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Vladislav SEMYONOV (keys/vocals) and Alexander GOLENSKIY (guitar) have been playing together for more than ten years, initially blues and RnB, but in 2006 Alex discovered YES and GENESIS. They formed AUXFORD in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, in 2007, and their first progressive song was ''Rain Memories'', which was written in 2006 (although the arrangement that can be found on the EP is from 2009). At the end of 2007 Vladislav and Alex took a break, coming together again in 2010 in the pop-rock project MARTINIYA. When that group split the following year, they decided to keep working together to make the music they liked, composing and jamming in studio. In January 2013 Vladislav invited Dmitriy STEPANENKO, a drummer he had known for some five years, and they then spent ten months searching for a bassist until they were contacted by Yuriy VENCHAGOV who had discovered them through the web. Their debut gig was in February 2014 , and in May and June they recorded their debut album 'Reflection', which was released on 18th July. Dmitry left at that time, as he is Ukrainian and he was concerned about the political situation in his country, but one day he will come back. Andrey BURTSEV joined as his replacement in November 2014, and the band are currently working on their second album.

As to the name, England gave the world a lot of rock bands that influenced their music: Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Alan Parsons Project, and even King Crimson and Black Sabbath. That's why they wanted to bear the English name. At the same time, Oxford attracts the best minds in the world because of it's University. Therefore, an intelligent mix of art-rock and blues should be only from Auxford!

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Auxford Crossover Prog

Review by Finnforest
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3 stars "Art-rock from Saint-Petersburg, Russia"

I write mostly for the bands now, largely little-known ones, when I can hear them smiling for love of playing. Auxford is just such a band. I'm guessing they play mostly for the pure joy of doing so. "We play what we like and how we like." Yes indeed. "Reflections" is the debut collection from this band named after the famous University but with a twist on the spelling. Convening in 2007 the current line-up includes Vladislav Semenov (vox/keys), Alexander Golensky (g), Yuriy Venchagov (b), and Andrey Burtsev (d). While I don't know much about the Russian music scene I've been well aware of the enthusiasm they share ever since watching the RHCP gig in Red Square in '99. I've never seen a crowd that pumped except perhaps for Rio crowds.

Auxford plays a mostly instrumental rock here with a few lyrical passages, some in English and most in Russian. I love listening to the band sing in their native tongue, as always, rather than changing to English. The vibe is similar to Italian bands Proteo and AIIR, influenced somewhat by Floyd and Genesis in this case, with a spacy jam-rock driven by guitar and fleshed out nicely with keys. What I love here is the tactile lushness of the guitar, in some ways it channels Gilmour's bluesier side but it isn't as dry as Dave, nor as reserved. Golensky's leads are juicy with lots of heart and color. He can serve up nice laid back leads and double over some cool, modern sounding rhythm guitar parts. They are effortless and agile whether the passage is soothing or aggressive.

These work well against Semenov's keyboard sound which would fit right in on "Duke" or other mid period releases. Simple melodies and moods that are so enjoyable and I love the space they give a simple line-there is no urgency to flail and go nuts. There are simple keyboard parts to compliment vocals as well as pillowy backgrounds for ambiance. The whole band delivers an emotional instrumental rock that is tasteful yet still has heart. A lot of heart and movement. While they will probably make a better album one day and a better produced one, "Reflections" is a very good beginning I feel grateful to have stumbled across. Cheers guys, from America's heartland.

Thanks to kev rowland for the artist addition.

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