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Shortparis performing at Haldern Pop Festival in 2018
Shortparis at Haldern Pop 2018
Background information
OriginSaint Petersburg, Russia
GenresElectronic music, avant-pop, dark wave, art punk
Years active2012-present
  • Nikolai Komyagin
  • Alexander Galyanov
  • Alexander Ionin
  • Pavel Lesnikov
  • Danila Kholodkov

Shortparis is a Russian experimental indie pop band formed in Saint Petersburg in 2012.


Nikolai Komyagin, Alexander Ionin, and Pavel Lesnikov met in their hometown, Novokuznetsk, and formed Shortparis in 2012 upon moving to Saint Petersburg. They were later joined by St. Petersburg natives Danila Kholodkov and Alexander Galyanov.[1] The band performs songs in Russian, French, and English.[2] According to John Doran of The Quietus, Shortparis is following in Sergey Kuryokhin's legacy of provocative performance art; Doran describes the group as "Ambitious, bombastic, incredibly pretentious, erotic, thrilling, impossible to pin down, vaguely deviant, fun to dance to and full of revolutionary potential".[3]

Shortparis opened for The Kooks in 2015 and alt-J in 2017 at Saint Petersburg's A2.[4][5] The band started gaining attention in English-language music publications for their performances at MENT Festival,[6][7] OFF Festival,[8] Pop-Kultur Berlin,[9][10] and Station Narva Festival[11][12] in 2018. In April 2018, Shortparis performed alongside Kazuskoma, Spasibo, Glintshake, and Elektroforez in Minsk, Warsaw, Poznan, Berlin, and Kaliningrad as part of a tour showcasing Russian bands.[13] In May 2019, Shortparis undertook their first UK tour, including performances at Liverpool Sound City[14] and The Great Escape Festival.[15] In August 2019 they also played in the electronic festival Brave in Kyiv.

The group appeared in the 2018 film Leto (Russian: Лето, lit. 'Summer'), performing a cover of David Bowie's "All the Young Dudes".[16] In 2019, the song "Chto-to osoboe vo mne" (Russian: Что-то особое во мне) appeared in the episode "Chapter 4: SYZYGY" of season 2 of The OA.[17]

Shortparis made the shortlist for GQ Russia's "Discovery of the Year" award in 2019.[18] At the 2019 Jager Music Awards, Shortparis won Band of the Year, as well as Single of the Year and Video of the Year for "Strashno" (Russian: «Страшно», lit. 'Scary').[19][20]


  • Nikolai Komyagin (vocals)[21]
  • Alexander Galyanov (guitar, keyboards)[21]
  • Alexander Ionin (guitar, bass, accordion)[21]
  • Pavel Lesnikov (drums, sampling)[21]
  • Danila Kholodkov (drums, percussion)[21]


  • 2013 - Дочери (Daughters)[22]
  • 2017 - Пасха (Easter)[22]
  • 2019 - Так закалялась сталь (Thus the Steel Was Tempered)[23]


  1. ^ "Как Shortparis стала лучшей концертной группой страны". The Village. 2018-05-25. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  2. ^ "The Quietus | Features | Escape Velocity | Brutal Russian Truth: Shortparis Interviewed". The Quietus. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  3. ^ "The Quietus | Reviews | Shortparis". The Quietus. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  4. ^ Ковалев, Борис (2015-11-09). "Состояние очищения. Британское благородство в клубе А2Musecube". Musecube (in Russian). Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  5. ^ Фоломеев, Игорь (2017-09-05). "Alt-J: "Красота в простоте"". Musecube (in Russian). Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  6. ^ February 3, V.; at 12:05, 2018 (2018-02-02). "Shortparis : MENT festival : live review". Louder Than War. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  7. ^ "The Quietus | News | Things Learned at MENT Festival". The Quietus. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  8. ^ "The Quietus | News | Things Learned At: OFF Festival". The Quietus. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  9. ^ "Pop-Kultur 2018: Your gig-binge | Gigwise". Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  10. ^ "The Quietus | News | Things Learned At: Pop-Kultur Festival". The Quietus. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  11. ^ October 1st, Richard Foster; 2018. "Operation Notes From Underground: DiS Does Station Narva 2018". DrownedInSound. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  12. ^ "The island in between: Station Narva festival 2018 reviewed | Gigwise". Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  13. ^ Fedorova, Anastasiia; Petty, Felix; Mademuaselle, Sasha; Pressigny, Clementine de (2018-06-20). "russian punk youth on tour". I-D. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  14. ^ "Liverpool Sound City 2019 Review: The 13 best performances | Gigwise". Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  15. ^ Subscribe. "Surfbort, Crack Cloud, Pottery and more shine bright on Day One of The Great Escape 2019". DIY. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  16. ^ "20 интересных фактов о фильме "Лето" Кирилла Серебренникова". Журнал Esquire (in Russian). Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  17. ^ "Music from The OA S2E04". Tunefind. Retrieved 2019-12-01.
  18. ^ "Человек Года 2019". GQ Russia. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  19. ^ "Jager Music Awards". Jager Music Awards (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2019-11-22. Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  20. ^ Muchnik, Andrei (2019-12-05). "Music and More Awarded in Moscow". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 2019-12-06.
  21. ^ a b c d e "Тело потемнело как угли. Дионисийские ритуалы группы Shortparis". Радио Свобода (in Russian). Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  22. ^ a b "Shortparis". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  23. ^ "Премьера: альбом Shortparis «Так закалялась сталь»". Собака.ru (in Russian). 2019-11-01. Retrieved 2019-11-01.

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