Zrní – is always different or How a band from Kladno celebrated their twenties despite the vagaries of the weather
Grains are celebrating two decades of existence this year and that is a great reason to celebrate. It is celebrated differently than planned, but the band, which with its characteristics cannot maintain a strong bond, will decide. The concert was interrupted due to a prediction, but the musicians still finished it – there was a bus unplugged in front of the building.
place: Radost Roof, Prague
date: June 26, 2021
setlist: White toadstools, In the village, Horses, Prisoners, Apple trees, Rychta, Two, Whipped, Rain, Kingdom, I’m your dog, Sweet trip, When you get lost, Road from her, Clouds, houses, forest, Igor Pelech, Bojim, Jablone , Sparkling rocket TOTO, Lazar
Mobile photos are only illustrative, so please talk about their quality, we did not have a professional photographer at the concert.
© Hana Bukáčková
Grain is a sure bet. Every concert is different and I enjoy this band the most, which has been working for an incredible twenty years. A group of eighteen-year-old boys said to themselves that they would try it with the borders and since then they have been going their own way, which is not paved and straight, but still is an imaginary clearing where everyone is well. Musicians come up with different concepts, play in unusual places, come up with good ideas and thus radiate an aura that is difficult to describe in words. They drew attention to the upcoming anniversaries on their social networks through old band photographs and extensive thematic contributions / articles / commentaries that brought history closer. The gentlemen remembered what they were working with and a bunch of other things. Two concerts on the Roof Radost was conceived by the formation around Honza Unger as the final celebration. Half a bittersweet merriment. The first (Sunday) performance due to an unattractive forecast promising a snail and storms whistled prematurely (all the time avoided Prague and it was nice), the second (Monday) did not rain, but had to be played due to the approaching lightning and rain interrupted. Eventually a few drops fell. But the safety of the fans comes first, especially the place that comes first (literally due to the attraction of lightning) … Surprisingly, everything turned into an unconventional concert experience.
© Hana Bukáčková
Juklík welcomed the concert with the words: “Grain, Ungerground.” It was to be a selection of songs from their entire repertoire. At the beginning, however, there was a remake that the gentlemen played in the very beginning – the cult “White Toadstools”. Only Honza Unger, Jukla and Fíša started playing them, ie exactly the line-up in which Zrní started. Ondra and Cait also joined in the middle. Then came their first album, “In the Village”. Unger commented that he was glad that the song had reached such a large audience over the years. Before that, it was heard by a maximum of twenty concert visitors and they gradually removed the song from the repertoire. At first, the repertoire was arranged chronologically. From the album “Smells” sounded “Horses”, from “The hero of the computer game goes to the world” musicians even more: “Fears”, “Vě”, “Clouds, houses, forest” and “Jabloně”, from “Soundtrack to the world” now The three most famous “Rychta”, “Spoiled” and “Two”, from “Follow the Coyote” we could hear “Lazarus”, “Rains”, “I am your dog” and “Kingdom”. From “Sparkling” they chose “When you get lost”, “Road from her”, “Clouds, houses, forest”, “Igor Pelech” and “Sparkling rocket THIS”. In the end, nothing came from the last collection “Heavenly Peace”, which they did not manage to baptize yet – they saved it at the end, but there was no space.
© Hana Bukáčková
The singer spoke more often than not normal concerts. He told stories that relate to each song. He argued over whether he should rather speak or sing more. Both were good, he listened nicely, but over time the second variant prevailed. I liked how he edited the original text in “Prisoners”: “This is my game against the dark, my beautifully full head against solitude,” on: “My beautifully full roof against solitude,” which was true – it was full. “Rychta” would seem to him to be a good new Czech anthem, it is said that the president is definitely listening to us from the window (Prague Castle is beautifully visible from the roof and the flag is also placed on the highest point of the Radosti building – note by car.). “Hýkala” was then renamed their “František Dobrota”. But what the devil didn’t want and fate didn’t want, about halfway through the game, a warning came that there was a rainstorm, twice. After the first warning, the musicians consulted and decided that the chronological setlist would change random and that they would play as long as possible. Unfortunately, they only managed one song, the complete novelty “Sweet Trip”. Then, for safety reasons, they preferred to vacate the area with the promise that they would continue unplugged downstairs in front of the building where the shelter is. And as promised, so it happened. In the meantime, a few drops fell and the storm avoided the Czech capital. Man is simply a small lord against nature.
© Hana Bukáčková
Meanwhile, the fans gathered down in front of the entrance, only a minimum of them left, and everyone believed that they would prolong the holiday moment even further. They shortened the wait for the musicians by singing “Hýkala” together. Then the band arrived and it was played as in the old days (I remembered the busking march from Lennon’s wall through Kampa to Shooting Island, which excited me five years ago), acoustically, among people without a stage. The gentlemen have stated that it will be played until the tenth beat or the police arrive. They challenged people to sing in a cultured way so that any police patrol they might like. A few people illuminated the performers with cell phones to look at. It had such a strange but very pleasant mood. All the more so, and it’s the magic of the jubilee that the fans and the band hold, even if fate doesn’t want them. There was a little over half an hour outside, Unger rolled like a shaman and sang in choir. The fans demanded an allowance – one applauded, the other did not, because it was already after 10 pm. For chanting “One more!” group respond corresponds to: “Go home.”
And so it went. It was a happy moment when I left with the feeling that I was at something special again. Thanks, Grains! We wish you all the best, so that you are still as fruitful and that you continue to grow as good as you are before.