Small venues. Big acts.
The last but not the least. Maybe even the most interesting. Our last part of line-up review is dedicated to smaller stages and not very famous bands. And again we want to say thank you to bookers of festival. Amazing selection. We will start from amazing Viagra Boys, a 6-member extremely contagious post-punk band from the Swedish metropolis. Although they released their debut Street Worms only in September last year, they managed to catch the attention of media like BBC, Pitchfork, Q Magazine, The 405, and The Fader. Pitchfork included their single “Sports” in the Best New Track category, and The Guardian placed the song on the 45th place of the 100 Best Songs of the Year 2018. “Viagra boys are the epitome of the immortality of punk music. I saw them at Reeperbahn, and they were definitely the best band. They go well with Slaves, Sleaford Mods, and The Wildreness. Saxophone and keyboards never sounded so great in punk music and the singerʼs performance is phenomenal. Viagra boys are my personal discovery of 2018,” said Michal Kaščák about the band.
Sudan Archives is a self-taught musician who started playing violin at grade school. This is also why her technique distinguishes from the conventional methods of playing the instrument. She rather gets inspired by folk musicians of North East and West Africa. Her music is based on a fusion of folk and electronic approach towards music production. She uses violin as a synthesizer producing harmonious and melodic structures and imitating other instruments. After the release of her self-titled debut EP, she went on tour with Tune-Yards; she played Coachella in April and European festivals Field Day and Best Kept Secret in summer. In May, she released EP Sink, which, according to Pitchfork, “explodes conventional musical logic with disarming ease”. According to Popmatters, “In spite of its name, Sink floats, and Archives continues to stun with everything she is as an artist”.
Pohoda 2019 will also feature the Siberian-Saint Petersburg avant-garde band Shortparis. Their music is somewhere between dark electro, post-punk or noise; in the live version, in addition, combined with performative-theatrical acts. Mary Anne Hobbs, the DJ of BBC 6 played at Ment after them and said that Shortparis totally blew her mind. John Doran of The Quietus says they are the band you still dream of meeting once, but it rarely happens. In the number of superlatives he says that they are ambitious, bombastic, incredibly spectacular, exciting...
We've discovered a lot of great music from Australia in recent years at this festival. Last year, the Confidence Man and Donny Benét made us dance and this time (besides the latter), Haiku Hands will take care of it. The NME described this trio as Australia's most electrifying new prospect that stands out in the mastery of creating energy on stage. They plunged into the scene with an irresistible dance hit "Not About You" and quickly gained the reputation of being a wild band known for impressive live performances that make people go crazy. Their combination of hip-hop, pop, electronics and disco also attracted the We Are the Guard portal which wrote about them: "Think MIA meets Major Laze, with the sense of humour of the Beastie Boys." According to The Clash, they confirmed they're one of the biggest musical revelations of 2018 and they'll come to confirm these words to Pohoda.
Pohoda 2019 will also feature the British post-punk band that produces music that similarly extravagant to their shamanistic costumes – Snapped Ankles. They keep the wild forest energy in their work and performances which primarily means motoric rhythms, the rush of white noise, and post-punk angles. This aural onslaught is played out on homemade synthesizers, electric guitars and sticks beating hell on taut animal skins. The Quietus and Electronic Sounds placed their debut Come Play the Trees among the top 20 albums of the year. Their live performances are an embodiment of weird in the best sense of the word.
full line up you can find here