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    Posted: October 30 2011 at 08:47


VESPERO got together as a quartet (Arkady Fedotov - vocals, bass, flute, synths; Valentin Rulev - violin, synths; Ivan Fedotov - drums, percussion; Alexander Kuzovlev - guitar, bass, synths) in Astrakhan (south of Russia) 2003 on the common interest in playing psychedelic music. Later Natalya Tjurina (vocals) joined, and the band moved into more progressive rock-related areas. As their Moscow fellows KAFTAN SMEKHA, VESPERO are deeply influenced by avant theatre and experimental poetry. Since the very first demos their sound has been influenced by GONG, early FLOYD, FAUST and related bands from that era. Highly recommended for all fans of these (and beyond!).

I got in touch with the band and the band through Alexander and Arkady answered my questions.

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When, where and by whom was your band born ? Did any of you, past and present members, play in any other bands before joining up in your band ? Why did you choose that name ?

Alexander: VESPERO appeared on the ruins of the Astrakhan band called Mirabeau. Its members, Arkady Fedotov (bass) and Valentin Rulev (violin) were joined by Ivan Fedotov (drums) and later by Alexander Kuzovlev (guitar) and Alexei Klabukov (synthesizers) to start up a new band. All of us had some experience in playing with many local groups, but I guess their names say nothing to readers.

Arkady: The name VESPERO was suggested by Valentine Rulev. It quite a romantic and mysterious word with lots of hidden meanings for us.

Russia is a vast, vast country. How is it to run a band in Russia ?

Alexander: There are lots of bands in Russia performing in various genres and styles. Their number is quire comparable to the size of our country. But most of them remain unknown to foreign listeners because of some objective reasons. We were lucky to join a record-label, RAIG Records which works hard to integrate Russian bands into a global musical community.



Over to your albums. Your debut album Rito was released in 2007. Please tell us more about this album.

Arkady: That album was compiled from our old tracks which were recorded in the period of 2003- 2006 and appeared on our self-released discs. Igor Gorely, a chef of RAIG offered us to select the most interesting tracks and publish them as CD-album.

Alexander: Alisa Coral of SPACE MIRRORS and PSI CORPS did a great sound-production, so that all tracks work perfectly as a whole. But still, Rito is more a compilation than a conceptual piece of work.



Your second album Surpassing All Kings was released in 2009. Please tell us more about this album.

Alexander: Actually, that was our first experience when we recorded everything with a vision of future album… Though, we faced some difficulties in achieving exactly what we wanted… The quality of original tracks was rather poor…

Arkady: And again, everything was put up on a new level thanks to wonderful sound-production of Alice Coral… I think it was our most variable album as we tried to play with elements of various styles, like space-rock, canterburry, ambient, zeuhl, etc… and we didn’t care much of what we got finally.



Your most recent album is By The Waters Of Tomorrow from last year. Please tell us more about this album.

Alexander: That album is much closer to our current state of mind and aesthetical vision than previous works… And it was a great experience of cooperation with violinist Vladimir Belov.

And I’m especially satisfied with the contribution from ell reflected in collaboration with Vladimir Belov.

Arkady:
The most important thing with this album is our confidence of music we create. We learnt from mistakes of the previous albums and we got more sophisticated in a studio… We paid much more attention to small details and nuances in order to create a true “water-flow” work.



You have also released three live albums. Please tell us more about these three live albums.

Arkady: The first one was Liventure N19. It was our final show with a singer Natalia Tyurina on board who moved from Astrakhan to Saint-Petersburg. Recorded in August 2008, it featured almost all tracks from our Surpassing All Kings album. Liventure 19 can be downloaded for free from http://vespero.bandcamp.com/album/liventure-19

The second one was Foam. It’s a live set of December 2006. Lots of percussions, certain oriental flavor and a flying female voice. It was released in the USA only by Trial Records. All copies were sold out and the album can be downloaded for free from http://vespero.bandcamp.com/album/foam

Third live album is Linenture N21. It’s a collection of our best live recordings from 2009. Very trippy and psychedelic work. It was released on vinyl LP only by Golden Pavilion Records from Portugal. But there is another version of the album, non-mastered, and without one track. It can be downloaded for free from http://vespero.bandcamp.com/album/liventure-21



Your music has been described as a mix of Hawkwind and Pink Floyd. But how would you describe you music and which bands would you compare yourself with ?

