The band was founded in 1994 in Prague and it was a quartet at the time, consisting of a guitar, a bass guitar, drums and an accordion. A year later the clarinet was added and that is how the band performs until today.
Thanks to the rather un-traditional cast and the extraordinary, gruff voice of the lead singer, drummer and songwriter Martin Cizek the band is easily distinguishable.
They like to describe themselves as "rock & schrammel - shrapnel - chanson band", but naming the style should better be left up to the audience. What is easy to tell though is that the boys favour Old Prague songs, TV-bedtime story´s music as well as 70's punk rock and Tom Waits' unique kind of jazz.
Rudovous has played in a number of clubs all over the Czech Republic and at various music festivals (TFF Rudolstadt for example), as well as supported some well-known groups like The Tiger Lillies, Poza, Gogol Bordello ...etc.
They are also known in Switzerland (Bern - Reitschule, Zurich, St. Gallen), where the band performs regularly.
Members of Rudovous play in other well-known Czech bands, too.
Due to infrequent live performances the concerts become "no-miss" events.
The band are:
Martin Cizek - singer, drums
Frantisek Tomasek - accordion
Martin Cerny - bass guitar, theremin, stylophone, vocals
David Machacek - guitar, trombone, vocals
Jaromir Linhart - clarinets, glockenspiel
S Cizkem po funuse (2002)
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