As the harsh winter days finally begin to get longer, that means more time to party – and who better to jam with than party-polka masters RUSSKAJA! The band promises to put some major pep in your step with their new studio album, Turbo Polka Party, out this Friday, February 3, 2023 via Napalm Records. Delivering a wild mixture of ska, punk and polka, the new album is also infused with unbridled metal beats as they return to heavier sounds.
With their new single “Paschli“ [ENG: let’s go], RUSSKAJA will have you dancing in no time! Together, the multitalented musicians blend energetic ska and reggae influences driven by head-bopping metal riffs. The Austrians with Ukrainian and Russian roots not only demonstrate their linguistic skills, but also unload all the energy they captured on Turbo Polka Party in the official music video!
Guitarist, songwriter and producer Engel Mayr about “Paschli“:
“Get on the desk, clap your hands and shake like crazy! “Paschli” rocks from start to finish and fires up the Turbo Polka Party with a mix of polka, metal & ska in three languages. Horns up everybody and scream “yeees”!!!!!”
Although they are one of the most entertaining bands in rock, RUSSKAJA have never strayed away from clear political statements. The band, known for utilizing Soviet imagery as a nod to their cultural background, sends a clear sign against war – calling for peace and humanity on Turbo Polka Party. This message is particularly emphasized on “No Borders” – reflective of the cries for peace RUSSKAJA stated in the wake of the Ukrainian/Russian tensions flaring in the beginning of 2022.
The band has also produced a special “No Borders” shirt, and will donate 100% of proceeds earned from its sale to the charity organization “Volkshilfe”, benefitting Ukrainian refugees. The shirt is available together with the Special Edition autograph card “No Borders”, which is signed by the entire band, and can be purchased via RUSSKAJA’s website.
Get your copy of Turbo Polka Party HERE
Turbo Polka Party tracklist:
- No Borders
- Russki Style
- Olga von der Wolga (feat. Micha Rhein – In Extremo)
- New Life
- Vozdukh (feat. Benji Webbe – Skindred)
- Senales (feat. Le Fly)
- Last Christmas
RUSSKAJA undoubtedly master the tightrope act between clear messages and entertainment. With “Russki Style”, they show themselves on well-tread paths. But a party can’t happen without friends! Micha Rhein from In Extremo finds a place on the wistful “Olga von der Wolga”, while Skindred singer Benji Webbe supports the rousing reggae metal track “Vozdukh” and Hamburg dance act Le Fly convinces with exotic groove on the German-Spanish song “Senales”. Even the Wham hit “Last Christmas” is not safe from RUSSKAJA.
Touring relentlessly while still rocking stages on TV as the house band on the prestigious “Willkommen Österreich” – RUSSKAJA’s Turbo Ska Punk is unstoppable and develops with each new album! It’s time to dance and toast to an unforgettable time together with RUSSKAJA.
On release date, February 3, 2023, RUSSKAJA will celebrate with an exclusive release party, taking place at vinyl pressing plant and event space Austrovinyl in Fehring, Austria. In addition to enjoying a concert from the polka-party masters, the new album can be purchased there, directly from the pressing plant, and singer Georgij Makazaria will set the tone with a special DJ set! Get your tickets for the release party HERE!
Turbo Polka Party Release Party:
03.02.23 AT – Fehring / Austrovinyl Werk2
Turbo Polka Party Tour 2023
w/ Paddy & The Rats, Bloodsucking Zombies from outer Space
23.02.23 DE – Nuremberg / Hirsch
24.02.23 DE – Munich / Backstage
25.02.23 CH – Pratteln / Z7 Konzertfabrik
26.02.23 AT – Dornbirn / Conrad Sohm
28.02.23 DE – Leipzig / Werk 2, Halle D
01.03.23 DE – Jena / F-Haus
02.03.23 DE – Hanover / Musikzentrum
03.03.23 DE – Cologne / Kantine
04.03.23 DE – Hamburg / Grünspan
05.03.23 DE – Berlin / Columbia Theater
08.03.23 AT – Linz / Posthof
09.03.23 DE – Bochum / Zeche
10.03.23 DE – Frankfurt am Main / Batschkapp
11.03.23 DE – Stuttgart / Im Wizemann
23.03.23 AT – Salzburg / Rockhouse
24.03.23 AT – Graz / PPC
25.03.23 AT – Vienna / Arena
30.03.23 UK – London / Omeara
01.04.23 UK – Manchester / Deaf Institute
02.04.23 UK – Glasgow / Stereo
03.04.23 IE – Dublin / The Grand Social
04.04.23 UK – Bristol / Lost Horizon
06.04.23 FR – Villeurbanne / CCO
07.04.23 FR – Fontenay-le-Compte / Festival On N’a Plus 20 ans
08.04.23 FR – Paris / Petit Bain
09.04.23 NL – Haarlem / Patronaat
Georgij Makazaria – Vocals
Engel Mayr – Guitars, Vocals
Hg Gutternigg – Potete, Tuba
Mario Stübler – Drums
Nico Loro Ravenni – Sax
Dimitrij Miller – Bass
Lea-Sophie Fischer – Violin