founded in December ´94 in the town Frydlant nad Ostravici, Czech
Republic. In that time we carried the name „THE SQUARE“. Band
members at that time were Dalish (guitar), Richard (vocal) and
Cyril (bass, vocal). We were all beginners, we played without
drums, but we learnt how to use the instruments. After Robert (drums)
joined in in September ´95, we started to be the real band and in
December ´95 we played our first live show.
In the summer of
´96 we changed our name for „GARLANDS“ according to the first
Cocteau Twins album. Kozel (flute, clarinet) joined in during the
autumn that year and our music gained new dimension. Our first
record „For the Awaken“ (March ´97) received surprisingly good
reviews in the music press. The best award - Demo record of the
month - we were awarded in Czech rock magazine Rock & Pop (numb.
3/98). Roughly 150 cassetes were sold and the song „Vitriol“ was
released on a compilation of Czech underground music in Italy.
had left us in February ´00 and Borro replaced him. With a new
drumer we started to play live shows and work on new songs
immediately. We beginned to record our second record "Lonely
Evening" in studio in April ´01. It was almost finished in July
´01, but due to technical problems we lost it. We went to studio
again in December. The record was finished in autumn ´02, but it
was released DIY as late as in July ´03.
play in the clubs and during festivals. In total we have played
around 75 concerts.
In ´04 The
Vitriol Crew arose. This group of friends organizes hc/punk
concerts in club Sokolik
Our roots are
in the legacy of old gothic, cold wave and postpunk bands
such as Siouxsie & The Banchees, Cocteau Twins, Joy Division,
Fields Of The Nephilim, Christian Death, Sisters of Mercy, Killing
Joke, X-mal Deutschland, Swans, Corpus Delicti etc. We like punk -
Misfits, The Clash, Wire, Pixies etc.