INSTINKTS (1994-1998, Riga)
The band NAVES INSTINKTS (english: "Instinct of Death", please go to
Freud page...) was founded in 1994 by MADARS when he moved to Latvia's
capital city, Riga for studies. Before NAVES INSTINKTS he was the drummer
in what was probably his hometown's (Ventspils) first DIY/underground
band:NACIJAS URINS (english: "Nation's Urine"). NACIJAS URINS played
really dirty and noisy punk and hardcore. Their (N.U.'s) leader was
ANDRIS GRANDBERGS, who later started the influential and powerful hard
core band SMOGS.
Soon after forming, NAVES
INSTINKTS started to play a lot of underground live shows. In autumn
1994 at Tornis Studio they recorded their first demo called "Ko
tu raudi?" (english: "what are you crying about?").
Musically NAVES INSTINKTS
always was one of the most difficult bands to describe. When they started
they were influenced by both mtv-grunge and the Latvian underground
scene. In their second recording session (for the album "Infantila aura"
(1995 Tornis, cassette)) the band's line up includes a girl playing
saxaphone, and on the album as a whole you can feel a little touch of
experimental stuff too. Their third album "Sentimenta epidemija" (1996
Tornis, cassette) was a massive, but weird, interpretation of hardcore
(recorded by Andris Garndbers, SMOGS, ISMS). The fourth and last album,
"Ir un nav" (1997 Tornis, cassette), paid homage to, like, the mighty
temple of hard rock.
After releasing the last
cassette and some small line-up changes, NAVES INSTINKTS renamed itself
In addition to the band,
MADARS also does some solo stuff. It's mostly acoustic/halfacoustic
songs, under the name CIESS. He also was the organizer of last years
biggest underground concerts - "Pagrimusais Laikmets" and"Atdod Galus."
This mild mannered Rock Hero spends his days working hard for the Latvian
government's Culture Ministry!
1. "Ko tu raudi?" (1994
2. "Infantila aura"
(1995 Tornis, cass.)
3. "Sentimenta epidemija"
(1996 Tornis, cass.)
4. "Ir un nav" (1997