Go_A SHUM

Ukrainian band Go_A definitely made some noise when they released “SHUM” back in January. But in order to comply with the Eurovision rules, the song had to be reworked slightly. In a video premiere on the channel UA:Pershyi, the group has now revealed the revamped version of “SHUM” and its music video.

Fans got a first taste of the revamped “SHUM” at 13:15 CET when the group debuted a fragment of the track on UA: Radio Promin. Then, at 13:40 CET, a teaser for the new music video was shown during the Suspilne Studio talk show on UA:PERSHYI TV. Hosts Anatolii Yerema and Darka Hirna also talked to Go_A about their Eurovision preparations.

The music video dropped at 18:00 CET and was shot by Maksym Tuzhylin, who won from a tender of ten participants with video ideas.

Why did Go_A need to revamp “SHUM”?

“SHUM” borrows heavily from existing Ukrainian folklore. In fact, the song is a re-arrangement of different versions of the traditional Ukrainian folk song “A v nashoho shuma”Eurovision.tv reported that the song needed reworking to fit the contest’s requirements. Besides the extensive borrowing of folklore, the song was one minute too long in its original form. The current Eurovision rules do not state anything explicitly about the use of pre-existing folklore. They do state, however, that broadcasters must inform the Reference Group if the melody or lyrics were published before 1 September.

In its new version, Go_A have reworked the lyrics significantly as well as the melody. A totally new lyrical piece has appeared talking about the celebration of a “vesnyanka”, a traditional Ukrainian Spring ritual.

What do you think of Go_A’s “SHUM” revamp? How does it compare to the earlier version? Let us know in the comments below!

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Klinke_Hans
Klinke_Hans
1 month ago

The new version is ok. But a lot of the “originality” is gone. The first one was magical. This is not.

Nils
Nils
1 month ago

what a terrible revamp. i really liked the first version. but now they’ve turned it into a weaker version of neiokoso’s ‘tii’ – which undeservingly crashed out of the semi-final 17 years ago. i feel like they might come to regret this.

Irishfan
Irishfan
1 month ago

I loved the original version. It was one of my favourites this year. The revamp is very disappointing.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

Musically this is one of the most fascinating revamps in Eurovision’s history. This will no doubt be the subject of a musicology analysis one day. For the contest, I predict that this will do quite well because it stands out against the competition and has a lot of “hooks” for the listener.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago

I deliberately did not listen to the original Stum a whole lot because I wanted to give the revamp a chance. It’s definitely different and I need some time to get used to it. It’s kind of flexing in my personal list, but I think I just need to pretend that the first version of shum doesn’t exist And judge this song independently.

mark
mark
1 month ago

I LOVE the long version of the song…sadly, the revamp has less impact on me.

Kristof
Kristof
1 month ago

I am absolutely BIG fan of GO_A this year. And in stead of having 1 top song, we got 2 for the price of 1 : an original remix version of 3:50 minutes that is in my opinion close to perfection and a reworked version of 2:50 minutes that has kept all of the diamonds of the original one : the building of the tempo, the bass, the deep electro sound, the FLUTE (wow), the drop, the mix between dance & folklore, the catchy seyo seyo seyo seyo, the piercing end note… The original song was my N°1. This remains… Read more »

Jose
Jose
1 month ago

I don’t like the sequel. No final for Ukraine this year

Erik
Erik
1 month ago
Reply to  Jose

Same for me

Una
Una
1 month ago

Is she having a face decoration that wants to look like oxygen tubing for people that cannot breath for themselves? If so – extremely distasteful considering a certain imagery of the current times.

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

It’s a nose ring.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  James

It still looks like oxygen tubing no matter what it is called or whatever it wants to be.

Matija
Matija
1 month ago

The first version was better for me.

Nicola
Nicola
1 month ago

Ok. In regards to the revamp, the hardcore Eurovision Fans only make up a really small percentage of the Eurovision audience. 99% of viewers will not have heard the original version. Plus the song was over 3 minutes (I do think that rule should be changed) and the lyrics needed to be reworked because of the rules relating to the contest. 

TexasGuy
TexasGuy
1 month ago

its different but nice and unique, intresting how they will transit it to stage, I want the dancer from first clip to be presented 🙂

I believe they will qualify with this and probably will reach top 15

Helen
1 month ago

Some people being too dramatic lol

I love both versions, the new one as Kateryna said is not a revamp but more like SEQUEL,
they couldn’t keep old version anyway so I’m gonna enjoy new one
Good luck guys! 😀

p.s. I really can’t wait to see the staging for Shum

Last edited 1 month ago by Helen
Europotato
Europotato
1 month ago

No!!! Gosh darn it I was so looking forward to the first version. I honestly think this is a step down from it. Still good and unique but damn that first version was something else!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago

I never realised how much I liked the original until now. The build in it was so good. This seems rushed and the vocal part is definitely less memorable now. I also think the production was better on the original, which is unusual when you’re revamping.

