Uz Jsme Doma - Cod-Liver Oil
Uz Jsme Doma seemed to appear out of nowhere in the early 1990s; they had actually formed in Czechoslovakia in 1985, but it wasn't until the fall of the Communist government that they were able to record, which they did, then setting out to tour constantly - I saw them 10/07 and they said that it was their 15th US tour.
"Uz Jsme Doma spent the first years of its existence in underground Czechoslovakia. After the Velvet Revolution it was one of the first groups to storm out and establish an alternative rock sound for the new republic. Along with Plastic People of the Universe they became ambassadors of Central European rock, frequently touring the U.S. and establishing a cult following in America. If the PPU embody the Communist repression of the 1970s and 1980s in their gloomy, despair-driven music, then Uz Jsme Doma represents the exuberance of liberation. Punk in spirit, activists at heart, and strongly avant-garde in their dissonances, complex songs, and humor, they are the Czech Republic's best group of the 1990s."-Franois Couture/All Music Guide
This 2003 release has just been issued in the USA and I think it might be their best yet. High energy, post-punk, complex music based around the usual vocals, guitar, bass and drums (with some keyboards), but a lot of orchestration on reeds, strings and brass from guests, including Nils Frykdah and Carla Kihlstedt of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. As good as anything released this year. My highest recommendation. And see them live!