COVER ART & Illustration by Sandro Predragovic.
BL BOOM Alter-Culture Association are continuing with their work as a not yet fully formed label. BL BOOM RECORDS proudly presents their second compilation that showcases bands from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The still unofficial NGO BL BOOM Alter-Culture Association does not own their own studio yet, so we are currently only able to publish compilations that were recorded by other people. We are acting only as publishers. We did not record or produce any of the material in this compilation. For recording and producing details, please read the band biographies which are listed below. This time, our compilation is called OVERTONE COMPILATION: VOLUME I and it showcases excellent work by bands that play music such as post rock, psychedelic, funk, punk rock, avant-garde, instrumental, experimental and similar. We want to help bands who live and work in a country where such a profession is not very respected. One of our missions is still to help artists from our country, to push their work forwards and to showcase what they have done and what they are doing, not only to the people from the Balkans, but also to the rest of the world. You can find detailed information about each band below. Thank you for listening!
SHIZOMANTRA (BANJA LUKA)
Shizomantra are an instrumental band from Banja Luka. The band was formed in 2008. The members of this band are musicians from famous Banja Luka bands (Revolt, Recall, Deer in the Headlights). Genres such as psychedelic rock, post rock, stoner rock and dub can be recognized in their music. During the end of September in 2013, they released their first full length album, a live album named Između dvije mantre (Between Two Mantras). Their song Kosmički Dan D is a track from this album. The album was recorded and produced by Srđan Radaković and mastered by Igor Vuk. Shizomantra are: Božidar Milošević (Bass Guitar), Milan Tica (Guitar), Saša Kukolj (Guitar) i Maksim Erbez (Drums).
FILIP VELIKI (PROZOR)
The band is from Prozor. Due to a member who lives in the USA, the band is only active during the summer.
BEZBELI APSTRAKLIJE (SARAJEVO)
Bezbeli Apstraklije are a punk/rock band from Sarajevo. They formed the band in 2014, which immediately began creating a distinctive punk/rock sound with psychedelic elements. The band members are Haris Ljumanović – Turbo Avaz (Vocals, Guitar), Berin Tuzlić – Estamlija (Drums) and Haris Kadenić – Bassistaga (Bass). In September 2014, Bezbeli Apstraklije released their first album named Kad je bal nek je kanibal. Their song Rekla Kazala is a track from this album. The album was published by Croatia Records. A big thank you from us in BL BOOM to Croatia Records for letting us use this song in our compilation.
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KARTOFEL OSVETNIK (BANJA LUKA)
They are meat eaters, tobacco smokers, chronic lovers of alcoholic drinks, friends with everyone except with their own bodies, people who let their beards and mustaches go. They are very naughty on the stage. They run away from fake estrada glamour and they are champions in gretting the morning hours at after parties. They encourage dirty verses and words and they are the total opposite of music treds. They are the so called founders of a new musical genre that hasn’t been named yet. KARTOFEL OSVETNIK are famous musicians from Banja Luka, gathered around a big, good, nicely fed man with blonde hair and big twisted moustaches. He is the song writer and man who does bizarre stunts on the stage, Aleksandar Aco Marković. Their song Šalter is a track from their first album named Depopivo. They released Depopivo during the end of 2013 through Slušaj Najglasnije! Records. The album was recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Ninoslav Dobrijević Tiki from Digital Boyler Studio in Banja Luka.
ROADKILL? (NOVI GRAD)
The band RoadKill? was formed in 2009 in Novi Grad. The founders of the band are Marko Medić (Guitar) and Dejan Palačković (Vocals). The third member of the band is Vlado Knežević (Bass). RoadKill?’s music mostly sounds like alternative rock/metal. They released their first EP named Preispituj sve, nauči nešto, odgovori ništa during 2013. This release was home produced. Their song Mozak is a track from this EP. Among their performances throughout BiH, they like to point out their concert in the former DFK Club (Banja Luka) as a part of a music TV show named Poprokout on RTRS TV (2012) and their performance at Abraš DEMO Fest in Mostar (2012) where they won the demo top list. They were published in the former magazine Crna Ovca Mag in 2012. They returned to Banja Luka in 2013 to perform in RTRS TV’s studio with their own songs. They won second place by judge and public voting. They won third place at the Tamaris Music Fest in Prijedor. They won first place at the Silvertown Shine Festival in Srebrenica during 2013. They were a support act to Obojeni Program at the Naša Stvar Festival in Teslić during 2014.
BILLY ANDOL (SARAJEVO)
Billy Andol are an indie band from Sarajevo. They are the leaders of the indie scene in BiH. The members of the band are Vedad Trbonja (Vocals, Guitar), Boris Brkan (Guitar), Haris Saračević (Bass) and Jan Delić (Drums). They released their first album named Johnny Album in 2010 through EKIPA Records. They released their second album named Kako je Billy pokušao da preplovi svjetska mora i šta mu se desilo na tom putovanju in 2012 through EKIPA Records as well. Their song Balkon is a track from their newest album named Linije (Dallas Records). The audio production was done by Dragan Jakubović from Skirlibaba Studio.
