(by Dawn Reed)
Maybe it was my recent viewing of the classic film The Deer Hunter
that sparked my interest in delving into Russia's music scene this week. You know, because of all the insane rounds of Russian Roulette between De Niro and Walken. That was some intense stuff right there dude. Equally as intense are these awesome female fronted hard rock bands that are all over the Russian Federation right now.
Right off the bat, the Moscow based band Louna
got my attention with their track for "Fight Club
" from their Dec. 2010 debut release, Make It Louder
. Lousine Gevorkian brings her all vocally with Sergey Ponkratiev (guitar), Rouben Kazariyan (guitar), Vitaly Demidenko (bass), and Leonid Kinzbursky (drums) delivering an epic hard sound. They all came together in late 2008, and went on to earn a RAMP award (Russian Alternative Music Prize) and were named "Discovery of the Year" in 2009. Make It Louder
features songs about the harsh social issues, increasing expansion of religion, threats of totlitarian views, civil rights, ecological catastrophes, and human indifference in their home country that often goes unpublicized to the rest of the world. Witness how awesome they are Live in the clip below.
And based out of St. Petersburg is Toy Fabrique
, another femme fronted nu-metal band, that combines dense alternative riffs with melodic oriental motifs. Formed in 2004, each member takes on a stage name to live out a toy doll-like character in performances. Screaming melodies at the front of the stage is Natalia Rakytskyy (aka Ness), with Alex Gorbachev (Less/guitar), Dmitry Paranin (Sic/bass,guitar) and Maxim Gvozdev (Max/drums) bringing in some aggressive accompaniment. In latest news, Toy Fabrique have been working on a musical coalation to bring together like-minded bands in St. Petersburg/Russia to be more active in the music festival community, the first one taking place on July 22 with them, Hot Toys, Last Weekend, and Marj Kula. Check out their official video for "Блюз" ("Blues") below.
For a sweet comprehensive list of more female fronted Russian rock bands, check out this dope website