MUSKAT HAMBURG, HOW COME?
The first line-up of Muskat Hamburg was born in 1997. Three schoolmates were
just finishing secondary school and didn't like the idea of throwing televisions
from student homes as much as their peers. Looking for different kind of fun
and satisfaction and driven by their love towards fast and loud music, they
bought their first instruments, started learning to play them and started
rehearsing at the same time. Inspired by lots of good festivals, concerts
and "local" bands of that time (KUD Idijoti, Majke, Partibrejkers,
Goblini, etc.) on one, and punk and metal "classics" on the other
hand, they didn't think much about the ideology as teenagers. Just looking
for kicks and something hard… but taking it seriously.
After jamming for quite a while without a drummer, they found themselves
one and the band was ready to make an apperance on the stage for the first
time in 1998. But the lust didn't last, as the drummer was lacking interest,
will, dedication… damn, he was lacking everything. And guess what, the same
"shitty" story was written again after the second drummer joined
and left the band in 1999. "Well, all drummers are the same", they
(not so wisely) concluded and bought a computer to introduce a rhythm machine.
Okay, rehearsals were regular, concerts were often, drummer was very precise,
often too precise, but something was missing... "hey, do we want to sound
like that?" / "don't wanna deal with stupid machine anymore, we
wanna play guitars, we wanna drummer of flesh and blood!"
They tried their luck once more in 2000. This time it was better, but original
members wanted to make a step forward and the drummer was just not prepared
for those changes at the time. Simply, feeling was wrong, band was again faced
with facts and failed to record its material for one more time. "Shall
we break up?" Forget it...
Finally, they met couple of "dudes" to fit the band. It happened
in 2003, as the band called Opus hey was left by its bass player. Well, it
was worth a try with what was left of the band. Muskat Hamburg had nothing
to lose... "Hey, is this for real or just some sort of phantasy... The
dudes love what they are doing?!" What is more, they even loved the music
the originate members loved! Yes. It felt so much different, not just playing
with newborne Muskats, but also hanging out with them, listening to AC/DC,
Motorhead, Turbonegro, Gluecifer, The Stooges, etc. The band even found common
symphathy towards Iron Maiden. Actually, the new Band was born, but the old
New songs were made quickly eventhough they live in different towns, 50 miles
apart from each other and only one member actually lives in Maribor, where
the Muskat base is located. Not to mention jobs, another fine story... But,
stubborn character of members assured enough progress to hit the basements,
cellars and even decent-like clubs for one more time. They even returned with
some sound-like-morron rock'n'roll nicknames (see on the bottom of this page).
Image of the band has also progressed with time. Too much glam? Too much
Turbonegro? Whatever, they were enjoying it too much to dress something regular
again. And why should anybody be ashamed to look like the best, right?! Maybe
it would be better to sound like the best, but can't have it all, you know...
By the end of the first year spent together in new "formation",
they faced music studio for the first time. Such a relief, recording a couple
of songs for the "Poets sung by Rockers" project. The project is
about making music for lyrics (poems) written by young poets. And in the mean
time, you learn a lot.
In spring 2004 they visited friends from band Dr. Zero and made some demo
recordings in their practise room. Recordings were done quickly as they had
to be sent for the Radio Student's "Club Marathon" tender. Each
year they chose some of the most perspective bands and individuals and bring
them to several slovenian clubs, promoting bands and so on. The band had luck.
It was not just about beeing honoured to take part in it but members of the
band also used this time to clear some things in their heads... Finally, they
were not just a bunch of music fans that wanted to play in a band, but it
was about time to start thinking and acting like a band and to be proud of
what they've achieved so far. It was about right time and »chemistry« has
So they recorded another two songs for Club Marathon compilation and pour
sweat in each club they visited, until an accident in late 2004 nearly finished
the band for "good". After only two months of healing, the Band
was back on stage. They recorded a song by Pankrti for a "tribute to"
project in Kif-Kif studio and decided that was the place to record and produce
their first record. As they still haven't learned to say "no" to
anybody who invites them for a gig, the recording process took longer than
planned. But finally Muskat's firstborn baby is now almost at the tip of your
fingers. After eight years of foreplay, it's time to "play for real".
New beginning for Muskat Hamburg as band feels stronger than ever before...
No sweat, no rock'n'roll, Muskat Hamburg
Muskat Hamburg are:
Bizga the Panzer - drums
Kuki Cold Eye - guitar
Madamfucker - vocal
Sissy Pop(e) - bass
Otto Corporal Cutt-Butt - guitar