One of the most powerful expressions in Russian rock of what - perhaps - lies beyond normality comes from Moscow's challenging, constantly excellent uSSSy. The band is currently a twosome, Artem Galkin (guitar) and Pavel Eremeev (drums) - although they have long been involved with colleague Aleksei Taroutz in other art- or math-rock adventures such as IAAOTL, Wogulow Taroutz Vermo and Kruzr Ken.
As a separate entity, USSSY itself has been in existence since 2007. The band's springtime recordings this year gave voice to some disconcerting aspects of Russian experience by drawing upon the "alien" traditions that lie along a war-torn national border, specifically with Afghanistan.
Galkin and Eremeev say their recordings may display "something of an Arabian or Persian tone... but they always sound 'fateful.' We've created a unique mix of Western noise rock and a traditionally [Eastern] folkloric sort of melody." If so, then these same "fateful" motifs remain something grounded in the imagination, rather than in experience. In other words, life at home creates and colors the impression of what perhaps lies beyond normality. "Of course it would be interesting to travel to the East and actually get to know some real musicians, but we've been touring around Europe instead."
Fate is product of domestic fantasy, maybe, but no weaker as a result.