Russian-based four-piece Shoe Shine Six hit our radar in January upon the release of their debut EP, Sunday. The EP features a handful of heavy, gorgeous tracks that would be impressive for a seasoned band, and they are even more so as a debut collection of tunes. If this is what SSS has for us coming out of the gate, we expect grand things from this project.
Shoe Shine Six is Katarina Voronina (vocals), Paul Alimpiev (guitar), Mike Tulubaev (bass) and Serge Markoff (drums). We highly recommend that you check out Shoe Shine Six’s Sunday EP, and do enjoy the following interview with the band’s founding members, Mike and Paul.
How and when was the band formed?
M: As a 4-piece collective we began to work during the spring of 2017, but to be honest, everything began at the end of 2015, when I met Paul. We found out that we have same music interests and decided to help each other to compose and modify the tracks. Eventually, somewhere near the end of 2016, we got the idea to search for other band members for live sets. It was hard, but finally we found a corresponding drummer, who brought the vocalist with him into the band. As I noted, it was in the spring of 2017. Then the hard work began, which led to our debut EP Sunday.
Can you tell us what the band has been working on and what you've got forthcoming in the near future (any new releases, tour, etc.)?
P: At the current moment we are working on new tracks, playing them at some local bars, concert halls, etc. Somewhere near the autumn we plan to release the new album.
M: What about tour… Well, we are thinking about it, it exists as a plan. Hopefully it could be at the earliest in spring – just a small set of cities in our country. We are open to any offers :)
Do you consider your music to be part of the current shoegaze/dream pop scene, or any scene? Defining one's sound by genre can be tiresome, but do you feel that the band identifies closely with any genre? How do you feel about genres in music, in a general sense?
M: In my opinion, we belong with the current shoegaze scene, but on the other hand, we do not play canonical shoegaze or dream pop. There’s a Sonic Youth influence and others, as well. We play kind of heavy shoegaze. Therefore, I don’t think we don’t belong to single genre.
P: We are playing the music we want to play. Genre division is required, of course, for the listener. The listener wants to know what kind of music to expect from a band. Generally, a band isn’t interesting unless they introduce something new based on theirs views and tastes.