Today, Friday, October 13th, Russian surf punk trio Messer Chups will be arriving in the US, to kick off their 13-date North American Halloween Howling Tour in support of their new US-label release Taste The Blood of Guitaracula .
Taste The Blood of Guitaracula offers up what is described as “a coffin-full of mostly instrumental songs,” starting with "Midnight Call," a creepy vocal countdown over a melodic descending guitar scale, luring you further into the album. Next stop: "Surf de L'Amour," a dazzling and reverb-heavy instro cover of Francoise Hardy's "Le Temps de L'Amour," featured in the iconic dance scene from Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom . "Magneto" conjures images and elements of every B-movie action/horror flick ever made and somehow blends it all perfectly into a single song. Speaking of horror films, the band also reinvents the classic '70s synth-pop tune "Popcorn," cleverly renamed "Children of The Popcorn." Sleazy sax and growling vocals are showcased in "Big Foot," and "Night Stripper" is a timeless, lonesome tune, evoking neon lights and dark corners. The album closes with an unexpected surf version of Frank Sinatra's 1967 hit "The World We Knew," which Messer Chups delivers with a touch of moody Eastern verve.
While the band's instrumental sound is hard to neatly categorize, it's safe to say that it would be embraced by fans of rockabilly, horror punk, vintage surf records, Italian slasher films, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Pulp Fiction, lounge music, the theremin, The Cramps, and the theme song from The Munsters. Their catchy music combines surf, vintage Russian melodies, rare film samples from the 50s and 60s, scratchy historical recordings, and lounge loops. At their live shows, they explode with garage-punk intensity, all played against a video-collage backdrop of mid-century trashy cult and horror movie clips featuring Russ Meyer and Ed Wood, and superstars like Vampira and Bela Lugosi in a zombie mash-up.
Messer Chups is made up of Oleg "Gultaracula" (guitars, horror laugh, video ) , Svetlana "Zomblerella" (bass guitar, vocals, screams) and Dr. Boris (drums, vocals, howling). The band was formed in Saint Petersburg, Russia, by Guitaracula and then-teenaged Zombierella. Through the group's numerous world tours and steady music releases, Messer Chups has now amassed a huge and passionate global fan base. They recently signed their first U.S. record deal with Los Angeles-based MuSick Recordings, one of the premier garage rock and surf music labels (The Boss Martians, Satan's Pilgrims, The Moog, Space Cossacks, etc), who are releasing the band's new album Taste The Blood of Guitaracula.
In celebration of horror holiday Friday the 13th, we asked the members of Messer Chups to give us their all time favor horror flicks, here's what they had to say:
"These are two of my favorite horror movies. First, The Raven from 1963, with Vincent Price and Boris Karloff and very young Jack Nicholson. Two sorcerers educating the young Nicholson's character on the powers of black magic. Sounds grave and serious, but the film is very funny and I totally love it.
The second film is Frankenhooker from early 1990s. It's a modern twist on the classic Frankenstein tale. I like this version a lot, where a young scientist decides to collect the perfect female body from the body parts of NYC prostitutes, after his girlfriend is killed by a lawnmower. The film is close to my heart as when I was younger I actually knew some prostitutes here in Russia, who became good friends of mine."
"Black Sabbath (1963, in Italian 'I tre volti della paura' or 'The Three Faces of Fear) - consists of three tales based on classic literature novels and directed by Mario Bava. The first one is called "The Telephone" with Michele Mercier, who continually receives threatening telephone calls from an unseen stalker. The next one is "The Wurdulak", featuring Boris Karloff. Wurdulak is how they used to call a Russian vampire. The third tale, "The Drop of Water", is about a nurse who steals a ring from a corpse and is haunted by the ring's original owner. I really like this film -- it's interesting, aesthetically beautiful, and thrilling!"
"For me it's gotta be The Exorcist! The only movie I have watched where I couldn't sleep for days after watching. It inspires good drumming though!"
Catch Messer Chups on their US Tour at one of the following tour dates:
10/13 DETROIT, MI @ THEATRE BIZARRE (MASONIC TEMPLE)
10/14 DETROIT, MI @ THEATRE BIZARRE (MASONIC TEMPLE)
10/15 TORONTO, CANADA @ CHERRY COLA'S w/ BLACK FLAMINGOS
10/16 MONTREAL, CANADA @ DIVAN ORANGE *w/ BLACK FLAMINGOS
10/17 ASBURY PARK, NJ @ WONDER BAR *w/ BLACK FLAMINGOS
10/18 FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA (D.C.) @ STATE THEATRE *w/ BLACK FLAMINGOS
10/19 CLEVELAND, OH @ GROG SHOP *w/ BLACK FLAMINGOS
10/20 DETROIT, MI @ THEATRE BIZARRE (MASONIC TEMPLE)
10/21 SEATTLE, WA @ SLIMS LAST CHANCE w/ THE BOSS MARTIANS
10/25 SAN DIEGO, CA @ THE CASBAH w/ THE BOSS MARTIANS
10/26 LONG BEACH, CA @ ALEX'S BAR *w/ THE BOSS MARTIANS
10/27 LAS VEGAS, NV @ DOUBLE DOWN *w/ THE BOSS MARTIANS
10/28 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ ELBO ROOM *w/ THE BOSS MARTIANS