TRAD.ATTACK! is the dance along folk rock band and a shooting star of Estonian folk scene. Since their debut in 2014 the band received 13 Music Awards in Estonia including best folk band, best song, best video, best album.
TRAD.ATTACK! are three good friends and musicians Sandra, Jalmar and Tõnu, who have been active on the Estonian music scene for more than fifteen years.
Surrounded by traditional music all her life, Sandra first picked up the Estonian bagpipe when she was thirteen. Jalmar is of the Seto people. Setomaa, a small community in the south of Estonia, has its own a king and distinctive culture, and is particularly well known for its traditional singing. His great-great grandmother, Anne Vabarna, was one of the most famous folk singers in Estonia, so he has grown up in this tradition. Tõnu’s father is the conductor of a brass orchestra, so he was playing brass before he could walk. He took up classical trombone and drums, and is now one of the most in-demand drummers in Estonia.
Trad.Attack! takes its inspiration from old archive recordings of Estonian traditional songs, “dressing” them in the modern outfit, due to the looping and electronic toutch. Folk-Music is their starting point but not their boundary: they remain open in ears, mind and soul to different styles and new directions whilst maintaining their emotional roots-heart.
At their first concert the band made a joke about having a master-plan – to play in every country in the world. Surprisingly this audacious master-plan has now been activated – within its very first year Trad.Attack! has played in 17 countries. Now there are only 179 countries to go!
Press: “TRAD.ATTACK! is like a fireball, like a fresh grapefruit juice, they turn the life on – you should have it every morning!” – Helen Sildna the head of Tallinn Music Week conference
“TRAD.ATTACK! are a shining example of the future of folk” – Aengus Finnan – the executive director of Folk Alliance International“They are danceable and with no borders this is a music of invention and genre breaking openness that is a true music!” – John Robb – Award winning journalist and the boss of Louder Than War, 2015
“The album is a fascinating glimpse at Estonian magic, as well as a fun, rewarding listen, promising good things in this band’s future.” – Stephen Winick – The Huffington Post