Lira Vega

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Lira Vega
Also known as Pozorište Šešira
Origin Belgrade, Serbia
Genres Alternative rock, post-rock, surf rock, punk rock, pop rock, soul
Years active 1998 – 2000
2002 – present
Labels PGP-RTS, Beopolis, Lampshade Media
Associated acts Del Arno Band, E-Play, Eyesburn, Jarboli, Kanda, Kodža i Nebojša, Kazna Za Uši, Neočekivana Sila Koja Se Iznenada Pojavljuje i Rešava Stvar, Partibrejkers, Presing, Veliki Prezir
Website www.liravega.com
Members Vladimir Đorđević
Zoja Borovčanin
Past members Boris Mladenović
Dejan Utvar
Dragan Novković
Nemanja Aćimović

Lira Vega (Serbian Cyrillic: Лира Вега; trans. Lyra Vega) is a Serbian alternative rock band from Belgrade.

History[edit]

Pozorište Šešira (1998–2000)[edit]

The band was formed in 1998 as a part of the theatre troupe Pozorište Šešira (The Hat Theatre) by Zoja Borovčanin (vocals), Dejan Utrvar (drums), Nemanja Aćimović (bass guitar) and Vladimir Ðorđević (guitar), in order to compose the music for the piece Zima ili snovi ili putovanje u svim pravcima (Winter or Dreams or Travelling in All Directions).[1] Under the Pozorište Šešira moniker, the band had their first live appearance in March 1998 at the Belgrade club "Underground", at the promotion of a hat fashion line by Ljudmila Stratimirović.[1]

The song "Alfa Akvari" (transliteration for "Alpha Aquari"), which promoted the theatre piece appeared on the first place of the Radio B92 domestic singles list for several weeks.[1] Following the success of the single, the band started performing frequently at Belgrade clubs and On March 1999, the band performed as an opening act for Obojeni Program.[1] On December of the same year, with the Pozorište Šešira theatre troupe, they had a tour of Slovenia a part of the Metelkova culture centre anniversary.[1] After the tour, the band went on hiatus.[1]

Lira Vega (2002–present)[edit]

In 2002, after a work break, the band was reformed and renamed to Lira Vega.[1] During the same year, they performed at the REFRACT festival (Regional Festival of Alternative Culture in Belgrade), held on the birthday of the Belgrade SKC Radio, along with the bands Jarboli, Bushcraft, Obojeni Program and Let 3.[2] Their song "Kometa" ("The Comet") had been on the first place of the SKC radio top list for several weeks.[2] The band also performed at the Future Shock stage at the 2003 Exit festival, the first Rijeka Open Fest, Otokultivator festival at the isle Vis and the Ljubljana Trnfest held at the France Prešern club.[2]

During the Summer of 2002, the band recorded the material for their debut album, but it was not until April 2004 that their eponymous album was released.[2] The album presented the band as a unique alternative act featuring the song lyrics sung by the vocalist Zoja Borovcanin in an invented language.[2] Borovčanin had also made guest appearances at the Neočekivana Sila Koja Se Iznenada Pojavljuje i Rešava Stvar album Sunca (The Suns), released in 2002, and the Let 3 album Bombardiranje Srbije i Čačka (The Bombing of Serbia and Čačak), released in 2005.[2]

On October 2008, drummer Utvar left the band, thus the band remained a trio with bassist Aćimović switching to drums.[3] The lineup recorded their second studio album Sreća i ljubav (Happiness and Love), released by Beopolis in 2009.[4]

In May 2015, the band, now consisting of Đorđević and Borovčanin only, released their third studio album, Duhovi (Ghosts), through Lampshade Media.[5] The album was announced by the singles "Novo Mesiko" ("New Mexico"), released in April 2014,[6] and "Ja te znam" ("I Know You"), released in April 2015,[7] The album was produced by Đorđević and Boris Mladenović, and featured Dejan Vučetić of Darkwood Dub (on the song "Novo Meksiko") and Robert Telčer of Veliki Prezir (on the song "Ničiji mesec", trans. "No One's Moon").[5] On January 16, 2016, in Cultural Center Grad in Novi Sad, the band held a concert which featured numerous guest appearances by friends of the band: Darko Džambasov, Janja Lončar, Boško Mijušković (of Straight Mickey and the Boyz and Škrtice), Romana Slačala (of Artan Lili), Bojan Slačala (of Artan Lili and Stuttgart Online), Dragan Knežević (of Artan Lili), Vladislava Đorđević, Vlada Pejković (of Crvi), Sana Garić (Xanax and Beograd), Dejan Stanisavljević (of Xanax and Beograd), Una Gašić (of Bitipatibi), Ivan Skopulovič (of Bitipatibi and Crvi), Dejan Vučetić (of Darkwood Dub), Miki Ristić (of Darkwood Dub), Ah Ahilej, Marinka Đorđević (of Disciplin A Kitschme), Ilija Ludvig and Boris Mladenović (of Jarboli, Veliki Prezir and Škrtice).[8]

Discography[edit]

  • Lira Vega (2004)
  • Sreća i ljubav (2009)
  • Duhovi (2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Janjatović, Petar (2007). EX YU ROCK enciklopedija 1960-2006. Belgrade: self-released. p. 272. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Janjatović, Petar (2007). EX YU ROCK enciklopedija 1960-2006. Belgrade: self-released. p. 273. 
  3. ^ Lira Vega at Discogs
  4. ^ Vega official biography
  5. ^ a b "Lira Vega objavili novi album “Duhovi”", balkanrock.com
  6. ^ "Lira Vega singlom najavili album", timemachinemusic.org
  7. ^ "Lira Vega ima novi spot", balkanrock.com
  8. ^ "Lira Vega sa gostima u Gradu", danas.rs

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