Russians – Crashing the Party

January 01, 1970


(Moontower Recordings)


Never mind the geographical references implied by their
name; the Russians are a Boston-based ensemble whose leader, Scott Janovitz,
honed his licks backing Graham Parker and New England native sons like Jake
Brennan and the Figgs. However, with Crashing
the Party
, those seminal influences are overshadowed by an obvious affinity
for the Beatles, a fact that’s all so evident at the outset with “The Record’s
Over” – which, by any measure, is an unusual title for a song that starts off
the album.


Fortunately, Janovitz doesn’t hold to a standard set-up, nor
does he fashion himself as merely a Fab Four revivalist. While there’s a strong
hint of psychedelic suggestion throughout – “”Not So Loud” and the title track
especially – the band shows a knack for grinding riffs, cool grooves and
soft-pedaled harmonies. They’re also adept at the occasional twist of a phrase;
“I want to meet your enemies, I want to take them home with me,” they croon on
“Talking to Yourself,” a rather odd bit of reassurance. Not surprisingly then, Crashing the Party provides the Russians
with a grand entrance, one which suggests the celebration’s just beginning.


Record’s Over,” “Crashing the Party,” “Lovesick Holiday” LEE ZIMMERMAN


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