in Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
Leningrad, the thirteen-strong line-up founded in 1997 by painter, actor, radio presenter and musician Sergei Shnurov, is already a legend in Russia. After starting out with a cult following among Moscow intellectuals, over the past few years these kings of the Russian underground have grown into the country’s biggest group – without compromising their incredibly fresh music and lyrics. In conjunction with offbeat, absurd and political lyrics, their explosive mixture of punk, ska, polka and latin meanwhile rouses ecstatic reactions from millions of fans worldwide. The band is banned from playing in Moscow and sells out in St. Petersburg, Hamburg and New York. But forgetting the reputation and credentials: What are they like on stage? Flawless is the only word for the outfit’s incendiary mixture of hyper-fast ska saturated with hard-driving horns and combined with equally danceable latin and balkan influences – not to mention boozy Russian gangsta polka from the period 1930-50. In Germany, Leningrad first came to notice through guest appearances at Vladimir Kaminer’s hip “Russian Disco” in Berlin. Coinciding with the launch of their new album “Bread” (Eastblok Music/Indigo), the first to be released outside Russia, the special goEast concert promises the audience a lesson in how to party in wild – and profoundly Russian – fashion.