VulgarGrad bring you a highly alcoholic and volatile blend of the old songs of the Russian thieves (called blatnie pesny or blatnyak), along with punk classics of the Perestroika era and a strong dose of contemporary St. Petersburg swearing ska. The band delivers this music with style, raucous menace, stripy shirts and a smattering of grim smiles (very important).

Legend of stage and screen, Jacek Koman (Children of Men, Moulin Rouge, Romulus My Father, Australia) is the genial but vengeful front man who roars with the voice of a man betrayed, and he is backed by a gang of Australia's most illustrious ex-cons drawn from bands such as The Spaghetti Western Experience, The Blue Grassy Knoll, Zulya and the Children of the Underground, Croque Monsieur, Blue Drag, and the Five Angry Men. The Line-up is guitar, drums, trombone, trumpet, accordion, and watch out for the largest, most triangular instrument of them all, the mighty contrabass balalaika.

"This album is an absolute hoot! The album title (read with tongue firmly planted in cheek) says it all really – think Tom Waits in Russian meets Waiting For Guiness or any of that ilk. VulgarGrad are a Melbourne-based outfit featuring bassist Andrew Tanner (Zulya’s Children Of The Underground) on contrabass balalaika, with an able crew of guitar, horns & accordion, and at the helm the extraordinary guttural vocals of Jacek Koman.

All the songs are sung in Russian, delivered with all the morose hilarity we love from the Eastern Bloc proletariat, and with titles like ‘Alkoholik’, ‘Why Did The Aborigines Eat Captain Cook’ and ‘Anarchy Is Our Mother’ you can probably assume this is not music to be bourgeois to. It swings, stutters, stumbles and growls, veering and careering from cabaret cheese to jazz groove to carny to ska. While the musicians are clearly seasoned (or pickled), they play with shambolic abandon, often threatening to slide off the vodka-soaked table and into a puddle on the floor, with Koman’s growl providing enough rust to prevent proceedings from ever getting too slick. A fat horn section slithers & seesaws with well-oiled grunt, peppered with tasteful sprinklings of Nara Demasson’s jazzy guitar and what I assume is Svetlana Bunic’s MIDI accordion sounding like xylophone, hammond organ, flute and other sundry effects.

Superlatives aside, this is a great slab of music – energetic & fun, well-played and imminently danceable, although possibly even better to get very drunk and hurtle to."

01. Murka (trad.)
02. Alkoholik (S.Shnurov)
03. Why Did the Aborigines Eat Captain Cook (V.Vysotsky)
04. Anarchy is Our Mother (V.Tsoy)
05. The Giraffe (V.Vysotsky)
06. Vaninsky Port (trad.)
07. This Russian Rock 'N' Roll (F.Chistyakov)
08. The Years Rush By (A.Severny)

Jacek Koman: vocals
Andrew Tanner: contrabass, balalaika
Renato VaCirca: drums
Ros Jones: trombone
Adam Pierzchalski: trumpet
Nara Demasson: guitar
Phil McLeod: piano, accordion




Anonymous said...

Password is wrong :(

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Anonymous said...

I got the same problem, I tried Your advice, but still, it can't be open because of "wrong password"

Unknown said...

Well, the problem only comes if you copy-paste the password.
Apparently there is an extra space at the end.
So, either type out the password or copy-paste and delete the unnecessary space at the end.

Once again, Thanks a lot Bluesmen.
This one really was one of its kind.
Loved it.

Aldo said...

great album! have only heard it sober so far but will definitely put it on during the weekend when I have my drinking hat on.

mariou said...

Very nice album. All songs are very good... Thank you very much for posting this... :)

P.P./ I didn't had any password problem, either...

adrekk said...

Great album!!!

quem for do Brasil, deve escrever o password como diz o post de bluesmen, assim eu peguei este maravilhoso album.

No Problem with password, Thank you.

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meagre Turkish | broken English said...

Thanks a lot for your work. There are many world music blogs around, but your has a somewhat different angle to it and a distinct Central European flavour. Additional thanks for the Hungarian stuff. Greetings from Moscow.

Anonymous said...

I've had problems with passwords I've cut and pasted the password and written it in too I've tried deleting the space at there end as recommended still wrong password keeps coming up, if this seems to be an problem why not fix it by making the password shorter I'd really love this site if I could actually download anything from it

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot! Great album!

Elvina said...

Wow, what a breath taking collection. This is so enjoyable.
Music is the shorthand of emotion. it gave me the real feeling of ecstasy! Looking forward to another great post.

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