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Vezhlivy Otkaz biography
Aka as "Polite Refusal"

Founded in Moscow, Russia in 1985 - Still active as of 2017

The band was formed still in last years of Soviet Union existence. First concert was played in 1985, during 1985-1986 band became known around Moscow by its underground concerts. With their ironic lyrics and pseudo-classical/jazzy arrangements they stayed aside of main stream of Soviet underground rock-rebels. In 1986 they recorded their first album "Opera" (on cassette).

After few line up changes band had met the ?Perestroika? playing on big stages (they became accessible for Western musicians from that time) with Lindesy Cooper,Fred Frith's Keep The Dog,Peter Hammil and others. Main evidence of "Soviet period" in band?s music was so-called "White Vinyl" album, released still on Soviet state "Melodya" label.

Band's musical direction in 1989 was changed to more self-closed aesthetics, and soon instead of singing lyrics they switched to wordless vocals, touring with their new program around Europe. After the interest to post-Perestroika fashion was decreased, band returned back to Moscow, where found their listener between avant-garde fans.

From mid 90s band regularly plays in few local Moscow clubs and time to time releases albums.

Slava (Snobb)

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3.80 | 15 ratings
3.80 | 20 ratings
Пыль на ботинках / Dust On The Boots
3.67 | 18 ratings
Вежливый отказ / Polite Refusal
3.86 | 22 ratings
Этнические опыты / Ethnic Experiences
3.77 | 22 ratings
И-И Раз!.. / Go To It!..
3.75 | 24 ratings
Коса на Камень / Steel On Stone
3.89 | 19 ratings
Герань / Geranium
4.32 | 76 ratings
Гуси-Лебеди / Geese And Swans
4.07 | 24 ratings
Военные куплеты / War Songs

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 Военные куплеты / War Songs by VEZHLIVY OTKAZ album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.07 | 24 ratings

Военные куплеты / War Songs
Vezhlivy Otkaz RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Nogbad_The_Bad
Forum & Site Admin Group RIO/Avant/Zeuhl & Eclectic Team

5 stars We've been waiting a while for the return of the wonderful Vezhlivy Otkaz. It's been 7 years since their excellent Geese and Swans released in 2010. One of my favorite records of the last 10 years. Whereas that album had a melancholy feel brought to their progression towards a more avant sound, this album is more angular and strident while still becoming more avant. The vocals are sparser than previously but the signature phrasing lyrically & musically are very recognizable.

The core of the band has been remarkably consistent with Roman Suslov (guitar, vocals), Dmitry Shumilov (bass), Andrey Solovyev (trumpet) & Mikhail Mitin (drums) have been in the band since 1989. Other members of this line up, Maxim Trefan (grand piano), Pavel Karmanov (grand piano), Sergey Ryzhenko (violin), Pavel Tonkovid (sax), have all appeared in previous versions of the band.

The band certainly benefits from having the expanded line-up with violin, sax & trumpet key parts of their sound. They certainly sound like a very tight band and this material benefits from having been played live for a period of time. For fans of the band this is a great album with a continued development of their sound and a bunch of great tunes. Highly recommended for fans of avant edgy folk.

 Гуси-Лебеди / Geese And Swans by VEZHLIVY OTKAZ album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.32 | 76 ratings

Гуси-Лебеди / Geese And Swans
Vezhlivy Otkaz RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by LearsFool
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Avant-prog generally doesn't cross with prog folk, but Polite Refusal seemingly took that name to show how little they care for such a barrier. This some rather dour, brooding folk worthy of Russia that does not shy away from proggy, experimental leanings. It makes for a fascinating listen, and gives Univers Zero's work a run for its money in terms of darkness... and quality. There is a good variety of instruments and instrumentation, the shadows permeate the music in the best way, and boy, can the band play. Thus far the avant-prog highlight for the 2010's, and won't be conceding that position easily, let alone ever fall out of my favour. Highly recommended to avantheads and adventurous folk aficionados.
 Гуси-Лебеди / Geese And Swans by VEZHLIVY OTKAZ album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.32 | 76 ratings

Гуси-Лебеди / Geese And Swans
Vezhlivy Otkaz RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Nogbad_The_Bad
Forum & Site Admin Group RIO/Avant/Zeuhl & Eclectic Team

5 stars The most recent release by Vezhlivyj Otkaz (Polite Refusal) is probably their most avant and accomplished release. The band has been around since the mid 80's but have been pretty much unknown outside of Russia. They started out as a punk / ska band and have continually evolved over the years to a dark edgy folky avant band that performs these days. Those of us in the West have AltrOck to thank for distributing these albums that were previously unavailable. The band is primarily an outlet for Roman Suslov the guitarist and vocalist.

The line-up for Geese & Swans consists of Roman Suslov / acoustic guitars, vocals, Dmitry Shumilov / acoustic bass guitar, double bass, vocals, Pavel Karmanov / grand piano, flute, Sergey Ryzhenko / electric violin, vocals, Andrej Soloviev / trumpet, Mikhail Mitin / drums, percussion.

The songs are of the short 3 to 7 minute variety and are generally lyrically based with guitar accented by wind and keys. Outstanding release and highly recommended.

Thanks to snobb for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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