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Kollezhskiy Asessor - Koll As (1989)


Ukraiński zespół Kollezhskiy Asessor powstał w 1983 roku w Kijowie pod nazwą KGB, po dwóch latach zmieniając ją na Kollezhskiy Asessor. Zasadniczy skład stanowili: Basil Hoydenko (gitara, śpiew), Gleb Butuzov (gitara), Alexander Kyyevtsev (bas) oraz Alex Ryndenko (perkusja). Nieustannie eksperymentując z brzmieniami tworzyli muzykę jedyną w swoim rodzaju, wymykającą się jednoznacznym opisom, swoistą i niepowtarzalną mieszankę różnych stylów. Pozostawili po sobie ok. 20 różnych wydawnictw, z których najbardziej osobliwym i reprezentatywnym będzie chyba album Koll As, który nagrywali jak sami twierdzą, będąc w swojej szczytowej formie.


The band formed in 1983 under the name KGB, but changed two years later to Kollezhsky Asessor, after a high-ranking civil servant in tsarist Russia. With the new name came a scandalous image. Dressed in U.S. Navy uniforms, they played aggressive, psychedelic instrumental music. Travka filled the air at their concerts. Few people understood their music in the mid-1980s. The official press blasted them as "crazy psychopaths" and underground magazines dubbed leader Vasily Goidenko a "mad Sergeant Pepper."

Actually, Kollezhsky Asessor was playing music that was several years ahead of its time. In the late '80s Asessor, post-punk group Vopli Vidoplyasova and Rabbota Kho, performing in the style of Cure, formed a union of independent crews Rock-Artel in Kiev.

After Rock-Artel's concerts in Moscow in 1988, Kiev stole Leningrad's crown as the capital of Russian rock, and the new wave of Ukrainian avantgarde became a trans-Europe sensation.

Kollezhsky Asessor hit Program A's Top 5 on national television and a year later they did a triumphant tour of Poland and the New Beginnings festival in Scotland. It was easier to catch Asessor in Europe than in native Kiev.

When they got back from Glasgow, two guitarists suddenly quit at the peak of the band's success. Only two Asessors remained — Vasily Goidenko on vocals, guitar, music and lyrics, and Alexei Ryndenko on drums. They went underground, giving up drugs and their old lifestyles. When singer Natalya Mesyats joined them, the band changed its style and performed in a Sophoclean play, staged at Theatrical Club by the talented young producer Oleg Liptsyn.

Early in 1992, Asessor and bass guitarist Alexander Gridin recorded a new album, Lutsi Iona, in a home studio and took off to tour Austria with Liptsyn's Theatrical Club. A bootleg of one of the album's songs hit the Top 5 of the Slow Hit pop radio show. (evermusica)

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