Shortparis

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Shortparis
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
LabelsUniversal Music Russia[1]
Websiteshortparis.com
Members
  • Nikolai Komyagin
  • Alexander Ionin
  • Pavel Lesnikov
  • Danila Kholodkov
  • Alexander Galyanov

Shortparis is a Russian experimental group formed in Saint Petersburg in 2012.

History[edit]

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.[2]

In 2013, Shortparis released their debut album Docheri (Russian: «Дочери», lit.'Daughters'), with songs in English and French.[3] In 2017, they released the album Paskha (Russian: «Пасха», lit.'Easter'). In contrast to their previous album, all of the songs on Paskha are in Russian.[4] In 2019, Shortparis released their third album, Tak zakalyalas' stal (Russian: «Так закалялась сталь», lit.'Thus the Steel Was Tempered').[5]

In September 2020, Shortparis released the single "KoKoKo / Struktury ne vykhodyat na ulitsy" (Russian: «КоКоКо / Cтруктуры Не Выходят На Улицы», lit.'CluckCluckCluck (Structures Don't Take To The Streets)') and an accompanying music video. The title of the track refers to a piece of graffiti from the 1968 Paris riots.[6][7]

In January 2021, Shortparis contributed a track to the album Sokhrani moyu rech' navsegda (Russian: «Сохрани мою речь навсегда», lit.'Keep My Words Forever'), a compilation of songs based on Osip Mandelstam's work, released in honor of the 130th anniversary of the poet's birth.[8]

Live performances[edit]

Shortparis opened for The Kooks in 2015 and alt-J in 2017 at Saint Petersburg's A2.[9][10] The band started gaining attention in English-language music publications for their performances at Haldern Pop Festival, MENT Festival,[11][12] OFF Festival,[13] Pop-Kultur Berlin,[14][15] and Station Narva Festival[16][17] 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.[18] In May 2019, Shortparis undertook their first UK tour, including performances at Liverpool Sound City[19] and The Great Escape Festival.[20] In August 2019, they played at Brave! Factory Festival in Kyiv.[21]

Musical style[edit]

Shortparis performs songs in Russian, French, and English.[22] 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".[23]

Members[edit]

  • Nikolai Komyagin (vocals)[24]
  • Alexander Galyanov (guitar, keyboards)[24]
  • Alexander Ionin (guitar, bass, accordion)[24]
  • Pavel Lesnikov (drums, sampling)[24]
  • Danila Kholodkov (drums, percussion)[24]

Discography[edit]

  • 2013 - Docheri (Russian: «Дочери», lit.'Daughters')[3]
  • 2017 - Paskha (Russian: «Пасха», lit.'Easter')[4]
  • 2019 - Tak zakalyalas stal (Russian: «Так закалялась сталь», lit.'Thus the Steel Was Tempered')[25]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Shortparis made the shortlist for GQ Russia's "Discovery of the Year" award in 2019.[26] 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').[27][28]

Media appearances[edit]

Shortparis appeared in the 2018 film Leto (Russian: Лето, lit.'Summer'), performing a cover of David Bowie's "All the Young Dudes".[29] In 2019, their song "Chto-to osoboe vo mne" (Russian: Что-то особое во мне) featured in the episode "Chapter 4: SYZYGY" of season 2 of The OA.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Локальные артисты". Universal Music Russia (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-05-17.
  2. ^ Velichko, Nikita (2018-05-25). "Как Shortparis стала лучшей концертной группой страны". The Village (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2019-08-17. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  3. ^ a b Alekseeva, Anastasiya (2013-10-07). "Рецензия на альбом Shortparis «Дочери»". binoclespb.ru (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2021-01-15.
  4. ^ a b Agliullina, Marina (2017-12-29). "17 музыкальных альбомов 2017 года, которые достойны внимания". BURO. (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2021-01-15.
  5. ^ Foster, Richard (2019-11-06). "Shortparis: Tak Zakalyalas' Stal". The Quietus. Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2021-01-15.
  6. ^ Clarke, Patrick (2020-09-16). "Shortparis Share New Single, 'Structures Don't Take To The Streets'". The Quietus. Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2021-01-14.
  7. ^ "«Стремясь всем показать, в чем сила, трава сама себя косила» Shortparis устраивают петушиные бои в курятнике и висят на крюках в разделочном цехе. Премьера клипа «КоКоКо» на «Медузе»". Meduza (in Russian). 2020-09-17. Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2021-01-14.
  8. ^ "Оксимирон, Агутин, Лагутенко, Shortparis, Noize MC написали песни на стихи Осипа Мандельштама. Премьера трибьюта «Сохрани мою речь навсегда» на «Медузе»". Meduza (in Russian). 2021-01-14. Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2021-01-14.
  9. ^ Kovalev, Boris (2015-11-10). "Состояние очищения. Британское благородство в клубе А2". Musecube (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2019-06-02. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  10. ^ Folomeev, Igor (2017-09-05). "Alt-J: "Красота в простоте"". Musecube (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  11. ^ Robb, John (2018-02-02). "Shortparis : MENT festival : live review 'brilliant Russian band combine post industrial with stunning vocals'". Louder Than War. Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  12. ^ Foster, Richard (2018-02-14). "Things Learned at MENT Festival". The Quietus. Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  13. ^ Marszalek, Julian (2018-08-10). "Things Learned At: OFF Festival". The Quietus. Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  14. ^ Hayne, Charlotte (2018-08-23). "Pop-Kultur 2018: Your gig-binge". Gigwise. Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  15. ^ Dylan Wray, Daniel (2018-09-03). "Things Learned At: Pop-Kultur Festival". The Quietus. Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  16. ^ Foster, Richard (2018-10-01). "Operation Notes From Underground: DiS Does Station Narva 2018". Drowned in Sound. Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  17. ^ Trefor, Cai (2018-10-19). "The island in between: Station Narva festival 2018 reviewed". Gigwise. Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  18. ^ Fedorova, Anastasiia; Mademuaselle, Sasha (2018-06-20). "russian punk youth on tour". i-D. Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  19. ^ Trefor, Cai (2019-05-07). "Liverpool Sound City 2019 Review: The 13 best performances". Gigwise. Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  20. ^ Wright, Lisa; Bentley, James (2019-05-19). "Surfbort, Crack Cloud, Pottery and more shine bright on Day One of The Great Escape 2019". DIY. Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  21. ^ "Brave! Factory Festival 2019". Brave! Factory Festival. Archived from the original on 2019-09-03. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  22. ^ Foster, Richard (2019-04-17). "Brutal Russian Truth: Shortparis Interviewed". The Quietus. Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  23. ^ Doran, John (2018-03-26). "Shortparis: ПАСХА". The Quietus. Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  24. ^ a b c d e Volchek, Dmitry (2019-01-08). "Тело потемнело как угли. Дионисийские ритуалы группы Shortparis". Радио Свобода (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  25. ^ "Премьера: альбом Shortparis «Так закалялась сталь»". Собака.ru (in Russian). 2019-11-01. Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2019-11-01.
  26. ^ "Человек Года 2019". GQ Russia (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  27. ^ "Jager Music Awards". Jager Music Awards (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2019-11-22. Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  28. ^ Muchnik, Andrei (2019-12-05). "Music and More Awarded in Moscow". The Moscow Times. Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2019-12-06.
  29. ^ Barabanov, Boris (2018-06-06). "20 интересных фактов о фильме "Лето" Кирилла Серебренникова". Esquire Russia (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  30. ^ "Music from The OA S2E04". Tunefind. Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2019-12-01.

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