Turn back the clock ticking in your mind and examine the cultural landscape of what went on in Russia in the 20’s to the 50’s. If you draw a blank, do not worry for a moment, La Minor will blow away that black cloud obscuring your memory. They’ll do that in the best way they know - lyrically and musically and in a style that’s been compared to those other great klezmers, Gogol Bordello. Likewise, La Minor’s music is happily and freely put together with a myriad of influences sweeping back and forth and swirling round and round with Russian folk, St. Pete’s underworld chansons, jazz and ska and yes, klezmer. It’s a sound that’ll sickle and hammer you silly.
Many of their songs are old time «criminal songs» and they’re so criminally good they should be against the law themselves. 2013 saw the vodka drenched christening of their 5th studio album «Ona Byla Pervoy» (She Was The First One). Loaded with «outlaw songs» – songs born in the colorful underworld of this legendary beautiful harbor town and Russian cultural center nestled on the Baltic Sea. Comrades, their compositions are like dime novels scored to sound. They’re about petty thieves, fallen women, pimps, knifers, tragic love and are melancholic and happy all meshed together in the same georgeous songs. One of the instruments which might catch your eye and ear, is the dominating bayan, a Russian kind of accordion. Breathtaking virtuosity is another name for this full of dandies dandy orchestra from Russia. We still like their names: Slawa Schaligyn (vocals), Igor Kowtschegow (sax and vocals), Grigori Sjomkin (bayan and vocals), Wassili Telegin (contra bass), Alexey Topolow (guitar and vocals) and Dimitri Davidov on drums.
Comrades, your comrades in mind and spirit, the dandies of La Minor command you to let out your inner hoodlum and leave your usual self at home.