GNOOMES, who’ve just released their second album ‘Tschak!’, are bringing their psych-rock vibes to the UK.
As part of their national tour, the Russian band play the Brewhouse on 12 June.
“Growing up in Russia affects our music a lot,” admit the trio. “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 granddad 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.”
That oppressive backdrop impacted the band directly in the run up to recording ‘Tschak!’.
“Our vocalist has been 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 reveal.
“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.”