Line-up

Andrei Robin Proca – vocals, guitar
Florentin Vasile – guitar, vocals
Andrei Fântână – keyboards, synth
Oigăn – bass
Radu Moldovan – percussions
Vladimir Proca – drums

Discography

2012 – Stalingrad (Bacovia Overdrive, vol. I) / CD
2015 – Arhanghel’sk (Bacovia Overdrive, vol. II) / CD

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BIOGRAPHY

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obin and the Backstabbers is a Romanian rock band gathered in 2010 after a week-long solitary hike in the Călimani mountains by frontman Andrei Robin Proca. They describe their music as “melodramatic pop”. After 8 #1 singles on national station Radio Guerrilla and a hit debut album in 2012, they released their second studio record in 2015, Arhanghel’sk, the second part of the upcoming trilogy Bacovia Overdrive.

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obin initially wanted to form a cover band that would only play songs from Paul Simon’s album “Graceland”, but this didn’t happen after all. What did happen was that his friends Vlad Feneșan and Florentin Vasile answered his call to arms, together with Vladimir Proca, Robin’s younger brother. Their first gig was in Bucharest on April 28th 2010, which would become the band’s official birthday.

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ollowing some more concerts, including opening for The Whitest Boy Alive at Liveland Festival in 2010, Robin and the Backstabbers draw the attention of radio station Radio Guerrilla. Their first single, Vânătoarea regală, ends up on #1 in their weekly charts, something which will later happen to all of the next seven singles. In the autumn, drummer Vladimir leaves in order to pursue his studies in Denmark and is subsequently replaced by Radu Moldovan; he will move to percussions in 2012, when Vladimir will return as a full-time drummer.

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he spring of 2011 brings the succesful single Soare cu dinți; during the year, the band keeps on drawing more and more attention to itself – they open for British Sea Power in Bucharest, they play at big national festivals such as AlternaTIFF, B’estfest Summer Camp and Padina Fest, and they release a new and controversial single, Cristina. The following year brings multi-instrumentalist Andrei Fântână in the Robin and the Backstabbers’ ranks, initially the band’s photographer.

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fter a 2 years anniversary concert in Bucharest and two more singles, among which one of the band’s biggest hits to date, Sat după sat, the summer of 2012 sees the band taking part in another string of festivals (Ursus Evolution, Street Delivery, Poiana Urbană, FânFest) and preparing for the release of their debut album Bacovia Overdrive vol. I: Stalingrad, the first of a future trilogy. The disc, produced by indie label Elegant Music Club / Fonogram Studios, is released on November 28, 2012 with a sold-out show in Bucharest, prefaced by the single SPNZRTR and an extensive media campaign developed by Griffon & Swans agency.

Bacovia Overdrive vol. 1: Stalingrad is a document. Probably the most fluid, mature, radio-friendly, eclectic, piercing release of the past 30 years and a strong candidate for the best Romanian debut album ever.

Mihai Dinu

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013 finds the band touring in support of its debut release, Robin and the Backstabbers also winning trophies for Best alternative rock and Artixt of the Year at the On Air Music Awards national gala. A new video, for the song Marele zgomot, is released in May through a special outdoors concert at the Herăstrău Summer Theater in Bucharest, and in the summer they take part in several important festivals such as Electric Castle, Peninsula Felsziget and Rocker’s Challenge.

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he newest chapter in the band’s history begins in autumn 2014, with the release of the first single from what would later be their second studio album – eponymously titled Arhanghel’sk, „the tallest shortest song in the school yard, the story of a wedding and the wedding of several generations”, together with a stunning video filmed in a coal mining area.

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he band’s second album, Bacovia Overdrive vol. II: Arhanghel’sk, is officially released on May 8, 2015. The release party was prefaced by the video for  Muzică în cântece, featuring the band members alongside several well-known Romanian film and theater actresses, among which Ana Ularu, Diana Cavaliotti, Andreea Vasile et. al.

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he release show for the new album gathered around 1500 people in attendance at Bucharest’s Carol Halls, surely one of the best and most successful concerts for Robin and the Backstabbers in the history of the band.

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ater, the single Cosmonaut, released together with a touchingly personal video, full of nostalgia, would come to complete the story of a widely appreciated and controversial second album.

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n June 2015, the band held an outdoors concert on a floating stage on Dâmbovița river, Bucharest’s main waterway, as part of an urban festival promoting the Danube Delta.

[photo: Năluca]

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n spring 2016, Robin and the Backstabbers took on another challenge, re-interpreting a song from Romanian mainstream pop artist Alex Velea in their own style. The result, „E vina mea”, turned a successful pop song into a dark, brooding masterpiece, complete with a fascinating art video directed by longtime collaborator and former bass player Vlad Feneșan.

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017 sees them equally working on new songs for the upcoming third album and preparing a new live show concept, “Proiectul Reconstituirea” / “The Reenactment Project”, an immersive audio/video experience based on the classic Romanian movie of the same name from the ’60s.