Naturally, the beginnings were hard, involving improvised instruments and rehearsal spaces, and a constant turmoil among the members which led to frequent fluctuations in the line-up. At its earliest stage, the band had difficulties creating more than loose covers of Mudhoney and Nirvana songs, and their expression was an outburst of brute, unprocessed energy. Their consecrated influences from the start were (apart from the two aforementioned), Sonic Youth, The Stooges, Sex Pistols, Veruca Salt, Spacemen3 and many others. As time went by and offered no retribution to the young musicians’ energy, along with the changing line-up (which at all times kept the standard guitar-bass-drums-vocals base), their tune gradually matured, but had never been fully articulated as it evolved into a post punk rush of lacerating melodies with long trails of noise and reverb choking out its harmony, combined with the singer’s dropping off the melody, grunting it each time more insistently than the last. The lyrics themselves are of tertiary importance compared to the attitude behind them, whereas the music kept a strain of the authentic slightly acrid sound during the course of the years. Unfortunately, apart from being the very first band in Montenegro to follow the footsteps of the late ‘80s Seattle scene and even earlier golden era of punk, the two leading members of the band also embraced the more widely accepted “old-school” lifestyle connected to these movements.
This immensely slowed down Qtera’s progression, but just as the band began to indicate certain signs of rigor-mortis, they managed to get their act together and rise from the ashes to finally launch their very first release in 2007. ‘Probably snipers’ was recorded on a computer, once again deprived of proper studio support, consisting of the years-old songs that had previously been dragged from one mistaken local gig to another. Subsequently, many early toss-offs were lost forever in the eternal struggle with the way too inadequate sound system for even an attempt in recording. It is beyond doubt that Qtera left an indelible mark as a pioneer on the Montenegrin scene that should not be obscured even when the band ceases to exist, which so far they have no attention of doing.
In fact, with the rise of the vast international music community, the currently 5-member-band (having recently been refreshed with a second guitar - evidently the youngest member of the band as well), Qtera is finally in position to leap over the space barrier out of the country where all music is brutally and systematically put to sleep, and to show just how much they are really worth on a more global scale. 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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