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by Zrada

Zrada's debut album is a wild mixture of traditional Ukrainian music fused with ska, punk and metal. Furious drumbeats, heavy guitars, gentle violins and blazing trumpets combine for an intense listening experience. This is ethno-fusion at its finest !
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Who Was Born In...?
0:54 $0.99
2. Give Me Liquor
3:40 $0.99
3. Dark Skies
5:15 $0.99
4. The Young Writer
4:22 $0.99
5. Portrait
5:30 $0.99
6. The Letter
4:54 $0.99
7. Quick Waters
3:59 $0.99
8. Parade
4:22 $0.99
9. In the Woods Is A Path
4:51 $0.99
10. While I'm Alive
2:18 $0.99
11. The Cliff!
2:56 $0.99
12. Traditional Folk Music Of Zradystan
3:16 $0.99
13. Finally Thursday
6:07 $0.99
14. Roots
4:18 $0.99
15. Winter
7:22 $1.99
16. Natasha
9:30 $1.99
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Album Notes
Relentless. Harmonious. Supernatural. Chaotic. Beautiful.
Filled with sultry gypsy dances, so-cal punk rock, reggae and ska, the self-titled debut from Zrada, ushers a new era of harmonious insanity. The citizens of Zradastan welcome you to their world of contradictions. Bring your passport.

Zrada’s eponymous release is a force of nature. The album projects the same beauty, emotion and themes of many of Zrada’s ancestors’ songs… with gunfire and double bass pedals for good measure. With 16 tracks of romance and mayhem, Zrada takes you into a complex world of melodies and distortion. Finely crafted, intricately complex yet simple to listen to - Zrada challenges you into shed your pre-conceptions of Eastern Europeamusic.

Kicking off with a traditional drinking song, Zrada doesn’t take long shedding the cloak of tradition, kicking straight into “Give me a Liquor” – a song about the escapism of excess. Combining punk rock and a heavy funk riff “The Young Writer” will get you up off of your feet. “ Portrait” delves into ska and reggae while delivering a poignant message. Beautiful melodies and vocals of “The Letter” and “Quick Waters” give way to the insanity of Parade. After all of this musical diversity the album builds to the chaos of Natasha – where Zrada unleashes its punk and metal roots with full force. Yet listeners will be pleasantly surprised as the epic “Natasha” uses scores of instruments and voices to tell an intruguing tale.



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Saw you guys at Suzy Q last year and loved it!!!! Totally great blend of modern rock/ska with Ukrainian traditional sentiments... loved it! keep putting out music!


Winnipeg Free Press Review
Published in the Winnipeg Free Press on December 26th 2009

Zrada (Independent)

With the current popularity of so-called gypsy-punk music and touring combos like Gogol Bordello, it makes sense that our city -- with Ukrainians making up 15 per cent of the population -- would have a band with a repertoire based on its ethnic ancestry. This youthful Ukrainian sextet's debut has just the right amount of cultural tang mixed with enough rocking gusto to make both you and your Baba want to fill up on oniony, fried perogies, plump holopchi and garlicky kielbasa and polka around the room.

Everything is in Ukrainian so we can't tell what leader Andriy Michalchyshyn is on about, but it doesn't take a linguist to understand the persuasive vibe behind superb tunes like Give Me Liquor and The Cliff!

The mix of traditional violin, flute and trumpet next to Dobryan Tracz's near-metal guitar riffs is invigorating without sounding the least bit trendy. 4 Stars from 5

--Jeff Monk