Feedbacker: October shows

We’re hitting the road next week to play three shows – two in Bulgaria and a first-timer in Greece. We play two dates with Australian band Alithia (Sofia 27.10 & Plovdiv 28.10.), joined by ∅⊙∦ in Sofia, and Mindflux in Plovdiv. After that we’re heading South to Thessaloniki, where we play Biotexnia w/ some fantastic Greek bands – Autumn Acid, Rita Moss and Friend of Gods. Our initial plans included another date in Athens w/Autumn Acid & Dead Elephant, but – long story short – we hope that Feedbacker finally reaches this amazing city in 2017.


Now, we’re always excited about meeting new people and new places, so it’s gonna be a fucking adventure, that’s for sure. Same goes for the bands we’re sharing a stage with. We ended up on the same bill with Alithia completely by chance, thanks to Nikola (of ∅⊙∦ and TDK) who helped a great deal booking these two Bulgarian dates (Thanks, mate!).

The guys from Down under are playing Bulgaria for the second time I think, and have toured with local heroes smallman, so I guess I don’t have to explain. They do a more delicate version of music than we do (think post-rock), but I sure love diverse shows, so I can only hope that everyone else does as well.

Mindflux, I don’t know much about, except they are young and from Plovdiv. They seem to be playing their first hometown show on the 28th, which is kinda neat. Check them out!

We’ve already met Autumn Acid at Mount of Artan, and they sure kick some major ass, so I can hardly wait to see them live again. Rita Mosss, well… they are quite energetic two-piece that is hard to describe. You have to see that, I guess <3.

Friend of Gods come from Athens, and let’s just put it that way – we’re super glad to play with them too. Both bands (Rita Mosss & Friend of Gods) are heading for their own “three days of noise” throughout Greece, so we’re pretty much on the same page, heh. Guys also put out a poster that is too cute not to share. Here it is:

After these shows we’ll be busy moving out of our old rehearsal space (aka the Abyss) and heading to our new home at Wind City Studio. Now that makes me a little sad, but also excited about new opportunities, and hopefully – more recording. And we’re already planning on recording new stuff, as we got a split offer from as far as the Philippines, but I’ll save that for future post, OK?

Stay tuned, etc.

Shentov | Feedbacker

Post-show euphoria

EP release: ✓
First hometown show: ✓
Happy: ✓

Another small challenge that kept our hearts pumping and our heads spinning, at least for the last few weeks. So, our EP is out and I couldn’t be more pleased about how it turned out. I am getting a bit obsessive with the idea of having a plan and sticking to it, marking goals and putting small check marks next to achievements. It is something I never really did before, despite being in bands since I was 13. Now that I am an old fuck I know better and tend to drain all the pleasure potential out of breaking down dreams into realistic goals and then fulfilling them with passion. It certainly has something to do with growing up, that’s for sure.

So, our release date was actually my birthday, which was a happy coincidence or probably fate of sorts. Some months ago my main mate Angel at Amek Collective offered us to play a show with his band Leaver on Sept. 21th and also start a small tour from there. Well, the tour part fucked up for a number of reasons, but this Sofia gig happened, and it was good. A Rubicon of sorts.

Sofia is a small place and we pretty much know each other, so there is no real boundary between artist and audience. I prefer to see a glass half full in this case, and think of it as possibility to play for a circle of friends and affiliates rather than fans. Coming from a hardcore punk background makes me appreciate this way more. Gleeful as it may sound, this is also a huge challenge, so you probably get my excitement as well as my anxiety. Many people who showed up on the gig are aware of what I have done in the past with KPD-0 and other bands I played with, so I felt that the Feedbacker thing has to be different. Bigger. Better. Thorough. Raw & pure. Honest. Without compromise. 

Mount of Artan was pretty much testing the waters for me and Desi and it got us confident that we are on the right track. Recording made me realize what we actually sound like in a way that is not possible otherwise. Dealing with the whole release thing mostly by myself (with the precious and unquestionable help of my life partner Kristina) got me more involved with every single detail of our expression.

I put a lot of thought into what I want the release to look like, and I pictured a final product (as much as I hate to use exactly this word describing what we do) that fully embraces my thoughts and searches as of now. Probably that’s why I decided to deal with things I usually don’t have the balls to deal with – like cover designs and stuff. Once I started to actually get things done I understood why I actually do this. Once I looked at the finished and printed covers and inserts I actually saw what I have done. A sharp, contrast, monochrome image, filled with (dark) symbolism.


