WESTERN UKRAINE BESTIES – TOP 3 BANDS

Do you really believe that you know everything about Ukrainian culture? Having heard only about Okean Elzy as the most popular music band from Ukraine, don’t be too quick in your judgements. There are underestimated bands that will make you understand how special music can be here. The bands that we found for you are all from Western Ukraine, from three different cities. They all have their peculiar style. They are often headliners of music festivals inside the country and abroad. These bands participate in the campaigns for nature protection. They are responsible about their work, easy-going people and truly hilarious when you get to know them. Let’s meet out Top 3!

There are some Ukrainian bands that are worldwide famous. Among those you might have heard about Okean Elzy, Vopli Vidopliasova or Skriabin. But you cannot claim that you heard truly Ukrainian music till you visit some Western cities of Ukraine and listen to local bands.

Los Colorados

We are starting our journey in Ternopil. Here, in 2006, there was formed a band that will definitely make you laugh. It is called “Los Colorados”. The members enthusiastically use traditional musical instruments. The band performs not only their own songs but also covers for famous recognisable songs, for example, Rammstein. The thing is that they not only do the covers, they translate the lyrics into Ukrainian in a very funny way.

The song that made them popular in Ukraine was a cover for Rammstein’s “Du Hast”. You can say that for some times the video recording of this song got viral because people were listening to it and sharing it via social networks. The guys were amazing in keeping a straight face while singing hilarious text. They presented “Du Hast” as a “German Folk Song”. In Ukrainian version it sounded indeed like a folk song.

Here you can check out the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5xSxGhlHfc

The members of the band are not taking themselves too seriously which makes them real comedians. If you ever visit Ukrainian wedding, you would here a similar kind of music which Los Colorados perform.

The band has an official Facebook account and it is really worth visiting. They participated in eco-art festivals Karpatsky Protiag and Cheremosh Fest. All the members are very responsive so if you have any questions, they will be happy to answer.

Los Colorados on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LosColorados

Los Colorados (picture taken from official Facebook page)
Los Colorados (picture taken from official Facebook page)

Koralli

In the previous articles, you have already read some information about this band. To summarise all that information, we can say that Koralli are not just a musical band, they are also active members of our society and inspirators for other people.

They have many projects to be proud of. The most popular are Fenomen Hostel in Ivano-Frankivsk and eco-art festival Karpatsky Protiag. They stopped being active for some time when the war started as one of the members volunteers to serve in the national army as a medical worker.

As you can see, this band deserves to be known for their public activity. But their music is even better.

The band was formed in 2005. The idea for that time was very simple: to take Ukrainian folk songs and make modern popular versions of those songs so that youth of Ukraine went on with the traditions and knew what their grandparents used to sing when they were young. It appeared to be vey successful project especially when it came to Christmas carols.

Some time later, Koralli started to write their own songs which were even more successful. The band release several albums. Now, the members have changed due to the circumstances. The leader, Myshko Adamchak, remains the same. He is also a producer of the band and a contact person.

What makes this band unique is the usage of trembita – the musical instrument traditional for Western Ukraine, especially for the Carpathians.

Koralli on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/koralli.band/

Official website: http://koralli.if.ua/

Koralli are never bored. They do not have inactive state. They always participate in the festivals, in the contests and just communicate with their fans and supporters. Myshko conducts all possible and impossible PR campaigns to get his band in the top performers of international festivals. He often asks for the votes of subscribers. The post on Facebook page frequently get from 100 to 700 likes. This shows how popular Koralli are for a band from a small town like Ivano-Frankivsk.

Koralli (the picture taken from official Facebook page)
Koralli (picture taken from official Facebook page)

Here you can listen to one of the newest songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=518loaYFddk

Koralli often participate in popular programme “Rock Koliada” where they perform their rock versions of traditional Ukrainian Christmas carols. Finish reading this article and visit their website to here those songs!

Trystavisim

The band was formed in 2010 in Uzhhorod. So, our final destination is Zakarpattya Region and the funniest musicians in Ukraine. If you get to visit their concert, you will be surprised that no one is sitting by the tables and drinking. People jump up high in front of the stage repeating the moves that musicians name even if they do not understand Ukrainian language. Trystavisim concert is an inexplicably delightful experience for people of all ages.

The members of the band are really communicative and supportive so if you have any ideas about the festivals ot concerts where they can participate, you can contact them directly and get a quick response. Several years ago, the band was very popular. They released two successful albums and got invited to eco-art festivals as well two other bands from our list.

After and in between the festivals, Trystavisim visited Kyiv and promoted their new album. With the beginning of the war in Ukraine, the band wasn’t that active though has recently release a new song.

Official website: http://trystavisim.com/

When you listen to this band, you just start moving without realising it. You don’t have to understand the lyrics to enjoy it. Pay attention: this band also uses traditional for Ukraine musical instruments.

One of the most popular songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNbpRYdbTEs

In Uzhhorod, there are at least three languages combined: Russian, Ukrainian and Hungarian. It makes a local dialect even more interesting for the audience. Trystavisim often use this dialect in their songs.

Trystavisim on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trystavisim/

Trystavisim (the picture taken from official Facebook page)
Trystavisim (picture taken from official Facebook page)

No end to find

Ukrainian culture has no end to be found. It is stretching from the East to the West, having influence from Soviet Union and all the bordering countries. The mixture of different nationalities makes music and language of Ukraine exceptional. Sometimes it is surprising how people who speak different languages can still understand each other and create something together.

The Top 3 Ukrainian bands from Western part of the country will prove to you that music can be entertaining and simple but keep up with the traditions.

Los Colorados, Koralli and Trystavisim work in different genres but use practically the same musical instruments. They warm up people’s souls and remind them of their origins. It is truly and example to follow. They are not trying to make money. They try to bring to the audience the songs which were forgotten as the time passed. They are renewing Ukrainian culture.

How many examples of such creative work are there in the world? Not too many. Ukraine shows again how strong and united they are when it comes to their identity.

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