Posts Tagged ‘video’

TEQUILAJAZZZ announce splitting up.

July 18, 2010

TEQUILAJAZZZ, cca 1997
Writing on the official website of St Petersburg’s alternative rock band TEQUILAJAZZZ, its singer and bass player Yevgeniy “Ay-Yay-Yay” Fyodorov announced that the band “has ceased to be active in the incarnation that you are all familiar with, and many of you love. RIP.”
Fyodorov added that the decision was made following the end of TEQUILAJAZZZ’s last tour in December 2009 and that the gig at St Petersburg’s Zoccolo club on March 25, 2010, was their last. A planned appearance at Kubana festival in August was cancelled. Fyodorov promised that further questions related to the band’s demise will be answered in a future in-depth interview. Fyodorov titled a similar post on the band’s download page “Open secret”.
He thanked everyone “who was with us and supported us on this thorny yet fun path for the last – it’s scary to say – 17 years. Your help and fidelity, altruism, idealism and other important and right things have made this time unforgettable,” Fyodorov added.
Cover of TEQUILAJAZZZ's first demo from 1993.
The band, formed in 1993 by Fyodorov with guitarist Konstantin “Balbes” Fyodorov (no relation) and drummer Alexandr “Duser” Voronov, featured three former member of pioneering Leningrad punk band OBYEKT NASMESHEK. Yevgeniy Fyodorov had also had stints in KSK and AVTOMATICHESKIYE UDOVLETVORITELI, while Voronov also drummed in NOL for a few months. After OBYEKT NASMESHEK split up circa 1991, future TEQUILAJAZZZ members played in one of Leningrad’s first hardcore punk bands, PUPSY. Their new project debuted at the TaMtAm club in 1993.
While initially influenced by the likes of NOMEANSNO, RAPEMAN, CRIME AND THE CITY SOLUTION or JESUS LIZARD, the band over the course of their career have significantly widened their palette. Their high ambition was noticeable early on, however, – even their first CD included lyrical nods to Serge Gainsbourg:

TEQUILAJAZZZ play “Rozenbom” at Art Clinic club in St Petersburg; lyrics are based on Gainsbourg’s “Chatterton”

The band signed with Moscow indie label FeeLee for their second full-length, “Virus”, which made the band one of the more popular alternative rock bands in Russia. The band’s biggest hit, “Winter Sun” (Rus: Zimneye Solntse) was featured on their third CD, “Celluloid”, released in 1998. “Journal of the Living” (Rus: Zhurnal Zhivogo) in 2009 was the band’s sixth full-length proper. There are also numerous singles, some self-released, live and compilation recordings; the band also backed KOLIBRI on their 1997 album “Sugar Demon” (Rus: Bes Sakhara).
The band’s lineup always included the core trio of Fyodorov, Fyodorov and Voronov but there were some extra members over the years, most notably guitar player Oleg Baranov (S.P.O.R.T, BONDZINSKIY etc.) from 1998 on. TEQUILAJAZZZ toured internationally, starting from a 1994 stint in France, although in the last few years of their existence they were not as active. They also opened for MOTORHEAD, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE etc.
In 2004 Yevgeniy Fydorov formed a “supergroup” with several luminaries of St Petersburg music scene, OPTIMYSTICA ORCHESTRA, which now is likely to be his main band.

TEQUILAJAZZZ play a song by Yevgeniy Fyodorov’s cousin Andrey “Dyusha” Mikhailov written in 1982 for KSK, “Blyakha-Mukha”, at a St Petersburg TV studio

UPDATE: St Petersburg Times interview.

A bit of self-promotion…

January 27, 2010

Can’t be bothered with a proper update, so just a self-congratulating quickie.

Cover by Sean Fitzpatrick.

Yes, there's a Medvedev somehwere.


One, yours truly has been interviewed by Danny O’Rawe in his zine Back2Front #5 which can be ordered at back2fron (a//e) riseup.net. I mostly mumble about politics and punk rock. It’s a great read although I haven’t yet finished reading it (gives you an idea of how bloody huge it is).

Also, a song by SVINOKOP (“Nikakogo Pozitiva,” a.k.a. “Only Hatred,” if you care to know) was used in a fairly random YouTube video documenting a protest in East Jerusalem.

If you google hard enough and will be able to stand some atrocious playing and immense amounts of blabbering about fascism in Russian you can see a live video of the same song which we played at the first gig with our new drummer. It’s quite raw but we intend to jam some more and put it out as a single. I kid you not.

DURNOYE VLIYANIYE – “24 Chasa” video.