There is a story behind every single symbol that is on the front or inside our first EP. This recording has been really important for me, mostly because Feedbacker is what keeps me sane going through the pile of personal shit that 2016 got me. And Desi has been a fantastic band mate, going stronger with every step we make. I have to say that I am really not used to that level of acceptance and support of my creative ideas.

All in all, now we have a thing. An object. A release. Couple of tapes and CDs that we can show the world.

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And this is what we did last Thursday. This gig holds a special place in my heart. Perfect organisation (kudos to Amek and Angel for that!), lovely bands and acts to share a stage with. Lot of friends and familiar faces in the crowd. Nice venue, probably my fave club in Sofia. I will spare my usual blabber on this one. Instead here’s some photos (courtesy of George and Velislav):

It took us almost a week to get our heads straight and realize the power of this special moment. Words are shallow and fragile and can not convey the gratitude we feel. Once again Amek showed us how it’s done! Their friendship, trust and support are truly a gift. We would like to thank Trysth, Leaver & Ivan Shopov for being brutal artists on stage and wonderful people in general. And personal thanks to every single person who came to the gig and to those who heard our EP and messaged us with kind words and support.

Here’s a video of our full set: 

Our next gigs are soon to be announced and yet this is another challenge, preceded by some months of hard work and preparations. We can hardly wait to break out about this. Stay tuned!

Shentov | Feedbacker

No more nomeansno.

My heart grew heavy when I got the news that NoMeansNo will be no more, but I still remember the one chance I had to see them live here in Sofia. It must have been 2007 or 2008. I found out there is a show hours before it, wasting the end of a dumb workday scrolling through the web when I saw the poster and thought “This can’t be real!”. But it was. And it was amazing.

All roads lead to Ausfahrt.

NoMeansNo have been a major influence and this news got me all emotional today. Still I am thankful for being able to catch them live and for all the great albums they’ve made. Here’s a picture of a much younger me having the time of my life at a NMN show here in Sofia.

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All the love, guys!

Shentov | Feedbacker

Първа песен от новото EP на FEEDBACKER

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Софийското Noise Rock дуо FEEDBACKER представи първата песен от дебютното си EP, което ще излезе на 21 септември 2016 г. чрезбългарския независим лейбъл Kontingent Records във формат аудио касета и CD.

FEEDBACKER е нова банда, сформирана в края на 2015 г. от Иван Шентов (ex-КПД-0) и Деси Петкова (ex-COMASUMMER). Дебютът им на живо беше това лято на фестивала Mount of Artan в Сърбия, а първият им концерт на местна почва ще бъде тази сряда в Mixtape 5 заедно с Post Metal машините TRYSTH, меланхоличните LEAVER и всестранно развития талант Иван Шопов (познат още като COOH и BALKANSKY).

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Listen to the first track off Feedbacker EP!

The first track off our upcoming s/t EP is alive, premiering on Lunatic.bg:

Read more in Bulgarianhttp://lunatic.bg/feedbacker-ep/

“Music for the last days. Thundering post-apocalyptic noise that echoes leaving pulsing scars across the subconscious. Sofia noise-rock duo Feedbacker is probably the best kept secret of Bulgarian underground. So far.

Feedbacker is brand new band, formed in late 2015 by Ivan Shentov (ex-KPD-0) and Desi Petkova (ex-Comasummer). Their live debut was at this summer’s Mount of Artan festival in Serbia, and their first local gig will be this Wednesday – Sept. 21 in Mixtape 5 with Trysth, Leaver and Ivan Shopov (aka Cooh and Balkansky).

September 21 is the official release date of the EP through Kontingent Records (tape & CD editions). The album was recorded and produced by Michael Slavov (King of Sorrow, Expectations).”

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Some thoughts on DIY and recording our upcoming EP

We’re busy doing stuff lately and very happy about it. One week left until our first gig here in Sofia. Our EP is done, mixed and mastered and a bunch of tapes are being dubbed as we speak; we also have a couple more things to get all starry-eyed about in the following days.

We’re letting the first track break free soon, followed by an exclusive album stream and will reveal more on the go. Meanwhile a lot of rehearsing is taking place, we currently eat, drink and breathe Feedbacker. Silver hours of glorious noise. We’re cooking a nice tight set for our first hometown gig, as well as some new songs that didn’t make it to the EP.

A year of first things

Until now 2016 has provided feral ground for new beginnings and debuts: out first festival gig, our first EP and first live in Sofia being among the most important for Feedbacker. Same applies for my other projects, and also a lot of personal stuff, but that is another thing. All of this brings a lot of food for thought about our band situation and what we do, how we do it and how we want to do to it in the future.

