Posted in MP3 | music | tour dates on April 15, 2011

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Balkans - Edita V (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Balkans - Troubled and Done (MP3)

Balkans

Atlanta whippersnappers Balkans are visiting NYC this weekend, playing Shea Stadium tonight/Friday with Austin TX's Flesh Lights, plus So So Glos, Grand Rapids and Night Collectors. Then Saturday night (4/16), Balkans play again with Flesh Lights and also Population 1280 and an '80s hardcore cover band featuring Gavin McInnes and Josh Styles. All upcoming Balkan dates are at the bottom of this post.

Brash and jangly, Balkans' impressive debut -- due out May 10 on Double Phantom -- reminds me of the kind of shout-a-long pop we got in the early '00s, maybe somewhere between The Libertines and The Walkmen. (Or even The Cribs.) Plus a genuine youthful energy and snarl that can't be faked. Apparently Bradford Cox is a big fan. You can download two tracks at the top of this post and be sure to check out the video for single "Edita V," with all dates and the album cover and tracklist, below.

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Balkans - Edita V

BALKANS - EDITA V from Frank Broyles on Vimeo.

Balkans

Balkans - Balkans
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Label: Double Phantom Records

1. Edita V
2. I Can't Compete
3. Zebra Print
4. Dressed In Black
5. Black Swan
6. Troubled and Done
7. Flowers Everywhere
8. Let You Have It
9. Georganne
10. Violent Girls
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Balkans - 2011 Tour Dates
April 15 - Brooklyn - Shea Stadium w/ So So Glos
April 16 - Brooklyn - 285 Kent Ave w/ Flesh Light
May 12 - Birmingham - Bottletree w/ Carnivores
May 14 - Atlanta - Drunken Unicorn (LP Release Show)

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Comments (19)

Dumb, dumb name!! These sissies have probably never even been to Europe and wouldn't have stood a chance during the conflict in the Balkans...especially the d-bag sitting like a 5-year old girl!

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2011 9:40 AM

Yeah, just like Megadeth! I'll bet those guys have never died!

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2011 10:16 AM

That Jared Leto guy couldn't breathe for five seconds on Mars, let alone 30. HA! I sure got him.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2011 10:17 AM

My original gripe is related to pompous hipster attitudes...."Duh, I'm gonna call myself Beirut 'cause it sounds like I'm worldly and educated and stuff."

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2011 10:52 AM

"especially the d-bag sitting like a 5-year old girl!"

This comment made my morning...thank you.

Posted by The Real Real Yup. PERIOD | April 15, 2011 10:56 AM

10:52 - i hear you... but you have to admit that your original comment is open for snark...

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2011 11:10 AM

11:10, yeah I do have to agree with you. When I saw this thread, I got instantly annoyed. I guess it's just hipster idiots being hipster idiots.

New ideas for provocative/ psedo-intellectual band names...

Fukushima

Tripoli

Algeria

Astoria

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2011 11:28 AM

"Plus a genuine youthful energy and snarl that can't be faked"

Uhhh, yeah it can. I just snarled at my desk and didn't mean it...totally disgenuine and wasn't into it at all....so THERE!

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2011 12:39 PM

Dear BV...Thanks for doing what you do! This is, without a doubt, my favorite music-related site. Cheers and have a great weekend!

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2011 12:41 PM

Who cares about the band name? If you really don't care for it you aren't in any way obligated to give a fuck or even listen. No one is holding a gun to your head and forcing you to be a fucking pretentious douche.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2011 12:52 PM

12:52 = bass player for Balkans


PS - your band stinks!

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2011 1:09 PM

12:52 (would be me) not in band. nor have I ever met the guys.

P.S. fuck your mouth

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2011 3:09 PM

12:52, 3:09, calm down d-bag....you're 1.) not in a band and 2.) don't know this band so 3.) STFU and stop acting the fool...FOOL!

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2011 3:12 PM

i like Balkans! WEEEEEE!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2011 3:31 PM

THE BALKANS IS A REGION, I OWN IT. fuck these punks.

Posted by Radovan Karadzic | April 18, 2011 8:27 AM

you haterz, this band blew my mind friday night

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2011 3:15 PM

haha

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 8:15 AM

does anyone like anything?

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 4:42 AM

This band is called Balkans because they all grew up in the Balkan states, for your information, so anons please shove off.

Posted by Peter Andre | June 2, 2011 11:27 PM

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