This Dubioza Kolektiv article was written by Viktor Balchikliev, a GIGsoup contributor. Lead photo by Sasa Krajnc
Bosnian band Dubioza Kolektiv have released a brand new video for ‘Free.mp3’. The highly anticipated music clip arrives more than an year after the premiere of last EP ‘Happy Machine’ in 2014. It is yet unclear whether the songs from the EP will be included in a new album set to come out in 2016 or not, but it has been almost three years since last full-lenght studio album ‘Absurdistan’ (2013) and fans are expecting new material soon.
With lyrics such as “Our music is for free/You can download .mp3” the track is a satyrical comment on piracy, questioning copyright and freedom of information. Presenting Dubioza Kolektiv’s signature humouristic approach to contemporary global issues, the song itself is inspired by and dedicated to the founders of the notorious Pirate Bay. In the video the band members jump from one web page to another, appearing along the likes of Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian, Psy, Barak Obama and Jamie Oliver. The video also features the Eurovision Song Contest, WikiLeaks and…a few porn websites.
With clever lyrics, highly entertaining video and energetic alternative rock/ska sound, ‘Free.mp3’ represents the typical features of Dubioza’s work. As described on their official Facebook page, their music is a “Politically incorrect Balkan, Ska, Punk, Reggae extravaganza”. The band mixes traditional Eastern European sound with energetic punk rock, positive ska and reggae, political rap and contemporary electronic for a unique blend that made them on of the most popular bands from the Balkans, much loved in the region and in Europe as well.
‘Free.mp3’ is the second video coming out of ‘Happy Machine’ after ‘No Escape (from Balkan)’ was released last year. The third track in the EP is ‘Hay Libertad’ wiich features Barcelona-based band La Pegatina in a very energetic ska with Spanish lyrics and distinctive Balkan falvour.
Dubioza Kolektiv visit London on 20 November (Friday) and 21 November (Saturday) to play at the legendary The 100 Club. The show will feature DJ sets by Bulgarian Selector Lazy Face and co-organizer Club Stroeja Sofia. Tickets are available now via Billetto. In addition, the band is preparing a UK tour with the following dates and venues:
19.11 : Bristol @ Colston Hall
20.11 : London @ The 100 Club
21.11 : London @ The 100 Club
22.11 : Kent @ Duke of Cumberland
23.11 : Norwich @ Norwich Arts Center
25.11 : Manchester @ Rebellion
The EP ‘Happy Machine’ is out now and, appropriately to the new music video, available for free download