Exciting Estonian sounds in which the old and new collide and spark.
Trad.Attack! has really turned Estonian music scene upside down by bringing traditional music to the big stages, building modern world around its archaic sounds. It is often said that the band with its three members sounds so big that you would think there's much more people on the stage.
They take traditional songs – sometimes starting with scratchy recordings of long vanished village voices – and build pulsating rhythmic structures, creating an impressively big sound from acoustic 12-string guitar, drums and an array of whistles, bagpipes and jew’s harps.
All three band members grew up with music around them and each had been active on the Estonian music scene for more than 15 years before they started Trad.Attack! in 2014. In the beginning it was meant to be just simple, fun and experimental. Surprisingly for the band, their first tune “Kooreke” became a hit in Estonia… Since then the band has received 14 Music Awards in Estonia, released their debut album "AH!" recognized internationally and toured in 27 countries from China to Canada, including significant showcase festivals as WOMEX, Eurosonic and Transmusicales.
They’re still a bit surprised about their success but definitely having lots of fun and getting ready to launch new album "Shimmer Gold" in May 2017.
Trad.Attack! is the winner of:
ESTONIAN MUSIC AWARDS 2016 - Best Band, Album & Ethno/Folk Album of the year;
ESTONIAN ETHNO MUSIC AWARDS 2015 - Best Band, Album & Song of the year;
ESTONIAN MUSIC AWARDS 2015 - Best Ethno/Folk album& Music Video of the year;
ESTONIAN ETHNO MUSIC AWARDS 2014 - Best Band, Album, Song, Newcomer and Radio 2 special award of the year.
Sandra, Jalmar and Tõnu have been good friends for a long time, and have been active on the Estonian music scene for more than fifteen years.
Surrounded by traditional music all her life, Sandra first picked up the Estonian bagpipe
when she was thirteen. She has been popularising folk music by being role model as a female bagpiper and band leader.
Jalmar is a Seto: a member of a small ethnic community in south-eastern Estonia. Setos have their own kingdom and king and a distinctive culture, which is particularly well known for its traditional singing (leelo). Jalmar’s great grandmother, Anne Vabarna, was one of the most famous folk singers in Estonia. Jalmar's mother and sister kept family singing tradition, so he has grown up in this tradition as well.
As his father was a conductor of a brass orchestra, Tõnu was playing brass before he could walk. He took up classical trombone and drums, and is now one of the most in-demand drummers in Estonia.
In 2014 they decided to play together just for fun and to do something different with folk music. At the first rehearsal they decided not to set borders, to keep it fresh and surprise themselves, with no ambition to perform it in public. It was a great surprise when after the band released their first tune “Kooreke” it became a hit. When they applied to play at Tallinn Music Week 2014 they didn’t even have a name; they only had five tunes, but it was just enough for the short showcase.
After a massive positive feedback from audience and critics they decided to take things more seriously. It seemed that the fresh, free approach and friendship between the members creates a special synergy which audiences and the musicians themselves always embrace and enjoy.
TRAD.ATTACK! was born!
TRAD.ATTACK! draws it's inspiration from archive recordings of the great Estonian folk singers and instrumentalist who created and performed music for work, leisure and festivities in the old times. Trad.Attack! takes it from there and brings their voices and their music to 21st century: sometimes starting with scratchy recordings of long vanished village voices – and building pulsating rhythmic structures, creating an impressively big sound from acoustic 12-string guitar, drums, an array of whistles, bagpipes and jew’s harps.
Folk music is definitely their starting point, but not their boundary. They are young modern people: maintaining their traditional roots in ears, mind and soul, TRAD.ATTACK! experiments with different styles and musical directions.
At their first concert the band made a joke about having a master plan to play in every country in the world. Surprisingly this audacious master plan has now been activated – within 3 years Trad.Attack! has toured in 27 countries from China to Canada, including significant showcase festivals as WOMEX, Eurosonic and Transmusicales..
Now there are only 169 countries to go!