May 01, 2015

Siberian Punk

Siberian Punk
Putti Yuri Chashkin

For many outside the former Soviet Union, “Siberia” evokes the image of a remote, forested, and mountainous territory, best known for its sub-zero winters and towering snowdrifts.

Therefore many will be surprised to learn that, in the 1980s, when the Soviet Union was only beginning to open up to the outside world, Siberia was home to one of the most original and raw punk rock scenes not just in the Soviet Union, but, arguably, anywhere in the world.

Siberian punk is largely defined by its plodding drum beat, fuzzed-out guitars, sing-songy vocals, and powerful lyrics that not only mocked the Soviet system, but also explored a wide range of social, political and personal issues.

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