SOLD OUT - Гражданская Оборона "Русское Поле..." LP
Finally the legendary "Russian Field Experiments" album is available on vinyl. I think if I had to pick a single GrOb release as my favorite, or the best representation of the band, I would say this is the album. One of the most uncompromising, both lyrically and musically. As with the other albums from this session, there's the classic blown out, lacerated throat vocals, the fuzzy chainsaw guitars and the relentless drums that are the hallmarks of the GrOb style. What sets this album apart is that it really shows the full range of the band and is the most distinct sonically. Not to mention, the album finishes off with the 13 minute epic song "Russian Field Experiments" which is, in my mind, the final gasp of a crumbling society and alludes to the Soviet dissolve and its aftermath 2 years later. "The moth of a child says the bullet - eternity smells of oil - eternity smells of oil". In my mind, this is THE quintessential Soviet Siberian punk album.
A few words on the record from band leader Yegor Letov.... "The highest peak of brutal audacious audacity, aggression at that time, an attempt to achieve maximum uncomfortability, indigestibility for the average listener. On the one hand, it was a risk of losing the audience, on the other - the opportunity, finally, to gain its OWN BEING. True, genuine, ideological, cutting. Based on the above concept, the recording was made with maximum violations of sound standards - direct separation of channels, voice recorded with deliberate overload, recessed, "smeared" percussion, whistling guitars, all kinds of atonal noise and rumble."
Keep an eye out, later on this year or early next I'll be getting the final two albums getting reissued on vinyl, "War" and "Armageddon-pops"