Australia – meet Dubioza Kolektiv.
They’re non-conformist and a little rebellious. Their music is exuberant and their lyrics tell it exactly how they see it. They are known for their “kick ass” live shows. Oh, and they give their music away – for free. [pullquote]“Yeah, the Dubioza Kolektiv really are that good. Damn…Just…Damn…” –Mass Movement Magazine[/pullquote] Melding influences of ska, punk, reggae, electronic, hip-hop with traditional Balkan flavours, and presenting traditionally no-go topics in politically incorrect fashion, Dubioza Kolektiv (Doobie-Oza Collective) are a band quite like no other. December 2016 sees them headed to Australia for the very first time, with headline performances in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane and appearances at Woodford Folk Festival.
To celebrate their Australian tour, the Dubioza Kolektiv prepared a little something special just for us – check it out!
MORE ABOUT DUBOZIA KOLEKTIV
Born in 2003 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, at a time of deep moral and economic stagnation in the region, and with little space for cultural or political expression among the crop of newly plugged-in youth; Dubioza Kolektiv arrived kicking and screaming – demanding to be heard and creating a bit of a phenomenon while they went about it. [pullquote]“There’s fiery polemic in the lyrics, but it’s all wrapped up in a frantic joie de vivre that’s as infectious as it is unique” – Kerrang![/pullquote] By 2008, with the release of their 3rd full length album “Firma Ilegal” the band’s bold and uncompromising stand against their nationalist establishment elevated them to fame across the entire Balkan region. And in an open snub to ultra-capitalist music labels and as an expression of commitment to their fans, Dubioza made the album available for free. Around this time, Faith No More’s Bill Gould discovered Dubioza and the band’s fifth album “Wild, Wild East” was picked up by his label Koolarrow Records – introducing DK on the international stage with worldwide distribution.
In the ensuing years the band has gone on to become one of the most popular live outfits in Eastern Europe, with the video for the track “Kažu” from the album “Apsurdistan” reaching over 12 million views on YouTube. All of this combined with a relentless approach to touring, has bought DK’s sound to every corner of Europe. [pullquote]“Kick-ass from start to finish, Dubioza Kolektiv marries power and positivity” – PopMatters[/pullquote] Which brings us to their new release. The subject matter on the new album “Happy Machine” may be typically confrontational and challenging, but the music is as always, as catchy as hell – now more than ever. The album is largely inspired by events that have unfolded over the past two years; from Istanbul’s Gezi Park protests (“All Equal”), the jailing of the founders of The Pirate Bay (“Free.mp3”), the Syrian refugee crisis and Europe’s shameful response to it. More kindred spirits in the music world have jumped on board, with guest appearances from Manu Chao, Benji Webbe from Skindred, Punjabi singer BEE2, Catalan ska-rumba band La Pegatina and trumpet player Dzambo Agusev from Macedonia. Songs are in English, Spanish and Punjabi.
The music needs no translation though. It’s wild, frenetic and fabulous. And again, it’s also totally free. You can download the album at the band’s website right now. Head to dubioza.org to do just that.
DUBIOZA KOLEKTIV AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Thursday December 22
The Corner Hotel
57 Swan St, Richmond VIC
Ph: 1300 724 867 / 03 9427 7300
Friday December 23
68 North Terrace, Adelaide SA
Ph: 1300 438 849 / 08 8212 0255
Saturday December 24
105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville NSW
Ph: 02 9550 3666
Thursday 28 & Friday 29 December
Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Friday 29 December
633 Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD
Ph: 1300 762 545 / 07 3257 4439
Tickets to all shows on sale now.
“The Best thing at Paleo is coming across a band you’d never heard of before, and getting totally blown away. This is what happened to me yesterday with Dubioza Kolektiv” – livinginyon.com