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Щастя (Happiness), in Ukrainian, was formed in September, 1999 in Kyiv on the basis of the former Blabba. Blabba had been existing for 6 years by that time, and performed alternative rock influenced by such groups as Pixies, Sonic Youth, Velvet Underground, Wedding Present, Birthday Party, Joy Division etc. The band was composed of: Остроушко Дмитро,- guitar, vocals; Остроушко Володимир,- guitar; Рябокінь Стас,- bass; Єрмолович Олександр,- drums. Blabba performed in English and French, and later songs in Ukrainian appeared. That was the very Ukrainian repertoire that gave base for changing the name, the changes in the band’s style being however insignificant.

A new drummer – Єграшкін Андрій - joined the band. In October 1999, Щастя started recording their demo in a studio, and then appear for the first time in public under the new name and composition in one of the clubs popular at the time in Kyiv.

Since then, the band took part in numerous festivals throughout Ukraine, such as Нівроку (Ternopil), Рок-екзистенція (Kyiv), Рок-візок (Cherkassy), Рок-точка (Donetsk), Таврійські ігри (Kakhovka) etc. Songs by Щастя appeared on CD compilations, such as Рок-екзистенція 2000 (JRC); Крути, концерт для янголів (JRC), Рок-точка (Воля Music), Роковище (Atlantic), Learn to Swim, Lesson 5 (FEE LEE Records, Moscow), Рок-екзистенція 2002 (Art-Veles).

In September 2003, a new drummer – Ломаковський Олег who had previously played in Ternopil-based Nameless - joined the band.

On the 15th of October, 2004, Щастя presented their debut album: ?Piensas Ya En El Amor?

Now, the program of Щастя makes more than one hour, and includes more than 20 songs in Ukrainian, English and French.

http://schastia.com.ua

Band Members:
Остроушко Дмитро - guitar, vocals
Остроушко Володимир – guitar
Рябокінь Стас - bass
Ломаковський Олег - drums

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