The Russians Are Coming
The band, which is touted as “a household name from Siberia to Moscow and beyond” by its publicists, kicks off the invasion Jan. 22 at Bell House in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Other destinations in Mumiy Troll’s sights include Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza in New York City (Jan. 23), Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, Mass. (Jan. 26), The Mod Club Theatre in Toronto (Jan. 28), 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis (Jan. 31), Chop Suey in Seattle (Feb. 6) and The Independent in San Francisco (Feb. 3-4).
Additional dates are expected.
Mumiy Troll, founded in Eastern Russia in 1983, was denounced as “one of the most socially dangerous bands in the world” by a local Communist party official.
However, the group’s self-described “rockapops” sound has earned them legions of fans throughout the former Soviet Republic.
Frontman Ilya Lagutenko attributes much of the band’s success to a spirit of adventure and good-old-fashioned hard work.
“Mumiy Troll have always been a band who took chances,” Lagutenko said in a statement announcing the tour. “From the very beginning when there was no independent music scene in Russia, we set out to create one.
“We were able to open up Russian music fans and decision makers to the idea of touring, releasing our own records and promoting our band when that idea didn’t even exist in our country.”
Lagutenko admitted the group might have to refine some of its touring tactics to conquer North America.
“The ocean we have to cross is not good for tour buses so Mumiy Troll is starting to equip our submarine.”