Title: Quattro Formaggi
Release: EP / Digital
Hailing from Prague, Czechia, comes Bibione—a spirited riot grrrl surf punk trio. Named after an Italian seaside resort beloved by Czech tourists, Meg, Kris and Kristýna’s music caught our attention when they were announced for Fluff Fest ’23. But for those who haven’t had the chance to see them live (myself included, as I eventually couldn’t make it this year), it’s their single-sided 12″ LP, Quattro Formaggi, released in February on Berlin’s order05records, that will truly resonate. And if the aroma of a four cheese pizza triggers your appetite, get ready for the six tracks on Bibione’s Quattro Formaggi, a sonic delight where guilt takes a step back.
Merging the fierce essence of riot grrrl with the pulsating rhythms of post-punk, synthwave, and the sun-drenched resonance of surf guitars, Bibione conjures a fusion akin to a four-cheese masterpiece brimming with character and personality. Vividly painting emotions, each note in Bibione’s playbook is a distinct brushstroke that comes together to create an artistry that begs to be explored. Imagine vocals that ooze sass and melodies that flow as smoothly as melted (vegan) cheese—spinning on your record player as they effortlessly meld with your ears. If you need more comparisons, think of the gritty punk energy of Bikini Kill with the modern flair of bands like Powerplant, Las Poftas, and The Serfs. With six tracks on the menu, the trio’s compositions, occasionally accompanied by the enigmatic trumpet tones of guest musician Petr Vrba (on “Spin It” and “Symphony In D Major”), beautifully combine vulnerability and anger.
As we bid farewell to Fluff Fest—an annual portal to underground music that for more than 20 years has introduced us to remarkable Czech bands alongside more established international acts—we long to discover more bands like Bibione. With boundless creativity and passion, they leave us hungry for the horizons their art will shape.