You need to see the Messer
by Naughty Mickie
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
SN: Come to our shows and you’ll see
everything live it’s much better. You will feel the real
atmosphere of the music.
the Messer Chups and find out where they're playing next at www.messerchups.com