Petrograd (Lux) promo (1997)


Petrograd (ABC benefit) (-)


What About Me? / Missing Jigsaw Piece / Ernesto / Just An Animal / 1+1=11 / Mellow / Al Andaluz

‘Petrograd’ played uplifting, melodic HC (“flowerpunk”) with dual female/male vocals singing political lyrics. Their music made me think of ‘Quarantine’, others referred to ‘Sofa Head’ or the ‘Joyce McKinney Experience’. They also covered ‘Cringer’… People in the band have been in ‘Subway Arts’, ‘No More’ and ‘Bakunin’s Children’. They started in October ’96. The line-up changed quite a few times. Steve ‘Diff’ Differding (vocals, guitar) & Simone Winandy (vocals; Diff’s partner at that time – during the early 90s they did PeaCy recs together…); the latter was replaced by Nathalie Wagner in ’99. Frank Villanueva (bass; later Björn Kolbeinsson R.I.P.), Thierry Thill (drums; after Gilbert; Franz – ex ‘Revenge’ – since 2002), etc.

‘Diff’ did ‘Petrograd’s 1st release (split-10” with ‘Soul Season’) in 1996/97 on his label Skank recs. That was followed by a split-LP with ‘Active Minds’ (Skank recs & Sacro K-Baalismo, in 1998) – with ‘Diff’ (guitar/vocals), Frank (bass), Gilbert (drums), Claude (guitar) & Simone (vocals) – and 2 split-7”s (with ‘Freak Show’ and with ‘Kontra La Paré’). In ’99 the LP entitled Isabelle came out, aswell as a split-7” with ‘Elektrolochmann’ and the Another Happy Tale 7” (with Björn on bass, Thierry Thill (ex ‘D’Rotzbouwen’) drums, David & ‘Diff’ on guitar, with the latter singing. The benefit-LP they did for the Anarchist Black Cross Innsbruck in 2000 was co-released by Active Distribution, Maloka, Stonehenge recs, Ya Basta! recs and a few others. On this record the band was Thierry, Björn, David, Nathalie & ‘Diff’. Etc. etc.


‘Petrograd’ on tour in the Czech Republic (2002)

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