Kavune was Roman Luba (Guitar, Organ, Vocals) / Marko Andryczyk (Guitar, Organ, Vocals) / Dave Skema (or Carlos Bravo) (Bass) / Christian Hayes (Drums)
I’ve collected 4 different recordings for this post:
1st up Live on Marina’s show on WKDU from 3/15/96
2nd Live from JC Dobbs opening for Mad Scene and Epic Soundtracks.
3rd the 2 song not.one.red.cent cassette and
4th their part of the Rock Bridge cd which is a split with Mācītājs On Acid
For a description I’m going to steal an article by Neil Gladstone (I assume from City Paper) It is a dark and breezy summer night around 4 am.
You’re driving in a pick-up truck somewhere in Ohio or maybe its Indiana already you’re not sure because the empty road you’re on has more convenience stores than highway signs. The tape you’re listening to is Kavune’s new ep, Sobaka. Your friend who recommended it sleeps in the passenger seat. The ticking of the hi-hat seems to fall in step with the steady pistons and the melody lines hum through the warm dashboard.Your eyes strain to stay in focus and you can feel adrenalin ebb and flow in your neck. The rhythm guitar in “Sat.”buzzes, chops and strums like roughshot Rolling Stones outtake. The voice is intimate and resigned. A raspy lead calls to mind the psychedelic, country riffs of the Byrds and Roky Erickson. “Shep Song” and “Venera” wash bleary memories and nightmares out of your head and into the rear view mirror. Kavune’s band members live in Philly and New York for most of the year, but often return to Ukraine, their parent’s homeland. That culture’s influence is undeniable. Kavune means “watermelon” in Ukrainian. The band often covers traditional folk songs and sings occasionally in the Eastern European language.
Live on WKDU – March 15, 1996
00 – Intro
01 – Shep Song
02 – Confetti Lake
03 – Dog 500
04 – Lady
05 – Venera
06 – Julia
07 – Trust
08 – Cloud Cloud Thundercloud/Sat
09 – Bonsall
10 – Splatter
11 – Savior
12 – Wells
13 – Tsyhanochka (Gypsy Woman)
14 – The Crest
15 – Outro
MediaFire Zip of all files
Live from JC Dobbs with Mad Scene & Epic Soundtracks
This was still when Carlos Bravo played bass for us. And he sings the first song while our studio producer Trevor Bajus plays guitar and I (Marko) play (!) sax for that song. On the last song, the ‘vkakuvstavtsi’ chorus (the ‘stepped in shit’ chorus) seems to feature Mark Halaway, among others.