No, we did not say “The Shins”.
Georgia’s state broadcaster GPB has announced that The Shin (singular) will represent the country at Eurovision 2014. It’s not a reference to your leg. Apparently the band’s name means “coming home” in Georgian.
The group likes to think it offers a modern take on a traditional Georgian sound. Here’s how they describe their music.
In The Shin’s music Georgian-style vocal pyrotechnics, intricate polyphony and instrumental virtuosity meets jazz scat, funk and fusion, flamenco, Ravel and Shakti. How does it sound? Sophisticated, surprising, hip, humorous, and always exhilarating – even at its most sensitive. The Shin’s celebratory musical dialogues know no bounds. Listen again and you’ll hear something new each time.
The result is songs like “Potato Story”, which may or may not reference the starchy vegetable.
The trio—Zaza Miminoshvili, Zurab J. Gagnidze and Mamuka Gaganidze—kind of scream male Burnavoski Babushki (albeit slightly younger). So GPB has wisely decided to send them to Copenhagen with Mariko Ebralidze, a younger singer who, judging from the video below, likes a big band sound.
Mariko and the Shin will head to Stuttgart to record their song in the coming weeks.
What do you think? Is this a disaster waiting to happen? Can Mariko bring a new dimension to the all-male band? Let us know in the comments section below.
Photo: The Shin