1998 to 2001
Zagreb, Croatia

I' ve been asked to write something about Uzrujan. Fuck, Uzrujan is a band I`m in, and although i wrote many reviews and text about other peoples music i think this is a hardest task for me ever. anyhow here is what i know. uzrujan consists of 3 persons playing various instruments: gutars, bass guitar, drums, percussion, electronics, acordian, violin, clarinet, whatever we find arround us and produces some sound.... We started to play music together about year and a half ago. we all played and are still playing in some other bands. Bruno Vidovic, drummer, drums in PEACH PIT. Sven Pavlovic playes in few other bands (RUJAN, PROJEKT:PROJEKT, RANDOM), in some of them with me (RUJAN, RANDOM, SIBIR). Well, we all like different styles of music, i mean we all like all of them, from free jazz to "rock", avant, post something, minimalism, contemporary music,... whatever... what we felt was that other bands we are in are pretty much "song" orientired. You know, strict song structure and stuff... what we wanted to do with our music was to concentrate more on "certain feel" music can takes us to. To do "movies" or "pictures", certain ambient with our music weather it`s plesant or not. Anyhow we didn`t wanted our music to be "background" music many bands are doing today. So i suppose that is the reason some people will never get used to what we do. Anyhow, we start with improvisations, and after some time parts just "click" together the way we like it. though all of the parts are still "open enough" to give us oportunity to go with the music in direction we feel going to.... Sometimes we have guest musicians playing with us, we play way to much in our hometown, we lack hair on our heads, and we wear hats on cold days...
Uzrujan went in contact with Wallace Records very soon, they were involved in the label Earwing Records, from Zagreb, Croatia, because a label with a so wide view like it was, with a contemporary and modern sound like the band played, had no border. We loved the band, the label and its side project, we loved Bara, ten years ago and today.
Rip, friend.

...Thirteen Days Forth And Thirteen Back...

January, 2001
6 tracks
34 minutes

We wanted to concentrate more on certain feeling to which sound sound can bring us. We wanted to create movies or pictures in our heads, wheter is it pleasent or not”, says uzrujan press of three member band uzrujan from zagreb (croatia), on first listening may sound…….abstract, but it is not the case. Only the pictures in their heads, while they play, are abstract. And they play it with two guitars, bass, drum, various percussions, electronical components, all with violine and saxophone parts….or, “with everything that can create sound”, like they, we are talking about pretty concrete instrumentario which is also there for pretty concrete sound. Even, aggressive, because of sound picture which looks you straight in to your face.record conception goes from atmospherical, repetative, on moments deconstructive (not noisy) parts, towards more or less intentional rhytmical. But, with no circiling or mechanical changes of mentioned actions, just with actions smoothly dividing in to many directions, in to collision of rhytmical and arythmical. Uzrujan have a spine, most oftenly in shape of (compressed or not) drum beat, which is not the point, then just a fragment of complete sound picture. A picture which is made of complex, silent-loud-whispering sounds with whome is hard to do something else but to listen! Also, saxophone and guitar free rides are not the exception here.there is just one song on this record, lasts 48:00 minutes and is diverged into parts which are just located by geographical coordinates. Engeniers responsible for uzrujan are also active in some more multi styled croatian bands; rujan, peach pit, random, sibir.speaking about references, that would be brise glace, storm and stress, maybe tortoise, all with influences of so-called post-rock , and there has surely been uzrujan live acts with Storm and Stress, Chris Cutler, The Flying Luttenbachers. Anyway, no reference is good enough to illustrate uzrujan sound completely. Uzrujan are …just a piece of continuum.

(Seki Tatlic, Neuro)