Ivan Ivanovich and the Kreml Krauts - Peregar

14 songs
45:04 minutes
***** ***
Sumo Rex


Ivan Ivanovich and the Kreml Krauts have a name that makes you think instantly of Eastern European Balkan music, but a closer look at the latter part of it reveals that they must be German. More precisely they come from Trier, the popular shopping city close to Luxembourg.

Ivan himself plays the guitar and is in charge of the drunk and used voice. The Kreml Krauts consist of seven further musicians that play next to the typical rock instruments also violin, accordion and horns. Occasionally they are joined by further guests on balalaika and Russian styled choirs. Their Balkan background seems to be genuine as the lyrics are all in Russian (but are translated into German in the CD’s booklet).

The idea to combine Eastern European folk with rock music is definitely not a new one. Arkona come to mind in the metal world, while the indie scene has had 44 Leningrad. This should diminish the fun you get out of the Kreml Krauts who don’t seem to take themselves too seriously. Their music is a fun mix of rock, punk, ska, polka and evidently Russian folklore. To prevent things from sounding the same, the songwriting has turned out quite varied. Some tracks are a little sad, sentimental and sometimes melancholic, but often enough the pace is sped up into jovial drinking music. Whenever the tuba and accordion join in, you will feel like dancing. The strange lyrics consequently fit perfectly well.

Peregar may have been released during the carnival season but has definitely more party attitude than most self-proclaimed party bands. Those who like to have a laugh with their music and whose horizon goes beyond Elškelšiset should definitely check out Ivan Ivanovich and the Kreml Krauts.

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