10,000 Russos are a formidable force within modern psychedelia; their industrial psych/post-punk has been charming fuzz-heads across the globe with its stomping, shamanic mantras and otherworldly krautrock slant. Following their debut album and recent split with The Oscillation, the Portuguese trio released their huge second LP ‘Distress Distress’ on April 7th via Fuzz Club Records.
10,000 Russos have once again transcended the boundaries of psychedelia as we know it today; their dark, droning noise is twisted, distorted and pushed to its limit. ‘Distress Distress’ is so ritualistic and industrial it see’s their usual post-punk sound – a primal and celestial mix of The Fall, NEU! and Spacemen 3 – pushed within an inch of techno territory with its abrasive, metronomic rhythms.
‘Psych-drone’ may be nothing new but on ‘Distress Distress’ 10,000 Russos’ dark, warped psychedelia is transformed into something completely new and entirely immersive. Compared to their contemporaries – see A Place To Bury Strangers, Wooden Shjips, Moon Duo etc. – 10,000 Russos’ voodoo noise is far less guitar-centered, instead it’s propelled by throbbing basslines, hypnotic chant-like vocals and repetitive stabs of oscillating feedback, drones and loops.
Since their debut self-titled LP, Russos have been touring Europe extensively and acquiring a cult-like following at a whiplash rate – their incredible performance at Liverpool Psych Fest was widely described as a stand-out set by numerous music publications and fuzz fiends-alike. With the entrance of ‘Distress Distress’, the band are showing no sign of slowing down either – redefining psychedelia with every hiss of feedback.
May 19th | Dark Habits All-Nighter w/ Follakzoid and Bo Ningen @ London Fields Brewhouse
May 20th | 10,000 Russos w/ Strange Cages & Guests @ The Peer Hat, Manchester