October 13, 2008


Video for the DURNOYE VLIYANIYE song “24 Chasa” (“24 Hours”) by Andrius Ventslova, cca. 1988. The band was one of the leading lights of Leningrad post punk scene of its time; the members went on to play in BONDZINSKY, SPITFIRE, BRIGADNIY PODRYAD, JUGENDSTIL and GRANDSHUTTLEBAND. In 2003 SzSS and Karma Mira reissued their debut album, “Nepodvizhnost,” on tape. I still have copies available. English translation of the lyrics follows.

DURNOYE VLIYANIYE
24 hours

if there is a door i have to walk in
in dark rooms in ancient houses
for a long time i couldn’t pass by
nightmare dreams and horrible fear

i’d seen naked nerves more than once
but maybe i’ll do what ian curtis did
i pity your crying fading eyes
can i put them out before dying

24 hours of senseless scenes
24 hours of senseless words
walls with no windows apartments with no walls
it seems to me i’m long dead already

it seems to me that some stranger’s hand
the noose i have to put my neck through
i hear you tenderly whisper goodbye
24 hours to die

TOVARISCH KARMA – “Umri, Kapitalizm” video.

April 5, 2008

TOVARISCH KARMA (“Comrade Karma”) was a short-lived anarchist hip hop project that emerged from a faction of Moscow underground in the late 1990s, recorded three tracks and made a comparable number of gigs (one was at an anti-nuclear protest camp on Kola peninsula though). The chief musical force, Pasha Shevchenko, has continued under the name TRYOP – there are three albums in existence, as well as an electronic off-shoot TRESK. He’s now a member of LISICHKIN KHLEB. Another TOVARISCH KARMA member, Vova “Jim” Korobeinikov, was also in LISICHKIN KHLEB at the time, and I’m not sure who’s the third guy (Zakhar Mukhin?). The video, made in 2000 by Andrei Stvolinskiy, is compiled from the footage of Moscow anarchist actions cca. the time “Umri, Kapitalizm” (“Capitalism Die”) was recorded. Stvolinskiy’s pretty dodgy from what I heard – he is said to have informed on his comrades during the New Revolutionary Alternative investigation (which was a lefty terrorist group in Moscow in the 1990s). Tevs. The song was issued on “Bei Po Vragu Kulturnoi Revolyutsii” solidarity CD in Germany, while the complete works of TOVARISCH KARMA ended up on some split tape in Moscow and later on a Belarussian bootleg TRYOP tape. It was covered by 777 BAKUNINA I think. What else is there? The lyrics are good.

RIVUSCHIYE STRUNY – Live in St. Petersburg.

March 30, 2008

One of Russia’s top bands for me, RIVUSCHIYE STRUNY, have made a trip down to St. Petersburg this weekend. Unfortunately, I missed their gig at GEZ altogether and only caught the last couple of songs they played at Zoccolo, but it was enough to send me to crawl and convulse on the floor. I borrowed money, bought a t-shirt, borrowed a marker and had the shirt signed by guitarist Alexei Bortnichuk. Alex Volkov filmed both shows, and posted clips online.

“San Frantsysko” live from Zoccolo:

And some stuff from GEZ, with a random audience member swapping his beer for a chance to play Bortnichuk’s guitar:

And here’s what I had to say about the band’s second CD when asked to do so by Pulse magazine for its November 2007 issue:

RIVUSCHIYE STRUNY

“Maskovskaya Riznya Elektra Gitarami – Chyast #1 (1970)”

(Otdeleniye Vykhod)

I would say that this band is the closest that Moscow got to the genius that is the Stooges since “Moskovskiye Kanikuly” album by Nick Rock’n’Roll & Lolita. Some seventeen years have passed since then, garage rock is now trendy, and Iggy Pop himself has blessed Russia’s capital city with his appearances twice. Iggy and the Stooges have actually played there about three weeks before this CD was released. Anyway, the Rivuschiye Struny (Houling Strings) member with the most impressive CV would be one of their guitar players, Alexei Bortnichuk, formerly a member of Zvuki Mu and Mamonov I Alexei. His stardom, however, doesn’t overshadow the other band members. Although, like almost every record with at least a distant smell of real rock and roll, this is primarily a guitar album (the title means something like “The Moscow Electric Guitar Massacre,” albeit with a whole bunch of misspellings). But the energy, drive and imagination of the other members are impossible to miss in the raw, “simple” recording, and Vova Terekh’s poetry is rather brilliant as it is, despite the similarity of subject matter – the life of 1970s hippies / criminals – to that of Zvuki Mu’s Pyotr Mamonov and DK’s Sergei Zharikov. Well, I wouldn’t say that an attempt to imagine what “Fun House” would’ve sounded like in the Soviet Union sounds like a trendy kinda thing, but it’s defo TRUUUUUUE!

