David Koller and the album of the year for 2015

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In today’s programme we’ll be playing tracks of off the latest solo effort by David Koller – the legendary drummer and frontman for the rock group Lucie. His album, Československo with L-O-V-E in the word highlighted, was recently named album of the year for 2015. Československo is of course the Czech name for the former Czechoslovakia.

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The four letters are appropriate too, since May 1 is celebrated in the Czech Republic as the day of love, the day when couples kiss under blossoming cherry trees or at Prague’s Petřín Hill.

ČeskosLOVEnsko is no romantic ballad-filled record though, even if some of the lyrics do touch upon relationships.

The vocals are resonant, slamming everyone from crooks to communist politicians and what Koller calls the 'old guard'. There are some gritty guitar moments and drum changes and there is a lot to discover.

The album was recorded at Koller’s own studio in Mikulov in Moravia with the help of producers Kipper, who in the past worked with Gary Numan and Sting, and Steve Lyon, who has worked with Depeche Mode and the Cure.