The benefits of self-produced music and working with friends

DIY ethics has an awful lot to do with Feedbacker since day one and this is not entirely an accident. Recording our first material reflects that approach almost perfectly. We made all recordings with our mate Mihail, who plays guitar in King of Sorrow and lately he is really into recording and producing stuff and audio engineering. He’s gaining some experience and widening his expertise with recording both new songs by Trysth and Leaver‘s first album; we’re sharing the stage with both bands on Sept. 21

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Here’s a link to the Facebook event for the show.

We recorded in our rehearsal space, nothing fancy, just four walls and our amps and drums. Sessions went smooth and fast, coining most of the stuff right away with virtually no overdubs. All vocals are done straight away, one take and that’s all. We kept the takes with the best energy, even when they weren’t perfect. It’s and easy and obvious choice as we rely on raw energy a lot in our music. The whole process felt natural and calm, nothing like the nervous wrecks I’ve experienced with other bands recording in a studio paying by the hour. Working as a team without such limitations has inspired us all a lot.

Actually we weren’t chasing the best quality of the most flawless take, we just wanted to make a good recording of a set of songs, catch a certain vibe, capture the energy. Our mission was to test the grounds as it was our first more focused recording experience with Feedbacker. We were free to set the sound we wanted without fearing “professional” criticism from the this-isn’t-how-it’s-done type. This turns out to be of crucial importance for the creative process I think recording pretty much is.

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Using a lot of fuzz and incorporating various glitches and what may seem a malfunction of my effects rig is really a big part of the Feedbacker sound and it’s what makes this band sound like itself.

Personally, I was feeling weird about entering a studio with this rig and approach – bass lead, bi-amping, unorthodox fuzz-stacking and so on – as this is new to me as well. Working with a friend has given me freedom to experiment and gain more profound understanding of what I do with sound and feel comfortable in the process.

And things often get ugly with the sound when we play our shit – most of it on purpose, of course.

On behalf of the mixing and mastering process we have given Misho a lot of trust and, aside from a few basic things we wanted, it’s all his creative work. Giving other people power over your work may be frightening, but also can be very refreshing and in the end we are pleasantly surprised by how the EP turned out.

The do-it-yourself approach continues with the artwork and preparing the whole release, we made the artwork 100% by ourselves, facing all the limitations and tiny little problems with graphic design, printing options and what not. Hopefully a glimpse of the front cover will be available on our Facebook by the end of the week.

DIY is love

As much as I’d like someone else to take care of all this, we are doing this release through my label Kontingent Records, which in the end of the days is always a valid option to bring some of my music out of the world. This is why I started in the first place, so you get the picture.

It’s a lot of work and hassle, that’s right. A financial burden? Very likely. But I feel empowered and very much in control over my creative output, and that is always a good thing in a world where we’re taught from an early age to ask for permission and conform to rigid rules and being told we’re not good enough.

Looking at your own music (or, insert whatever you do) taking shape from a single idea arising through layers of chaotic noise and random drumming to a song, then into recording and into a physical carrier is hands down the best feeling ever. Holding your own tape. I mean, it’s magical! Look at this beauties! They sound killer, too!

So, we will have a pretty limited stock of this EP, and each and every copy of it will be made and prepared by ourselves, which is kinda warm, and personal and sweet. Or I have been over-romanticizing things. Could be. Fuck if I know!

So it’s only a week until we come out and cease being the best kept secret in the local scene, eh! Lots more regarding our EP will be revealed in the following days.

Stay tuned!

Shentov | Feedbacker

Feedbacker, Trysth, Leaver & Ivan Shopov live @ Mixtape 5

We are beyond excited about our first hometown show. 

September 21st, Mixtape 5: we are sinking deeper into dark sound and raw energy with some of the finest local acts – emo-dronebois Leaver, epic post-metal riff monsters Trysth and the spectacular and multi-talented Ivan Shopov (who also made this rad artwork). This show is finely curated by Amek Collective, they book rad shows and release weird new music, check them out!

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We celebrate 10 years of Trysth, who have been one of the finest and most intricate bands in the doom, sludge and alternative metal scene.

Leaver have their new album Head Home and haven’t played a local show since April, and we’re really happy to share the stage with them.

Ivan Shopov is our very special guest. He’s in for an atmospheric modular synths live set. Sounds cool to me.

We have even more to share. Our first EP is already mixed and mastered by Mihail Slavov (Expectations, King of Sorrow) and on 21th we’re presenting it in its’ entirety + some new tunes.

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We will reveal more in the next days, so stay tuned.

Shentov | Feedbacker