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This article was published 25/12/2009 (2650 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
With the current popularity of so-called gypsy-punk music and touring combos like Gogol Bordello, it makes sense that our city -- with Ukrainians making up 15 per cent of the population -- would have a band with a repertoire based on its ethnic ancestry. This youthful Ukrainian sextet's debut has just the right amount of cultural tang mixed with enough rocking gusto to make both you and your Baba want to fill up on oniony, fried perogies, plump holopchi and garlicky kielbasa and polka around the room.
Everything is in Ukrainian so we can't tell what leader Andriy Michalchyshyn is on about, but it doesn't take a linguist to understand the persuasive vibe behind superb tunes like Give Me Liquor and The Cliff!
The mix of traditional violin, flute and trumpet next to Dobryan Tracz's near-metal guitar riffs is invigorating without sounding the least bit trendy. 'Ö'Ö'Ö'Ö