INFOBOXGenre(s): World Music
From: Vienna, Austria
When the Russians invade Austria it usually means partying hard. That can result in the occasional flying vodka glass. The best example of the fact that there can be some truth behind even, shall we say, xenophobic prejudices is probably Russkaja. Ok, there is actually only one real Russian behind the band, the singer Georgij Makazaria. But that doesn’t diminish the wild performances as the rest of the musicians sill share a lot of Balkan blood.
The lyrics are mostly in Russian, some in English and some in German. The band has enjoyed a named for themselves inside the independent scene since their formation and have been featured many times on FM4. As a live band they made a name for themselves in Klub Ost in Vienna, but have also had international invitations to Switzerland, Turkey, Poland, Hungary, and Germany. Their gig as show band for the ORF late-night-show “Wilkommen Österreich” has given them access to a much larger audience.