Gnoomes, are a Russian band who are inspired by psych, kraut, techno, and kosmische pop. The group have returned with a brand new album, MU!, their third for Rocket Recordings.
Today, they unveil new single “Glasgow Coma State”, with a video made by Zachary J Rodell, a visual performance artist who uses analog techniques to create unique improvised light shows in his home city of San Francisco. He has helped light up bands like Terry Riley, Silver Apples, My Bloody Valentine, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and many more.
2. Sword In The Stone
4. Glasgow Coma State
5. Sine Waves Are Good For Your Health
6. Ursa Major
8. How Do You
9. Feel Now
Saturday 18th May – Zavod Shpagina, Perm, Russia
Thursday 30th May – Shacklewell Arms, London, UK
Friday 31st May – The Peer Hat, Manchester, UK
Saturday 1st June – Cluny 2, Newcastle, UK
Monday 3rd June – Norwich Arts Centre (w/ Wooden Shjips), Norwich, UK
Wednesday 5th June – The House of Rapture, Southsea, UK
Friday 7th June – Phase One, Liverpool, UK
Saturday 8th June – Exchange (Triptych Festival), Bristol, UK
“I put all my energy and life force into this record,” says Sasha Piankov of Gnoomes, the Russian outfit who blend a potent mix of psychedelic stargaze kraut techno kosmiche pop.
When Gnoomes released their killer 2017 LP Tschak!, it came after a turbulent period that saw Piankov temporarily imprisoned for smoking cannabis and also narrowly avoiding mandatory service in the army. After locking themselves in an old soviet radio station with analogue synths to make a record that pulsed with frenetic electronic possibilities, the period that followed after was more settled. Piankov married Masha Piankova, who also joined the band, and guitarist Dmitriy Konyushevich had a child, whilst drummer Pavel Fedoseev began an ambitious solo electronic project, KIKOK.
Whilst having a bit of time off to do such things, the rumble of their live performances still cascaded around their ears and heads. The success of their tours in the UK and Europe had subconsciously created a template and tone for where the band would go next; to capture that surging drive and throbbing assault of their pulverising live shows. “We decided to make this record more live and less electronic,” Sasha says. “We were thinking about how to make it sound more dynamic.”
Masha’s introduction was a key one, with her replacing Sasha on synth bass whilst he moved over to second guitar to add a fuller and more impactful sonic crunch. “We all love that she’s come into the band and expanded our sonic universe,” Sasha says. Masha knew the songs inside-out from touring with the band and seeing every show but it had never dawned on her before to make music. “I’m having the best time of my life making music,” she says. “It’s such a pleasure, I don’t know why I wasn’t doing it before.” This fresh energy coming from a conventionally inexperienced person can be heard echoing throughout the resulting record.