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little radojica

little radojica

little radojica


It usually all begins with just a couple of high school boys getting together to experiment on their guitars hoping to form a band that would eventually fill the ether with enticing soundscapes. Following this hardly seldom tendency, around the year 1997 two teenagers off the pavements of Podgorica (Montenegro), Ivan Tomasevic and Nebojsa Laban, did exactly that. Joined shortly after by their friend Mladen Vujovic playing the bass, and at the time listening mainly to RHCP and some grunge music Read more on Last.fm
It usually all begins with just a couple of high school boys getting together to experiment on their guitars hoping to form a band that would eventually fill the ether with enticing soundscapes. Following this hardly seldom tendency, around the year 1997 two teenagers off the pavements of Podgorica (Montenegro), Ivan Tomasevic and Nebojsa Laban, did exactly that. Joined shortly after by their friend Mladen Vujovic playing the bass, and at the time listening mainly to RHCP and some grunge music, they first jammed to Nirvana melodies, but soon moved on to creating their own songs of, for their age, admirable melodic buoyancy under the draft name "Full bladder". As time went by and the material for their first and unfortunately only album began to unfold, Mladen decided to leave the band in order to start one on his own, and the two guitarists also made a decision of their own - to include a drummer to the line-up, whom they found in Damir Cekic, Laban's family friend. They also got a new bass player in one Nebojsa Medan.

With the renewed member formation, the band had a short series of a few locally based gigs, the very first of them being on the radio Free Montenegro's show called "Disorder". By this time, the band had already settled on the final name, which came after a playful merging of a national epic literary hero Little Radojica (who is, in the poem, being put through tremendous physical torture) with having to construct sentences containing "able to" in English classes, where Ivan came up with "Little Radojica is not able to suffer anymore". Under this creative title rushed a surge of ethereal arpeggios of spry guitar work and intertwining subtle and throbbing rhythms – a unique musical minimalism bestowed with the gift of melody. It is needles to say that this music by far exceeded the expectations one would have for just any teenage garage band, with its immense depth of emotion as well as maturity of sound, and for that time and place revolutionary simple and yet amazingly profound tonal patterns.

Before the final cut on the album was made Nebojsa Medan had already left the band, so eventually the only 18 songs ever to be saved from oblivion (which sadly caught up with the rest of their unrecorded work) were completed on two guitars and drums, with occasional fitting vocal outbursts mostly by Laban and the two guitarists covering the necessary bass sequences. The actual recording was done in a setting utterly agreeable with the band's character – introvert and unusual - an attic of a village house in the middle of Montenegrin neverland. What was created in this debut, which suitably came at the turn of the century, had not emerged before or would ever since from the music scene of the entire Balkan region. In the unabashedly powerful and eclectic tune of the entire album there were already luring promises of the greatness the band could have accomplished had it not been for the tragic event that abruptly ended Little Radojica's musical journey.

Namely, the band immediately ceased to exist after twenty-year-old Laban took his own life in the spring of 2001. At that moment the scraps and pieces of unreleased material died too, as well as the desire of the two remaining members to start over in new bands. However, they still continued to pursue the path of music and will hopefully someday find the right creative air to make up for the tremendous loss Montenegrin scene underwent after the demise of its Little Radojica, who just wasn't able to suffer anymore. Read more on Last.fm.

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