Moscow based, Chetyre Mizhika (Четыре Мужика) consists of Alexei Mokerov (Vocals & Guitar), Alexander Palashev (Guitar), Mihail Votintsev (Bass) and Ilya Zaitsev (Drums). This talented quartet made eyebrows raise and minds melt upon the first spin when we received it. It arrived with ferocity, testosterone and dark energy. Their new EP called Howl (Вой) wades deep into new, murky waters and excites the audience with it’s distinctive sound. So far, so good. Right?
Wrong. It only gets BETTER from here.
It may have been a few months since it was first unleashed on October 25, 2016 (independently), but it has gained momentum and popularity in the meantime. Even obtaining the opportunity to support Berlin based Stoner Train at the Moscow Music Week.
The Russian lyrics may be a language barrier for other global listeners but it doesn’t repulse us at all. It works in tandem perfectly with the unique sound generated by the hybridisation of genre’s they are influenced by (such as Sludge, Hardcore, Metal and Stoner).
This really does make it niche, yet accessible to a more popular audience. It’s not too heavy, and it’s not too in your face, it finds a perfect balance and equilibrium that hooks you in from the word “Go!”. It can’t be compared to another band, it has it’s own scent, it’s own breed. It really is carefully put together. And we at Invicta can’t applaud the Russians for this high quality EP.
The stand out track on this short installment is easily Мустанга due to it’s distinctive introduction, psychedelic feeling passages and euphoric feel. It tickles the senses, and pushes the mind to new boundaries. Masterfully displaying the potential of the band.
If Chetyre Mizhika reduce the overall spectrum of their hybridisation, they will find even greater results upon their next release. But overall, they show great promise and ingenuity. This reduction will just allow their sound to be more consistent and less dispersed.
But with all things said and done. It was a memorable, wonderful experience and one hell of a rollercoaster ride.
A creative blend of hybrid genre's and sheer ingenuity results in probably one of the most unique experiences bred in Russia. A solid listen.