Top 10 East-Central European Post-Punk/New Wave


This time I wish to introduce you to some post-punk/new wave gems from East-Central and Eastern Europe, focusing on songs not sung in English. All these bands contributed and contribute to form the aesthetics that we appreciate. From Polish coldwave over Ukrainian Novaya Scena to contemporary Hungarian minimal wave, you will find it all here – in no particular order.

She Past Away – İnsanlar

Genre: Darkwave
Year: 2012
Album: Belirdi Gece

Among the newcomers of the last few years She Past Away are definitely my favourite. The musicians from Turkey know how to mix nostalgia with progression. If the 80’s were happening now, this would be their sound. It was, actually, hard to choose one song to feature, but the most outstanding on their first album is perhaps ‘İnsanlar’ (‘Humans’).


Maria Loves Me – Grad

Genre: Gothic Rock
Year: 2012

Croatian band Maria Loves Me doesn’t have much songs yet, but what they have is really promising. ‘Grad’ (‘City’) can be downloaded for free on


1984 – Biała Chorogięwka

Genre: Coldwave
Year: 1991
Album: Radio niebieskie oczy Heleny

Bands like Siekiera helped form the Polish coldwave scene in the late 80’s. Although a little bit forgotten nowadays, the coldwave scene once had a big impact on the dark culture in this country. Here’s a song by the band 1984, one of my favourites, called ‘Biała Chorogięwka’ (‘White Flag’). The song has been recorded in two different versions.

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Version 2:


Borghesia – On

Genre: Minimal Wave
Year: 1985
Album: Ljubav je hladnija od smrti

Slovenian legends Borghesia are maybe best known for being industrial/EBM pioneers that gained international recognition with their hit single ‘Ni upanja, ni strahu’ (‘No Hope, No Fear’). They also produced a bunch of minimal wave, and ‘On’ (‘He’) is definitely a classic.


Ivanov Down – Outch Putch

Genre: Post-Punk
Year: 1993
Album: Novaya Scena – Underground from Ukraine!

The two Ukrainian cities of Kyiv (Kiev) and Charkiv were the birth place of an obscure music scene, called Novaya Scena (New Scene). This song by Ivanov Down, ‘Outch Putch’, may seem kind of weird, but it offers a unique experimental sound, typical for this scene.


Paraf – Odlazak

Genre: New Wave
Year: 1984
Album: Zastave

Many people might not know that former Yugoslavia put out a huge amount of listenable music in the 70’s and 80’s. This song by Croatian band Paraf caught my attention. The female singer’s voice is reminiscent of Nico or Siouxsie and the instrumentation is classic post-punk.


Nosztalgia Direktíva – Tegnapok

Genre: Minimal Wave
Year: 2008
Album: Untitled

Nosztalgia Direktíva is a minimal wave project from Budapest, Hungary. They have a dark, industrial-like sound, which easily catches one’s attention. ‘Tegnapok’ (‘Yesterdays’) shows the atmosphere of Nosztalgia Direktíva the best, which is described on their fanpage as following: “Rusty, entirely stripped industrial structures have their chilling and creaking dance with the letargic melancholy of the frozen time in East-Central-Europe”.


Siekiera – Nowa Alexandria

Genre: Coldwave
Year: 1985
Album: Nowa Alexandria

‘Nowa Alexandria’ by Siekiera (speak: shyekyera) is maybe the most influencing and legendary song in Polish coldwave. A typical ear-worm, but one of the good kind.


XIII. Století – Elizabeth

Genre: Gothic Rock/Metal
Year: 2004
Album: Ztraceni V Karpetech

A little bit bloated, yet epic and catching is the track ‘Elizabeth’ by Czech gothic rock band XIII. Století.


Voyvoda – Iztok

Genre: Post-Punk/Post-Rock
Year: 2011
Album: Iztok

Voyvoda is a newer group from Bulgaria, which introduces a very intriguing fusion of post-punk and post-rock. By listening to the song ‘Iztok’ you can make yourself a picture of how this would sound. Their album is available on the homepage of af-music.


10 thoughts on “Top 10 East-Central European Post-Punk/New Wave

  1. goth from east side of Europe says:

    There is also Ukrainian gothic legend Komu Vnyz, but they are more gothic rock with folk ( synthesizer lines ) influences than “pure” new/wave.

    You can discover even more bands at:

  2. 100ggv says:

    So I’ve got interested in Soviet rock music. I wanted to know, what kind of sound it produces, wanted to compare it with Western bands. As I like post-punk very much, I began to surf the net for information and gathered few amazing bands. So I made compilation of my favorite ones:


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