It’s still good, it’s just no longer great.

Joe_
1 month ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I believe it’s true. So far, the revamp was a massive fail. But it had to fit with those rules, you know. If other people love it, then overall, it’s fine.

Piet
Piet
1 month ago

It was a NQ and it still is a NQ. The ESC voting public will shun this. Nothing wrong quality-wise but it’s the wrong contest for them.

Cheerios
Cheerios
1 month ago
Reply to  Piet

Ukraine is definitely qualifying this year still ngl

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

Trinity from Matrix, how cool is that?
That is a well-shot video though. Great angles!

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

The first version was my 1st place. It was very unusual for me to get into the new version. However, with each new listening, I love it more and more. It still has that dark enchantment vibe, it still has the drop and a tempo change, it still feels authentic and mysterious. I’ll still give them my vote in the semi!

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago

Don’t hold it against me but this is my guilty pleasure. Can’t help it. But I’m realistic enough this is not a winner. And I don’t think l will be surprised if it doesn’t make it to the final.

John Welsh
John Welsh
1 month ago

oh dear this never needed a revamp it sounds more like a de-vamp to me. Disappointing.

Helen
1 month ago
Reply to  John Welsh

well, with no revamp EBU wouldn’t allow old version to the contest …

Monika
Monika
1 month ago

Still messy and irritating. Overall it’s an awful package

Nick
Nick
1 month ago
Reply to  Monika

noway! with a cool staging its top 10 material 😀

Adam
Adam
1 month ago

For me – it’s better than original – it’s more faster and powerful. In chorus I sing from first song but this is for me TOP3 😀 Interesting how it will work on stage.

Musimak
Musimak
1 month ago

I didn’t really get the message it’s quite confusing but I agree it’s way more fit for staging now.

BeepBoop
BeepBoop
1 month ago

Knowing they had to change lyrics… this is an amazing revamp! <3

MariAkki
MariAkki
1 month ago

I love everything about this!

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

I prefer the original.

Leo M
Leo M
1 month ago

Ukraine what have you done. I loved the original. This is a disaster

Sven
Sven
1 month ago
Reply to  Leo M

it’s not them, EBU forced them, and they did amazing job with this

Sven
Sven
1 month ago

Love it! Amazing version, I love previous one too, but think this one more suitable for Eurovision, good luck Go-A 😀

and Igor, the flute guy is so handsome… aha)

Brad
Brad
1 month ago

First listening of revamp: What? A u okAy? Weird decision…..
Second listening: Okay, interesting
100500 listenings: best revamp, omg, perfect, my favourites!!!!

GrantK
GrantK
1 month ago

I think it’s brilliant still and it deserves top ten placing.

Darren
Darren
1 month ago

I like it
But I’m finding it hard to connect with, maybe because I’ve been listening to the original on repeat since it was revealed.

I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve had a few listens to it.
Not a bad revamp though and I really like Go_A.

Europotato
Europotato
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

The first version hit me first listen I couldn’t believe how epic it was but I’m unsure about this one. I think I’ll try some more listens. I know the hook in the course isn’t as strong from the beginning but I will listen more. 🙂

Pasadena
Pasadena
1 month ago

It took a few listens to getting used to, but I think they have captured the essence of the original version. Ukraine stays as my number 1 (in tough competition with France and Italy).

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago

Also: I’d love to drive around in that automobile. It looks badass. Can they bring it to Rotterdam?

Nick
Nick
1 month ago

I love your new pic Bean 😛

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago
Reply to  Nick

Should win Eurovision, right? 😛

Jimmy Smit
1 month ago

It’s one of the few entries this year I can just repeat and repeat and dance to–the rhythms and sounds are sublime–and yes, yes, the flute player is cute.

Last edited 1 month ago by Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago

I really like it! The use of Chernobyl as a setting works really quite poignantly for the themes of the song, singing for renewal and a spring awakening. It’s cool how the dancers are raving for this awakening of the ground and perhaps also of themselves, their own bodies–connecting the acts of song and dance with environment and nature. The Mad Max inspirations are also pretty nice–adds an extra depth to the idea of a spring both for Chernobyl and hints at some bigger story that the video is set within, of a post-apocalyptic Ukraine.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago

So… This is probably nothing I’d listen to on my own but I’d say it’s good and should do well.
The flute player is cute, much better the one that Emmelie de Forest had. Can someone explain to me what the significance of that decoration on the lead singer’s face is?

