Twas a cold winter day in 2008, when Ovidiu Chihaia and Silviu Gherman decided to start up a band - Mes Quins, a synth-pop effort with disco overtones based in Bucharest, Romania. In his youth, Chihaia, a precocious guitar-player, had been part of various underground Bucharest acts (Pure, Guillotines and Hotel Fetish), thus enriching the band with valuable showbiz know-how, a skill that Gherman didn't have. Besides a passion for electronic sounds, Gherman had been acting in various TV commercials and writing books. In fact, Mes Quins' very first concert was at a release party for Gherman's second book.
Following such an explosive debut, gigs came and went rapidly for Mes Quins, until the two of them lost count and in the haze of such success hired a bass player (Gina Teslaru) and a drummer (Ovidiu Rusu). They're like family now.
In 2009, Mes Quins played gigs in most Bucharest clubs, opened for Namosh, Handsome Furs, Noblesse Oblige and Kissogram, shocking the audience on every occasion with their overtly sexual image and a total lack of style to support it.
They say their sound is like a swear word coming from a wise old man listening to Kraftwerk.
A music video for the band's debut single, "In The Land Of The Dead" (2009), directed by Miruna Boruzescu, was on rotation on the Romanian MTV, last year. The song was also part of the soundtrack of a popular TV show, "Efect 30", broadcast by Prima TV last year.
Berlin band Stereonucleose remixed Mes Quins' "Elefteria", and Edouard Von Shaeke of Sons des Disco recently covered "Le paravent de ton amour".
Mes Quins' debut album, mixed and mastered by Dan Serbanescu (Divine Muzak, The Pixels) is right around the corner. The first single, "Printeso", is currently featured in Romanian radio airplay charts, while the title-track, "Electro German", is currently streaming on several online radio stations.
Mes Quins' newest single, "Michelle", released November 2010, is currently a new entry in Radio Guerrilla's Topshow, the only Romanian airplay chart based solely on listeners' online votes: http://radioguerrilla.ro/top.php
The band was recently featured in a BBC documentary about Romania's elderly, after playing a show in a nursing home for senior citizens. Documentary available here: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/outlook/outlook_20100927-1623a.mp3
Ovidiu Chihaia - Guitar/Vocal
Silviu Gherman - Synth, Lead & Backup Vocals
Ovidiu Rusu - drum pad
Gina Teslaru - Bass
- In The Land Of The Dead (2009) - video aired by MTV Romania
- Printeso (2010) - airplay on Bucharest no 1 alternative radio, Radio Guerrilla
- Electro German (2010) - Track of the Day on Raised On Indie.com, streaming on several online radio stations
- Michelle (2010), new entry at #9 in Radio Guerrilla's Topshow
Debut album out soon!
Mes Quins are one of the most interesting newcomer bands of the Bucharest alternative scene.
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Check out Bucharest's latest phenomenon, Mes Quins - this brilliant duo, comprised of a graphic desi...Check out Bucharest's latest phenomenon, Mes Quins - this brilliant duo, comprised of a graphic designer and an actor, stepped out into the spotlight just a year ago and have already changed the face of Romanian local music. You don't want to miss this modern-day sensation!
Concert review Noblesse Oblige w/ Mes Quins
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If you haven't listened to Mes Quins yet, it's a must, especially if you're into an eclectic mix of ...If you haven't listened to Mes Quins yet, it's a must, especially if you're into an eclectic mix of synth-pop, disco-punk and electro-kitsch.
Concert review Kissogram w/ Mes Quins
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Mes Quins know how to make their mark, being different not only from others, but reinventing themsel...Mes Quins know how to make their mark, being different not only from others, but reinventing themselves as they go along.
Liveland Festival review
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Mes Quins, by now a regular on Bucharest's live scene, came up with a unique show for Liveland Festi...Mes Quins, by now a regular on Bucharest's live scene, came up with a unique show for Liveland Festival, including a funny cover of “Paloma Blanca” by George Baker Selection.
1. Revolution Heavy
2. An Army
3. Electro German
5. Requiem pour un con ( Serge Gainsbourg cover )
6. Rational Animal
7. Bad Move
9. In The Land Of The Dead
12. Le paravent de ton amour
14. Anyway Nowadays
PDF RiderMes Quins stage rider
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