After last year’s visit by Punčke, Indekš will feature two more hard-hitting girl groups! As befits their names, the French Decibelles don’t hold back on the guitar noise, with their explosiveness convincing Shellac and Thee Oh Sees, among others. On the calmer side of the sonic spectrum, Croatian Žen will balance the evening out with the wonderful ebb and flow of the shoegaze/post-rock hybrid that has charmed crowd from the Balkans to the Baltics.
Decibelles found their thundering riot grrrl expression somewhere between noise, punk and razor-edged pop. Their music, composed of sharp vocal harmonies, furious guitar riffs and a thrumming bass, sprinkled with moments of lighter sweetness, brings to mind both Pixies and Repetitor, while Sabrina’s, Fanny’s and Julia’s wild energy ensures an unforgettable live show. Just listen to the intro of the explosive first song on their March album Tight, ‘Mess’, and it’ll immediately become clear that these ladies don’t joke around.
It therefore comes as no surprise that the trio won over the Thee Oh Sees and even the legendary Shellac, with whom they’ll go on a short tour of Western Europe, including the Italian Beaches Brew festival, right before visiting Ljubljana for the first time. First the beach and glittering sea, then off to Šiška!
Zagreb quartet Žen, the latest addition to the roster of Slovenian label Moonlee Records, might not leave such a forceful first impression, but is no less convincing. Their dreamy, layered voyages through melodic soundscapes, from hypnotic kraut to math rock twists, supported by beautifully poetic visuals, are an experience that has won the group fans all over the world.
Kevin Cole of KEXP Radio thus declared ‘Žal’ off of Žen’s second album Jantar the Song of the Day, and even before that, the internet’s busiest music nerd, Anthony Fantano of The Needle Drop, recommended the album to fans of “powerful post-rock”. The four-piece will visit Šiška fresh off their recent Baltic tour and in the middle of writing their third album.
Organisation: Kino Šiška.
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