Arkady: We like Gong, Hawkwind, Can, Klaus Schulze, Amon Duul II, King Crimson, Soft Machine… and many more… Not sure about our music, but these artists definitely influenced our aesthetical vision.

How is your gigs situation. Is it easy to get gigs for you in Russia ?

Alexander: We like to play gigs. And we are invited to perform in various cities and places… However, we live in Astrakhan, far from Russia’s major cultural centers… Enormous travel costs make us difficult to travel and perform in Russia as much as we want. Though, we try to perform in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg at least once a year… even at our own cost… In our home town, we try to play at least one big show every two months. From time to time, we invite friendly bands to come to Astrakhan and perform with us.

What is your latest update ? What is your plans for this year and beyond ?

Alexander: A new studio album entitled U-Boats, Willkommen Hier is in a pipe. People say it is our the most “kraut-rockish” work to date.

To wrap up this interview, is there anything you want to add to this interview ?

Thank you very much for your interest in us and our music.

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Thank you to Alexander and Arkady for this interview

Their PA profile is here and their homepage is here

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These guys are amazing.I can't wait to get their latest and the future release too.
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Originally posted by Mellotron Storm

These guys are amazing.I can't wait to get their latest and the future release too.


indeed John, I'm a big fan too Smile  thanks for the interview ...


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Big fan here as well - thanks so much for that interview ToroddClap

The part where they said the next album was going to be their most Krautrock sounding of their output - I nearly blew my load...
Quite frankly, I´m struggling to see how they´re going to top last years masterpiece.
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NEW VESPERO's STUDIO ALBUM IS COMING !!

The 4th official album by VESPERO entitled "Subkraut: U-Boats Willkommen Hier" is a conceptual framework for six instrumental rock songs which are inspired by Russian Futurism of the early 20th century, German musical underground of the 70's, modern American fiction writers, as well as mysteries of the Great Ocean still not completely explained by mankind.

Tracklist:

1.      The Strangest Thing in the Ocean

2.      Anpeilen!

3.      Underwater

4.      Target Selection

5.      Angriff, ran, versenken!

6.      ALARM… The Art of Positive Thinking

(6 tracks - 67 min.)

 

The Crew:

Maschinenraum – Ivan Fedotov (drums, percussion on 2), Ilya Semyonov (percussion, drums on 2)

Turm – Arkady Fedotov (bass, effects, electronics, flute, melodic), Alexei Esin (soprano sax on 2, 5)

Funkraum – Alexei Klabukov (keyboards, mellotron, arpeggiator), Elena Belozyorova (arpeggiator on 2)

Zentrale – Alexander Kuzovlev (guitars, effects, electronics), Vladimir Belov (cello on 4, 6)

 

The whole march got the shape at the Vespero’s MS in Astrakhan, 2011. Responsible soundmariners are Alexander Kuzovlev and Alexei Klabukov. Art navigation by Zonder Zond. Executive planning by Igor Gorely.

 
"A German bird of prey had been carved into the rock above the submarine dock, but Morris had used a kosher salami to blast away the swastika in its talons. Likewise a yellowed banner announcing 'U-Boats Willkommen Hier' had been scorched with lasers, and a stack of crates and steel drums stamped with the SS thunderbolt had served as the bull's-eye for numerous whipped-cream targeting experiments." – from "Sewer, Gas & Electric: The Public Works Trilogy" by Matt Ruff (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997).
 
CD comes inside a silkscreen cardboard folder with a special map-poster.
We accept PayPal payments now - http://www.raig.ru/cot.asp
 
Big thanks to everyone who support! Cheers to you!

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I am literally drooling all over myself here. This is without a doubt the one album I'm looking forward to the most.
Krautrock right up the snauzer thank-you! Vespero just might be the musical equivalent to chili
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VESPERO - ZONE SIX "split album" (2012, CD and LP)
 
 
As officially reported, Astrakhan's space-prog rockers VESPERO recently inked a deal with the Swedish label Transubstans Records.
 
