Discovery: Vinok

Vinok are an indie rock outfit from Ukraine whose new track Friends combines an driving drum beat with charismatic and emotive vocals to create something utterly stunning.

By Graeme Smith

Friends is a slow burning track. After a quiet, introspective opening it bursts into life. The drum beat increases tempo, electric guitar kicks in and the vocals ramp up into a Florence and The Machine-esque crescendo. There are nods to some other much-loved rocks acts in the mix too – I detected a little Gwen Stefani and some Friendly Fires – but the overall sound is uniquely Vinok.

Vinok are a young band, only formed in 2019, but they have a mature sound that has already seen them play on stages in some of the biggest festivals in Ukraine and neighbouring Poland. They’re ones to watch out for.

Check out Friends below.