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Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band - Polkapocalypse Album Launch


Sat 23 May 2009, 9:00pm

Where: Kings Arms, 59 France St, Newton, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.00
  • Doorsales: $15.00
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Listed by: Monkey Records

The Polkapocalypse is nigh!

In April 2008, The Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band officially released their first ep, Danse Macabre. Since then they have been busy whipping audiences around NZ into frenzies with their crazed gypsy/East European sounds performing at Prana, Jambalaya, Parihaka, AK09, Cross St Carnival, Fleetwaters and Splore as well as undertaking three highly successful national tours which saw them playing to packed houses all over the country. During this time, the Benkas have also supported many popular NZ acts including The Hot Grits, The Mamaku Project, An Emerald City and The Jews Brothers and in March 2008 they had the honour of supporting international act Beirut in Auckland. Danse Macabre was in the Independent NZ top 40 for several months upon release and the riotous energetic video for the single, The Dance of Death, has been in the top five most watched videos on Amplifier for the better part of a year.

On May 11th, 2009 they are releasing their highly anticipated album ‘Polkapocalypse’ followed by just one final show in Auckland (May 23rd, Kings Arrms) before the band relocates to Berlin for six months to tour Europe. Upon their return they will be touring NZ again during summer 2009-10 and playing several major festivals.

The new album fully captures the unique and thrilling experience that is a Benka performance and contains 3 originals, 5 traditional songs and two covers: ‘The Crack of Doom’ by the Tiger Lillles and ‘Too Drunk To F**k’ by The Dead Kennedys. Seven of the songs were recorded at Balckbridge Studios by Jamie Newman during a hot, steamy weekend in March and three are sizzling live recordings made by Andre Upston for Radio New Zealand at the Monkey Magic launch at Glatos in May last year. The first single from the album is ‘The Crack of Doom’ to be followed by ‘Polkapocalytptic’. A suitably debaucherous music video is being made for the third single ‘Too Drunk to F**k’ (definitely no NZ on Air funding here) scheduled for release mid year.

Polkapocalypse Album Release & Farewell Show:
Saturday May 23rd
Kings Arms w/ The Mamaku Project & DJ Balkanetic
$10 presales Real Groovy, or
$15 doorsales

Danse Macabre Reviews

Danse Macabre is a five-track ep of highly energetic and entertaining music, soaked in the style of Balkan, Jewish and Gypsy flavours… all good, fun stuff. It makes you want to kick up your heels and dance like a Cossack.
Real Groove

Frenetic and bawdy, the eclectic BBBB have a gypsy/klezmer/Eastern European-thing going on that is very addictive and slightly unhinged. It’s funny, energetic and simply irresistible.
Kia Ora Magazine

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