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Qtera started off as an underground teenage punk riot thought up by two high school students, Mladen Vujovic and Braco Subotic, and still is virtually the only alternative band in the Montenegrin capital Podgorica, and certainly the only still standing after having survived a decade on the unrewarding and practically inexistent musical scene. In the mid 1990s on the territory of the two last standing debris of Yugoslavia - Serbia and Montenegro Read more on Last.fm
Qtera started off as an underground teenage punk riot thought up by two high school students, Mladen Vujovic and Braco Subotic, and still is virtually the only alternative band in the Montenegrin capital Podgorica, and certainly the only still standing after having survived a decade on the unrewarding and practically inexistent musical scene. In the mid 1990s on the territory of the two last standing debris of Yugoslavia - Serbia and Montenegro, not only did the embargo-ridden heavily sanctioned economy face decay, the music scene was on a dangerous low as well. This unfortunate trend has sadly taken deep roots in Montenegro, where even today trying to break the enchanted circle of ill-equipped entirely unsupported musicians is as effective as flogging a dead horse. By 1997 angry teenagers have swamped the country over with garage-style punk formations that had a tendency to fall apart after a single gig. Out of this vortex of countless teenagers high on pride, hormones, spite, and a variety of drugs, Qtera soon enough began to stand out as an actual harbinger of an alternative sound which Podgorica at the time lacked so much.

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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