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Brunettes Shoot Blondes is a Ukrainian indie rock band, founded in early 2010 and based out of Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine.

Brunettes Shoot Blondes
Brunettes Shoot Blondes 2018 promo.jpg
from left to right: Yevhen Kobzaruk, Andrii Kovalov, Dmytro Leonov, Roman Sobol
Background information
OriginKryvyi Rih, Ukraine
Genresindie, alternative, electronic
Years active2010–present
Labelsindependent
Websitebrunettesshootblondes.org
MembersAndrii Kovalov
Roman Sobol
Yevhen Kobzaruk
Dmytro Leonov

The group gained international recognition in September 2014 for an animated music video to their song "Knock Knock". The video went viral, receiving more than five million YouTube views in the 10 days after its release. In early 2015, the band continued developing their music video style for the song 'Bittersweet', made in partnership with German automobile manufacturer Opel. Brunettes Shoot Blondes currently has no contract with any record labels, instead promoting the band independently.

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CareerEdit

Since 2011, Brunettes Shoot Blondes have performed numerous concerts in their homeland Ukraine and across mainland Europe. The group has played at festivals including OstAnders (Nuremberg, Germany), Szyget (Hungary, Germany), Colors of Ostrava (Ostrava, Czech Republic), Waves Vienna (Vienna, Austria) and Metronome (Prague, Czech Republic). In 2011, they also participated in the BalconyTV project in Poznań. The band continues to work on new songs and music videos, in between their appearances in concert and on Ukrainian TV channels.

Brunettes Shoot Blondes has also cooperated with famous commercial brands to produce music for advertising, including Watsons (song: You Broke My Heart) and Nova Poshta (songs: Tomorrow and Nothing At All). The music video for the song 'Bittersweet' was produced in partnership with German car maker Opel.

Knock KnockEdit

In September 2014, Brunettes Shoot Blondes released a new music video on YouTube for their song Knock Knock. The story features an animated love story of a rabbit and a girl,[1] shot in real time using 14 Apple iPhones, iPads and MacBooks. The band's members produced the video, with the band's frontman Andrii Kovalov assuming the role of video director.[2] The video attracted more than 600,000 YouTube views in the first five days after being uploaded. By April 2015, this number was more than seven million. The video was also posted on Facebook and received over 26 million views and 800,000 shares.

In October 2014, the video topped YouTube in the category of 'New performers «Emerging Artists From Across the Globe»'. Various international media outlets conducted interviews and features with the band following the release of 'Knock Knock' including Billboard,[3] Yahoo!,[4] The Daily Mirror,[5] Rolling Stone,[6] Mashable,[7] Business Insider,[8] Daily Mail, USA Today, The Verge,[9] Dezeen and The Huffington Post.

In May 2015 the music video Knock Knock won the "Best Concept" award at the Berlin Music Video Award 2015.

The band's success was recognized by the Ukrainian president's administration, with frontman Andrii Kovalov becoming one of the first Ukrainian citizens to receive one of the new biometric passports.[10] Kovaliov thinks the video has improved Ukraine's international standing and relationship within the European Union, saying "everybody should actually do what they can to make our country stronger, to show that we're a European country and that we have to do something for this country".[11]

2015-2016Edit

In the beginning of 2015, Brunettes Shoot Blondes released a debut EP Bittersweet. The album features four songs including the well-known singles "Knock Knock" and "Bittersweet'"[12]

Front man Andrii Kovalov says: “EP 'Bittersweet' was the first release into which we invested lots of strength and inspiration. Most of the material was recorded in studios in Warsaw and Kyiv”. The song was produced in partnership with German advertising agency Scholz & Friends and with German car maker Opel. The music video develops the use of a 'picture in picture' effect used in the video for 'Knock Knock' – consisting of footage performed directly from the screens of devices, without editing. After Bittersweet's release, Brunettes Shoot Blondes went on to guest perform on Ukraine's X-factor.

After Bittersweet, they became very active on the European music festival circuit, playing Sziget, Colors of Ostrava, and others. In 2016, Brunettes Shoot Blondes released the song Every Monday. They competed in the Ukrainian National Song Selection for Eurovision 2016, with Every Monday as their entrant.

2017-NowEdit

Brunettes Shoot Blondes has remained active on the Festival circuit, playing Waves Vienna in 2017, and Metronome (Prague) in 2018. The latest release was the 2018 EP and music video Hips. It was supported by Apple Music, and appeared on the front page of the service in more than 14 countries. Moreover, the music video for Hips was released to critical acclaim, receiving Best Music Video honors from the Los Angeles Film Awards.

On January 22, 2019, it was announced that Brunettes Shoot Blondes would be competing in the Ukrainian Song Selection for Eurovision 2019.

DiscographyEdit

EPsEdit

  • 2015 — Bittersweet
  • 2017 — Hips

SinglesEdit

  • "I Don't Know"
  • "You Broke My Heart"
  • "You've Got To Move"
  • "Cigarette Day"
  • "Sarah"
  • "One, Two, Three, Girl"
  • "Every Monday"
  • "You've Got to Move"
  • "Hips"

Music videosEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "This Animation That Moves Across More Than A Dozen Phones, Tablets, And Laptops Will Mesmerize You". Business Insider. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Apple devices host an animated chase in Brunettes Shoot Blondes music video". de Zeen. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Watch this Ukrainian Band's Animated Music Video Live Sequenced Through 14 Apple Devices". Billboard. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Ukrainian Band Brunettes Shoot Blondes Creates Best Apple Ad Ever". Yahoo!. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Amazing animated music video tells a love story across dozens of iPhone and iPad screens". Daily Mirror. 29 September 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Banda ucraniana cria carismático vídeo interativo com diferentes gadgets". Rolling Stone Brasil. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Clever Music Video Plays Out on 14 Apple Gadgets". Mashable. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  8. ^ "This Animation That Moves Across More Than A Dozen Phones, Tablets, And Laptops Will Mesmerize You". Business Insider. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  9. ^ "iPhones and iPads star in this intricately animated love story". Verge. 28 September 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  10. ^ "President: Biometric passports are the key step on the way to the visa-free regime with the EU". Official website of the President of Ukraine. 12 January 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-03-18. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  11. ^ "A worldwide viral hit shows a different side of Ukraine". PRI. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Brunettes Shoot Blondes releases a debut EP". Brunettes Shoot Blondes. 29 January 2015. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015.

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