Respublika Mars - 'Someone's Gone' (Self Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Anthony   
Monday, 08 September 2014 03:40

respubcoverRock music is a universal language right? That’s just as well, because ‘Kto-to Ushol’ (‘Someone’s Gone’) by Respublika Mars is recorded and presented entirely in Russian. Thank goodness the press release engages in a bit of timely transliteration and translation, because otherwise I’d struggle to tell you anything about this album, including the band name and title, bar the fact that musically it’s rather good.


With a line-up consisting of Ig (drums), Fuzzzone (guitars), DAG (vocals), Nail (keys) and Lark (bass), Respublika Mars deliver an album of 13 tracks of hard rocking, alt.rock-tinged heavy metal that pretty much do what it says (in Russian) on the tin. That said, the predominantly straightforward riff-based rock is supplemented by Fuzzzone’s lively and at times quirky guitar work, DAG’s slightly punky vocals, and some surprising and pleasing songwriting twists. All band members apparently have previous form though “intentionally don’t mention their previous projects in order to avoid associations with their past achievements.”


Twelve of the tracks presented here are original band compositions, with the album also including a cover of a Trek song, which was originally called ‘Fucking Crazy’ but has here been sensitively re-titled ‘Bitch’.


Standouts for me are opener ‘Words Magic’, which fair comes racing out of the blocks, the intriguing ‘Somewhere on Mars’, the horn-enhanced ‘Relaxa’, the more ambitious and slightly ‘progressive’ ‘Human Copy’ and ‘Not to Forget’, and the Doorsy ‘If Love Disappears’. I have no idea what they’re singing about (hopefully it’s nothing offensive), but for me the Russian adds to the album’s charm.


With band members geographically dispersed across Russia – from the far east coast to central Russia to the Black Sea, with a seven hour time difference between the extremes of their physical locations – it has taken them over 3 years to record their debut. ‘Someone’s Gone’ thus seems to be an album that transcends physical, temporal and linguistic boundaries. It’s a fine effort from a band clearly aiming for the stars, or at least, for one of them.