anarchistic/communist flavoured rock tango with Balkan/French Gypsy overtones, and it smells way too much of contemporary 'antiglobalistic' pretentiousness flavour in Che Guevara T-shirt. Nothing wrong with that if you dig to the substance, but this one lacks it. Further, it goes into territories peculiar for the band, miming techno/dance with rock utensils, and if that should have been humorous, it failed miserably. I heard too much of a such cheap tricks in my own country from various 'underground' and 'independent' artists. Pity, it's almost only band's move towards eclecticism on this album. The rest of the track are good, if nothing special. They might need some extra time to grow on a listener.

In general, good but flawed. A few annoying moments; fortunately, much more great ones.

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 Kultura-Diktatura by KULTUR SHOCK album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.79 | 5 ratings

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Review by clarke2001
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5 stars I'm nearly 45, and I just got mad now

Great, great record, shouting at your face. And hilarious at that. KULTUR SHOCK are a bizarre potpourri of punk, metal, alter, hip-hop, folk (Balkan/Roma, Spanish Gypsy, Indo, Bosnian sevdah).

I won't go into deep analysis of music nor descriptions, let's just say the music reminds me of a most obscen debauchery, Balkan-style. And the whole picture, messy and loud as a Gypsy fair is surrounded by sincere left-winged punk angst, that is screaming and spitting it's lyrics. The result is KULTUR SHOCK - it's a cultural shock indeed, but once it's here, I'm actually surprised it didn't happened before, because it was bound to happen. IF you can read between the lines, you'll realize I like this band a lot - if someone'e existence seems so evident, it must be good to the bone.

The lyrics are derived from typical Balkan-folk lamentations about a woman, unhappy life and alcohol, distorted to the level of parody resembling, but I don't think that's the case - in predictable (yet often charming) folk lyrics, the band is often adding marijuana consumption, rakija drinking, escape from a police patrol and similar rebelry (?) clearly showing they're not ready to make any compromises in their music. Nor in their lifestyles. Such an attitude could be easy explained with bandmembers' personal stories...well, there are plenty of websites where you can check it.

Such a truth coming from a mouth of a lead singer, plus furious energy, is a sign of true milestones in rock music - and I mean THE STOOGES, THE ROLLING STONES, or THE CLASH. They sound nothing like them (well, there's a solid amount of punk within) and in fact, their music is quite complex, dynamic, daring, eclectic and whatnot but they're progressive only coincidentally. It just happened they swallowed it, That, of course, doesn't mean they're less worthy of checking out. So, here's a most sincere band in rock 'n' roll since the days of 'London Calling', it's full of different influences, excellent musicanship and irregular time signatures - like SYSTEM OF A DOWN meets GYPSY KING meets..you name it! Get it, what are you waiting for!?

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