Band of the Day: Riff Action Family

The largest country on earth also had a huge rock and metal scene. We bring you another example of its output today…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

Saint Petersburg, Russia.

How did you meet?

We worked together for Russian mafia: Contraband drugs, cigarettes, weapons, etc.

How long have you been playing as a band?

4 years

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

Our previous guitarist invented this name of the band. But he used to eat a lot fly-agaric mushrooms, so we don’t know what does the name of the band means.

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What are your influences?

Melvins, Faith No More, Pantera, Alice in Chains, Beastie Boys.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

Listening to RAF’s tracks you can feel ecstasy in places of your body, the existence of which does not know the anatomy! Deadly diseases, hurricanes and mental hospitals are named after our songs. Our style is Killing Rock.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

Yes! Song named “Doors”. Here is the chorus:

Tapeworms are unfaithful to me all night long.

Tapeworms are unfaithful to me in me.

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

The famous orgy scene from The Perfumer was inspired by our shows. It’s about 100!

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

Usually our singer Gordey goes to bar in the club to get some vodka when the guitarist Zatoichi is playing guitar solos or smash himself with mic. Bass player Pavel usually jump to the crowd or sits with girls at the bar and plays on the instrument… It’s regular things in Russia, so we don’t do anything wild.

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

We use the biggest drum kit in Europe and Russia. 1 guitar, 1 bass, 1 mouth.

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

We tried to release a new single from the album every month. Each time changing everything at the last moment: lyrics, presentation, guitars, arrangements. Always looking at those crazy things that happened in 2020. So you can check the new LP Chameleon from 8th Dec 2020.

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What are your plans for the next 6 months or so?

We going to publish new singles at few videos then go on tour in Europe.

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!

Junkyard Storytellaz from Saint-Petersburg and Madred from Helsinki

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