After two years, Mydy Rabycad returns to Groningen. The band started in 2012 playing electro-swing but soon found the genre box too constricting. Their new new orientation has been described as glamtronic, an electro-pop cocktail enhanced by an extravagant visual style, and crowned by the unmissable singer and lyricist Žofie Dařbujánová. There is no doubt Mydy Rabycad are among to the most attractive Czech bands on the international circuit. They have played in 20 countries on 4 continents. They have had concerts in France, Denmark, South Korea, Canada, USA, Corsica, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Switzerland, Turkey, Algeria and Egypt. Last December they expanded their horizons to Brazil and other parts of Latin America. Among their major achievements are music festivals such as Glastonbury, Sziget, Lowlands or Paapop. Their concert at the Canadian prestigious festival Ottawa Bluesfest was included among the 10 best festival sets in 2017. The band was also favourably received at South Korean jazz festivals in Seoul and in Daegu, as well as awarded the post of a foreign headliner at the Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette, USA.
The band’s core line-up, apart from Žofie Dařbujánová, consists of Jakub Svoboda (keyboards, synthesizers), Mikuláš Pejcha (saxophone) and Jan Drábek (bass). The full sound of the band is completed by Tomáš Konopka (drums, producer), Ondřej Slánský (guitar) and Petr „Kužel“ Blažek (sound, manager and sometimes singer). Also worth noting are the solo careers of some of the individual members. At the end of last year, Žofie Dařbujánová released her first solo recording on which we can find, together with her colleagues from Mydy Rabycad, the excellent Czech Hammond organ player, Ondřej Pivec, who has settled in New York as a member of Gregory Porter’sjazz band. There is also a gospel choir from Bronx led by acclaimed arranger and choirmaster Stephanie Fischer or Czech and singer Lenny (she also plays this year´s ESNS). Meanwhile Jakub Svoboda, who has a solo career under the assumed name of Nèro Scartch, cut his own album titled Piece of My Life in 2015. Recently, he made a new single Turn Me On. Mydy Rabycad have so far put out three albums – Let Your Body Move (Warner Music, 2013), Glamtronic (Indies Scope Records, 2015) and M.Y.D.Y. (Indies Scope Records 2017). Their next album is expected to be released in November 2019. Here is a review of Mydy Rabycad’s performance at the Bluesfest in Ottawa in 2017: "Hitting the stage in futuristic burlesque-wear, you knew that it was going to be a unique set. This Czech electro-swing outfit rocked the crowd with such a natural charisma fans new and old were swept up in the excitement.... Feet constantly off the ground on both sides of the barricades, the band was a force of nature so contagious that the hill crowd was just as rowdy as the pit. With the singer coming down to the rail to dance with the crowd shoe-less they made sure no one was standing still. Truly one of the standout shows of the festival, and a band worth catching if you have a chance.”