Majke

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Majke
Majke at Jelen Pivo Live.jpg
Majke performing at the Jelen Pivo Live festival in Belgrade, in September 2008
Background information
OriginVinkovci, Croatia
GenresRock and roll, blues-rock
Years active1984–
LabelsCroatia Records, Jabukaton
Associated actsBare i Plaćenici
MembersGoran Barevocal
Kruno Domaćinović guitar
Davor Rodik Pedal steel guitar guitar
Mario Rašićbass guitar
Alen Tibljašdrums
Past memberssee past members list

Majke ("Mothers") are a cult Croatian Rock band from Vinkovci, a town located at the eastern border of Croatia. Founded in 1984 in Vinkovci, Majke were one of the many bands to appear in a city that had a particularly vibrant rock and alternative scene. The band started playing under the influence of bands like:MC5, Flamin' Groovies, Steppenwolf, The Stooges, New York Dolls and many others.

History[edit]

1984-1989: Formation, early recordings and death of Marin Pokrovac[edit]

Majke were formed in 1984 in Vinkovci, Croatia by vocalist Goran Bare, bassist Nedjeljko Ivković - Kilmister, drummer Željko Mikulić - Korozija, and guitarists Marin Pokrovac and Ivica Duspara. They released their first demo tape in 1988 on the label Slušaj Najglasnije. The following year, some of their early recordings appeared on the legendary Slušaj Najglasnije compilation album "Bombardiranje New Yorka", which mainly consisted of recordings of rock bands from Vinkovci.

The band briefly broke up after Pokrovac moved to London. However, he soon returned to Vinkovci, and the band reformed. The reunion was tragically cut short after Pokrovac died when he crashed his car into the Bosut river while returning from rehearsal. Two friends of the band, Pavo Pap and Goran Matošević - Bratanac, died in the crash as well.

1990-1991: Razum i bezumlje and first major breakup[edit]

The band decided to continue without Pokrovac. They recruited new guitarist Ivan Dujmić, and in 1990, they released their first studio album, "Razum i bezumlje", on the independent label Search & Enjoy. The album contained several live staples such as "Iz sve snage", "Zbunjen i ošamućen", "Lutak iskrivljenog lica", "Nikada te neću zaboraviti" and "Putujem". Bare wrote the lyrics, while Duspara wrote all of the music on the album. The album was proclaimed rock album of the year by domestic audiences. However, the band's success was suddenly interrupted by the start of the Croatian War of Independence, with Vinkovci being one of the frontlines. The band soon broke up.

1992-1993: Reformation and Razdor[edit]

Bare relocated to Zagreb, and in 1992, assembled a new Majke lineup consisting of original drummer Korozija, guitarist and primary songwriter Zoran Čalić, and bassist Jurica Nižić. The band recorded their second studio album, "Razdor", in 1993, which was released on T.R.I.P., a sub-label of Croatia Records. The album contained famous songs such as "Budi ponosan", "Krvarim od dosade", "Mršavi pas", "'89" and "Fantastična vatra". A music video was filmed for "Krvarim od dosade".

Around this time, second guitarist Davor Viduka joined the band, though he did not play on Razdor. However, he and Nižić both left the band after an argument with Bare. They went on to form the successful rock band Kojoti.

1993-1994: Lineup changes and Milost[edit]

In late 1993, original bassist Kilmister returned to the band, and guitarist Goran Dujmić joined. The band released their third studio album "Milost" the following year, on the label Heroina Nova. Despite Bare considering it to be one of Majke's weaker albums, the song "Ja sam budućnost" became a hit, and a music video was filmed for it. Deceased guitarist Marin Pokrovac received a posthumous writing credit for the song "Postoji nešto", while original guitarist Ivica Duspara received a writing credit for "Zauvijek". Dujmić received writing credits for two songs as well. That same year, Bare checked into rehab for heroin addiction, and was clean by the summer of 1995.

1995-1997: Temporary breakup, new members, Vrijeme je da se krene and Život uživo[edit]

In 1995, the band briefly broke up, and Bare briefly spent some time as the vocalist for Kojoti. Around this time, he started using heroin again to cope with the death of his wife.

Late that year, the band reformed with a new lineup: Bare on vocals, Kilmister on bass, Čalić and Kruno Domačinović on guitars, and Tihomir Jalšovec - Chaka on drums. The band released "Vrijeme je da se krene", their fourth and most commercially successful studio album, on Jabukaton records in 1996. This album had a softer blues rock sound compared to their previous three albums, which had a more aggressive garage rock style. The band utilized session musicians Davor Rodik and Gojko Tomljanović to play pedal steel guitar and keyboards, respectively. The album contained several hits, the most famous being "Mene ne zanima", "Odvedi me" and "A ti još plačeš". Music videos were filmed for those three songs, and "Mene ne zanima" won a Porin award for best music video. Original guitarist Ivica Duspara received a writing credit for the song "Nije lako".

The next year, the band released their first live album "Život uživo", recorded at the concert venue Dom Sportova on April 25th, 1997. The following year, the band won two Crni Mačak awards for best rock artist and best live performance.

