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Backstage: Douglas McLean Chats With Estonian Supergroup Trad.Attack!

By Douglas McLean. Photo Credit: Renee Altrov - Design: Martin Rästa

For five albums in a row now, the ever-changing Trad.Attack! has completely re-imagined a way to experience the ancient music of their ancestors, reshaping their assimilation and claiming the narrative in a contemporary voice. Bring It On is bursting with Estonian magic.

You can listen to the entire interview and music HERE

BRING IT ON is the exciting new album from Trad.Attack! featuring a thunderous mix of Estonian folklore with electronica, drums, programmed beats, fiddle, the Estonian bagpipe, soaring electric guitar solos and pumping pop-folk. BRING IT ON is equally blessed with sensitively produced folk songs, perfect layered harmonies sprinkled with atmospheric brass instrumentation and dulcet vocals.

Estonia’s power trio: Sandra Vabarna, Jalmar Vabarna and Tõnu Tubli - Trad.Attack! have come together once more for an electro-folk serving of tunes on BRING IT ON with a stated purpose to head into new musical territory.


Sandra Vabarna: Estonian bagpipes, jew's harp, whistles, vocal

Jalmar Vabarna: 12-string guitar, electric guitar, 6-string acoustic guitar, piano, synths, vocal

Tõnu Tubli: drums, percussion, brass instruments, glockenspiel, synths, vocal

Trad.Attack! have produced the album using their trusted instruments, but, also new instrumentation, performing with guest vocalists and musicians who bring new languages to the songs. While the album is mostly performed in dialects from different parts in Estonia, BRING IT ON also features lyrics in English (‘Liugu-laugu’), Yemeni Arabic (’Öelge sõnnu’) and Georgian (’Kiigelaul’).

Trad.Attack! chose to collaborate with both national and internationally acclaimed musicians for the album. BRING IT ON includes guest performances from Estonian guitar legend Laur Joamets (Sturgill Simpson), Canada’s internationally acclaimed The East Pointers, Yemen Blues co-founder and vocalist, Ravid Kahalani and the Georgian male choir, Iberi. BRING IT ON also features Seto singers from southeast Estonia and respected bassist, Martin Laksberg.

As guitarist Jalmar Vabarna says, “This album has set us off on a new journey to broaden our horizons. We try out new instruments and search for new sounds. Our paths have crossed with those of many other musicians, from the worlds we know and from the unfamiliar ones.”


Lase käia feat. Laur Joamets

Püksata magama

Liugu-laugu feat. The East Pointers

Öelge sõnnu feat. Ravid Kahalani

You can listen to the entire interview and music HERE


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