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Russian Winters

Perth, Western Australia, Australia | INDIE

Perth, Western Australia, Australia | INDIE
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"Pacific Single review"

“I was already into this song and then the trumpets came out! Then vocal harmonies! This tune just keeps giving and giving. Awesome stuff.”
4/5
Dom Alessio, triple j
- JJJ Unearthed


"Another Chance Single Launch"

To start with, their new single Another Chance is an absolute cracker. Excitedly led by some in-vogue high hat tapping, Another Chance ooh ooh's it's way into your ears and settles in for a long cold winter. A bona fide dancefloor pop song...Overall, what was impressive about Russian Winters was their on-stage confidence and ability to concisely and faultlessly brood their tunes on stage…a local band to look out for in 2008.”
David Craddock - Xpress Mag


"Perth Supergroup"

Somewhat of a Perth pop Supergroup, Russian Winters rush from light to dark in a single song, injecting their catchy melodies with thought provoking lyrics and clever arrangements. A band of great musicians who have themselves been in some of Perth’s most successful bands. Russian Winters are all class. - Xpress Mag


"Single Of The Week"

Packed full of incredibly tight pop…I feel guilty enjoying hooks this sweet. Russian Winters are doing it like they invented the genre.
Jaymes Brown
- Drum Media


"EP review - Juice magazine"

What do you get when you grab a large handful of The Cure, some Phoenix and a few Brit rock allsorts and mix them together in a studio? The answer: the debut EP from Perth indie 4 piece, Russian Winters. Whilst their influences are evident, this collection of 6 tracks shows that pop doesn't have to derivative. Give up the Ghost is for listeners who don't want the tedious fluff of commercial radio offers. Russian Winters will be the Aussie act to look out for in 2009. - Juice Magazine Malaysia


"EP review - J.C. Walker"

Russian Winters - Give Up The Ghost
Russian Winters’ previous single Another Chance was the sort of song that could turn a good band into a phenomenal one-hit-wonder. As singles go, it’s a hard act to follow (and on a few tracks here they simply can’t). Nonetheless, shifted from its own CD to this six-track EP, Another Chance gets only second billing behind a newer track, Toy. Whoever made that call got it right. Leading off the EP with a track like Toy is a risk-free move.
Toy is pure confectionary; somehow miraculously nutritious and fat-free, it is very hard to turn down, and leaves you craving the same again, please. It is, put simply, an unbelievably good pop song.
Half the reason for this is that Toy is a triumph of arrangement and production. It’s not often that a band can wring every last drop of potential from a song, but Russian Winters have done it here. The attention to detail in every aspect - performance, recording, mixing – is exceptional, and the hard work has paid off. Luckily it’s all done without adding very much. As with most of the tracks on this EP, they just optimize what is already there.
What’s there with Toy is a bouncy, bittersweet highlight package of early 1980s band-pop, propelled by pretty guitars and some judicious cloning of The Smiths’ rhythm section.
Russian Winters’ Matty G (bass) and Ben Crooke (drums) tend to pull every song up by its bootstraps, but here they literally couldn’t do a better job. They give every part the accents and/or note-choices needed to make it work, contrasting each section with the others and weaving threads and twists as if plotting out a novel.
Matty G is to Russian Winters what Peter Hook is to New Order, but with the opposite effect: Hook’s playing is the most tasteful sort of window dressing, but G’s work is the house itself, and the house is jumping.
As a band, Russian Winters know how to pace themselves, treating their four-minute-mile songs more like marathons. They rarely apply sprinkles before the third chorus. The first instances are left to parade naked as examples of inherent good form. By the time they start putting on the icing, you’ve already bought the cake on the strength of its richness and texture.
When they finally throw on some ‘ooh-ooh’ vocals and extra guitars, you’re in danger of having an ‘American Pie’ moment on the counter. - Wheatbelt Mercury


Discography

Last Battles - debut album - Sept 23 2011
Pacific (single) June 2011

Single 'She Knows' (2010)
B-side 'Private Hell'

E.P. 'Give Up The Ghost' (2008)
Single 'Another Chance' (2008)
B-Side 'Thunder'

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Russian Winters' debut album LAST BATTLES is out now.

1st single, Pacific blew some heads off and now the album is getting attention around the nation:

“one of the most ambitious debuts seen in many a year . . . have elements of early Radiohead in them they are that good.”
Paul Barbieri Drum Media CD of the Week

“a mammoth effort . . the band plays with the ever-expanding ‘indie’ genre . .no doubt this album will shove them in the spotlight for good.”
Chloe Papas – Xpress Magazine

“accomplished, adventurous and completely engaging, Last Battles announces the band as one of the most talented songwriting collectives in WA and indeed the country.”
Grant McCulloch – The Wire 4.5/5

Last Battles is the debut album from Perth based indie rock band Russian Winters.

Recorded at Blackbird Studios with Dave Parkin (Jebediah, Sons of Rico, Snowman), the album’s first single ‘Pacific’, has been described as “poetically forceful . . . a possible summer anthem” (Drum Media Single of the Week) and a tune that “just keeps giving and giving. Awesome stuff.” (Dom Alessio Triple J).

With this full length release, Russian Winters emerge as a dark horse of the Australian indie rock scene.

A trip through shoegaze pop and distorted rock harmonies, Last Battles explores a rich vein of melancholy with grandly soaring guitars, fluid rhythms and “one of the more powerful uses of a horn section of late.”

Last Battles is out now through Firestarter Distribution.