It was a five-star review, needless to say.

http://www.unitedsoundart.ru/projects/rs

RICOCHET – Radar video.

March 8, 2008

Anna Neva’s filmclip for a live version of “Radar” by Moscow’s DIY punk rock supergroup RICOCHET – not to be confused with the solo project of the late OBYEKT NASMESHEK singer Alexandr “Rikoshet” Axyonov. RICOCHET includes members of NO COPIES, SALPETRIERE, RAY, LOA LOA, YARCHE 1000 SOLNTS, SKYGRAIN, and their releases include a demo CDR and a full-length CD on their singer’s label.

The lyrics for “Radar” go like this:

we’re walking following our own footprints looking for the new roads in the fog of the mistakes of others in the coolness of our own shades. isn’t it the same force that makes us go in circles makes our hands choose, while our minds keep sleeping, following someone else’s choice?

yes! now and today is the day when i want to go out of your control. i want the dot of my life to explode and grow into something bigger, i want to go out of your radar.

www.myspace.com/thebackweaponricochet

PIĈISMO – Esperantocore highlights.

January 19, 2008

I think Ukrainian hardcore scene isn’t very large or terribly interesting yet. I quite like the Rivne-based crust band ZALUPA (too bad they’ve split up), but the really crazy diamond there is PIĈISMO (or PICHISMO). Formed in 1993, they claim the title of the world’s first Esperantocore band. There were some punk songs in Esperanto before them but there wasn’t a whole band. With time, the band had diversified its approach and started using Ido, Volapük, Klingon and numerous other invented languages. The sound has grown quite as diverse, and various releases reflect the interest of the band’s leader Gleb Maltsev in noise, electronica, grindcore etc. He didn’t get stuck in his South Ukrainian hometown of Tsyurupinsk for very long, and various versions of the band existed in Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Belarus and Latvia. Gleb’s now living in Kaunas, Lithuania, and gigs and records fairly often.
PIĈISMO is fairly prolific, as I’d mentioned. Just the tip of the iceberg, there you go.

“Ankoraŭ Unu Freneza Kanzono” live at Teen Wave festival in Yevpatoriya, Crimea, August 1994. Frenzied song this is, indeed. By the way, ta to Alex Volkov for making this available.

I like their first four albums the most:

“Subita Merdo” (1993; raw punk in Esperanto, original Ukrainian lineup, 4 songs released on a Darbouka Records 7″)

“Buĥtismo” (1994-1995; compilation of various punk / crust / noise recordings, various Ukrainian lineups)

“P.P.P.” (1997; crusty hardcore with members of Lithuanian band INVAZIJA)

“Esperantocore” (1998; also with INVAZIJA members)

I actually like early PIĈISMO enough to have released a tape covering their discography between 1993 and 1997. This post is a shameless plug innit?

http://www.myspace.com/pichismo
http://www.pichismo.narod.ru

P.S. E-punkoj, skribu min!

TRY THE BONE – Live at Zoccolo & Griboyedov.

January 11, 2008

TRY THE BONE are one of my favourite local bands. This video by the ever adorable Alex Volkov catches the last couple of minutes of their recent gig with NOLA at Zoccolo. The singer / guitarist Katya was sick so they played an all-instrumental set. Thankfully, the archives also hold a live recording of a few songs from Griboyedov club from Summer 2007, engineered by Den (PTVP, SVK, 188910). I really do hope that TRY THE BONE would overcome their shyness and do a studio recording.

TRY THE BONE – live at Griboyedov, Summer 2007:

http://www.sendspace.com/file/5t17xb

or

http://ifolder.ru/4898778

NOLA – “Let There Shine” live in St. Petersburg Jan. 8, 2008.

January 9, 2008

Well, a big hearty thank you once again goes to Alex Volkov who filmed last night’s gig at Zoccolo club in St. Petersburg. It featured locals TRY THE BONE and ARTTESTER as well as a rare appearance by veteran Moscow indie band NOLA (at various times also known as ENOLA).

CHIMERA – Control (Studio 1996).

December 26, 2007

The video which I think was filmed for Alexander Rozanov’s feature-length documentary film “Stop Your Steam Train” (“Tormozi Svoi Parovoz”) shows St. Petersburg’s greatest band CHIMERA recording their last album “Zudwa” at the Melodiya studio St. Petersburg. That was in the Summer of 1996. The tape was released in Spring 1997 but the singer / guitarist / trumpet player Eduard “Redt” Starkov has killed himself in February 1997.

Ta: Alex Volkov.