Grazhdanskaya Oborona

A couple of years ago I got a zine from Poland or Czech from a trade which only featured bands from East Europe. Actually the original zine appeared in Slavic and I got the translated version which also included a mix cdr. In the zine was an article on the Russian punk band Grazhdanskaya Oborona. The story told of the band who started in the Soviet was really fascinating and also the translated lyrics were amazing. After I heard a song of them on the mix cd I was definitely blown away. Punk rock with folk influences straight from the heart with a lot of raw energy and of course being Russian it had the right melancholic edge. They are from Omsk, which is in South west Siberia.

Since I couldn’t find the zine anymore I just did a search to find some of there songs on the internet. First here one of their older songs, more noize street punk:

Their later songs seems to have more psychadelic rock influence, which not always works. Especially when you don’t understand the lyrics. This one of my favorite folky songs with nice dark video:

The main man behind Grazhdanskaya Oborona was Yegor Letov, who wrote the songs and recorded their albums in their apartment. Soon after first album was recorded the KGB send to a mental institution and their bass player was drafted into the army. He really seems an interesting dude, although according to wikipedia he was also quite controversial. He passed away on 19th of February 2008 in his sleep. Check out here one of his solo songs.


One Response to “Grazhdanskaya Oborona”

  1. Pretty cool too:

    But the coolest I’ve seen from the Soviet Union is Alexander Bashlachev:

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