Punk rock in Bulgaria 1979-2008
"Punk rock didn’t have it easy in socialist Bulgaria, a country in which all aggressive rock music was frowned upon. That didn’t keep Novi Cvetya (“New Flowers”) from performing punk rock as early as 1979. Based in Kyustendi, a town close to the Serbian border, the lads benefited from the possibility of listening to punk rock on Yugoslav radio. Maybe that’s why their sound was closer to late 70s Yugo-punk bands such as Paraf and Pankrti than to anything British or American. Novi Cvetya’s songs are simple, bolshy, and have a typically Balkanese tongue-in-cheek feel and sense of the absurd to them."