Best Most Popular Russian Punk-Rock Bands


Korol’ i Shut is a popular Russian punk-rock group making music in the genre of horror. The group became popular among Russian teenagers due to its style of performance unusual for punk-rock: Lyrics representing fantasy-stories in the horror-style, usually mystical and historical completed stories are put on rhythmical punk-rock music.

Korol’ i Shut’s scenic image includes frightening make-up corresponding to subjects of their songs. The group, created in Leningrad in 1988, quickly became a cult group.

Avtomaticheskie udovletvoriteli is a punk-rock group from Leningrad. Pioneers of Russian punk rock music, they skillfully combined an aesthetic conception of punk as a philosophy of anarchy and rebelled against the modern society, sticking to Russian tradition of local folklore. Impressed by articles about a new musical fashion in the summer of 1979, Andrey Pavnov, a former student of the St. Petersburg State Theater Arts Academy, created Avtomaticheskie udovletvoriteli. Chose the scenic name Swine, he gathered young extremists and named the group Avtomaticheskie udovletvoriteli.

However, the group existed solely as an ideological movement then, due to the fact that the band’s image and actions were much too radical for the conservative underground scene of the time.


Grazhdanskaya Oborona is a Soviet and Russian musical group. Yegor Letov and his like-minded friends worked within the framework of the Posev project, a group which attempted to cross punk music with garage rock, and psychedelic. Posev preceded the creation of Grazhdanskaya Oborona. During the band’s existence, it released 23 official and a numerous number of unofficial albums. Unfortunately, an overwhelming number of Grazhdanskaya Oborona’s songs are very sombre and can be quite heavy for an unprepared listener.


Brigadny podryad‘s lyrics are of life, simple, and even too sincere at times. Brigadny podryad was created way back in 1986. During the band’s existence, it released 15 studio albums. The participants of Brigadny podryad worked with famous Russian rock groups. Many of their songs became a part of the legendary group Korol’ i Shut’s creative work.

Also the participants of Brigadny podryad wrote the song Popsa for Yuriy Shevchuk and the group DDT. At one time Sex Pistols took an interest in Brigadny podryad’s creativity.


The musical group Sektor Gaza created on December 5, 1987 in Voronezh was named after the environmentally harmful district of Voronezh in which there were many factories. At that time Soviet media discussed the Palestinian problem in different keys and that’s why apparently the district was nimbly named Sektor Gaza.

The group’s lyrics are full of swear words and the heroes of the songs are common people with a low level of culture. Soloist and ink slinger Yuri Klinskikh referred to his creativity as the style fusion. Also Klinskikh’s creativity has an army topic which is presented in the songs Demobilizacia and Pora domoy.

Tarakany is a Russian punk-rock group making music in the genre of punk rock. Actual topics are raised in the group’s lyrics. A standard punk protest, social opposition, thoughts of the eternal, love, friendship, and happiness are here. The group was created by pupils of a Moscow school during May of 1991.

Its 1997 album was popular. Tarakany intentionally started escaping from Russian rock’s elements in their album of 2002, filling up their songs with rock-n-roll and pop punk with features of metal. In 2005, they went on a grandiose tour of over 12 countries. The group has released 12 studio albums.



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