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Ms John Soda and Tonearm in Apelsin club, Territoria Festival


Ms John Soda [Apelsin Club, October 19, 2006]

The house was far from being sold out that night, and quite naturally, as, you know, folks tend to pick up the most branded names. However, there was enough of good public at the concert for the musicians to feel all right. And we felt the fair and positive music energy that only talented performers can create.

In the framework of contemporary arts festival Territoria the Moscow club Apelsin hosted a concert of two representatives of the young stage the one-man project Tonearm (also known as Russian American Ilia Bis) and the German band Ms John Soda (with the frontmen Stefanie Bohm on vocal and Micha Acher on guitar).


Ms John Soda [Apelsin Club, October 19, 2006]

The public as we had expected mostly consisted of the new generation, looking like students, journalists or adherents of indi-culture now fashionable in Russia also.

We had never heard Tonearm before and had known nothing of his music but the fact that its some electronic project. So we had not expected much of him, taking Tonearm just for an unknown Russian guy from New York opening for the main course, Ms John Soda. It is natural for the public to be cautious about unknown performers; sometimes it happens that you wait for something talented and get nothing of the kind. Here it turned to be vice versa.


Tonearm [Apelsin Club, October 19, 2006]

To say that the project of Tonearm involving a smashing video-track for every composition was gripping is to say nothing: it just grabbed your mind and sent it up for a trip. Russian immigrant Ilia on guitar and synthesizer, producing all the electronic bells and whistles and singing songs in English made an impression of being a world-class musician, which not everyone is able to do, you know. Quite free of pomp he played his emotionally warm and well-charged program lasting for an hour (which we noticed only later, as you might guess).


Ms John Soda [Apelsin Club, October 19, 2006]

The four musicians of the German band Ms John Soda performed songs from their two only albums "No P. Or D." (2002) and "Notes And The Like" (2006). Just like with Tonearm, their lyrics are in English. In many cases it looks rather shady when musicians grown in non-English-speaking countries sing in English to be better exported. However, both Tonearm and Ms John Soda can feel free about it: their material is good.

Ms John Soda has direct influence (but not plagiarism!) of The Breeders, and even the bands name is probably coming from
Ms John Soda [Apelsin Club, October 19, 2006]Mrs. John Murphy (the nickname of The Breeders vocalist Kim Deal, while she was on the bass in The Pixies). The public was enjoying like anything at the concert, with special enthusiasm provoked by the hits of Ms John Soda, such as Hiding/Fading, Hands, One, etc.

Both Tonearm and Ms John Soda fitted quite well into the club Apelsin and the concept of Territoria Festival revealing a special space where various arts are interacting and unwanted borders are vanishing.

Many thanks for accreditation to club Apelsin and Boris Barabanov.


Vera Ivanova and Mikhail Manykin

October 25, 2006 21:16





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