Don’t let the cute, wide-eyed looks of Koala Voice fool you. Sure, the young quartet effortlessly bangs out sugary sweet, upbeat indie hits, all while sounding charmingly shy and adorable. Yet, a brooding and thoughtful side bubbles underneath – one that sheds a gripping, passionate light on the playfulness of their music.
And exactly therein lies the group’s strength: while guitarist Domen Don Holc builds songs with a garage pop sensibility and a clean 70s vibe, the unbeatable rhythm section of brothers Miha and Tilen Prašnikar counters with a carefree, indie disco vibe and just a bit of a jam moment. On top of it all, singer-guitarist Manca Trampuš brings in her refined talent for complementing the boys’ excellent instrumental work with infectious, smart melodies that draw the listener right into the stumbling, hung over, and melancholy stories on the importance of everyday life.
Formed in 2010, Koala Voice first caught people's attention two years later, winning just about every noteworthy “upcoming bands” competition around, all with two of its members still in high school. Soon, the dynamic, upbeat, and super catchy debut “Kangaroo’s a Neighbour” was assembled – a record where each of the thirteen songs seems to be a hit song. Produced by Peter Dekleva, member of the extraordinary underground outfit Srečna mladina, the album quickly became a surprise hit of the Slovenian pop rock scene, charming independent music lovers and an almost mainstream audience alike.
Harboring a formidable, thrilling live energy, the band has played over 50 shows in 2015 alone, both in Slovenia and abroad, including gigs at festivals such as Novi Sad’s EXIT, Moscow’s Wild Mint, and Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival. Among all this touring, the group also found time to star in a performance titled “Kam pa kam” – an event equal parts theater play, concert, and movie. And no end is in sight: recently hailed by the UK’s DIY mag as “one of the five best discoveries at Eurosonic 2016”, Koala Voice has started the new year with a blast. An opportunity to see them live is not to be missed, while the upcoming sophomore album is already in the works, and eagerly anticipated.
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