Published on 12/10/2021 11:00 am

Hladno Pivo (literally, Cold Beer) are a five-member punk rock cast from Croatian capital of Zagreb. Old enough to have their demo material recorded on cassettes (remember those?!), they went on to become one of the most popular acts in the Balkans, drawing crowds from the region and beyond.

To date, the band has released ten studio albums and a number of live recordings. They released their first proper album in 1993, more than five years after their formation. In between, the then-kids, fresh out of the military, kept riffing rock anthems and churning out ideas for songs.

Things changes with the release of Džinovski, Hladno Pivo’s debutante album. The act became a hit on alternative stages and slowly but surely started drawing crowds. Fast forward thirty-odd years and Hladno Pivo are regular headliners on many a festival, regularly clocking crowds of thousands or even ten thousands.

With great power comes great reponsibility and Hladno Pivo have done well in that department. Despite becoming a trademark unto themselves, they are conscious of the fact that they began as an iconoclastic band. And they’ve managed to keep their tongue-in-cheek attitude even as they embark on such shamelessly capitalist undertakings as releasing their own craft beer. Pivo. Beer. Get it?

Check out Hladno Pivo on Youtube, Spotify or wherever you get your music from.

Balkan Express takes weekly trips into contemporary musical production of, you guessed it, the Balkans. Forget the gusle and tamburice, this show is about rock, pop and a sense of humour. Well, at least there’s guitars. On air most Tuesdays in a new-and-improved time-slot at 1100 hrs. Usually. Your train conductor is Aljaž (aka @pengovsky) who once did the world a solid and decided never to sign again in public. Which is why he ended up doing radio

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