With their latest album Endless, which, according to CLRVYNT, put punk back into post-punk, Italian trio Soviet Soviet will stop in Ljubljana for the first time, a little over a year since the incident that outraged the global music community. We’ll warm up with the first glimpses of a casual summer, courtesy of Serbian psych-rock trio Dogs in Kavala, who gave a memorable performance at this year’s MENT Ljubljana festival.
The band, which had confirmed gigs at KEXP Radio and at the famed SXSW festival, was detained and then deported upon entering the U.S., allegedly due to issues with their documents. The incident resonated around the world and put a spotlight on the American legislation regarding visiting artists, but thankfully did not dampen the band’s drive.
Even before that, Soviet Soviet had quickly drawn the attention of media outside their native Italy with their “consistently strong set of dark, ’80s-steeped post-punk with stormy angular guitar riffs, driving rhythms, dramatic vocals and anthemic song hooks” (KEXP). The trio’s second album, Endless, released in December 2016, swiftly became one of Los Angeles-based indie label felte’s best-selling records, and fans of groups such as The Soft Moon, Gang of Four, The Horrors, Joy Division and Sextile definitely won’t want to miss the opportunity to catch the band live.
One of the most positive impressions from this year’s MENT Ljubljana, among both local and foreign visitors, was made by Dogs in Kavala, the roommate of bands such as Repetitor, S.A.R.S. and Vizelj at the legendary Belgrade practice space BIGZ. No wonder – the easy-going surfing on the psychedelic waves of the 1960s and 1970 has no trouble putting a smile on the gloomiest of faces. Those who missed the youths at MENT now have a second chance to hear them live, while those who caught them at Orto bar are already chilling beers and looking for their bathing suits in their wardrobe. Dogs in Kavala are coming, the beach is calling.
Organisation: Kino Šiška.
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