November 21st, 2009
|yms||08:03 am - Umka and Bro at the Mehanata Bulgarian Bar|
The veteran post-Soviet underground band Umka & Bronevik (or simply Bro) plays the release shows to present their first LP, "The Closer Sessions". Recorded at San Francisco's Closer Studios in May 2009, this limited edition LP features striking new versions of 10 songs spanning two decades.
Anna "Umka" Gerasimova is one of the main personalities of the Soviet/post-Soviet musical underground. She started writing songs in the 80's. After some early homemade recordings she took a break to finish her PhD in early Soviet avant-garde poetry. Meanwhile, Umka's bootleg tapes spread widely, and upon returning back to music career, in 1995, she found herself an instant unofficial celebrity. She put together a rock group and since then never stopped touring around Russia, former Soviets and abroad. Their list of influences include the Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan. Umka and Bro have released nearly 20 CDs, but being hardcore 60s-70s fans, they always wanted to go vinyl. In May 2009, they did it - in the heart if the 60s, San Francisco, in a studio called Closer Recordings. Now, touring in the US for the 8th time, they play the release shows to present their LP, released by a small new independent label Portofranco Records.
More about Umka: "The True Story Of My Life Written By Myself In Bad English"
Check them out on YouTube:
Umka and Bro will play at the MEHANATA BULGARIAN BAR in New York City
Sunday, November 29
Mehanata Bulgarian Bar
113 Ludlow St (between Delancy & Rivington)
New York, NY
$10 cover, doors 7pm