The story goes something like this… Back in 2009, in the small Lithuanian town of Seredzius, two local drunks – lets call them Gytis and Simonas (just because that’s their names!) – decided that just spending their days working and their nights drinking was not enough fulfilment: so, they decided to form a band! The only problem was that, despite almost immediately coming up with a name for the project – NekKralai roughly translates into something about non-castrated rabbits – neither of them could actually play an instrument!
Nevertheless, they set to the task of fulfilling their ambition and spent the next few years learning and rehearsing in the cellar – before eventually upping sticks and relocating to Lithuania’s second city, Kaunas, where they teamed up with drummer Simonas Krasauskas .
Taking a totally DIY approach, the resulting debut EP – the title of which translates into ‘I Hit Her’ (presumably after a particularly nasty experience in their previously drunken past) – is a raw and energetic slice of BM-meets-punk, very much based on the Scandinavian model but lacking the polish that this latter form has developed. It also possesses a darkness and a desolation which reflects the process which led to its genesis and the background of its progenitors, the depression of living in a post-Soviet nation state trying to find its feet in the new found glory of the so-called free world, and as such provides an appropriately timed commentary on life in an emerging country now more atuned to tourism market than modern-age rebellion.
Tracklist: Intro / Ugnim (By Fire) / Juodi Pankai (Black Punks) / Žmogus Butelis (Human Bottle) / Varnas (Raven) / Kliudžiau (I Hit Her) / W.A.R.
Recommended listening: Ugnim.