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago

* better than

Jimmy Smit
1 month ago

He’s so cute he meses with yo grammar.

Lolek
Lolek
1 month ago

Other than lyrical changes I don’t really detect a difference so my opinion hasn’t really changed from before.

Tibor
Tibor
1 month ago

I like this one much better than the first song – because this is more than just a revamp, melody and lyrics have changed, the bass is more prominent, the tempo changes are smoother and the high note at the end is less grating. But they have kept their iconic flute bits. I’m on board, but it’s undeniably different.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Tibor

I always thought you would end up liking this one, even without a revamp. And yes, the high note in the end is better now. I’ll need some time to get where I were with the first version, because my brain keeps playing it along with the new one. I guess that also explains why some are disappointed, but time will probably solve this issue.

Tibor
Tibor
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I’m not sure I would have grown to like the other version – to my ears it sounded really disjointed and grating. And I can do grating – like in Redel -, but then it has to be angrier. Electronic music is really my go to “genre”, if you will, and I tend to get a little picky when it comes to it. I also understand the disappointment of some, because this version has a very different, much smoother vibe to it – and I’m not only talking about the final note, the overall melody is kept in lower tones… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Tibor
Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Tibor

I don’t actually think it’s that different, but yeah, now it’s more to the post-modern side than to the traditional one. And I feel the tempo is a little faster too (I won’t listen to the first one to compare, because I finally was able to listen to the new one without having both tracks playing in my head simultaneously!), which makes the rave part more connected to the rest. I’m loving it already. 🙂

Tibor
Tibor
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

We’ll do the in depth comparison another time then. 😉

Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
1 month ago

Solovey was my 2nd favorite song last year and Shum is my favorite so far this year, but at first I didn’t like it that much. They still have all the elements I liked in the first version. The thing I like most about the revamp is that it progresses faster. My least favorite change is the lyrics. I don’t understand them but I already got used to what they sounded like. This version will probably grow on me like the song did in the first place and it will still be my favorite. I love the music video too.

Last edited 1 month ago by Ravencrow Neversmiles
Sebastian Flores
Sebastian Flores
1 month ago

What have they done? It’s so upsetting. Shum was my favorite song going to Eurovision, and now…

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

The old version still exists and people can listen to it whenever they like, so nobody needs to get upset.

Inga
Inga
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

This is just not how a competition works, you know?

Doe Bob
Doe Bob
1 month ago

If I imagine that I didn’t listen SHUM before, I can say that this song is great. But as a human who listened SHUM before I want to say that I’m disappointed

Roelof M
Roelof M
1 month ago

It will take some time to get used to, of course, but with good staging (and a strong vocal) this is another qualifier for Ukraine (even if it has a lot of strong competition in the second half of SF 1), the instrumental parts are just so incredibly great. I hope Ukraine and Russia will qualify side by side this year (completely leaving Belarus in the dust but that’s another story).

Gurl
Gurl
1 month ago

This sounds a bit anticlimactic compared to the first “version” (to my ears this one is a different song), which was a masterpiece. This new Shum is still very good, though.

Last edited 1 month ago by Gurl
John
John
1 month ago

I will have to forget the old version. But remember people, ESC viewers will not have seen it most likely. I like that they made their own lyrics instead of what they used before, and also I like how they compressed the instrumental into 3 min. Overall, very nice package that will stand out from anything in Rotterdam, so far.

ad23
ad23
1 month ago

Went from a definite qualifier to borderline

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

Everything I loved about it is still there (the mix between traditional and post-modern, the flute, the electronic sounds, the progression, the “rave segment”), but I guess it will take a while for us to get used to the new song used as foundation for the whole piece. If you loved Shum, I would ask you not to jump on conclusions yet, let it sink a bit in our minds. What I can already say is that the “cheap video” made with a cellphone is actually better than the “expensive one”. Though their outfits in this one are more suited… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Sabrina
Alex
Alex
1 month ago

I think they revamped it in a decent way. I will admit I was in love with the original and this does an okay job of keeping key elements of it. I just wish the broadcaster didn’t make them totally revamp it because the original lyrics and melody really made it stand out. I mean I am sure this will still qualify regardless, but I think it won’t be as high as before

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

Not sure if it made it better, but it’s not a bad revamp for sure. Main elements of the song sound familiar even after they were changed. So that’s a nice thing. Ukraine will qualify with ease imo.

Last edited 1 month ago by Jamie
Kate
Kate
1 month ago

Love it, good job Go-A 😀
for me its a definite qualifier !