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Seattle music stalwarts Kultur Shock defiantly return with their highly anticipated new album Ministry of Kultur. The outfit's most refined and masterful effort to date will be released on March 1st, 2011, and was recorded by legendary Seattle producer Jack Endino.
Although often compared to their better-known supporters System of a Down and former tour-mates Gogol Bordello, Kultur Shock’s sound is anti- establisment to the ragged bone; a hybrid of native trad and Western rock that asks more questions than it answers. Led by vocalist and songwriter Gino Srdjan Yevdjevich, a former Yugoslav pop star turned anarchist, Kultur Shock's latest release finds the band embracing their heavier side with bombastic Sabbath-style riffs eloping with odd-metered rhythms that inexplicably result in their most danceable release to date.
Founded in Seattle in 1996, Kultur Shock is the brain-child of Gino Yevdjevich, who relocated to the US with the help of Joan Baez following the Siege of Sarajevo (92-94). The band began as an electric-folk-trad quartet, but with some pushing from the likes of Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic (himself the child of Croatian immigrants)—Yevdjevich reformed the band as a rock outfit borrowing from the catalog of Balkan trad. With an introduction from Jello Biafra, the band signed to Kool Arrow Records, the SF-based label of Faith No More's Billy Gould, through which they released three studio albums.
True to form, Ministry of Kultur is Kultur Shock’s latest uncomfortable statement at a time when nothing seems appropriate. While it is the band's most focused album to date as well as the most accessible to American audiences, the band’s continent-hopping approach to songwriting leaves the listener uncertain what's around the corner and it seems that's how they prefer it. It’s also their most explicitly political effort so far.