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D.A.B.A.R.

D.A.B.A.R.

D.A.B.A.R.


d.a.b.a.r. is an underground rock group from Kaunas, Lithuania. The first incarnation d.a.b.a.r. started as an amateur school band in 2004 when Tautvilas Mečinskas wrote a song Cigaretė as a joke and a parody of contemporary pop songs. He and another guitarist Mantas Šabanas performed that song on several occasions and decided to build on that and create a band for real. They invited a bassist Petras Ražanskas to join them. Before too long the band produced twelve songs, ranging from slow ballads to heavy riff powered ones. Read more on Last.fm
d.a.b.a.r. is an underground rock group from Kaunas, Lithuania. The first incarnation d.a.b.a.r. started as an amateur school band in 2004 when Tautvilas Mečinskas wrote a song Cigaretė as a joke and a parody of contemporary pop songs.

He and another guitarist Mantas Šabanas performed that song on several occasions and decided to build on that and create a band for real. They invited a bassist Petras Ražanskas to join them. Before too long the band produced twelve songs, ranging from slow ballads to heavy riff powered ones. At the time the band saw lyrics as their strong side and tried to make sure that the point of the lyrics is driven home than work on complex instrumental arrangements. Most of the songs were written by Tautvilas Mečinskas at the beginning, however, with time his material grew sparser and he succumbed to a writer's block, leaving Petras Ražanskas as the main contributor of the lyrical material.

The change was significant, because Tautvilas tended to be more philosophical and resigned in his writings, while Petras aggressively dealt with the themes of insanity, social criticism. From the musical part of the things d.a.b.a.r. tried to steer clear from the dogmas and embraced a style they called "playing whatever we like", which had funk inspired slap bass riffs intertwined with heavy distortion of the lead guitar and other unlikely combinations. No formal composing was conducted at the time and almost all of the songs were born out of the improvisations and random riffs that were polished to suit and emphasize the lyrics. Break up After a failed attempt to make a record, Mantas Šabanas decided he had enough of the band and quit, citing the lack of inspiration and feeling that the music, played by d.a.b.a.r. was too simplistic and light for his tastes.

Since Tautvilas and Petras felt they still could create some good music, they decided to move on and invited another guitarist Povilas Mankus, who had a lot jazzier and freer approach to the music. However, after writing just a single new song, it became apparent that working with Povilas was too difficult. Tautvilas and Petras had another go at convincing Mantas to record the songs they had already written, but these recording session proved to be just as unfruitful and from the summer of 2005 d.a.b.a.r. was put on an indefinite hiatus, since Tautvilas and Mantas left Kaunas to study in other cities.

There were a couple attempts to reunite the band and record the songs, but all of them ultimately failed. The second incarnation and Gatvėje šoka žmogus During the spring of 2008 Petras and Tautvilas found themselves pining for the old times and started discussing recording the old material once again, albeit in a different format. Since the lyrics had several recurring themes, Petras suggested to rewrite the whole thing into a concept album. Tautvilas agreed with the idea in principle, however, he pointed out he was sick and tired of the old songs and he would love to work on something new instead, and only then revisit the old songs. After a bit of thought, the band mates decided to write another concept album dealing with the modern society. This resulted in seven completely new songs.

A long time d.a.b.a.r. fan Audrius Židonis was talked into helping with the album and provided the band with lyrics for two songs and some music. Since Audrius played keyboards, this meant a significant change in the music style, giving a lot more freedom of musical expression, which immediately led to longer instrumental passages and solos. The most notable example of this is the 20-minute-long epic Pabėgiui, in the spirit of 1970's progressive rock bands, especially Pink Floyd. Sadly, Audrius saw this sudden shift in the music style too much of a deviation from the older d.a.b.a.r.

material which he grew to like and thus he decided to withdraw from the band after completing his input into the new album. The band had no choice but to seek a replacement, which was found in Kristijonas Murauskas, who Petras Ražanskas knew to be fond of 70's music and thus very fitting in this new style the band had developed. Soon the band received another major boost to their creative and performance capacities, when a drummer Petras came to know during hiatus, Michail Železniak, also joined d.a.b.a.r. in late 2009. In 2010, the band had finished all creative work on their first album, by that time already named Gatvėje šoka žmogus and were ready to go to recording studio as well as play some gigs.

The list of songs for the album grew from seven to nine songs, merged into six tracks, almost half of which were instrumental and the rest dealing with contemporary topics like distancing in relationships, numbness from exhaustion and stresses of everyday life in a manner of a loose story. After some gigs and extensive recording sessions, which saw Kristijonas Murauskas leave the band due to personal issues and Audrius Židonis come back to finish off the album instead, Gatvėje šoka žmogus was released in August of 2012. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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