Analena was born in the fall of 1997 and decided to exist as a band worthy of its name. The term Analena comes from the ancient Sanskrit, and translates as “like/by the fire”. Too many great bands from this area succumbed to lack of enthusiasm, shortage of record labels and “infrastructure” in general, and last but not least, apathy. Members of Analena decided to be a different kind of band, the one that would keep the fire alive.

Although based in Zagreb, Croatia and rooted in punk rock ethos, Analena as a band was willing and determined to shatter many boundaries from the very beginning. It is symbolic that members of the band come from two countries, Croatia and Slovenia, and it comes as no surprise that during these 10 years neither listeners nor critics were able to strictly define and label their sound. In the case of this band, one man’s hardcore is another man’s noise is another man’s punk. Diverse but steady, from bittersweet melodies and blistering hooks to pummeling and aggressive rhythms, Analena covers all the bases.

Besides playing hundreds of shows all over Europe, Analena had also released Arhythmetics through Get Off Records and It’s Never Too Late to Split Up, a split release with Sensual Love, as a joint release between Get Off Records and Interstellar Records. Their album Carbon Based, which was released by their own label Moonlee Records, is a statement by a smart and mature band, an honest expression of determination and passion in full force. Analena follows its own instinct by merging charming melodies with intricate and shimmering rhythmic relentlessness. Stunning and flawless instrumentation combined with witty and poetic slogan-free lyrics takes care of the rest.

On November 9th 2009 Analena’s brand new album entitled Inconstantinopolis is officially out on Moonlee Records and accompanied with release parties in Zagreb (Croatia) and Ljubljana (Slovenia) which featured support from their mates In-Sane and Cripple and Casino. Also they did a short Balkan tour that lead them through Serbia, Romania, Macedonia and Greece to Istanbul.


Carbon Based [2004]: