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Russian Girlfriends release video for “Redfield”

Albuquerque, New Mexico punks Russian Girlfriends just released their new album, In The Parlance Of Our Times, on June 21st via A-F Records. To mark the momentous event, they’ve released a video for a track from it.

Have a watch of “Redfield” below.



Album Review: Russian Girlfriends – “In the Parlance of our Times”

A couple of years back, I managed to see Russian Girlfriends open for Red City Radio at a pretty unimpressive venue in Portland, OR that has since been closed. I had never heard of the band before the show, and I didn’t particularly like going to said venue, but alas, there I was. The New Mexican punk rock ‘n rollers impressed me well enough with their swaggering, high energy performance and I thought to myself that there must be something wrong here. Russian Girlfriends was a good band—they were extremely competent, they worked the crowd like industry pros, and they were opening for one of the biggest acts in punk rock at the time. The catch? I hadn’t heard a fucking word about them before that tour. They’d never been recommended, they’d never popped up in any of my many internet conversations with other disaffected scenesters. Russian Girlfriends were effectively off the grid for me, and then there they were: born as a full-grown band with full-grown chops, seemingly out of nowhere.

And now, they’re on A-F Records, perhaps one of the most exciting labels in punk today (also seemingly out of nowhere) and they have an album out. In the Parlance of our Times is a raging, spitting, staggering punk rock album that is as muscular as it is musical. It’s a testament to triplet runs, pick scrapes, and honey and oil high notes. Russian Girlfriends sound like an arena punk rock band—somewhere between ZZ Top, the Bronx, and the chugging melodicism of 90s Epifat. In the Parlance of our Times is all of those things, and maybe even too much of those things—but it’s here, it exists, and whether I like everything it tries to be, it executes it with a level of professionalism and competency that gives even its blandest decisions a sense of conviction.

“Coke” is a hardcore sprint that features some tongue-in-cheek sass (“you’re the reason punk rock is dead!”), a minute long rager that sets the stage not necessarily for Russian Girlfriends’ sound as it does their energy. “Angry Bong Rips” is a more traditional song, featuring a catchy vocal melody and a lot of guitar-centric antics. As far as riffs go, these guys got a lot of them, running power chords up and down the fretboard with leads a-plenty. The vibe is 80s and honestly not too much of a stone’s throw from Skynyrd, but where the influence might not be “cool,” at least it’s different. We can only take so much Replacements, Clash, and Springsteen worship in the punk scene—the palette change is refreshing, if not always to my taste.

The arrangements throughout the album are head-turning and part of the reason Russian Girlfriends feel so fully-formed to me (or pre-packaged, depending on my mood). “White Guilt White Heat” has heavy riffs complete with piercing harmonics as well as a strummed slow-down. Echoes of Interscope-era Rise Against come to mind, which is no bad thing, mind you, but in appreciating the album as a work of art, I can’t help but wonder how they ended up here. There is no evil work at play, I know; their polish is an admirable trait. But—and there’s always a but—it is in the cracks through which we see the artist, and I can’t help but feel like In the Parlance of our Times doesn’t have much in the way of cracks—that it is too tight, too competent, and in effect: void of personality. In less words: it’s safe.

But there’s something to be said for safe. Safe isn’t always exciting, but it can be fun in a comfortable sort of way. Like a well-worn boot or a favorite guitar. Russian Girlfriends aren’t reinventing anything here (Axl Rose or Billy Gibbons, take your pick), but they are banging out expertly conceived tunes with the precise execution of real life musicians. It’s something to behold. It might not change the world, but who knows, maybe it’ll improve your night.

 



DS Exclusive: Russian Girlfriends stream new single, “Pride Parade”

Albuquerque hardcore punk band, Russian Girlfriends have a new album on the way, In The Parlance of Our Times. That album can be expected to hit shelves on June 21 courtesy of A-F Records. This is Russian Girlfriends first release on A-F Records, and their first full-length since their self-released All Around debut (later repressed on Orange Whip and Gunner Records) which came out in 2015. Pre-orders for In The Parlance can be found here, and to celebrate they are rolling out gold and silver vinyl pressings in limited quantities for the first lucky custos, almost like a “new year new me” kind of thing… in the middle of summer.

Here’s an energy-laden teaser off that album for fans of Pears, Propagandhi, and a little bit of that old thyme rock and roll. The guitars get after it while lead singer Adam Hooks spreads a little positivity, “Love is love, man, let it grow,” this song is called “Pride Parade” and it’s coming at you first on the Dying Scene airwaves. Stream that track below. The record release show will take place in Albuquerque at Launchpad. So check THAT out if you’re in the area, and be sure and catch these homies at Fest this year in Gainesville, FL.



Russian Girlfriends stream new song “The Day We Put The Dog Down”

Albuquerque, New Mexico punks Russian Girlfriends are streaming their new song “The Day We Put The Dog Down,” which comes from their upcoming album In The Parlance Of Our Times, that is set to be released on June 21st via A-F Records.

You can give it a listen below.

Russian Girlfriends last released a split with Redbush in September 2018.



Russian Girlfriends announce new album, stream new video

Albuquerque, New Mexico punks Russian Girlfriends have announced they will be releasing their new album, In The Parlance Of Our Times, on June 21st via A-F Records.

To give you an idea of what to expect, the band has released a video for “Coke,” which you can check out below.

Russian Girlfriends last released a split with Redbush in September 2018.



Listen: Russian Girlfriends explore their rock n roll influences in split with Redbush

Albuquerque, New Mexico punks Russian Girlfriends are streaming their half of “Split with Redbush” which I’m going to go out on a limb and assume is Wyoming punk act Redbush.

Those of you familiar with the Russian Girlfriends will find them leaning more into their traditional “rock n roll” influences in these 4 new tracks. The fact that one of them is a cover of Nirvana’s “Downer” from the 1989 “Bleach” album will give you some idea of the vibe. But you know what will give you a better sense for the band’s progression? Streaming the track below!

Russian Girlfriends’ last release was another split put out in March, 2017.



Russian Girlfriends releasing split with Redbush, stream cover of Nirvana’s “Downer”

Albuquerque, New Mexico punks Russian Girlfriends have just placed a new release up for pre-order on their bandcamp. Titled “Split with Redbush” I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that’s the Wyoming punk act Redbush. Neither band has anything to say about the release on their respective FB pages so I could stand corrected.

One thing I do know is that the Russian Girlfriends side contains a cover of Nirvana’s “Downer” from their 1989 “Bleach” album and you can stream that puppy below.

Russian Girlfriends’ last release was another split put out in March, 2017.



Russian Girlfriends (melodic punk) re-release album “All Around”, begin UK/EU tour

Albuquerque, New Mexico punks Russian Girlfriends have just re-released their album “All Around” via Gunner Records from Germany for a European edition of the piece.

To celebrate the announcement, the five part meoldic punk team have also kicked off their tour of the UK and Europe in support of the album. Check out the dates below!



Russian Girlfriends (pop-punk) stream split EP with Rock Jong Il

New Mexico pop-punk band Russian Girlfriends are streaming a brand new split EP with fellow New Mexico punkers Rock Jong Il. The two bands both contribute two kicking tracks to this release.

You can stream the EP below.

The split serves as a follow up to Russian Girlfriend’s 2015 album, All Around, and Rock Jong Il’s 2017 LP, Dictators of Rock. 



The Bombpops and Russian Girlfriends announce southwest shows

The Bombpops and Russian Girlfriends have announced a handful of southwest shows leading up to their spring tour with Red City Radio. Check out the tour dates below.

The Bombpops released their debut album Fear of Missing Out on February 10th through Fat Wreck Chords. Russian Girlfriends’ first LP All Around came out back in 2015.



Red City Radio announce spring tour with The Bombpops and Russian Girlfriends

Oklahoma City punks Red City Radio have announced a tour with The Bombpops and Russian Girlfriends, set to take place this spring. The 2-week run will stop in parts of the US and Canada.

Check out the tour dates below to see if there’s a show near you.

Red City Radio last released their self-titled album in 2015 on Staple Records.



Red City Radio announce west coast tour with Russian Girlfriends

Oklahoma City punks Red City Radio have announced they will be touring the west coast this May, leading up to their appearance at Punk Rock Bowling 2016. The tour will see the band joined by Albuquerque’s Russian Girlfriends.

You can check out all of the dates and locations they’ll be stopping at below.

Red City Radio’s latest release, a self-titled album, was released in April, 2015 on Staple Records. Russian Girlfriends put out their debut album All Around last August.



Russian Girlfriends (New Mexico) announce tour dates in support of “All Around” LP

Rock punk powerhouse Russian Girlfriends have announced a string of US tour dates to help  promote the “All Around” LP released in the summer of 2015.

The LP and tour dates are both available below.



Russian Girlfriends announce tour dates

Albuquerque’s Russian Girlfriends (featuring ex-members of  Stabbed In Back and Koffin Kats) have announced a short US tour. Check out the dates below.

Last week the band released their debut album, All Around, which can be streamed here.



Russian Girlfriends stream new album

Russian Girlfriends are streaming their debut album, All Around, in full. You can give it a listen below, or purchase it digitally here.

The band will physically release All Around on August 4, 2015.