The band's already completed 3 new studio tracks - "Nullus", "Clouds", and "Lifeless Pillars" (totaling 25 minutes of absolutely new music) - for their split-album with German psyche-rock veterans ZONE SIX. The CD and vinyl LP release is scheduled for April, 2012.
 
The above mentioned compositions will not appear on the upcoming "Subkraut: U-Boats Willkommen Hier" CD (R073, RAIG) album! For more information please follow the publishing record-label.
 
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What has these guys been feeding themselves with
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By The Waters of Tomorrow was brilliant, can't wait for the new work!
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CD (Basic edition) is $14.00 plus $6.00 for shipping to any international destination. We use PAYPAL.
Order now from RAIG >>
http://www.raig.ru/cot.asp
 
The first pressing of CD (6 tracks – 67 min.) is limited to 500 units.
There are basic and special collectable ("Seebar") editions.
Basic edition is packaged in a oversized thick folder of rough cardboard with silkscreened cover-art; it contains a big full color submarine navigation map.
 
 
 
The "Seebar" edition (cat. number R073PG) is packaged in a oversized foil stamped, hard cover case; apart from a navigation map, it also contains a full color oversized booklet and postcards, special set of vintage photographs, plus hand-crafted replicas of U-Boat pennant, crew member dog-tag and cuff-title.
50 numbered "Seebar" units will be available exclusively through RAIG's web-store... in a week. We still try to calculate and fix reasonable price for it :) 
 
   
 
More images of the "Seebar" Edition: http://www.raig.ru/vespero_2012_subkraut.asp
 
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^Are there any other ways of purchasing a copy of this album? I don't have paypalOuch

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who needs drugs if you have this http://vespero.bandcamp.com/track/subkraut-massstab-teaser-2 Smoke


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wjDw4v19OyI
Vespero - Flight of the Lieutenant (from Falling Down IIV compilation )
Live in Belingua club ,23/05/2012, Moskow.



some reviews on our new album "Subkraut: U-Boats Willkommen Hier" :
Vespero "Subkraut: U-Boats Willkommen Hier" (2012, R073) by Ryan Sparks @ Sea Of Tranquility (USA)
Vespero "Subkraut: U-Boats Willkommen Hier" (2012, R073) by Mr. Atavist @ Sunrise Ocean Bender (USA)
Vespero "Subkraut: U-Boats Willkommen Hier" (2012, R073) by Andreas Schiffmann @ Musikreviews.de (Germany)


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Nice interview. Like to read and watch videos. Thanks for sharing this very nice information.
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Some live things from concerts:

Nullas - live in Astrakhan - this tune released on a split with Zone Six
http://www.recordheaven.net/index.cfm?x=browseSearch&ID=&iID=134101&sc=&ob=tl&so=ASC&pp=50&pn=1&sl=true



Underwater - Live in St. Petersburg -  this tune was released in our new album on RAIG Subkraut: U-Boats Willkommen Hier







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wow sweet interview man,thanks for writing it,also i got an new band to listen to Sax man
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c o m i n g - s o o n :: Vespero / Droga (CD, R079) & Vespero / Droga + Liventures, etc (CD+CDR, R079D)

RAIG presents: "Droga", the 5th studio album by the Russian premier space-art-rock act VESPERO. The release will be available in two versions: regular CD-edition housed in a thick rough cardboard folder with silkprinted artwork; and special 100-ltd. two-disc set. In addition to a regular "Droga" CD, the latter version includes the "Liventures, etc" pro-duplicated CD-R. This disc is a satellite release to both the "Droga" and "Subkraut: U-Boats Willkommen Hier" albums. It captures VESPERO live and performing alternative versions of their favorite compositions, cover songs, compilation exclusives, and new songs. All tracks on "Liventures, etc" are previously unreleased; the album is not available as a separate disc-release. Coming soon! Stay tuned and watch for digital streaming/downloads at Official R.A.I.G. Bandcamp.


PREMIERE! VESPERO presents an official video of "Steppe" from the upcoming "Droga" CD-album. The release hits the streets this summer. Stay tuned!


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