Sat 7 December 2019 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Levontin 7 - Levontin 7, Tel Aviv,
In the world of Messer Chups, it’s all about the riff. Guitarist Oleg Guitaracula will occasionally grunt some howling-man vocals, but most of the time he and bassist Svetlana “Zombierella” Nagaeva are stitching together spidery threads of conjoined melodies on their axes. Although there are heavy doses of rockabilly and garage rock in the Russian trio’s approach on their latest album, Taste the Blood of Guitaracula, Messer Chups’ sound is most heavily rooted in surf rock. Mr. Guitaracula’s Batman-style riffs are soaked in reverb — and sometimes made even more spacey with washes of theremin — while Nagaeva underpins everything with her darkly lurking, subterranean bass lines. Drummer Evgeny “Rockin’ Eugene” Lomakin chops it all together with dizzying drum rolls and curt, simple beats.
(LA Weekly, March 2019)
“Embracing elements of decadent capitalism that even most Westerners would shy away from, zany Russian lounge mutant Oleg Gitarkin plays twangy sci-fi music for people who know that the future actually happened over 40 years ago… This is the start of the Leatherette Revolution.” (THE WIRE).
“Imagine Ed Wood meets Davie Allen & The Arrows, and they go to a covert Soviet-era studio on the moon. Maybe they bring along Lux Interior of The Cramps for the ride. And a theremin. Strange sounds emerge and are broadcast in Eastern Europe on scratchy old radios. People listen and begin to dance in strange formations. Then they all turn into vampires, or huge flesh-eating robots, and destroy America and Western Europe to the tune of this entrancing, psychotic beat. Or something. That’s Messer Chups. They hail from Russia, but beyond that, these spy-surf-horror space cadets remain largely shrouded in mystery. Cloaked in prehistoric Soviet analog synth sounds, their enigmatic catalog of hits features a retro style that has as much to do with scratchy old vampire films from the ‘60s as it does with easy listening and surf styles”. Ipecac Recordings Releases