Hladno pivo

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Hladno pivo
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Hladno pivo
Background information
Origin Zagreb, Croatia
Genres Rock
Punk rock
Alternative rock
Progressive rock
Years active 1988–present
Labels Croatia Records
Dancing Bear
Menart
Members Zoran Subašić-Zoki, Krešimir Šokec-Šoki, Mladen Subašić-Suba, Mile Kekin, and Milko-Deda
Past members Stipe, Hadžo, Tedi

Hladno pivo (trans. "Cold beer") is a Croatian punk rock band. It is one of most popular rock bands in Croatia.

Early history[edit]

The band was formed in Zagreb, Croatia. It initially consisted of four members: Zok, Tedi, Suba, Stipe and Mile. The band started playing under the influence of bands like Ramones, Sex Pistols, Dead Kennedys, Motörhead, AC/DC, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Zabranjeno pušenje, Električni orgazam, The Rolling Stones, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Riblja čorba, Azra.

On May 21, 1988 the band held their first concert in Kumrovec. In 1988 band has also held an unsuccessful concert at lake Jarun in Zagreb, due to the drummer of the band which played before them refusing to leave the drums for Hladno pivo.

In 1989 Stipe left the band (to form Falschspieler). This year was also important because Zok, Tedi, Suba and Mile recorded their first demo. The demo consisted of six songs: "Für immer Punk" (a Goldene Zitronen cover), "Bonzo", "Savršeni marginalci", "Niemals", "Buntovnik" and "Čelične zavjese". The demo was recorded at Jozo in Trešnjevka, Zagreb. One week later, Mile and Zok were sent to do their military service.

When they returned from military service in 1990 they started playing again. The result were songs: "Princeza", "Heroin", "Dobro veče", "Trening za umiranje", "Buba švabe", "Zakaj se tak' oblačiš", "Pjevajte nešto ljubavno". These songs were recorded at Denis (a.k.a. Denyken) in Sopot, Zagreb. These songs, along with modified "Marginalci" were published as a cassette in production of Megatherium rec.

Road to fame[edit]

Soon after Hladno pivo held their concerts in KSET and Video-teatar, they were accepted by the public. They soon recorded a music video of the song "Buba švabe" (remake of Toy Dolls' song "Spiders in the Dressing Room") in Mile's house for 200 German marks. This music video was broadcast as a part of a television music show called Hit-depo in April 1992. This allowed the band to be introduced to whole of Croatia. The same year A. Dragaš and T. Šunjić offered the band to make a record as T.R.I.P. records. T.R.I.P. records had in that time negotiated with Croatia Records. The result of the collaboration was the T.R.I.P. zone compilation where Hladno pivo appeared with two songs. On December 17, 1992 in Ljubljana, Slovenia Hladno pivo opened for KUD Idijoti. The band also appeared on the Tivoli festival with Dr. Nele Karajlić and his fraction of Zabranjeno pušenje. The same year in November the band makes its first album - Džinovski at the Best Music studio, in Vrbik, Zagreb.

Džinovski was published in 1993 and was a hit. After Džinovski, Hladno pivo held about ten concerts in Croatia and Slovenia. In June 1993 Tedi left the band and was replaced by Hadžo from grindcore group Patareni. (Remark: Some informed sources claim that none of the former members of Hladno pivo had not left the group, i.e. each of them was pushed out of the band in a very unfair and non-friendly way, leaving the bitter taste for years after the event). After that the band started practicing a lot. While they were preparing for their next album, they held about 40 concerts across Croatia, Slovenia and a concert in Bregenz, Austria. In 1993 Hladno pivo was awarded with the Porin music award for best alternative rock album.

On October 11, 1994 Hladno pivo performed in Dom sportova, Trešnjevka opening for the Ramones. In February 1995 the band records their second album called G.A.D. under T.R.I.P. records - Croatia Records. The album G.A.D. appeared on the market in May 1995. On January 19, 1996 Hladno pivo held a concert in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. In March 1997 the bend chose Jabukaton as their recording studio and recorded their third album Desetka.

After the December 12, 1998 concert in Celje, Slovenia, Hadžo left the band, and was replaced by Šokec (bass guitar). In 1999 Suba had to do his military service and was temporary replaced with Matko from Makarska, Croatia. Their fourth album Pobjeda was recorded from August 16 till August 23, 1999, this time under Gajba Records in collaboration with Dancing Bear. Gajba Records was founded because of the band's need to have a better control of the recording of the album. The band had two new members: Stipe (trumpet) from Makarska, Croatia and Milko (keyboards).

On 20 September 2008 they performed in front of 20 000 people on band's 20th birthday in Zagreb.

Hladno Pivo performs at the 2007 EXIT festival.

Discography[edit]

Title Released Recording studio Publisher
Džinovski
March 1993
Best studio
Croatia Records
G.A.D.
May 1995
Oktava - digital
T.R.I.P. records / Croatia Records
Desetka
1997
Metro
Jabukaton / Dancing Bear
Pobjeda
1999
Gajba Records
Dancing Bear
Istočno od Gajnica
2000
Live concert
Dancing Bear
Šamar
2003
Dancing Bear
Knjiga žalbe
March 2007
Menart
Svijet glamura
April 2011
RSL Production
Menart

Awards[edit]

  • Porin 1993 - best alternative rock album
  • Porin 2000 - best music video, best alternative rock album
  • Porin 2004 - best music video, best vocal collaboration, best vocal group, best rock album

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