The Ukrainians A History of Rock Music in Ukrainian is a collection of British and American classic rock and pop songs re-interpreted with a high-octane eastern European twist by John Peel favourites The Ukrainians.What if .. Pop culture came to Britain from the East, not America?What if ..You listen to great music in a language not your own?What if . The cool new instrument wasnt the guitar, but the electric mandolin?Style-wise, A History of Rock Music in Ukrainian is an intoxicating cocktail of traditional Ukrainian music and Western Indie pop/rock. The tracks are raw, fresh and electrifying. Vodka-fuelled fiddles, accordion and mandolins interweave beautifully with powerful drums, driving bass and wonderfully zizzy electric guitars.The Ukrainians will be touring in Europe to promote the album, including UK dates throughout May and June 2015.The Ukrainians are notorious for their Ukrainian language versions of classicWestern rock and pop songs. The band has previously released Ukrainianised versions of songs by The Smiths, Prince and The Sex Pistols. The Ukrainians classic 1992 Pisni Iz The Smiths EP was re-released on 12 inch vinyl for Record Store Day 2013, and their Pistols covers album Never Mind The Cossacks for Record Store Day 2014.The Ukrainians cross-category appeal has meant that for 25 years they have wowed audiences at many hundreds of festivals throughout Europe and North America, including both Glastonbury and Womad in the UK.Right... its time to put A History of Rock Music in Ukrainian onto your turntable. First, sink at least one double-shot of ice-cool vodka. Secondly, turn the volume up to 11. Thirdly, totally immerse yourself in the poetic sound of the Ukrainian languageand finally, give in to the pure, life-affirming energy of the band that is The Ukrainians!
Sounds Like: Gogol Bordello, Fans de The Pogues
Label: Zirka Records, Omnium Records
Bio: The idea for The Ukrainians grew out of a side project of British 1980s Indie band The Wedding Present. The ‘Weddoes’ had decided to make one of their BBC Radio 1 John Peel sessions a Ukrainian one. Guitarist Peter Solowka's friend Len Liggins (dubbed ‘The Legendary Len’ by John Peel) was brought...See Full Bio
“'..INSTRUMENTS LIKE WHIRLING DERVISHES, THE MIX OF POWER POP AND UKRAINE IS CORAGEOUS AND A TOUCH INSPIRATIONAL ”