The Bajikans is Alexandr Shabalin (Guitar / Vocal), Dmitriy Novikov (Bass) and Andrei Usov (Drums) an Indie-rock band from Donetsk in Ukraine.
Belying the surrounding chaos The Bajikans deliver a sound that harks of playful guitar and unbounded enthusiasm as the trio harness ’60s Carnaby Street psychedelia with rumbling rock, but it doesn’t sound as though the material is rooted in history as the music is delivered with a lightness of mind in which the audience can dance with abandon that acts as an antidote to the bombs falling outside.
Originally formed back in 2009 with a more indie-pop centred sound under the name The Last Of Bajikans, the trio drifted apart to side projects before reforming with a new name in 2012 and more driven music that has resulted in establishing themselves as a must see live band. For those of us further away The Bajikans have plans afoot for an LP, which is set for imminent release – Passengers Of Life.
Having had the opportunity to hear a few tracks from the album, this is one to add to the collection, both for its intrinsic musical quality and equally for marking a moment in geo-political strife.
As regular readers know bands from war-zones frequently appear, with their unbridled passion to keep creating, despite what is happening around them and I thank Elena for dropping me a note and The Bajikans for keeping candles burning.