Balkans is a fresh-faced four-piece with a goofy, loveable, kid-brother vibe. They hail from Atlanta, Georgia, a city known for churning out catchy garage punk bands like the Deerhunter, Atlas Sound, and the Black Lips. As the status of those acts continue to soar, their increased absence at home has given young bands like Balkans an opportunity to step up and take over the spotlight.
The boys have been playing music together since they were kids. They officially formed their band in the spring of 2008 when they were juniors at Riverwood High. They entered their school’s battle of the bands competition, and, to their surprise, won. Since then they’ve been tightening their sound and easing into their live show.
Since their formation they’ve released a ton of 7” singles through local labels, attracting the attention of Double Phantom, a local record label that includes ATL staples like the Selmanaires and the Carnivores on their roster. Balkans first LP, self-titled and recently released through DP, is a stellar album with knockout tracks like “Black Swan” and “Troubled and Done.”
Balkans’ surfy post-punk has evolved over the past years, and people are starting to notice. NPR, Fader, and BrooklynVegan are just a few tastemakers who’ve recently heaped praise on the band and it doesn’t seem like it’ll be stopping any time soon.
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