One of the most joyful talents in Eastern Europe is that of Kiev's Dmitry Shurov, known to many Ukrainian listeners as Pianoboy - or "Pianoбой." The final syllable in that second moniker sounds identical in English, but is formed instead from the Russian word for "battle" or "struggle." That pun alone implies that Shurov is willing to fight hard for these songs and assail the high, unforgiving walls of mainstream convention. His brave goals seem feasible in that he's already famous among Kiev's more discerning audiences for his involvement in several major rock bands, such as Esthetic Education (since 2004) and - before that - Okean El'zy.
Raised in an artistic family, with his father's connections to national TV in the background, Shurov reached a major milestone in his adult career with the publication of a June 2012 debut album, "Simple Things" (Prostye Veshchi). After that, when Shurov received a style award from ELLE magazine, he joked that future releases would be "devoid of anything artsy. No [glamorous] duets, no soppiness, and no tears either! Nothing but hardcore metal and direct, in-your-face lyrics!"
Needless to say, he was joking... at least a tad.