16. 05. 2018

Komuna Hall


+ Infected

After a convincing performance at the first MENT Ljubljana festival in 2015, one of the most successful Baltic bands, Carnival Youth, is coming back. In the intervening time, the indie rock trio released the excellent record Propeller, nabbing the Latvian awards for Album of the Year and Best Indie Album, joined artists such as Milky Chance, Anna Calvi, Damien Rice and Dua Lipa on the list of recipients of the prestigious EBBA award, and started working on new material. To warm us up, the winners of the third season of our Špil liga high school band league, Infected, will give us a shot of their contagious alternative rock.

Since forming in 2012, Latvian indie rock trio Carnival Youth have won over listeners with catchy melodies with hints of contemporary artists such as Foals, Maxïmo Park, The Wombats and British Sea Power, infused with a touch of Baltic particularity. Though their early years were characterised by the hit song “Never Have Enough”, the band soon proved they’re far from a one-hit-wonder – both with performances at festivals such as SXSW, Sziget, The Great Escape, Eurosonic and Reeperbahn, and with later releases, for example the 2016 album Propeller. It was declared the Album of the Year and Best Indie Album in Latvia, while its predecessor, the debut album No Clouds Allowed, won the band a double European Border Breakers Award (EBBA) that same year, according to both the jury’s and the public’s choice.

Last year, the group paid tribute to its homeland with an album in the Latvian language, then began a new creative cycle in March with the release of the new single “Love Is the Answer”. As anticipated by the title of their first hit, we can never have enough of Carnival Youth, which is why they’re coming back in May for a headline show in Šiška after their 2015 visit to MENT Ljubljana.

With their detailed conceptual performance, local five-piece Infected ruled the third season of our Špil liga high school band league, joining other season winners Koala Voice, StillOut and Joker Out. They also grabbed prizes at numerous other local competitions, and we can expect songs from their upcoming debut at their return to our Komuna Hall.

Organisation: Kino Šiška.

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