You need to see the Messer Chups
by Naughty Mickie
Messer ChupsPhotos by Dean Lee

Some bands, even if they're not your usual taste, are just too unique to miss. The Messer Chups were originally formed in 1998 under another name as an experimental project by composer and guitarist Oleg Fomchenkov (aka Oleg Gitaracula). Now based in St. Petersburg, Russia, they are touted as horror surf punk and are currently rounded out by bassit Svetlana Nagaeva (aka Zombierella) and drummer Boris Israel Fernandez (aka Dr. Boris). The band plays a combination of surf, vintage Russian melodies, historical recordings, lounge loops and rare film sound samples from the ‘50s and ‘60s and, while on stage. a video-collage backdrop of mid-century trashy cult and horror movie clips completes their performance. They released “Taste the Blood of Guitarcula” (MuSick Recordings) Oct. 13 and have been crossing North American on the “Halloween Howling Tour.”

We caught up with the Messer Chups when they were in New York City and had a little fun.

DB: How well are you accepted in your homeland?

SN: Surf and Russia is totally different things. We are known there, but not superstars. We have some audience that loves us when we play.

Nagaeva added that they have lots of fans in Mexico, the U.S. and Europe.

DB: We understand that in Russia Halloween is more of an adult holiday, how is it celebrated?

SN: In each bar, each club they have Halloween night. The people never used to spend it at houses, but lots of parties going on Halloween night in the cities in Russia.

DB: How does the Messer Chups celebrate Halloween?

SN: We’re usually on tour and we celebrate by having a concert somewhere. (In the U.S. ) the Halloween parties are quite impressive. We’re excited to see how it’s going on here.

DB: If you could be a character from a horror film which one would you be?

OF: Creature from the Black Lagoon

BF: I want to be the priest in the movie "The Exorcist.”

SN: Boris, he’s kind of against us. I want to be a bat. I want to fly somewhere and bite people.

DB: What horror film would you like to write a new soundtrack for?

SN: Oleg wants to do his own movie. I would like something about a mad professor who is living in his castle alone and doing some crazy stuff there. It will be organ and very dark music.

DB: What is the secret to your success?

Messer ChupsSN: Our manager, he helps us. The music, style, look, it’s all together. It’s like a good dish, you can’t cook a good meal without all the ingredients. You should take a good product with good spices and a good mood, everything all together.

BF: And black, black, black magic.

SN: Yeah and put black magic in it.

DB: How do you feel about your new album, “Taste the Blood of Guitarcula”?

OF: It’s very good. I very good play guitar. Very good design. Very good name for album and very good idea.

Fomchenkov adds that the title is a play on the title of the 1970 film, “Taste the Blood of Dracula.”

SN: The guitar is like the wooden stake for killing the vampire.

DB: Is there anything else you'd like to add?

SN: Come to our shows and you’ll see everything live it’s much better. You will feel the real atmosphere of the music.

Check out the Messer Chups and find out where they're playing next at www.messerchups.com

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