Hailing from the heart of Siberia, friends and fellow musicians Alex Kelman (sampler, keyboards, guitar), Vladimir Komarov (bass guitar, vocals), and Konstantin Nikonov (drums, percussion) joined forces under the moniker Punk TV in early 2004, with dreams of putting their names on the map of the still fledgling Russian indie scene. Fast forward 3 years, a relocation to Moscow, and two albums packed with effervescent dance beats, shoegaze harmonies, and new wave aesthetics, and the talented trio has managed to grab the attention of the Russian music press who did not hesitate to dub them “the best indie band in the country.”
With a sound that harkens the decadent notes of Manchester, the band injects the baggy tunes of The Stone Roses, The Charlatans, and Happy Mondays with extra noise à la Sonic Youth before adding some synth bleeps and organ chords courtesy of New Order and The Chemical Brothers. Loverdrive, the comrades’ latest offering, is a perfect combination of solid rhythms, droning guitars, and infectious vocals guaranteed to fill up the indie dancefloors in no time. With music like theirs, who needs vodka anyway?