If you’re a fan of garage, indie rock, you definitely need to give Balkans a listen.
Hailing from the suburbs of Atlanta Georgia, Balkans are lifelong friends with roots starting in elementary school. When the boys came of age and discovered the city, the four fresh-faced teens won the hearts of Atlanta performing with a combination of youthful-frantic energy and musical precision in clubs that they otherwise would have been too young for. Quickly becoming a sensation, they released several 7″ singles through local labels. The singles showed off a palette of influences. The first features an instrumental punk jam with a B-side that swan dives into a dreary, atmospheric round of shoe-gazer fog. The next release showed the group drifting toward a fiery, precise rock terrain with developing elements of surf rock charging into obtuse, art-driven angles that transcend the kerrrang of ’60s surf. These releases won a variety of critical acclaim one of which was rated the Top Atlanta Release of 2009 alongside a critic vote of Best New Music act for the same year.
As the Balkans matured, their own distinctive sound developed; fast precise guitar with a tight reserved rhythm and immediate vocals that cut through the noise. A pop/punk grind that waivers between bouts of sincerity and catharsis. Now a year out of high school, the Balkans have been to touring nationally and have begun on their long awaited debut full length (Balkans) was released earlier this month via Double Phantom Records [source: doublephantom.com]
Some of my favorite tracks include Black Swan (which you can check out below), Troubled and Done (free download here), Dressed In Black, Flowers Everywhere, and Edita V, but the entire record is worth a listen.