St.Petersburg Times" #1024
November 26, 2004
ARTS + FEATURES
Live band studio-bound
By Sergey Chernov
Photo by RAINSNOW / FOR SPT
We play punk, if not in form then in its spirit and emotion,"
says Alexei "Jose" Pavlikhin, a singer and lyricist
with Poimanniye Muravyedy, the local band that blends punk,
Latin and reggae and was hand-picked by Leningrad's Sergei
Shnurov for release on his label Shnur'OK. Pavlikhin, 29,
who studied in a book-trade college, started as a lyricist
with a few local underground bands. He said he started to
sing by chance.
wanted another guy, he agreed at first but then [failed to
join the band], but I've already tried to shout, and so it
went," he said. He describes the band's songs as "little
trash Vonneguts," admitting influences of American trash
movies and author Kurt Vonnegut, whose second novel "The
Sirens of Titan" written in 1959 he cited as his favorite.
songs talk about sad things in a funny way, just like Vonnegut
does," he said.
he deals with global issues of mankind, while we sing about
a small man, about a guy who hangs around, trying to do something."
all centered around a small person, small stories from life."
sees the persona of the band's songs as a "pseudo-macho
who dwells in dormitory districts."
loves drinking and foul language, he is rude and ill-bred,
but not deprived of charm and warmheartedness," he said.
the other hand, he cites trash movies such as Michael Herz
and Lloyd Kaufman's 1985 horror "The Toxic Avenger"
as an influence.
disgusting director's work. The actors performing poorly,
but it's all politically incorrect and fun. I think we have
something of trash and kitsch in our music as well."
"V Rayone Appendiksa" or "In the Region of
the Appendix," the album that was released in May is
the band's first. The band recorded it at Neva, a local studio
used by Sergei Shnurov, with Leningrad's recording engineer
Denis "Dens" Mozhin, last year.
showed the material to Sergei, who thought that it was fun,"
Leningrad, the band is notorious for using expletives, while
Pavlikhin admitted Leningrad's influence on the song "No
Money No Woman," as well as the influence of Bob Marley.
between Bob Marley's 'No Woman No Cry' and Leningrad's 'Show
Business," he said.
about a musician, with empty pockets, I'd say it's autobiographical.
But it's exaggerated a bit - I don't overuse alcohol, but
all the rest is true."
band's name, Poimanniye Muravyedy, or Trapped Anteaters was
inspired by a South American folk tale dealing with bestiality,
jealousy and murder. The band's interest in all things Latin
in its early period led to its members to adopting Spanish
stage names and posing as children of Chilean political exiles.
band formed in May 2000 in Kupchino on the southern outskirts
of St. Petersburg, where it had a rehearsal room in a high
school basement in its early days.
the other singer Chino [Slava Filippov] and me had an idea
to do instrumental hip-hop somewhat similar to Cypress Hill
when they play as a live band," Pavlikhin said.
and reggae influences came from the band's then drummer Yevgeny
"Juan" Kulakov, who quit to join a mainstream rock
act earlier this year.
had very contradictory tastes; I listened to Cypress Hill,
Molotov, 311, while the bassist and drummer were into Red
Snapper, Apollo 440 and Asian Dub Foundation," Pavlikhin
we put everything together, punk, hardcore, reggae and Latin
and came up with something that we play now."
he listens to heavy metal acts Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie,
as well as such Afro-Cuban jazz performers as Ibrahim Ferrer,
from Pavlikhin and Filippov, the only original members, the
band features Vladimir "Jorge" Dolgov, its guitarist
since 2002. The rhythm section, Roman Nevelev on bass and
Kirill Pavlovsky on drums, joined in May.
admits that Poimanniye Muravyedy is primarily a live band,
even if it is planning to go to a studio soon to record its
more about concerts than recordings," he said adding
that his band is probably similar to Emir Kusturica's No Smoking
Orchestra in spirit.
most people say that you have first to go to our concert to
get an adequate impression."