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London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE

London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE
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“The Godfathers of the Russian indie rock scene” – NME - NME


“This band could melt the polar ice cap. They are HOT!?” – Chris Kimsey - Chris Kimsey


All iron chords a stunning rock'n'roll f..ked up blues'n'soul experience" - [Live Review Big Cheese Music Magazine - Big Cheese Music Magazine


"Blast deliver beautiful laments shrouded in razor edged anger and melancholia" - [Artrocker Magazine - Artrocker Magazine


Dirty sleazy alternative rock'n'roll......the plucky rockers raise hell"[ - Time Out - Time Out


Fantastic live band full of energy and power definitely one to watch for the future" - [James Walshe Kerrang and Q Radio - James Walshe Kerrang and Q Radio


"Wake up Britain we've heard these boys, they could teach all our Brit-arsed bands a thing or two" - [Disorder Magazine - Disorder Magazine


"The riff (Honey/Long Love) is possessed by the spirit of Brian May, the vocal is butched-up Bolan and the result is a glossy Glam metal panther that leaps on your chest and keeps you pinned to the floor with a diamante-encrusted paw. Fabulous"[ - Winners of the Overplay 2010 international song competition - Overplay 2010 international song competition


Moscow rockers Blast are first up and it seems they've read the Rolling Stones guide to playing rock music. Every song was played as it they were headlining Wembley Stadium, Guitar licks were thrown about like confetti and with their front man they have someone that can command the stage with charisma. As bodies young and old gradually progress to the front for a bit of dancing you know they're doing something right" -[NME Live Review Bush Hall Feb 2010

- NME Live Review Bush Hall Feb 2010


Discography

Blast,2011
Papillion,2010
Real Life,2008
Fuck the Industry
Cookies are Sweet

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Bio

BLAST are a Moscow based 5 piece band, firmly devoted to their rock roots but with current, individualistic flavours.

BLAST was formed in late 90s by Georgian singer/songwriter Nash Tavkhelidze, who had previously spent a number of years in USA playing in different bands. The band comprised of Nash, Russian Alexandre "Khlap" Artchevski and Bulgarians Vlado Kostov and Valio Blogoev. At that time the Moscow club scene was booming and BLAST very quickly became the most popular indie band in the city.

In 1998 band was picked up by the indie label Apollo G Records (Manchester, UK). They released their first album ‘Pigs Can Fly’ and followed this with a UK club tour in 2000. Regular tours of the UK and Europe have continued since that time.

At that time, the Russian music industry paid little attention to home grown bands singing in English, yet despite this in 2000 Russian MTV regularly rotated the video of the BLAST track ‘Cookies are Sweet’, taken from their first album. Encouraged by this, BLAST undertook a tour of Russia, generating associated album sales.

In 2001 the band was invited to South Africa to participate in the OPPI-KOPPI International Festival in Pretoria, followed by a tour of South Africa. They were the first band from the ex- Soviet Union to take part in this international event. During this tour BLAST began recording their second album ''Bury The Shoe-Girl'' which was finished in 2002 and released by the London Label ''Ghost Records''. A video of the track ''Girlfriend'' was rotated on Russian MTV. "Bury the Shoe Girl" was produced in Manchester by Mark Tolle (Stone Roses and The Mock Turtles). Release of the album was also supported by a UK club tour and the ''Bury the Shoe-Girl'' received exposure in the UK on Radio 1 and Ex.Fm London. The UK tour was followed by tours of Russia and Europe, generating healthy album sales.

The band spent most of 2003 and 2004 touring, playing festivals in Russia, Europe and the UK, and gigging in Moscow. In 2003 they were chosen by the UK band ‘Blur’ to support them for two shows in Moscow and St.Petersburgh. They also supported numerous other acts including Razorlight, 13 Sences , and Franz Ferdinand.

In 2005 Blast released their third album 'F**k the Industry’. Two songs from this album, 'Alright' and 'Get Off Your Trip' were successfully rotated on Russia’s first alternative radio station ‘Radio Maximum’. This was the first time the band released an album on a Russian label ('Nikitin Records') and resulted in healthy sales in the Russian Federation. Following the release of the album the band undertook a 23 gig UK club tour commencing in Glasgow and finished in Brighton in a one month period. ‘Radio 1’ DJ Steve Lamaque also presented a whole show dedicated to the Blast tour and the album 'F**k the Industry'.

After the release of ‘F**k the Industry’ Khlap left the band for personal reasons, and was replaced by Misha Gallagher on lead guitar.
Also in 2005 Blast began presenting their own big rock'n'roll nights in Moscow called 'BLAST Night'. These are held in Moscow’s most popular rock'n'roll club 'Krizis Zhanra' which was founded by Blast and their friends. These weekly nights have established Krizis Zhanra as the de-facto venue for Indie Rock music in Russia, and have given Russian audiences the opportunity to hear English language music from bands both from Russia and elsewhere in the world (particularly the UK). The success of these nights have continued, with recently featured bands including ‘The Milk’ , ‘Look See Proof’ , ‘The Rifles’ and ‘The Sunshine Underground’.

The success of this enterprise inspired the band to raise the level, and in 2008 they held a large international festival 'Blastfest' in Moscow. Performers included indie bands from all over the ex-USSR, whilst the headliners were ‘Supergrass’ and Brett Anderson from the UK. This was a major success for the Russian music scene that year and was attended by 5000-6000 people . 'NME' covered the festival and called Blast the Godfathers of the Russian indie rock scene.

In 2007 Blast released their fourth album 'Real Life'. The song 'Wherever you Go', taken from the album, became a massive hit among Russian rock'n'roll audiences.

In 2009 Seva Stebletsov joined the band on keyboards. There then followed three club tours, two in the UK and one in Europe.

In June 2010 The Blast became the #1 in UK internet indie chart on ‘Overplay.com’. They then released the 5-track EP ‘Papillon’, followed by a UK tour of 9 gigs in 14 days during July, including 2 festivals in Bristol and Birmingham. They also played the one-day ‘Creation of Peace’ festival in Kazan, Russia, which comprised worldwide artists and was attended by over 150,000.

In September 2010 the band recorded their 6th album at Faust Studios in Prague, engineered by Clive Goddard, and produced by Geordie Walker (Killing Joke). The album showcases the new levels the band has attained, with songs full of emo