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

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It was all whirlwind, heat and flash

We dug deeper in the last few months, diving head-first into recording some tracks for what will be our first release. Of course we did everything DIYIt was all whirlwind, heat and flash. Within a week we tracked down bass, drums and vocals.

It’s pretty raw. It’s pretty exciting. Most of the stuff is done in one take, no overdubs. Stripped-down, basic and furious. This time we went on to try and catch the most righteous Feedbacker live sound.

Basically, it took us 3 days to track down 5 songs, relatively painless.

Bass tracking

Using a bass guitar (a regular 4 string, as well as Bass VI) to hold both low-end and provide harmonic overtones at the same time is indeed a tricky business, but also rewarding in terms of experimentation. Playing through a wall of Orange amps is cool and pretty much the epitome of being in a sludge band: warm all-tube sound, tons of headroom, rich fat bottom end and all that. I found out valves tend to feed back in a pretty unique way through my current effects rig. Very distinctive and much “rounder” than what I usually get out of the solid state amps we use in our rehearsal place.

Fuzz-stacking was a tough job this time, since my “signature” Depressor pedal (which is basically a very edgy and chaotic Fuzz factory clone) was acting weird and created a wild, constant buzz. Of course, where other would cringe, I got all excited about all the harsh gritty noise coming out of the speakers and you’ll probably hear what I am talking about in the intro of one of the numbers.

I also have to say that Desi is one of the hardest hitting drummers I’ve ever played with. Oh, boy!

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Five tracks are nearly done as we speak. Our mate and recording engineer Mihail Slavov (Expectations, King of Sorrow) did an amazing job at capturing the rough spirit of our first songs. Next thing we’re up to is mixing and editing, starting this week. Stick around and you’ll probably hear the fuzzed-out roar somewhere this autumn.

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▲ Mount of Artan Festival 2016 ▲ Artangazing XIV ▲

We did our first show and we’re pretty pumped up from the experience! Mount of Artan 2016 was amazing. Let me tell you about that. It is this DIY festival in Serbia that started our as Puljp and after that changed it’s name to Stonerizer and is now called Mount of Artan. It’s been going strong for 14 years (yeah, you read that right, 14 fucking years of organizing a DIY music festival, how cool is that!) and still it looks like it’s pretty honest to it’s punk roots.

Some months ago (in March) I pretty much shot in the dark dropping a message to their Facebook page and the guys decided to give us the chance and book us for the festival. We’ve just written two or three songs at the time, but were already looking around to try and plan our first show. For me it was some kind of a big thing that needs to be special. A festival spot in a near country seemed cool enough, so this is what we did – we made our debut outside of Sofia, which is pretty exciting. Starting this band I had that little thought in my mind – this time I want to make it better and tour/play abroad more. This is something that we weren’t very good at with my previous bands. So it was quite exciting to start exactly this way. We still have to pass the Rubicon of our first home show, but this is to be taken care of as well… soon.

We had a pretty laid-back and easy communication with Goran, who is one of the people organizing this. I have already heard some cool stories from our pals from Trysth, who played the festival, and I knew local doom heroes Obsidian Sea also made it to the bill some years ago, so I was happy to continue the legacy of cool Bulgarian bands playing at Rtanj.

Our trusty old Renault wagon made it just in time out of the repair shop, where it stayed for at least two months prior to the festival. I can only say we got lucky with that. It was one thing that really made me nervous – this, and passing the borders. Turned out both of my biggest fears were actually not a problem.

Friday: July 1st, 2016

Woke up early and felt like shit. I didn’t slept much the night before and I felt like it. We planned to take off early and pass the border before noon, however we had to update our plan and have a proper dose of caffeine first. A tight unit – me, my precious partner Kristina and Koko (also known as the guy who build my brown amp) – packed our stuff and went on to take Desi and her drums.


I was a nervous wreck from the lack of sleep and my paranoid thoughts about being stopped at the border and sent back because of… reasons. Shit turned out easier than I thought, partially because we didn’t exactly looked like a touring band, but more like some friends that go to Serbia to grab some Jelen and pleskavica for the weekend. I guess I was having this worries because of the horror stories I heard from bands leaving the EU, getting cops/customs on their toes for their gear. We didn’t carry much, so we had it easy… which might be different if we were in a van with full backline.

