From the frozen realm of Siberia, Russian post-punks Ploho have released new single “Танцы в темноте” (translated to English as “Dancing in the Dark),” from their upcoming new album, Phantom Feelings.
Phantom Feelings will see a February 5th release via Artoffact Records, home to Bootblacks, ACTORS, Kælan Mikla, and more of today’s most vital post-punk bands from around the world.
Ploho frontman Victor Uzhakov describes “Dancing in the Dark”: “A song about the last party, where in the dance you forgot everything you should have forgotten long ago. But you were afraid, you didn’t want to do it, still keeping your feelings. You probably realized by now that the mood of the album is an attempt to start a new life, to part with the boring past.”
Based in Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia, where the average temperature in January clocks in at two degrees Fahrenheit, Ploho is one of the most prominent purveyors of a “new wave of Russian music,” reflecting its homeland by way of a cold, wistful style of rock.
𝑊𝑖𝑒𝑙𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑚𝑒𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑐ℎ𝑜𝑙𝑦 𝑔𝑢𝑖𝑡𝑎𝑟𝑠, 𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑠𝑡 𝑏𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑠, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑝𝑎𝑛 𝑅𝑢𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑎𝑛 𝑣𝑜𝑐𝑎𝑙𝑠, 𝑃𝑙𝑜ℎ𝑜 𝑑𝑟𝑎𝑤𝑠 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑒𝑠𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑡𝑖𝑐 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑙𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑆𝑜𝑣𝑖𝑒𝑡 𝑒𝑟𝑎 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 1980𝑠, 𝑗𝑢𝑠𝑡 𝑏𝑒𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑙𝑙𝑎𝑝𝑠𝑒. 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑑’𝑠 𝑏𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑘 𝑟𝑜𝑐𝑘 𝑟𝑒𝑓𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑠 𝑅𝑢𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑎𝑛 𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑜𝑑, 𝑠𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑎𝑠 𝐾𝑖𝑛𝑜, 𝑎𝑠 𝑤𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑎𝑠 𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑡-𝑝𝑢𝑛𝑘 𝑟𝑜𝑦𝑎𝑙𝑡𝑦 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝐽𝑜𝑦 𝐷𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛.
Formed in 2013, the trio has emerged as a household name in its native Russia, and has slowly built up a dedicated fanbase in Europe and abroad. To date, Ploho has recorded four albums and several EPs, as well as more than 10 singles, which they supported by touring more than 40 cities in Europe, several times. The band has appeared at prominent festivals including Боль in Russia, Kalabalik in Sweden, and Platforma in Lithuania. In 2019, they teamed up with Belarusian band Molchat Doma (Sacred Bones Records) to collaborate on a song titled “Along the Edge of the Island.”