M.O.B.S. (BANJA LUKA)
M.O.B.S. is a band from Banja Luka. They recently released the song Volšeban, which they also sent to us for this compilation. M.O.B.S. made their first official music video for this song. They recorded the video at several locations in Banja Luka. M.O.B.S. was formed in 2008 when they were performing under the name Faktotum. The members of the band are Bojan Broćilović (Bass), Marko Divjak (Solo Guitar, Vocals), Saša Danon (Rhythm Guitar) and Ognjen Zec (Drums). They changed their name into M.O.B.S. in 2010 and at the end of 2011, they recorded an album with 11 tracks. They have performed throughout BiH and Serbia at festivals, guitar championships and humanitarian concerts. They were a part of the TV show named Poprokout in 2012 and they also performed at Jelen DemoFest last year. In the future, they will be preparing more musical surprises.
By the initiative of Mirza Salković (Guitar) and by Kemal Čebo’s (Vocals) outcry, an idea was born to gather a group that would sometimes and to their own delight, play music and make a great show. After several successful gatherings and a couple of original songs, they saw that they needed a rhythm section. Ismar Žalica (Bass) joined the band as a third member and gave them a good lesson in playing. After that, Edvin Buturović joined the band as their drummer. Their name was decided accidentally when their friend jokingly called them so. Futavci possess a raw and young energy, good dancing rhythms and socially responsible lyrics. Even though they generally play rock, Futavci like to play around with other genres such as pop, punk, hip hop, funk, SKA, metal and similar. So far, Futavci have recorded their first album named Socijalni Rock. Their song Mademoiselle is a track on this album. The album was recorded in Sremska Mitrovica in the Shock Room Studio. The production was done by Nemanja Velimirović.
ROBINOVI HUDOVI (BANJA LUKA)
T’was the evening and t’was the morning, the day of the 26th September 2011, Veliki Todor created Robinovi Hudovi! They are: Veliki Todor (Vocals), Nebojša Bojić (Lead Guitar), David Živković (Bass Guitar), Dejan Kuzmanović (Drums) and Luka Zmaj Grebović (Racquet). They play avant-guarde punk and the song Slina Suština was recorded and produced at Brko Studios. Their interests are poetry and spiritual narcissism.
Vodovi was founded in Lukavac. The idea to form a band began in 2011. Since then, Vodovi went through several phases of their work. This lasted until 2013 when they stabilized their current members. Vodovi then began recording their first album. They partly recorded it in a studio in Mostar named MC Pavarotti and recorded the rest at their own studio in Lukavac named WorkerWorks. This is where they also completed their mix and production. During the fall of 2013, Vodovi made music for a movie named Bazen. The production was done by Polovna TV. During the spring of 2014, they collaborated with the same people and made the music video for the song Light Shadow Light.
Motherfunky are a band from Prijedor. The members are Boris Mrsić (Vocals), Nemanja Dobrovocki (Vocals), Mario Rujević (Guitar), Miljan Sredić (Guitar), Branko Kuridža (Bass) and Damir Knežević (Drums). They formed the band at the end of 2006. They play a mixture of nu metal and hardcore with a little bit of grunge and 90s crossover. From the beginning, they strived to be as original and as recognizible as they could be in their region. They write their own songs and they have an EP with four tracks, which they recorded at Manifest Studio in Prijedor. They performed at dozens of clubs in BiH and almost every festival in BiH.
The band DBAU was formed in 2002. The music they play was completely different from what crowd in Prijedor was used to. A friend of theirs named them dancecore, even though you can hear different genres in their music. They recorded their first material named DBAUSHTEL at the Manifest Studio in 2003. At the end of 2004, they went on a tour named WIRED MOBILE FEST. Shows kept on coming. In 2006, they went on a European tour with Antenat and Red Five Point Star which was organized by TRASHITRASHO and UNS GETO. They are very active when it comes to concerts. They have performed at many festivals throughout the region. By the end of 2009, they released an album named MAŠINA through a Sarajevo foundation named EKIPA. The song Demode is a track from their album Doctor Red which they released through Slušaj Najglasnije! Records.
SHANGHAI STREET FIGHT (BANJA LUKA)
Shanghai Street Fight was formed at the end of 2011. This band is made of a group of individuals who have different professions, tastes, are of different ages and temperaments. Such a combination of people should not be together in a group in any form of reason and logic. With this project, they are trying to prove something, even though they still aren’t clear on what they’re trying to prove. The members of the band are: Vanda Govedarica (Vocals), Bojan Tomić Robi (Solo Guitar), Božidar Milošević Boki (Bass Guitar, Vocals), Saša Levi (Vocals), Nikola Kužet (Rhythm Guitar) and Bojan Katalina (Drums).
HOLOGRAPHIC HUMAN ELEMENT (TRAVNIK)
Holographic Human Element is an instrumental band that plays experimental and modern classics embroidered by new age and progressive post rock elements. They take you on a unique journey to deepen the insight of your own emotions. When you ask this band where they are from, they will answer that they’re from the heart. The band was formed in 2011. They first appeared in front of an audience in 2013. After just four appearances on stage, the manager of The Ocean band chose them among several suggested bands to be their support for a show in Dom Mladih in Sarajevo. The biggest music portal in BiH named Muzicka Zona announced them as the most promising band of 2014. After more than 30 shows across Europe in 2015, the band recorded and published their debut album Philophobia. Amy Denio (Kultur Shock, The Tiptons Sax Quartet) played accordion for Holographic Human Element's promotional song She Got Lost In Paris and Bill Gould (Faith No More) did the remix and mastering. This song is a track from the album The Sun Is A Perfection That Blinds Us All.