Greece has shown a lot of love for this Russian band from Rostov-On-Don and since they are going to pay us a visit in the very next few days for 5 live shows (14-18 December) Last Day Deaf is grabbing the chance to throw a few weird and unusual questions about their latest album and beyond. Enjoy.

Is the title of your LP ‘Dialogues‘ pointing out something that our world today is lacking, something that you are passionate about or something completely different?

It’s about two people, or spirits, souls, ghosts, or whatever you want it to be, who are speaking about love, loss, faith, and other things. 

Like most of your lyrics, ‘Dialogues‘ contains a great dose of romanticism. Does romanticism have a place in your life?

I’d rather call it «sorrow», I’m not very into romanticism, but I like some sort of it in some prose and music. «Sorrow» is the core subject for almost all Russian folklore music and I think it’s a part of most Russians.

Do you believe that there is a specific reason that the Greek audience is so fond of your sound? The weather in your hometown Rostov is almost the complete opposite of our weather in Greece. Is there any chance these two ends may generate similar feelings?

I’m sorry, but I don’t know the answer, I don’t think that there’s something about weather in it, it’s better to ask the listeners.

It is safe to assume that at the moment you are the most recognizable alternative Russian band outside your country. Is this too much of a burden for you or it feels more like wings that will carry you on?

I can’t agree with you here, there are many different bands from Russia these days, playing different music, we are pretty underground comparing to others.

Which is your preferable format for listening music? (vinyl records, cd’s, tapes, digital files)

Vinyls, because they have big sleeves, but mostly – digital files, sometimes cd’s in the car.


Name a life changing moment you experienced.

It’s a secret.

Are you into literature? Any favourites? Is there a book on your bedside at the moment?

I’m reading from time to time. At the moment I’m reading a novel by Roman Senchin “Eltyshevy” and poems “Unseen Truth” by Yuri Mamleyev.

Can you give an example of a mainstream Russian musician that is followed by the vast majority of Russians? Do his works hold a place in your collection?

Maybe the band Kino, it’s still very popular, nevertheless it’s from the 80’s. It was a very good band, I like it a lot. 

If we track back to Motorama’s ‘Horse‘ years and compare this with your latest LP, I get the feeling that there is a consistent turn from new wave to a more indie pop approach. Is this a conscious choice or just following inspirational paths here?

It’s unconscious. As for me, it’s all pop music. 

Do you believe that your sound now is more” Motorama” than ever? Or do you consider another album as your peak?

We are not running to reach the mystical peak, all albums are connected with the periods of time and times are different. At the moment my favorite is the last album and we are not bored of playing these songs live.

Do you prefer throwing gigs at small and intimate places or big and filled with the energy of hundreds of people?


Are you working or something right now, is it any different, can we expect to hear  shards of it at your live in Athens?

I’m into songwriting all the time and I’m doing it for three different bands, who knows, maybe we will play something new.

Any last thoughts you want to share considering the future of music from your point of view?

I’d rather keep my mouth shut.

Photo credits: Alexey Trineev (1st one), Vanessa Luksch (2nd one)

Thomas Gounaropoulos