Led by songwriter/vocalist Ilya Lagutenko, the Russian rock group Mumiy Troll has been enormously popular in Russia since the release of their first album, Morskaya, in the 1990s. The band got together in 1983 and has been dropping epic rock since, garnering a strong influence over their country’s fashion and music. Along with bands like The Sex Pistols and Blondie, in the 1980s Mumiy Troll was publicly blacklisted as a “dangerous band” by the Soviet Union Communist party. As always, when something is forbidden it becomes even more desirable…so the rock band gained even more fans, and as times changed, they grew well-known throughout Asia and Europe. Later they would tour North America. The edgy rockapop quartet has won many awards, written music for film, and released 8 studio albums, including their recent English-language debut, Vladivostok.
– Jenny Prucnal