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Biography

  • Years Active

    1991 – present (30 years)

  • Members

    • Александр Голант (1991 – 2000)
    • Алексей Соловьёв (1996 – 2005)
    • Андрей Шморгун (2008 – 2012)
    • Денис Петухов (1991 – 1993)
    • Дмитрий Александрович Спирин
    • Дмитрий Кежватов (2000 – 2005)
    • Сергей Прокофьев (1998 – present)

Тараканы! was formed by 16-year-old classmates in Moscow, Russia in 1991 under the name of Четыре Таракана.

Debut album — Duty Free Songs was released in 1992, back then, the band performed a lot in punk clubs of Moscow and other cities.

Second album — Best Before… was released in 1995.

The band has taken part in the “Learn to Swim” movement of punk and alternative musicians against facism and hard drugs.

Четыре Таракана often toured through Russia and Baltic countries participating in the festivals “Learn to Swim”.

In 1997 Четыре Таракана released third album: Украл? Выпил? В тюрьму!!! (Stole? Drunk?! Go in Jail!!!), which contained songs in Russian and English. Some of the songs were played by local FM radio stations.

Четыре Таракана changed their name to Тараканы! and began to perform a lot at Russian and international punk and rock festivals, including performing as a support band for English punk legends Toy Dolls, Stranglers, & Exploited.

The next album Посадки нет (No Entrance) released in 1998, was more varied in style, it was melodic punk with reggae, ska and surf elements. The album got some airplay on radio and the band made their first video.

In the beginning of 2000, Тараканы! went in their first European tour. The tour included 12 concerts in Switzerland along with Tagtraum, Snitch, Scally and The Monsters.

In 2000 Тараканы! released Попкорм (Мы научили мир сосать) (Popfodder ) with a Ramones-style pop-punk/melodic hardcore.

Тараканы! received invitations to play various festivals all over Russia and headlined punk festivals, which were organized by the band itself.

In 2001-2002 band performed shows against youth drug abuse and alcoholism. One of their hits - Foolish Head - became the song of the non-governmental organization "NO To Alcoholism And Drug Abuse".

In the fall of 2001 Тараканы! released split-CD with punk-band Sobut from Japan.

A full length studio album Fear and Hatred was released in early 2002. The reaction was perfect, two songs from it (I look at 'em and Russian Rock) even became the hits on one of the national radio stations.

Страх И Ненависть (Fear and Hatred) was the most successful Тараканы! release to date.

During the it's tour the band performed more than 30 shows in 1.5 months and traveled 10,000 km from the western to the eastern border of Russia. First shows were made together with famous Japanese band Sobut.

At the end of 2002, Тараканы! released a compilation of the best songs and rarities [bЛучшее. Враг хорошего(The Best is the Enemy of Good).

Whole Russia tour’ 2003 was ended with three shows in collaboration project with the legendary Marky Ramone under the name Marky Ramone & The Pinhead Army.

The Freedom Street (Улица Свободы) — 2003 album was released in Russia and in Europe.

In 2005, Тараканы! have released new live album, live DVD, new studio album Rockets from Russia, played a lot in Russia and ex-USSR countries, touring in Europe (17 gigs in 8 countries) with Marky Ramone by the Ramones.

The last release of the band for a moment – split album with Japanese Scream of the Presidents.

For the 14 years of the band's life, Тараканы! released 13 albums and performed in more then 1000 concerts.

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