SPICY BITS OF SCANDAL, also known as SBS, history begins in the year 1979, when vocalist and keyboardist Vilius Kraujalis and guitarist Darius Rutkys, decided to form a rock'n'roll band. Right from the start the band was influenced by DIO, BLACK SABBATH and WHITESNAKE. Shortly drummer Girėnas Medziukas and bassist Rolandas Buidovas (R.I.P.) joined SBS. In 1982 the band started playing hard rock. The year 1985 saw the band adding a second guitarist Mikaelis Feigelovičius, to their lineup. In the year 1988 SBS played in the festival „Rock Saeits“ in Riga, Latvia and after a year in „Junewalija“ festival in Poland. 1991 saw the quiting of Vilius and Mikaelis. Soon the band completed their lineup with guitarist Tomas Varnagiris, keyboardist Naglis Patamsis and the best Lithuania hard rock vocalist Vitalis Kairiūkštis. So, in 1992 the band was on stage again: they played all Lithuania big cities.
In 1996 SBS released an MC - „Mėnulio Šviesa“. There were nine compositions writen by Vilius, Tomas and Vitalis. Founder Vilius Kraujalis was back in the band. The recording was initiated by „Pūkas“, along with producer Giedrius Litvinas. After the release activity stiffed. In 1999 the band celebrated their twentieth anniversary in the biggest Vilnius club - „Karolina“, this show was recording on video tapes.
After a five year pause, in 2005 the band was back again. This time – specially for the international festival „Roko Naktys – 2005“. On stage SBS was with a different line-up: Vitalis Kairiūkštis (vocals), Vilius Kraujalis (keyboards/vocals), Tomas Varnagiris (guitar), Martynas Garbačas (bass guitar) and Šarūnas Venckus (drums). After the festival, the five decided to play on. The band was choosed to open for ROYAL HUNT in their concert in Vilnius (October 21th 2005), sadly the show was canceled. But every cloud has its silver lining: heavy metal monsters JUDAS PRIEST choosed SBS to open for them in their concert in Vilnius (December 3rd 2005.). This show was recorded and in the begining of 2006, released as a live album „Gimęs laimėti“, including five brand new songs (one of them - „Žaidėjas“ (The Gambler) became a mega-hit) and a concert from „Roko Naktys – 2005“ festival in DVD format, which was filmed by National Lithuanian TV.
The start of 2006 saw the quiting of guitarist Tomas Varnagiris, which was replaced by a talented youngster from the Lithuanian modern metal band LINFENG (also played in XESS) – Giedrius „Jumbo“ Balčiūnas (he is the only musician in eastern Europe which has a endoresment from Hammer guitars and Zoom). The new line-up debuted in „Roko Naktys – 2006“, where besides SBS was „Uriah Heep“ and „Lucifer‘s friend“ ex-vocalist John Lawton. The band's show was well valued by mass media.
In April 2007 SBS released their next album „Tik mėnulio šviesa...“, which was well evaluated by the biggest german webzine „HardHarderHeavy“. The new release got 6 out of 7 and in the REVIEW TOP 15 with 342 votes stood in the second place, after MANOWAR, but outruned PINK CREAM 69 and SAXON.
In 2008 SBS presented their 3th album “The Gambler”. This album was highly evaluated by the international media. Metal to infinity gave 84 out of 100, HardHarderHeavy – 6,5 out of 7 and said “Welcome SBS! Europe awaits you!!!”, Metal Express Radio – 8,5 out of 10, Metal Observer 8,5 out of 10 points. Webzine Progressive rock and progressive metal nominated “The Gambler” to a “album of the month” award.
At the moment the band is still working on new songs for their 4th album and is seeking for label, promotion and concerts. As the leader of the SBS lead vocalist Vitalis Kairiukstis proudly announces that this new album will be „international“ – musicians from Italy – the Virtuoso keyboardist Maestro Mistheria (http://www.mistheria.com/home.cfm) - and Germany – Ferdy Doernberg (Axel Rudi Pell, Rough Silk and many many more, (http://www.ferdydoernberg.de/) are working with the keyboards.
New album will be compiled of 14 songs (one of them will be accompanied by a string quintet).
SBS says: “As usual, we have a surprise for our fans – two new versions of old songs. We plan to end the recordings in autumn, now we are negotiating with one of the possible foreign labels.”
One of the biggest SBS projects is „Diagnosis: SBS“, a rock mystery that might become a big suprise to the Lithuanian music industry and all SBS fans worldwide and the concert with symphonic orchestra.