Benas Aleksandravičius is already well known to the readers of Music Export Fund. His band, ba., is frequently featured on this website since it is one of the most increasingly popular bands from Lithuania.
The group’s alternative rock sound is formed around distorted guitars and heavily reverberated vocals. While it is not a “new” sound, Aleksandravičius is capable of delivering it in such way that it is difficult to doubt his talent.
Last month he unveiled his brand new 3 song EP entitled SAULĖSUŽTEMIMAS as well as announcing that from now on, the band will be a three-piece, with bassist Jean-Paul Marat joining the fold.
I wouldn’t have guessed that their show in the Lizdas venue in Kaunas would have attracted so many people – it was a complete sell out and some dissappointed fans had to leave without even hearing the band as no more tickets were available. After waiting one and a half hours outside waiting to get in and then an hour more, it began.
Instead of playing the new songs first, Aleksandravičius started the show with some crowd pleasers to get it going. This was the first time I heard him live and I must say I was impressed – from guitar to vocals, everything sounded just like any of his records.
ba. transcends the kind of bands that are weak live, and this group sounds full and rich which was really refreshing.
What was even more surprising was the audience’s reaction to the new songs.
In most shows when new tracks are played, most of the crowd take out their smartphones. It was completely different this time, and they went wild when Aleksandravičius started playing the new songs, ‘Byru iš lėto’ and ‘Kūną palikai/Atsibudai’.
In the middle of the performance Jonas – the drummer – and Jean-Paul left the stage, and Aleksandravičius played his guitar-only songs, ‘Juodaesi’ and ‘aš pats esi’ before crashing into the full blown set again.
Towards the end of the show we got a glimpse of upcoming album he is planning, with a new song is called ‘L2.’ As Aleksandravičius explained, the title is a reference to his birth month with ‘liepa’ meaning July. Based on the bass guitar’s ‘scratching’ sound, the track moves ba. into a slightly more experimental direction. However, it doesn’t distract from their usual energy.
The band radiated energy with its signature guitar tone, and some of the tracks featured synthesizers which blew life into ba.’s sound.
The audience loved it from the start to finish. Almost every song was sing-along and it is really difficult to doubt that ba. is the future of the Lithuanian rock ‘n’ roll scene.
The quality of the performance, the relatable lyrics and distinct energy that flows from the band is something that any alternative rock music lover shouldn’t miss.
Photos by Ieva Duobė.