The Bongo Club know what it’s all about. Likeable guitar melodies, clever lyrics about the trials and tribulations of the younger generations, and cheerful rhythms are the recipe for the indie rock craze that swept the world at the turn of the millennium. The Swedes draw on this sound, sprucing it up for the here and now, and they do that so well they even won over the producer who worked on the best-known Oasis albums. Not bad for a band that’s all of three years old! The home colours at the evening will be represented by the current champions of our Špil liga high school band league, the shagadelic rock youths Joker Out.
No, thankfully or unfortunately, The Bongo Club aren’t a society for aficionados of the bongo drums. They are, however, a young Swedish indie rock band, strumming out guitar music that’s “intelligent and stupid at the same time, it’s just brilliant,” to quote acclaimed producer Owen Morris (Oasis, The Fratellis, The Verve, The Kaiser Chiefs …). The four-piece make catchy songs for Friday nights out with friends, not very serious romantic flings, silly adventures, and FIFA showdowns on a rickety console at your ex’s place. The music we danced to in clubs at the turn of the millennium, refreshed and updated for a new decade and new generations. A bit tongue-in-cheek, a bit serious business, but always full of heart and a burning love for rock ‘n’ roll.
The Bongo Club live for that moment when you step on stage after a full day’s work in a dead-end job and give it your all, even if they have to cross half of Europe and live off of stale junk food to do so. In February, they released their debut album Anybody Have a Lighter? to critical acclaim, in May they’re in Šiška. Welcome to the Bongo Club!
Ljubljana fellas Joker Out live rock ‘n’ roll as well. Shagadelic rock ‘n’ roll, they call it. We’ll add that it’s honest-to-goodness Slovenian rock, youthfully carefree and well on the way to massive singalongs at the biggest Slovenian venues. After winning last year’s Špil liga high school band league, they learned new tricks alongside Slovenian veterans such as Siddharta, Big Foot Mama and Hamo & Tribute 2 Love, and even warmed up the Stožice Arena. Their debut is planned for the end of 2018, just in time to enter the ring for the title of best Slovenian album of the year.
Tickets on sale online and at Eventim sales outlets.
Organisation: Kino Šiška.
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