Saturday, 5 July 2008

Indietracks interview #20: Punk TV

We're nearly there! Only a couple of weeks to go, so hopefully you've picked up your tickets, found somewhere to sleep and are just settling down to listen to some of the overwhelming choice of bands Indietracks is serving up. And to offer a helping hand, please sit back and let us introduce the latest in our series of Indietracks interviews!

Punk TV were apparently one of the most-talked-about independent bands in Russia last year. Originally from Siberia, Alex, Volodya and Kostya, formed the band in early 2004 and then headed to Moscow two years later. With two full-length releases, a 2005 debut ("Punk TV") and a follow-up in 2007 ("Music For The Broken Keys"), Punk TV grabbed people's attention with their romantic electronic melodies, crashing guitars and infectious vocals. They've been compared to My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth and Joy Division, as well as being dubbed the Russian Chemical Brothers" after appearing at several major Russian and European festivals. They've even played shows alongside The Rapture and Happy Mondays at huge shows in Moscow. We're delighted to have them at the festival!

Hi there, Punk TV! You'll be playing on the Church Stage by the steam railway - it's a pretty unique place to play! Have you played anywhere unusual in the past?

We played at an open air festival in the valley in Gornii Altai in Russia, It's near the Mongolian border and there were nomads on horses in the audience.

After the festival, do you have any exciting plans for the rest of the year?

We are very excited about recording and mixing our new album in the second half of the year.

Do any band members have any particular skills, hobbies or claims to fame you wish to share?

Alex is a great ice-hockey fan, Konstantin is crazy about cats and beer and Vladimir likes to sleep and watch old movies :-)

What's going to be on your compilation tapes as you travel down to Indietracks?

Electronic, The Charlatans, Death in Vegas, The Ravonettes, Roy Orbison...

What attracted you to play the Indietracks festival?

Some of our friends told us many good words about last year's festival. We know that some Russians are looking to come to the festival this year and at the same time, it's a good reason to visit Derbyshire - we've never been there before. We're hoping to see lots of great new bands for us, and of course, The Wedding Present - our school-day heroes!

Do you have any surprises planned for the Indietracks festival?

We're going to play several new and as yet unreleased tracks, but surely having a band from Siberia is a good surprise in itself isn't it? :-)

Thanks very much. And, as always, here's a free MP3 from the band:

Free MP3 download: Punk TV - Every Minute Is OK

Next Up: Skipping lessons at college for your musical enjoyment - Colliding Lemons!

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