Yeah, the name of Mumiy Troll – voted by Russian music fans as the best band of the millennium, comes really from children’s book by Tove Jansson. But for the founder Ilya Lagutenko the name has a much deeper meaning: “Mumiys are a symbol of eternal life and Trolls are magical creatures who are more good than evil.” Lagutenko formed the band in his hometown Vladivostok in 1983 as a schoolboy. At the time, when Russia and all former Soviet Union were isolated behind "the Iron Curtain" and rock music was considered subversive by the Soviet government. After one local Communist Party official condemned Mumiy Troll as “one of the most socially dangerous bands in the world” alongside with Black Sabbath, the band went underground. In a while Ilya broke up the band until 1996 in order to study in Far Eastern State University in Vladivostok and work in China as well as in London. Mumiy Troll’s new, ninth studio album called “Vladivostok“ and released in 2012, is their first full-length English-language effort. It was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Lagutenko in collaboration with Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses, Megadeth), Joe Chiccarelli (My Morning Jacket, The Shins) and Brit Greg Brimson (Bush, Eminem). For watching we offer your the first single from the band's brand new album "Trolleybuss no 4", issued on April 15.
Ilya Lagutenko – vocals, guitar
Eugene “Sdwig” Zvidionny – bass
Oleg Pungin – drums
Yuri Tsaler – guitar, keyboards, saxophone