Wednesday, January 23, 2013

DURNOYE VLIYANIE - Nepodvizhnost Cassette

дурное влияние
I can't find much about this band on the internet written in English, which is unfortunate because this post punk/cold wave band from St. Petersburg, Russia, is really interesting, and this tape is a great listen! I got a big box of mostly eastern Euro/USSR/Balkan tapes a while back, and this was one of the shining stars of the bunch. Well, not 'shining' in a 'bright' sense - this is rather dark and desolate sounding, actually. I hear an equal amount of SISTERS OF MERCY and JOY DIVISION, while holding a tone of sheer misery throughout. DURNOYE VLIYANIE apparently existed from 1987 to 1991, but reformed a couple years ago. 

Дурное Влияние ‎– Неподвижность

This recording was done in a Leningrad suburb in 1989, but this tape didn't see the light of day until 2003, and I get the feeling it's very rare. The first track is a bit more upbeat than the others, but as the following tunes slow down a bit, they certainly don't diminish in quality. Some of the guitar riffs are really innovative, and the vocals have the monotone goth quality, but not in a boring or completely contrived way, and sometimes unleash with some ear-splitting howls to keep things interesting. Perfect for those depressing rainy days...

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