The Balkans formed in 2008 in the suburbs of Atlanta when members Frankie Broyles (guitar/vox), Woodbury Shortridge (bass), Stanley Vergilis (drums), and Brett Miller (guitar) were still in high school.
After some trial and even more error, they quickly began opening for bands such as Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Jay Reatard, and Atlas Sound. These early shows were noted for their youthful, frantic energy and also for taking place in clubs that they otherwise would have been too young to get into. It’s on the foundation of this longstanding friendship that Balkans conjured all kinds of infectious pop-weirdness and frenetic punk energy. They announced they would go on a hiatus in 2011 and have since played sporadically. They are available for weddings, birthday parties and wakes.