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LISTEN: New Gnoomes Single
Christian Eede , January 10th, 2017 11:07

Russian band share lead track from their forthcoming new album; listen below. Homepage photo courtesy of Alisa Calypso

Rocket Recordings will release a second record from Gnoomes this March in the form of new album Tschak! and above, we are giving you the first chance to listen to its lead track, 'Cascais'.

The track is an electro-tinged, vocoder-heavy slice of alternative pop which sees the band take a different tack in their creative process. "Our vocalist was almost taken into the Russian Army, while some of us were caught by the police for being high, and the court sentenced [the members] to five days in prison and one year of visiting a narcologist every month," the band say. "So we haven’t had an opportunity to use psychedelics during the recording process. It was a challenge for us to find the legal ways to make psych music without it, but we thought that it’s not so bad, we could find the best way in daily life and simple things that surrounded us.

"Growing up in Russia affects our music a lot," they further say. "Sometimes very vivid images from the past come into our minds. Our guitarist Dima grew up near Chernobyl and he remembers the situation when he and his Grandad were evacuated from this area to the Urals. Of course it has a serious impact on his approach of doing music - to kill all the fear and to break the mental barriers that you already have. We don’t like the politics but we can’t ignore them. As for cultural funding, this situation reminds us the beginning of the ’70s in Germany where there was a domination of Schlager and youngsters just wanted to avoid it by creating music to break the rules."

Gnoomes will release Tschak! on March 10. You can pre-order it here.