Robertas Semeniukas - Backstage Stories
(Independent / November 20, 2019)
• Stream it on Spotify
• The Album "Backstage Stories" 2xLP & CD
Robertas Semeniukas is a great find if you like your rock with a hard edge and a strong groove. Naturally, guitar reigns supreme, with a sound that ranges from snarly to fluid and melodic, and virtuosic chops to keep everything interesting. You don't have to understand Lithuanian to enjoy the well-crafted songs and polished musicianship.
Of the 20 tracks, 8 are instrumental. This is rock in what you'd call a classic vein, heavily influenced by 1980s and 1990s bands, but with a modern gloss to it, and a sense of musical experimentation that isn't often associated with that era in Western pop music. Robertas wrote or co-wrote all the tracks except for one cover, the blues composition You Gotta Move by Mississippi Fred McDowell.
Within the rock/metal genre, the prolific composer, singer and musician mines a variety of moods. Songs like Nesustok and Kai tu sugrįši į namus add harmony vocals and acoustic guitar for a softer sound. The instrumental tracks, like Flying High (S.V.J.S.), still have an anthemic feel, and a head banging pulse.
Killer Boogie From China is just that - at least, it's a boogie, the Chinese angle I'm not so sure about. Journey Home is a standout track, an instrumental with a jazzy sense of rhythmic and harmonic changes. Būna tau is a sweet piano ballad. As a vocalist, he has a nice range of tones and expression.
Robertas also serves as producer and arranger on the album. A veteran of the music industry, he's performed at music festival from North America to Russia and China, and many points in between. In Lithuania, he has a busy career writing music for television projects, and as a session musician, in addition to his own recording and performing.
Robertas Semeniukas & Giedrius Balčiūnas (Mr. Jumbo) ☆Camera work, video editing by Giedrius Balčiūnas
Robertas Semeniukas: Guitars and Vocals; Jonas Lengvinas: Drums; Tadas Zukauskas: Bass
"1. Kai nieko nebelieka"
"3. Flying High (S.V.J.S.)"
"4. Gitarų šėlsmas"
"5. Kai tu sugrįši į namus"
"6. Per bangas"
"7. Killer Boogie From China"
"8. Journey Home"
"9. Būna tau"
"10. Stormy Day"
"11. You Gotta Move"
"12. Eat My Dust"
"13. Negerki, broleli"
"14. Icebreaker Comes To Town"
"15. Asian Sky"
"16. See Jam"
"17. Song 4 Editoo"
"18. Dream Song"
"19. Šilo kopa"
"20. Nebilia lankoj"
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The album was released Nov 20th, 2019 on digital, CD and limited edition 180 g 2xLP gatefold vinyl, featuring a 12 pages booklet.
Kai nieko nebelieka (Guitar solo)