One year ago the MayThunder Festival took a place
and became the biggest one. 18 bands from Russia, Belarus, Sweden and
Germany joined this year fest and it is obvious that such a number of
acts would please everyone listening to synth/ebm/gothic music.
The final list the headliners looked so: S.P.O.C.K, !Distain and Das
Ich. Besides it all first time in the history the decision was made to
organize two days fest devided stylistically. First day was named the
“synthday” and the second one went into the history as the
Haloed Ghost. The side project of Kommutator’s keyboarder is
oriented to synth/gothic sound with the female voice. The leading
singer of Haloed Ghost (Marie) presented already known due the
appearances at some Moscow events during last 2 years songs and for
sure “Grey” which is one of the best tracks made by this act.
Nurstress. The collaboration of the well known names in Russia
and not only is hidden under this name. The project created by dj
BabyMax (Technologia, Module), the singer of Inner Conflict (Nonsense)
and the female synth-duo Emplosia. Two songs were played: “Pigment”
and “Missing”. The acting at the scene was supported with the
videoprojection at the screen
Logika Metro. The synthpop band from Belarus increased the
geographical frames of the originally Russian festival. Nice and
melodic sound of that band proves that things are going well in
Belarus and the synthpop is in the progress there.
D.Sign. The band is from Russian city calling Orel. The quality
and original synthpop act with energy and charismatic singers both
male and female played a few songs including the newest
Kommutator. Comparing with other gigs before the MF2’s
appearance of the band was colored with 2 additional guitarists.
Consequently the “commutation” of the band with the audience was more
drive. As it was expected the best tracks were played (“The Light Of
The Far Star”, “Ultimatum”, “No One Except You”).
Robots. The discovery of last few years joined the scene in the
original head constructions transformed guys into something between
robots and church pastors. So or so it looked more than impressive as
well the sound line of the Robots’ set. Partially reminding the art of
Kraftwerk these guys though go their own minimalist way to create the
Mesmer. The band standing along with Technologia, Arrival and
Bio at the beginning of the USSR synth scene for sure was that is
needed at this festival. Mesmer’s tracks were met very good by the
audience especially by the 90-ties synth fans.
TNV. The real surprise awaited for the people coming to see the
festival as well it is the legendary act playing EBM which was nearly
dead and to organize the appearance of the singer of TNV at the fest
was a little miracle even. TNV represented by Valery Valiev only
gifted 4 hits and exploded the dancefloor with the energy of the
Sensor. The MayThunder Festival 2 became the debut of this band
from Nizhny Novgorod in Moscow. This band playing classical and smooth
synthpop for sure became a discovery for many visitors of the event.
The professional sound and melodic male vocal made this band one of
the best newcommers of an year.
Bio. The same story like it is with TNV this band became those
brick that made the festival “global”. The father of the synthpop
scene of the USSR returned! Exploding the audience with the hit of the
90-ties “Rhythms Of The Life’s Environment” all the time being at the
scene Alexander Jakovlev manipulated with the mood of the crowd like
it was in the beginning of the 90-ties. After playing of a new track
from the forthcoming album Alexander finished the Russian part of the
Module. Beginning from the synthpop genre this electroband is
getting more and more drive and hard sounding. The hymns of the
“modulators” were played “I Know” and “The Sky”. DJ BabyMax which is a
member of the band could be called real hero as well appeared four!
times (with Technologia, Nurstress and Virtual Server except Module).
Arrival. The band which is one of favs of the Russian synthpop
fans played a brilliant line of their songs which was combined with
the video projections. After the songs were sung the audience even
didn’t want to let them go.
Technologia. This time legendary Russian synth-pop act
Technologia played only the new songs from forthcoming album. That
fact was not confusing as well mostly all new songs were known to the
audience due the playing of them at the performances of this year in
!Distain. The first foreign headliner of the synthday !Distain
due to the words of band didn’t play yet out of Germany so appearance
of the band in Moscow could be described as first “foreign” gig. Due
to that fact guys played an excellent show. It’s known fact in Russia
that !Distain is a band which has not the last place in the list of
favor acts between dm/synth audience here so many of the audience sang
with the band (it seems a bit unexpectedly for guys). This fact leaded
to that whole the concert was played how it Russians say “soul to
soul”. Full the spectrum of the best songs of Germans: “Conversation
Overkill”, “Sex’N’Cross”, “America”, “Confession”, “Metal Rules”,
“Tears Of Joy” and other great tracks was met very warmly by the
visitors. The final point of the !Distain’s show was the song of the
Virtual Server where !Distain’s singer Alex contributed the vocals and
DJ Ram’s version of one of the songs of the band with BabyMax on the
guitar. It was the world premiere of this Virtual Server song and the
first time ever when the possibility to hear “guitar vs !Distain” was
at all. On of the funniest moments were guys of Das Ich dancing
between people near the scene to support German colleagues.
S.P.O.C.K . The appearance of this legendary Swedish band
became a big success for all the Russian synthpoppers and fans of this
act. The band is not that active last times and play gigs rarely so it
is a good question when Russian astroboys and astrogirls could see the
band live. But the unreal things turn reality and S.P.O.C.K gave the
exclusive show for Russia in frames of this festival. Especial thanks
to the band because they didn’t forget to take with them their famous
“star-track” clothes. Over than hour of active music and energy
activated and re-activated the audience totally. The humor of the
singer made the action yet funny. The best hits were sung -
“Astrogirl”, “E.T.: Phone Home”, “E.T. Aren’t Nice”, “I’m An Android”,
“Never Trust A Klingon” and much more… Krull and Johan did their parts
excellent with the improvisation at the keyboard and back vocals of
Johan. Johan looked already partially Russian as well it was already
eighth time of his visiting of Russia (he was here with Elegant
Machinery and Vacuum before and had a nice chance to visit more cities
than Moscow and Petersburg even – Saratov and Nizhny Novgorod).
The MayThunder festival 2 (The Wind Returns) proved once again its
status of the biggest festival in Russia dedicated to the