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Biography

  • Years Active

    1991 – present (29 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)

Tarakany! (that's cockroaches to you and me) began life in Moscow, Russia in 1991. Communism was failing, the cold war was ending and punk was emerging in the public eye for the first time in Russia, the voice of angry youth began to be heard. Tarakany! was one of the first punk bands to emerge from the new Russian Federation, and have remained strong ever since.

For the first 12 years of the band's life, Tarakany! has released nine albums and performed in more then 800 concerts. Until 2004, Tarakany!, despite their popularity in Russia, was relatively unknown outside their home country. This has changed with the release of their 10th album, Freedom Street, now available on Zurich Chainsaw Massacre Records.

They've toured Japan as well as parts of Europe, along with touring and playing large festivals in Russia. In 2003 Tarakany! organized a Russian tour, which ended with three shows in collaboration project with the legendary Marky Ramone under the name Marky Ramone & The Pinhead Army.

In January 2005, Tarakany! toured Europe with Marky Ramone on a special "Ramones Night" tour. Tarakany! played a set of their own material and then played a set of Ramones material with Marky on drums.

Tarakany! has been influenced by the Ramones, Bad Religion, Pennywise, TSOL, and others, but don't try and pigeonhole them. They may be a punk band, but you'll also hear influences from ska, metal, and other genres floating through their songs.

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