EXILED BELARUSIAN ‘BRUT POP’ TITANS COMING TO LIVERPOOL!

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Belarusian ‘Brut Pop’ titans Dlina Volny are coming to Liverpool on Wednesday 24th January, in what will be their first UK appearance. The darkwave trio have been residing in exile in Lithuania after facing a dystopian police state in Belarus, but are now embarking upon a huge European tour to share their music and message.

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Originally from Minsk, Dlina Volny have developed a formidable reputation as one of the rising stars of the electronic world. With a mesmerising blend of post-punk, synthpop, darkwave, dance and more, their music has eventually been coined with the term ‘Brut Pop’ — a delicate mix between the brutalist architecture they lived among and the Soviet pop with which they grew up.

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With widespread praise from the likes of Clash Music, their forthcoming European tour will be a showcase of their music in all its glory, an immersion into their liminal world in spite of the suppression and hardships they have faced in their homeland.

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Liverpool music afficionados are in for an absolute treat at the Kazimier Stockroom on 24th January, as the Belarusian Titans are joined by Berlin’s hottest electro talent, Jennifer Touch — with her forward-thinking darkwave synthpop sound. The night will also be showcasing dynamic Welsh gothic rock outfit KK Verkefni.

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We caught up with Dlina Volny for a little Q&A ahead of their Liverpool and UK debut….

LVL: So guys, are you looking forward to this huge tour and performing in the UK for the first time?

MASHA: Oh yes! The UK has been playing a very important role in my life ever since I was 4 so I’m extremely excited to bring Dlina Volny there. I especially love Liverpool so I am very much looking forward to this one!

LVL: What can we expect from the Liverpool gig?

MASHA: Expect pure emotion and immersion into our liminal world that we like to call The Red Lodge. We’ll also be playing new music, which we hope you all will enjoy.

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LVL: For those who haven’t heard your music, tell us more about this ‘Brut Pop’ sound of yours?

MASHA: We used to call our genre post-punk but I feel like throughout the years our music has evolved into something less straightforward. After an interview with The Calvert Journal’s Natalie, who called our music brutalistic pop, we figured brut-pop was a great description of what we do. So right now I believe darkwave + brut-pop gives a pretty good glimpse into our music. People will probably understand it even better after listening to our new album, which we’ve almost finished writing.

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LVL: What was the situation like in Belarus before you left?

ALES: Emotionally and psychologically it was very bad. People were arrested for nothing almost every day. 

LVL: What has it been like living in exile in Lithuania? How has this impacted your music?

MASHA: We have been feeling safe and welcome, which is very precious. In our first few months in Vilnius we were afraid of black minivans since these are the types of cars that Belarusian special police forces used to drive around in and one would always be very cautious of them. These were the cars people would be taken into during protests and even after.

One would avoid any contact with the police because even if you take a look at them, they could take it as something it wasn’t and detain you. It took us some time to realise that we were safe and the police were actually there to protect us.

Musically, I feel like we’ve grown. Living in Europe has opened up a lot of touring opportunities for us, which impacts our sound too, I believe. But what happened in 2020 is always going to be with us and it’s always going to be reflected in our music one way or another.

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LVL: What are your plans musically following this tour and do you hope to raise more awareness of the situation back home?

MASHA: We are finishing our new album, which is super thrilling. I am very excited to share this new work with the world since I believe it’s our best work yet. 

We always talk about what’s been going on in Belarus in Europe and we’ve talked about it in Mexico, and we will continue to do so. This is where we come from and it’s important for us that our listeners know of the situation.

Unfortunately, we’re at a point where we are absolutely helpless and cannot change a thing. But what we can change is the amount of awareness. We’ve also translated our song Glaza to Belarusian and play it this way now, and it feels good.

Dlina Volny / Kazimier Stockroom, 32 Seel Street, Liverpool, L1 4BE / Weds 24th Jan, 7pm

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