On a balmy Sunday afternoon, the CoffeeBar Kid sauntered down to Deathray Records in Newtown to check out the album launch by The Raskolnikovs. Afterwards, they invited him round for a beer and a chat. He was intending to interview the band but they had other ideas...
The Raskolnikovs are an impeccably dressed collection of Russian gypsy sailors from Wellington. They have been described in 'the media' as "drunken Russian polka-rock" with a sound like "a cross between some kind of Eastern European music and The Munsters".
Presenting hard-bitten tales of the sea, murder, murder-at-sea, drinking, drinking-at-sea, coal mining, and madness all wrapped up in a delightfully dark dance-ability.
Formed in 2003 by Brett Moodie, Matt Steindl, Justin Barr, Airini Beautrais & Dan Lucka.
The current line-up is:
Brett Moodie (Guitars), Danny Todd (Violin), Justin Barr (Drums), Matt Steindl (Accordion) and Menno Huibers (Bass) - plus on the ep Jo Contag (Clarinet), Tom Watson (trumpet), Sharon Boyd (trombone). BV's by Helena Nimmo, Erin Geohegen and Warner Emery (ep's producer)
The Band will be touring:
Friday Apr 7 @ Wunderbar, Lyttleton Saturday
Apr 8 @ The Crown Hotel, Dunedin
Friday May 27 @ St Peters Hall, Paekakariki
Saturday May 28 @ Laundry, Wellington
Vinyl available from Death Ray records, Newtown: https://www.facebook.com/deathrayrecordsnewtown/?fref=nf