Greetings From Zagreb!
Croatian band Joe 4's Steve Albini-recorded album "Njegov Sin" is blunt and relentless.
Joe 4 takes their name from the nickname Americans came up with for a Soviet-era test nuclear warhead, and they have an abrasive, pounding rock aesthetic that likely would’ve made them the only Croatian band on the Touch & Go roster back in the 1990’s. The band’s new elpee is called Njegov Sin, and they are blunt and relentless. Joe 4 employs the classic bass-drums-guitar-vox construct, hammering away at each track. Vocals are reduced to velar fricatives yelped out whether they’re in Croat or not.
In our machine-driven, synthetic everything world, these simply lovely captured accents are a reminder that, as loud and monstrous as Joe 4 gets, they are indeed humans making music, and that, if it’s done right, you can find more intimacy in noise than you can in the acoustic hippy strummyness of Mumbles & Sons or whatever their name is.