PunkTV

The passage of time leaves its mark on the work of many performers, especially during the transition from youth to adulthood. These recordings try to hold keep those changes at bay.
The move from a regional center in Russia to Moscow or St. Petersburg can be very daunting. A number of lyrical releases compare those shifts to some related doubts about society in general.
As the lineups of various bands change over time, so does their connection to any one place. Eventually, the very idea of a fixed location or timeline, even, gives way to much wider networks.
Three of these projects epitomize a very English melancholy or turn instead to the dark and fuzzy registers of witch-house. The fourth locks itself in a bathroom until somebody starts writing music.
Given the damage done to Russia's music industry by piracy, market-driven "propriety" has waned swiftly. In the absence of any fiscal logic, however, artists find their own moral standards are much more demanding.
Four young guitar bands - all the way from Kiev to Vladivostok - speak about the energy levels needed in their craft. As job pressures - and cynical audiences - take their toll, staying "vigorous" can be a challenge.
These new songs from Kiev, Minsk, and Moscow all draw upon themes of mental whimsy. Their leaning towards flights of fantasy - if not absurdity - is designed to counter the limits of dull actuality.
Three dream- and noise-pop ensembles from various corners of Russia document their troubles while creating wistful, romantic songs. Ironically, the greater those complications, the more escapism becomes a cherished ideal.
Ned Hoper, Aerofall, and Zazazone are all connected to other ensembles or collaborative endeavors. These bands all ponder various alternatives to haughty, self-assured creativity through humbling and social enterprise.
Various EPs and remixes this week touch upon the role of friendship, networking, and collaborative culture in an environment where the role of profit is diminished. Today's trust can form tomorrow's institutions, perhaps
Punk TV, in speaking of their new album, evince some of the problems caused by the death of hard media in Russia. Younger bands sense that demise even more, either in Siberia or St Petersburg
Arguably the most widely-known fact (or assumption) with regard to PunkTV would be that the ensemble harbors an enduring love for the UK's Madchester scene of the 1990s. Although this Siberian band has long advertised itself as the "visiting card of Russia's indie-scene," their collective heart...
Wonderkid are a young band from Surgut in Siberia.  The city has a rich history, being more than 400 years old, but the last 40 years in particular have seen the biggest changes. At this time Surgut began developing as a major center for the oil industry.  Since the end of the Soviet Union, th...
PunkTV are from Novosibirsk, the third biggest city in Russia.  They have just - according to a similar numerical process - released their third CD, entitled "Loverdrive."  Now celebrating the fifth year of their existence, they continue to quote the enthusiastic music press of a couple of yea...
At the start of next month a CD compilation of new Russian music is to be published by AeroCCCP Records, a small but valiant label operating from Brooklyn.  Focusing on bands likely to be encountered in the clubs of Moscow and St Petersburg, it houses eighteen tracks by some of the more interes...

Audio

PunkTV – Kometa (Space Holiday Rocks remix)
PunkTV – Wintersample (FPRF remix)
PunkTV – Phantom (NOW! Remix)
PunkTV – "Space Shadows" Preview
PunkTV – Phantom (2Sleepy Remix)
PunkTV – Solar (Illuminated Faces Remix)
PunkTV – Solar (Rhytm Police Remix)
PunkTV – Solar
PunkTV – Every Minute Is OK
PunkTV – 13th Ave Flash

Video

Every Minute Is OK
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