Arina-Veto-Bank-spectrumOver the course of their career, ARINA & VETO BANK emerged as one of the most highly regarded blues-rock bands in country; although rare recipients of mainstream pop radio airplay, the group won devoted fans and strong respect from critics while their lead vocalist Arina Borunova solidified her status as Lithuania's queen of the blues.
Arina's professional career began in 1989, when she won the first prize at a local rhythm 'n' blues contest. The owner of an exceptionally original voice was noticed by then already existing Veto Bank from Kaunas. ARINA & VETO BANK was formed.
Three years later singing a song titled "The Rain Is Coming Down" they won the Grand Prix of the 1992 international Summertime Festival in Jurmala (Latvia).The same success was repeated in Brasovo (Romania) and Sopot (Poland), where the band also recorded their first album "My Crazy World".
In 1993 Arina received three awards for the best female singer in Lithuania (Bravo, Radiocentras, Ultra Vires). In the period from 1992 to 1996 ARINA & VETO BANK more or less successfully performed in various foreign countries, including France, Germany, Netherlands, Finland, Italy, Romania, Poland, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Latvia.
After releasing studio album "How Are You A.M.E.R.I.K.A.?" the original line-up splited in 1996. This marked the beginning of various Arina's solo projects (notably a collaboration with jazz virtuoso Vladimir Chekasin ( of GANELIN, TARASOV, CHEKASIN fame ) and "Fragments" – a studio album recorded with multi-instrumentalist and composer Martynas Kuliavas, released in 1997 ).
Her latest solo album "The World Goes Round" saw the daylight in 2004. Meanwhile Veto Bank's rhythm section players Vytautas Cheplinskas and Audrius Litinskas joined three young jazz-rock musicians from Klaipeda forming SPECTRUM (the band with wide range repertoire of well known blues, jazz, rock, pop standards ) in 2002.
Now ARINA & VETO BANK (with few changes in the line-up) is functioning as a live acting band, usually performing original songs and some cover versions of western blues-rock artists' songs in a club circuit and various festivals, with only minor studio activity, though songs for a new album are being prepared .