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It seemed that the sinister remarks made by the great musicians of the 70-ies that ‘the rock-and-roll’s dead for ever’ seemed to be coming true early in the 21st century. The phenomenally gifted Russian writer V. Pelevin in his novel ‘Generation P’ excitingly and explicitly portrays the mind-set of the people locked in common dogmas that are being developed in the global community and communicated to the individuals through mass media. And it’s even more surprising that it’s not far overseas but in our home town of Tver where for the past 10 years the R&B band The Mood (so far an obscure name to most people) has been playing, progressing and surprisingly thriving.

Started in 1991 The Mood under the firm and often tough guidance of its all-time leader Marat Karapetyan (vocals, guitar) has been doing extremely well thanks to its steady allegiance to their music values and meticulous and I would say zealous preparations for the solo concerts that count in the hundreds. By uncompromisingly playing pshychodelic R&B (something half way between Jimmy Hendrix and Led Zeppelin) that, in all honesty, does not have much appeal in Russia, The Mood still could find and retain its audience. The entrancing and “ragged” voice of the solo guitar manned by Tigran Tuneev is miraculously in tune with the fatigue-resistant rhythm section manned by the solid-as-a-rock bass Marat Karapetyan and frantic drummer Sergei Stukov who crushes the ‘lethargic’ sleep of the modern times. And if added Armen Karapetyan’s unconventional and somewhat “howling” psychodelic vocal you’ll get The Mood of the 2003 vintage.
This was the line-up that performed at this year’s Mai Woche festival in Osnabruck (Germany) to which The Mood fought its way without the sponsors, promotion or references but with its first solo album (‘Waiting for the Train’) and huge love for music. The 10-day festival was attended by more than 150 bands from all over the world and as has always been the case The Mood being the sole representative of Tver and the entire Russia not just gave three successful concerts but moved to invite to Tver the star R&B band ‘Ritchie & Bluenatics’ from Germany whose ‘knock-out’ performances came to thrill The Mood as connoisseurs of R&B.
The ‘Ritchie & Bluenatics’ play blues and rock-and-roll. They developed a unique style of their own that is a combination of blues (the main ingredient), latino, jazz and funk. In the past 8 years the band has given more than 400 concerts all over Germany and in Europe. It released two CDs: the debut album ‘All Kinds of Blues’ (August 1997) and ‘Live in Colosseum’ (2000). The albums boast of both classic pieces (from Guitar Slim to Jimmy Hendrix) and quite a few self-composed pieces of modern blues style; the Bluenatics further add to their unique style that meshes together the ‘dirty’ blues, fine jazz and ‘piercing’ latino and New-Orlean tunes. According to Marat Karapetyan the ‘Ritchie & Bluenatics’ were beyond compare at the Mai Woche festival. ‘With his unique playing manner Ritchie Arndt (lead guitar) was so reminiscent of the late greatest Steve Ray Voen that it was really taking your breath away’ – supports Marat Tigran Tuneev.
Despite all, The Mood made the impossible – the ‘Ritchie and Bluentics’ are coming to Russia on August 28 and on August 30 an unprecedented 5-hour concert (with almost free attendance as the tickets will be priced at paltry 50 rubles) will start at 6 p.m. in the City Park (‘On the Boards’). At the concert The Mood/ Ritchie and Bluenatics will join to get us in the good mood and please us with their bright and unpredictable performance, bringing joy to the streets of our wonderful town. The Mood/ Ritchie and Bluenatics will close the concert with their favorite piece ‘Knocking on the Heavens Door. Shall we knock together?

Eugene Hendrixoff

The Tver Chronicle

August 23, 2003

 
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