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Gymnastics

Gymnastics

Gymnastics


Gymnastics or (later) Laka Gimnastika is originally from a small town of Ruma, in Srem region, province of Vojvodina, Serbia. Ruma, although a small town with about 30.000 inhabitants, was always a place with a strong underground scene that has it roots in the music and visual arts groups that existed in the late 70's and early 80's. During the 1990's there were numerous active indie and punk bands in Ruma, with quite a strong scene with regular concerts, several zines, radio shows, etc. Read more on Last.fm
Gymnastics or (later) Laka Gimnastika is originally from a small town of Ruma, in Srem region, province of Vojvodina, Serbia. Ruma, although a small town with about 30.000 inhabitants, was always a place with a strong underground scene that has it roots in the music and visual arts groups that existed in the late 70's and early 80's. During the 1990's there were numerous active indie and punk bands in Ruma, with quite a strong scene with regular concerts, several zines, radio shows, etc. Still, in that period the average salary was between 20 and 50 Euro per month, so it was extremely difficult to maintain a band, buy equipment or even pay a train ticket to a town to which you were invited to play. The wars were still going on, all communication between Serbia and the rest of the world was cut down, and founding a punk band was actually just a kind of anger-relief therapy for most of us. Tha band was founded in 1994 and inherited the distorted bass-drums-vocal structure from one of the Stevan's (lead singer) previous bands called Chaotic Ping Pong.

We started practicing a lot, and in several months we asked all of our friends to give us a little bit of money to record a decent demo. About 30 people gave us 3 US$ each, and the rest of the money we got by selling hats made by Stevan's mother. In 1995 we have recorded our first album called "It Is!" for about 150 US$, and were quite lucky that the "Silver Cross Records" and independent label from Belgrade liked the demo and decided to publish it, because in other case that demo would never go out of Ruma. Soon we started touring all over Serbia (we have slept on almost every train and bus station in the country) sometimes playing for 20 or 30 people, and sometimes playing on big festivals for several thousand people. In 1996 we have won the first prize at one of these festivals, and the prize was a video clip made by a local K9 TV.

The video clip for the song "Straight Ahead" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFdAzol0nB8) was played on numerous TV stations, including the national one, but we have never stopped being an underground band. Panta Rei Club, Ruma Panta Rei Club, Ruma In 1995 and 1997 we played at the anarchist "Kad Bi..." festival in Smederevska Palanka, and there we have met people and bands that we played with a lot in the future, like Six Pack, Mitesers, Hocu?Necu!, etc. In total we had about 200 concerts so far. Rehersal Rehersal Somewhere in 1997 Stevan and Igor tried to play with the rhythm machine, but the project didn't last for too long, as (its a sad thing to say, but its the truth) there were no technical conditions for this in Serbia at that time. Stevan left the band, and Nikola joined the band as a drummer. In 1998 Igor and Nikola recorded out second album called "Gymanstopithecus", published by an independent label F.U.R from S.Palanka and Belgrade.

We played as a duo for about a year and a half until Ivan joined us a singer. With Ivan we recorded a demo called "Burning", with great songs but a bit problematic sound, so this material was only distributed as a demo. Igor soon got involved in the conscientious objection movement and Laka Gimnastika (at that time Igor, Nikola and Ivan) was touring promoting this right together with our friends from Nabla and Hocu?Necu! all over the country. With these bands, and numerous others, we have prepared a CD compilation "Right to Refuse to Kill", for the benefit of the pacifist campaigns in Serbia. Also, we have participated in the international peace compilation CD "Fight War Not Wars" published by the Peace News from London in 2002. At the moment Laka Gimnastika works in a triangle between Ruma, Belgrade and Barcelona, and our latest material "Going Through Temptation" was partly recorded in each of the cities, again with Stevan as a lead vocal of the band.

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