We got on some lousy bumpy road and then got on the Beograd – Niš highway. I caught some sleep on the back seat wile Koko got on the wheel for the rest of the trip. We almost got lost entering the village of Rtanj, only to meet a couple of Serbian guys in a beat up red Kadett… which happened to be Goran and the guys from the fest.


We arrived at the place, which basically is an old rest home – Pionirski dom – that looks like it used to be a great place for vacation, but now is left out and decayed. There were already some guys setting up a stage under the building’s penthouse, and other guys and gals setting up a bar. We grabbed a bite and looked around and then headed for soundcheck.

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Our soundguy was a nice crust-punk type who I think did a proper job setting up our sound. It’s always relieving to meet a soundguy who doesn’t feel too intimidated by the glorious ammount of fuzz over a bass. Desi, on the other hand, had to bang the snare for a good 20 minutes before we had it set. I felt great during the soundcheck, which usually isn’t the case. I guess that I worried all I could worry about before leaving Bulgaria…

We were first on the bill for the night, which was cool, because… you know, we’re this new band that noone knows about and we don’t have a hour-and-a-half set. Goran gave us a sign, we set up our stuff fast and we just went on. There’s not much I can say about what happened in the following hour, but luckily there is some gritty action-cam footage (only first three songs, though) for you to drool over. A small crowd gathered and applauded and it was really cool.

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See more photos from our set here

A band from Romania called vvvlv came on stage after the Feedbacker set was over. They are one of my discoveries on this fest – self-labeled DIY anarchist sludge – but I found some really exciting blackened crust moments that got me all hyped. Their split with Void Forger is cvlt, btw. I hope we catch this guys again soon and I’d really love to make a show with them. They have drums and guitar and no bass, but raised hell like there’s no tomorrow. One more good example that you can have a good sound beyond the rock band standards. Anyway, you could see and decide for yourself.

Next there was Torn From Earth, they are a really heavy sludge-something band from Budapest, and boy do these guys rock! They sure sound huge and I immediately thought we should have them in Sofia at some point somewhere in the future. Good riffs. Good screaming. Good times.

The first night was closed by my mate Răzvan aka TAUUSK. He bathed us in some damn fine guitar drones and weird ambient sounds, accompanied by a drummer, which was interesting. I managed to take some fancy cellphone footage before my battery died.

After that we went to sleep. Having a wagon is kinda like having a small bedroom on wheels… just sayin’.

Saturday: July 2nd, 2016

I woke at the back of the car, under the frying rays of the Rtanj sun, my back all stiff and that. Got up and made some coffee with cold water and we pretty much spent the whole day on the grass, OM gloriously blasting on repeat through the PA, hanging around and stuff. Some folks went on a hike to the peak, but we weren’t that folks. Instead we did this:


In the early afternoon we set up a long line of merch tables and brought out some goodies. We had the Feedbacker t-shirts and I brought some of my Kontingent Records releases and a bunch of other stuff.



We didn’t sell shit, but I managed to get a TAUUSK tape (which I traded with Răzvan for my latest krāllār tape), the Fields of Locust/Mass Culture 12″split and the Autumn Acid CD, as well as some more vinyls and tapes from Goran (who had great stuff that should’ve made me flat broke if it wasn’t for my world-renowned self-control). I still kinda pity I didn’t get this Sete Star Sept LP, though… Kristina got an awesome Autumn Acid t-shirt with something that looks like a cat skull on it.

There was a huge pot (or cooker, boiler, caldron, whatever… it was a really huge one) with hot bean soup, that I have heard legends about, cooking for hours and I have to say this was one of the best things ever.

First acts for the day gathered on stage while we were eating and hanging around. There was two daylight sets by Teeth of Divine and Topographer starting around 5 PM, and then there was a small screen-printing workshop where you could get your own shirt with a Mount of Artan 2016 design. I brought a brand new shirt for this and it turned out fantastic.

The second night we witnessed sets from four more bands – mostly Greek acts and one Slovenian band (that I managed to miss, for the second time actually…). Autumn Acid went onstage and they are one really nice band, kinda post-metal meets sludge, with some weird signatures thrown in for a taste. So, they were really good, but the sound was a bit muddy and harsh at the same time. There was definitely some problems with the PA or something, I could really see our crust punk soundguy having a hard time this night.

