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Bardak Calendar January 13, 2008
Band Interview: The Mod Squad From Perm

The White Trainers Community is a "mod revival" trio from Perm currently based in London, where they have found moderate success. We ICQ'd with them recently and learned the hottest British chicks are in some place called Romford. They play Ikra on January 16.

What's up with living in London? Are you guys plotting with Berezovsky, or what?

What we really plan to do is to make the first Russian mod invasion in Great Britain and to conquer the territory that some time ago historically belonged to mods. In this case we need to reach London, the cradle of our religion, like crusaders reached Jerusalem centuries ago, establish there our own government, spread our faith and turn as much people as it is possible into mods.

Right. So are there any hot British girls?

Sure. The most gorgeous birds in England live no doubt in Essex. Go for example to Chelmsford and see that we are utterly right. Romford is a good place to go as well.

Romford, here we come. So what are UK critics saying about you guys these days?

They call us part of the mod revival (some people call it power pop, whatever) with a touch of 60's rhythm'n'blues and soul music. We are usually compared with bands like the Jam, the Lambrettas, Merton Parkas and sometimes with the Action, the Small Faces or even the Who. That's alright, but WE ARE NOT A BRIT POP BAND!!! We want to rip one's head off when one says that we play brit pop and remind of any of those cunts. We used to play this kind of shit but it was a long time ago, so now we've got nothing to do with it.

You guys always sounded sort of Brit Pop to us. Describe your typical groupie.

There are no typical ones. What we know exactly is that they're all very nice, well dressed up, smart and they like what we do.

What are you listening to these days?

It's been about a year and a half since we listened to any new bands. We used to listen to loads of them like two years ago, but we got tired because they're all the same. We preferred to learn more about late 50's American mod jazz, rhythm'n'blues and soul, and 60's British beat music.

What has ever come out of Perm besides you guys?

There are for sure some people in Perm who have achieved good results in some other spheres (such as literature, art, science) and became famous in Russia or even in some other countries, but we don't know much about them. It's not interesting for us.

What's the best place to play a gig in Moscow?

16 Tons.

What do you think of the New Rave thing?

It was dead before it was born, that's our opinion. We personally know guys who try to make it popular in Russia and call it 'Russki bit'. We wish them good luck. But we think that Mod culture is a lot richer and has a fantastic historical and musical background, while new rave is another chewing gum which flavor goes in a couple of minutes after you try it.

Will you guys ever be famous?


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