With all of the recent press surrounding Russian feminist punk-rock group Pussy Riot (and the subsequent cultish orgy photos), it seems like Russian music is on a major rise. Right? Well, maybe not. But listening to Mother-Russian psych band The Karovas Milkshake, one would certainly be justified in believing so.
Hailing from the Russian town of Ekaterinburg, The Karovas Milkshake take their name from the milk bar in the film Clockwork Orange, the Korova Milkbar. If that was all they had to offer, we would still like them. Even if the music sucked. But, thankfully, it doesn’t. Quite the contrary, rather. Their sound openly exposes its ties to vintage car-hold rock (some prefer garage rock), lifting elements from bands like The Kinks, The Velvet Underground, and The Sonics with little rebranding or refurbishment. Even the production sounds authentically 60s, and it seems the band members aren’t afraid of this. “It’s hard being an idealist nowadays. But we try…People back then believed in the future–and we believe in the past,” they told Russian press.
The Karovas Milkshake recently released a single, “Freak Out” b/w “Factory” via their own Kaleidoscope Eyes label. Check it out below and purchase it via their Bandcamp page for a mere $2.00. Also be sure to check out the previously released Lo-Cow Motion EP. Support the rise of Russian music.