Siberian post-punk outfit Ploho (Russian for “bad”) trade in bleakness and melancholy. Inspired by the frigid and inhospitable environment encountered in their native Novosibirsk, Siberia, the band weaves the stark atmosphere of the 1980s Soviet era with the emotionally detached post-punk and rock genres. On November 4th, Ploho will release Когда душа спит (When The Soul Sleeps), their most haunting and powerful album to date. Когда душа спит (When The Soul Sleeps) is due out on October 4th via Artoffact Records. Pre-orders are available HERE.
The band has also debuted a new single and video for “Не будем прощаться”. Watch here: youtu.be/Br0_HP-Lsus
Ploho emerged as a household name in their native Russia, and has built up a dedicated fanbase in Europe and abroad. The band was formed by singer and guitarist Victor Uzhakov in 2013, who tapped Andrei Smorgonsky on bass and Igor Starshinov on synths. The threesome are one of the most prominent purveyors of the newly dubbed “new wave of Russian music,” also known as “Russian Doomer,” creating a dark and captivating blend of rock, post-punk, and new wave.
In 2020, Ploho found a new home with Toronto-based Artoffact Records who re-released their 2019 album Пыль (Pyl). That record caught the attention of TikTok viral sensations and recent Sacred Bones signees Molchat Doma, who offered to co-record a new song with Ploho. In 2021, the band released their proper Artoffact Records debut, Фантомные Чувства (Phantom Feelings), which received praise from Post-Punk Zine, Bandcamp Daily, Nine Circles, and many other music destinations.
Carried through by the somber and beautiful lead guitar and infectious baritone vocals of Uzhakov overlayed with the emotionally devastating synths and drum work, Когда душа спит, will prove to be Ploho’s most engaging work yet. Entrancing melodies and soft but persuasive rhythms punctuate each track effortlessly, but with precision.
To date, Ploho has recorded five albums, and several EPs, as well as more than 10 singles, which they supported by touring more than 40 cities in Europe several times. They appeared at prominent festivals including Боль in Russia, Kalabalik in Sweden, and Platforma in Lithuania.
The band’s cold and depressing sound evokes the hopeful yet fearful era of the Soviet Union, just before its collapse, and is eerily reflective of our own strange time as well. In an era where the world seems on the brink of collapse, this might be the perfect soundtrack.