So I was reading the review’s of last week’s Einsturzende Neubaten gig on last.fm, and I came across a post that perfectly explains why shows end at 10pm here. Some dork wrote that he showed up at 6 p.m. for a gig that was billed for 8 p.m., and then was surprised when the band didn’t take the stage till 9:30. Now, I don’t know where Russians’ sudden desire to be arrive early to concerts comes from, but anyone who’s ever been to a gig in the West knows that the time listed on posters is when doors should open, not when the headlining bands takes the stage! Russians please take note: the general math for showgoing is to take the posted time, add a half hour or so just for fun, and then add 30-45 minutes more for each opening band. What kind of fucking moron would expect a headlining band to play at 8 p.m.? You know who you are.
Anyway, not a whole lot of interest going on here over the next two weeks – guess promoters are taking a bit of a break for the traditional May holidays. So if you actually want to know what’s worth seeing, just check out top pixxx (to your right). If you want to know what you’re probably better off avoiding, by all means, read on!
It’s pretty cool that Russia has now become the sort of place that DIY hardcore bands like Italy’s TO KILL (May 5, Tabula Rasa, 19:00) can play in. Perhaps someday the whole country will open up, and you’ll have bands getting in the van from Vladivostok to Vladikavkaz. But for now you just get a fast and heavy Italian hardcore band who sounds something like COMEBACK KID or BANE.
Goddamnit. Until looking up the bio for DEVILDRIVER (May 6, Tochka, 19:00), I’d been able to successfully forget that a band called COAL CHAMBER even existed. Now I am reminded of their existence, as this band has ex-members. Yah-fucking-goo. They’re pretty metal and all, and some other metal bands called RASTA and AVOID open.
One of Moscow’s fastest-rising stars in the nascent indie scene is post-rock band MOONCAKE (May 9, 16 Tons, 21:00), which is hosting the release party for its first album, "More Oxygen, I Said…". The music sounds decent – if you like EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY, you’ll like it – but hopefully they’ll do something more interesting in the future.
Those looking for something a bit more chill, would do well to check out Viennese trip-hop and dub producer PETER KRUDER (May 10, Ikra, 23:00). Better known as half of the KRUDER & DORFMEISTER remixing duo, Kruder has remixed MADONNA, DEPECHE MODE and BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY, among others.
SUICIDE SILENCE (May 12, Tochka, 19:00) is yet another deathcore band hailing from sunny California. They are, presumably, crushing and brutal. They bring Boston hardcore band BURY YOUR DEAD with them. Locals AUTOSKAN and ONE SHOT FOR ALL open.
If you were saddened that Italian pop-punk nobodies VANILLA SKY (May 13, Tochka, 19:00) were unable to make their gig last month, have no fear: it has been rescheduled. You can hear their silly cover of "Umbrella" and so much, uh, more.
Seems like sleazy French punk band TRACY GANG PUSSY (May 14, Tabula Rasa, 19:00) plays here every six months. And every six months I miss them. Maybe this time I’ll actually bother to check them out, as one of Moscow’s more promising punk bands – LAZY BITCHES – is opening. Germans BETTIE FORD — influenced by TURBONEGRO, HELLACOPTERS, etc. – and locals VSESTVOLI also open.
Probably your first exposure to Soviet rock was via the cheesiness of GORKY PARK (May 15, Hard Rock Café, 19:00). Now you can relive that cheesiness in all of its lost glory, in the confines of Moscow’s own Hard Rock Café. Wow. Expat-fronted local rockers DIRTY DOG open.