Dead Elephant were good, but at this point the sound really sucked, so I didn’t enjoy much of their set. I was waiting for Fields of Locust, which I listened and liked a lot beforehand, but it was getting late and I was getting really tired and did I say that there were some weird problems with the PA? Anyway, I managed to see their set, but I was already feeling a bit dizzy, so I just sat still trying to listen to the music.

This is probably one of the biggest drawbacks of being deliberately sober – your body is just being too honest with you, and when you’re tired – you’re tired and you can’t do anything about it (i.e. cheat with some liquor and squeeze some extra energy out of thin air). However, this has it’s undisputable benefits, like remembering all the bands you’ve seen and stuff! Yay!

I went to sleep right before Snøgg went onstage, so I missed them for the second time (they had a gig in Sofia before Mount of Artan and I stupidly missed it thinking I will catch them on the fest). Bummer, I have to say, but at least I got a patch from them, which is cool and has a snowflake/inverted cross design or something. I like patches.

We packed our stuff on Sunday and got on the road, as we all needed a shower and a proper bed. Easy ride back home, and the old Renault didn’t fuck us up. Well, it’s battery was dead in the morning, but a cool Serbian dude helped us jump-start, so we were all good.

In the end…

We made it! We did our first show and it was a great experience! Now we are hungry for more and we are making our set better and writing new songs and stuff. Mount of Artan was one of the best experiences I’ve had playing in bands for the last 15 years, honestly. I am impressed by what these guys are doing, a small, independent, self-organized DIY underground music festival. A free festival with great bands and tight organisation. A meaningful experience for all involved, and a fun one! Also, I am way impressed by the quality of most of the bands I saw. No “bigger” names this year, but I came back home with more than one new discoveries, and I sure hope that we play with some of the bands together again!

Thanks to all who helped make this happen and especially to Goran Loncarevic and the whole Stonerizer crew! We would love to come back to Mount of Artan next year!

Shentov | Feedbacker

We have some T-shirts!

We made an ultra-limited run of hand screen-printed Feedbacker t-shirts with the precious help of Nikolas Petras at Ouroboros Creative. His studio is right above the practice space we used to go to when we started out as a band back in 2015, and he’s one of the first people to ever hear our music evolving and support us.

Here’s what our first ever merch looks like:


We have some of these tees available (quality Gildan Heavy Cotton shirts – L, M and S sizes) – drop us a message on Facebook if you want to support us and get one. The price is 15BGN/€8. All funds go to our future DIY release, hopefully coming out in September.

This is Feedbacker

Hi there! This is Feedbacker – a fuzz-laden noise-rock power duo hailing from Sofia, Bulgaria – and this is our first post in this small weblog we set up to write stuff we care about*.  You can find more info about us on the front page, but all in all we got together somewhere in September 2015 and just did our first show at a small festival in the Serbian Carpathians called Mount of Artan. Read more about this adventure here.


We just finished the raw tracks for a demo EP, recorded in a DIY manner with our close friend Mihail Slavov (Expectations, King of Sorrow) in our practice space. Hopefully we will have that mixed and mastered until our next show, which will take place somewhere in September.

If you are eager to hear what we sound like, you can listen to our track 20 в кръг for the MOUNTAINGAZE XIV Compilation by Artan/Stonerizer Records. Our song is a rough demo, recorded live in one take – it’s pretty raw, but you can get a very honest idea about our little group’s core sound. The other bands and artists on this release are all great, so take your time hearing the whole thing! The MOUNTAINGAZE XIV compilation is available for free/pay-what-you-want donation. The guys at Mount of Artan Festival are doing a great job running a free and independent underground festival, so consider supporting them if you like.

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We have another track online – Магистрали – also recorded live during the same session in May 2016. You can see some live footage on our YouTube Channel (along with other great acts we met along) – check it out here. Sometimes we upload some rehearsal takes on our Soundcloud profile, so it’s probably worth a shot.

This is pretty much all we’ve got until now and we are excited to declare our existence with the world. Making music – not just any kind of music, but this exact thing we call Feedbacker – is what makes us find peace and reason in a fucked up world. Thank you for being a part of it, reading these posts of listening to our recording, or maybe attending a show or getting to say hi.

*We are writing all this in English so we make sure our message reaches more people who care. Our lyrics are still in Bulgarian, but we’ll make sure to provide proper translation, so non-Bulgarian speakers get our most important message after all.