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Nice Traps - the title of Khoiba´s debut album hits the nail on the head, and the cover, displaying a young attractive lady who has obviously trapped an insect, shows: Hear it once and you will be trapped by the captivating melodies of the successful Czech band, trapped in a world of music from which you do not really want to escape anymore.
Ema Brabcová, who is not only outstanding at singing, but obviously also playing the synthesizer and Filip Mísek (synthesizer, guitar) are Khoiba.


The band, found in May 2002 and at home in the Czech capital Prague, is completed by Petr Sámal (bass) and Jan Malich (drums). The lyrics are from Ema Brabcová.
The musical history of the members of the band reaches far back. Filip Mísek and Petr Sámal met many years ago and played together in a band called "hummingbird". At about the same time, Filip Mísek started with the band "roe-deer". This is where he met the gifted singer Ema Brabcová. Pretty soon they both knew that they wanted to make a different sort of music - and Khoiba was born.

The name Khoiba, by the way, is a fictional creation of bassist Petr Sámal. Nowadays, Ema Brabcová, Filip Mísek, Petr Sámal and Jan Malich concentrate exclusively on Khoiba - with due success.
The sound of Khoiba is an inspired interplay of electronic music and clear, melodious guitar tunes, a creative down-tempo mix full of ideas, that creates an exceptional and special atmosphere. A great part in this surely has Ema Brabcová with her distinctive and expressive voice that immerses you in the partly spheric and catchy Khoiba tunes. The track "Half In" (track 2 of the album "Nice Traps") is a very good example for this. Khoiba describes their style as "pop and atmospheric music, full of melancholy and positive emotions, sometimes very dynamic, somtimes soft". Each track has its own history and its own inherent emotions. Khoiba are not only convincing studio musicians, but very approachable with live performances all over Europe, which they meticulously prepare and enjoy. Whether in their home country the Czech Republic or in France, Germany, the Netherlands or Austria, they have impressed the audience at more than 200 gigs and festivals. "Live performances are very important to us and always very special events full of emotions. We are pleased when the audience gets carried away and when we get their positive feedback", the band says, and one can tell that music plays a big part in their lives.
"The best way to show your thoughts and feelings is music. We are fascinated by music and this feeling is getting stronger every day...". By the way: For the Berlin concert of "The Cure" in autumn 2005 Khoiba was selected as a support band by Robert Smith.
In Prague, Khoiba is very popular. A popularity that has, in the meantime, reached the whole of the Czech Republic and is spreading rapidly.
The band goes their own ways. In contrast to many other Czech bands, Khoiba likes to experiment with musical ideas and does not fit into any pattern: "There are many great bands and many good singers in our country, but most of them sound rather similar and the radio stations mostly play the same things. We put ideas and emotions into our music and realize that our music finds more and more response with the audience".
The cover fits in this context, an eyecatcher, without a doubt, and was designed by the photographer and graphic designer Tomás Kaidl, a friend of the band. Khoiba has worked with Kaidl already in the past ("Dilemma" EP).

With their debut album, Khoiba has produced an extraordinary first work, according to their motto "Expect nothing but the best", that shows the potential of the young band from Prague. It´s only a matter of time until you are also trapped by Khoiba...

It´s only a matter of time until you are also trapped by Khoiba.

Also on the second album the songs are born as a result of the joint ideas of Filip Mísek and Ema Brabcová. The mass established as such is then blended and arranged by Filip, while Ema fills it with lyrics. "Mellow Drama" is the name of this album from one of best Czech’s Bands. The idea justifies the means. Technology is flavour, not a purpose and the Khoiba from Praque is the evidence thereof. Behind its unsettled electronic vibrations lined by sounds of acoustic instruments while in front are standing "real" musicians together with Ema and her unique voice.

Yet, the Khoiba activity is not only about the focused studio work. The same level of drive is also applied in the creation of the concert image of its songs being miles away from the mere reproduction.
Each song goes to the stage dressed in a special concert arrangement. Apart from performing in the Czech republic and Slovakia the band (Filip Mísek on guitar, keyboards, Ema Brabcová with vocals ans alos playing keyboards, Petr Sámal on a bass guitar and the changeable in time Drumkidwill) play again during the release period of the new album also in Austria, Germany, Finland, Poland, Italy, France and the Netherlands.

The current album "Mellow Drama" comes around as an epic of woundrous gloomy little stories. A perfect winteralbum within a glimmer of a springbeam.


Discography:

2002:
Dilemma (Globus Music) EP

2003:
That Reason (Globus Music) EP

2005:
Nice Traps (Mole Listening Pearls) CD, mp3
It is all recorded (Globus Music) EP
That Reason (Mole Listening Pearls) SingleCD, mp3

2006:
Nice Traps - Limited Edition (Mole Listening Pearls) 2CD, mp3

2007:
Torturism (Globus Music) DVD

2008:
Mellow Drama (Mole Listening Pearls) CD, mp3
Ohio (Mole Listening Pearls) 7", mp3


Videography:

2005:
Not As It Seems Video
Pathetic Video (big | small) -> Screenshots

2006:
Make No Silence Video
Facilities Video
That Reason Video (big | small)


Live:

2005:
Live (clips)



Bookings:
David Urban: d.smack.u or booking@daredo-music