1998-2000: Put do srca sunca, lineup changes and second major breakup[edit]

In 1998, the band filmed a music video for a new song called "Daj mi", announcing a new studio album. The band's fifth studio album, "Put do srca sunca", was released later that year. This album was more complex and experimental, with some songs featuring a pedal steel guitar, a Hammond organ, congas, and even a horn section. The album contained the hit single "Grešnik", for which a music video was filmed.

The band soon went on tour to promote the album. During the tour, Chaka left the band, and was replaced by Thomas Balaž. The live album "Život uživo" won a Porin award for best alternative rock album. Shortly after the Porin awards, guitarist Zoran Čalić left the band, later citing Bare's alcohol and drug abuse as one of the main reasons for his departure. The next year, "Put do srca sunca" won a Crni Mačak award for the best cover art.

Near the end of 1999, the band recorded a new version of the song "Budi ponosan" from their second studio album, "Razdor", to mark the band's 15th anniversary. Around this time, Bare checked into rehab for heroin addiction again, and was clean by the following year.

In the spring of 2000, the band announced that they were breaking up once again. However, they still played several shows throughout the summer due to contractual obligations, and they played their final show at Bike October Fest on September 30th, 2000.

After the breakup, Bare embarked on a successful solo career, releasing his first album, "Izgubljen i nađen", in 2001, recorded with his backing band Plaćenici. Meanwhile, Čalić and Kilmister formed the band Elektrobuda.

2007-2008: Reunion and Majke Unplugged[edit]

In 2007, after seven years of inactivity, most of the "Vrijeme je da se krene" lineup reunited, with ex-Laufer drummer Alen Tibljaš replacing Chaka. The band also recruited a permanent keyboardist, Berislav Blažević from Parni Valjak. The band played a show at the famous venue Tvornica Kulture in Zagreb on March 8th, which was recorded for a live album that would not be released until 2013.

On April 12th 2008, the band played a well received acoustic show at the same venue. The show was recorded and released as the live album "Majke Unplugged". The band continued performing live around the country.

2009-2013: Lineup changes, Teške boje and departure of Zoran Čalić[edit]

By the end of 2009, Kilmister, Domačinović, Tibljaš and Blažević left the band, with only Bare and Čalić still remaining. The two of them assembled a new Majke lineup, consisting of bassist Mario Rašić, who previously played with Bare in Bare i Plaćenici, Gatuzo guitarist Damir Trkulja - Šiljo, ex-Parni Valjak drummer Damir Šomen and keyboardist Viktor Lipić. This lineup recorded the band's sixth studio album, "Teške boje", which was released in 2011. The album marked a return to a more aggressive style of Majke's blues rock sound, with elements of psychedelic rock mixed in as well. The title track was a hit, and a music video was filmed for the song. In 2012, the album won several Porin awards, including song of the year, best rock album of the year, and best music video of the year.

In 2013, the band released the live album "Majke u Tvornici", which was recorded six years ago at the Tvornica Kulture. By the end of the year, Zoran Čalić let the band once again, and the band's lineup dissolved. Čalić went on to form a new band called Zoran Čalić Bend. Meanwhile, Bare would keep Majke going, and the band would spend the next few years going through various personnel changes until finally assembling a stable lineup once again.

2014-present: Lineup changes and Nuspojave[edit]

By 2018, after years of lineup changes, Bare finally assembled a stable lineup of the band once again. Guitarist Kruno Domačinović returned to the band, along with drummer Alen Tibljaš and keyboardist Berislav Blažević, both of whom had previously played on the live albums "Majke Unplugged" and "Majke u Tvornici". Bassist Mario Rašić returned as well, and longtime collaborator and pedal steel guitarist Davor Rodik joined the band as a permanent second guitarist.

In 2018, the new Majke lineup released their long awaited seventh studio album, "Nuspojave". This album featured a softer, more experimental and complex style compared to their previous work, with Bare comparing it to Lou Reed's work. The album contained the singles "Osvijesti me" and "Ljubav krvari", and a music video was filmed for the former track. The band continues to perform live.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Goran Bare – lead vocal
  • Kruno Domaćinović – lead guitar
  • Davor Rodik – pedal steel, guitar
  • Mario Rašić – bass
  • Alen Tibljaš – drums

Past members[edit]

  • Marin Pokrovac – guitars (deceased)
  • Ivica Duspara – guitars
  • Željko Mikulić – Korozija – drums, percussion
  • Nedjeljko Ivković – Kilmister – bass
  • Zoran Čalić – guitars
  • Goran Dujmić – guitars
  • Jurica Nižić – bass
  • Thomas Balaž – drums
  • Tihomir Jalšovec – Chaka – drums
  • Damir Trkulja – guitars
  • Mario Rašić – bass
  • Damir Šomen – drums, percussion
  • Viktor Lipić – keyboards
  • Alen Kraljić – guitars
  • Vanja Marin – bass
  • Davor Viduka – guitars
  • Mario Anušić – drums
  • Dan Divjak – keyboards (deceased)

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