|Genres||Indie rock, Neo-psychedelia, Indie folk|
|Labels||Pappa Goose Records|
|Past members||Augustinas Čobotas
Narimantas BesakirskasJonas Narbutas
Garbanotas (The Curly One) is a Lithuanian neo-psychedelia rock and indie folk rock band which started playing in 2008. The band consists of four members, vocalist Šarūnas Joneikis, guitarist Mantas Joneikis, Bassist Kipras Pugačiukas and drummer Mantas Augustaitis. Their first EP album, Venera, was released in 2012. Their first album, Above Us, was released in 2015 on Pappa Goose Records. In 2016 the band won the Best Alternative Act in the Lithuanian M.A.M.A. awards. Garbanotas mainly perform in their homeland Lithuania but also toured around the Baltic states and Europe. Their next album “Room For You” was released on the 7th of December 2017 with two singles “Last Summer’s Day” and “Long Ago Far Away”. After a year of touring and playing live across Lithuania and Europe, Garbanotas announced the release of their fourth full length album “Paskutinė Saulė” (The Last Sun), at the start of November 2018. Also, unexpectedly Garbanotas changed their name overnight on all social media platforms from “Garbanotas Bosistas” to “Garbanotas”. Their fourth album was released on the 3rd of December 2018 which consists of only Lithuanian songs. The cover art of the album “Paskutine Saulė” was designed by the band’s lead vocalist Šarukas Joneikis.
Šarūnas Joneikis and Mantas Joneikis are brothers and were both born in Vilnius. Both studied at Vilnius University. They started playing the guitar at a young age, and ultimately started creating songs in their 20s. The inspiration came mostly from Queen, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Arklio Galia and Senas Kuinas. The band name came from an idea of a bassist with curly hair not because of his looks, but more about the personality and attitude towards music, also because the Joneikis brothers were jealous of people with curly hair when they were younger. Later Augustinas Čobotas and Narimantas Besakirskas joined the band and soon they decided to use their own material which resulted in the release of their first EP album "Venera" in 2012.
After 2 years of live performances and also appearing in such music projects as "Kaunas acoustics", LRT Opus live, "Vilnius temperature", and also in Latvia's biggest music festival Positivus, Garbanotas bosistas started recording their new full-length album called "Above Us" and before that, Kipras Pugačiukas and Jonas Narbutas joined the band replacing the previous bassist and drummer. The band's sound also changed from indie folk to psychedelic rock. Their first Lithuanian song "Gėlėta Suknia" came from the new album in the spring of 2015, and finally the album was released on may 4th 2015. The following year the band toured around Europe and the Baltics presenting their new album and played at The Great Escape Festival, Liverpool Sound City festival, Sofar Sounds London and Oxford in the UK. And as of April 2nd 2016, Garbanotas Bosistas is the first Lithuanian - indie psychedelic rock band to play at the Tallinn music week festival.
- Šarukas Joneikis – vocals, guitar, synths
- Mantas Joneikis – guitar, backing vocals, synths
- Kipras Pugačiukas – bass, backing vocals
- Mantas Augustaitis - drums, backing vocals, synths
- Additional live members
- Gabrielė Tamutytė – vocals
- Venera EP (2012)
- Above Us (2015)
- Room for You (2017)
- Paskutinė Saulė (2018)
Awards and nominations
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2016||"Garbanotas Bosistas"||Alternative act of the year||Won|