Dear all,


I’m booking some dates for SEVEN THAT SPELLS.



They are available between 18th and 22nd March 2013.


It seems there’s a some sort of connection between Croatia and Japan when it comes to prog rock. SEVEN THAT SPELLS were formed in Zagreb, Croatia formed in 2003. The core of the band is Niko ‘Brain’ Potočnjak, the guitarist, the producer (and also a member of TIGROVA MAST). The band’s psychedelic style is clearly influenced with ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE, they even collaborated with Makoto Kawabata (and Tsuyama Atsushi), recorded an album together, and toured in Japan. On a side note, a similar story happened to another band from Zagreb, TENA NOVAK (of which, incidentally or not, Hrvoje Niksić on keyboards shared the line-up), and they toured With Damo Suzuki… However, they started in 2003 as a trio – Tomislav Kalousek was on bass and Stjepan Jureković on drums. They did their debut (which was remastered in ’05) and showed their musical potential to the audience. In ’05 they signed for the Russian RAIG label, a well known one among the Russian avant/prog circles. The second album ‘My Mommy Wants To Kiss Your Mamma’was released with Hrvoje Niksić reinforcing the band on synthesizers. The first notable change in band’s line-up happened in 2006, when Tvrtko Dujmović took a role of a bassist, Igor Potočnjak (any relation with Niko?) swapped place with Niksić, and Mario Peretić took the drummer’s seat. They released ‘It Came From The Planet Of Love’ that year (also for Russian RAIG).


The key moment happened in between ’06 and ’07, when SEVEN THAT SPELLS met the members of ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE; to sum it up, they released two albums in cooperation, and were touring in Japan. ‘The Men From Dystopia’ was released for a new label, Beta-lactam Ring Records in ’07, again in significantly different (and larger) line-up: Stjepan Jureković (drums), Lidija Dokuzović (vocals), Tvrtko Dujmović (bass), Tsuyama Atsushi (vocals), Kawabata Makoto (electric sitar, tambura, hurdy-gurdy) and of course Niko Potočnjak (guitar, synth). Needles to say, the band widened their sonic palette (comprising vocals for the first time on an album) – but remained faithful to their psychedelic and spacey attributes. The year of 2008 saw two releases; the first one (DVD edition!), a bit of an oddity, with band stripped down to Narantxa (bass), Bruno Motik (drums) and Niko Potočnjak (guitar, synth) but for the first time with a saxophone added (Lovro Zlopasa). Later that year, Kawabata Makoto joined the STS crowd again, this time on guitars. Three drummers participated (Bruno Motik, Milan Bukejlović, Damir Simunović); Lidija Dokuzović and Tvrtko Dujmović were back in business (on vocals and bass respectively), while Niko widened his usual duties with (guitar, synth) with electric organ.

Highly prolific band, they will certainly say much more in the future, and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if you have any preferences towards psychedelia in all the possible aspects of that form – from slow drones and spacey atmospheres, to the bursting guitar hook. Niko himself described his band as a ‘a commune of psychedelic likeminds exploring the multifaceted cosmos of freak out music and naked women in high hopes of achieving Buddha’s blessing’. Go figure.



I hope to hear from you asap.









Some Noise asbl

C/O Alain Bolle


1050 Brussels 5




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