ⓘ Mashina Vremeni

Mashina Vremeni

ⓘ Mashina Vremeni

Mashina Vremeni is a Russian rock band founded in 1969. Mashina Vremeni was a pioneer of Soviet rock music and remains one of the oldest still-active rock bands in Russia. The bands music incorporates elements of classic rock, blues, and Russian folk music. Mashina Vremenis best known members are Andrei Makarevich, Alexander Kutikov, and Evgeny Margulis.


1. History

Andrei Makarevichs musical career can be traced to a school band called The Kids, which was made up of two male guitarists and two female vocalists. The group sang mostly English-language folk songs and performed primarily at talent shows put on in Moscow schools. According to Makarevich, the momentous event in his musical career came when the Soviet group VIA Atlanty Russian: ВИА "Атланты" visited his school and allowed him to play a couple of songs on their equipment during a break in the performance. On the heels of this experience, Makarevich joined with other musically talented students from his school and another school to form Mashiny Vremeni. The most significant founding members included Sergey Kavagoe and Andrey Makarevich. The bands repertoire consisted of eleven songs in English, now lost.

Mashina Vremeni started playing during the last years of the Brezhnev era, but could not get official bookings as a professional band. In 1979 Makarevich signed the band up with Rosconcert, becoming legitimate in the State music system.


1.1. History Timeline

  • 1994 - Acoustic live album Unplugged is recorded and released. 25th anniversary is celebrated in a 7-hour concert on the Red Square featuring Chaif, Nautilus Pompilius, Garik Sukachov and Bravo.
  • 2001 - Mesto gde svet "The place where theres light" album is released.
  • 1995 - Compilation of old unpublished songs is released. This compilation is known as Kovo ty hotiel udivit? "Whom did you expect to surprise?", after one of Alexander Kutikovs most acclaimed songs.
  • 1996 - Kartonniye krylia lubvi "Cardboard wings of love" album is released.
  • 1993 - Alexander Kutikovs company "Sintez Records" releases retro albums Best songs 1979-1985 and That was so long ago. Album Vneshtatniy komandir Zemli "Part-time commander of the Earth" is released.
  • 1975 - Romanov and Kutikov suddenly depart. Evgeny Margulis joins on guitar
  • 2010 - The band continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a seven-stop North American tour
  • 1982 - Repressions begin in earnest with a denouncing article "Blue Bird ragout" "Blue Bird" was a popular song of the band which describes the bands output as depressive and ideologically unsound. A nationwide wave of protest against the denunciation sends thousands of fan letters to newspaper editors. Pyotr Podgorodetsky leaves; Alexandr Zaitsev replaces him.
  • 1980 - The beginning of the golden era of Mashina Vremeni. The band wins the festival "Spring Rhythms 80" main award and continues its concert tour. However, they are only allowed this because of musical freedom indulgences given in light of 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.
  • 1979 - Band in crisis. Sergey Kavagoe and Evgeny Margulis leaves the band and join Voskresenie. At this time, Andrei Makarevich writes one of the bands most enduring and popular songs: "Poka gorit svecha" "As long as the candle burns", as a statement of his not giving up. After some time of frustration, Alexander Kutikov saves the situation by leaving the Visokosnoe Leto band and bringing Valeriy Efremov also from Visokosnoe Leto as drummer and Pyotr Podgorodetsky on the keyboards.
  • 2007 - The group releases the Time machine album.
  • 1999 - The 30th anniversary of the band. A massive concert, usually considered to be the bands best ever, takes place in the main stadium of "sport-complex Olympiyskiy" im Moscow. Chasy i znaki "Hours and signs" album is released. Petr Podgorodetskiy leaves due to tensions. Andrey Derzhavin takes his place on the keyboard.
  • 1972 - Line-up losses in the band as several members are drafted into service which to this day is compulsory in Russia
  • 1996 - 20 let spustya "20 years later" album is released.
  • 1987 - Reki i Mosty "Rivers and Bridges" album recorded. It is considered Mashina Vremenis first official album all the previous ones were recorded illegally, for underground distribution. First appearances on the television. The band performs at Live Aid 2 festival in Japan.
  • 1986 - Best songs 1979-1985 compilation is recorded. Album V dobriy chas "Good Luck" is recorded.
  • 1974 - Sergey Kavagoe leaves, Alexander Kutikov returns. However, Kavagoe also returns after about six months. The band performs with the following line-up: Andrei Makarevich, Alexander Kutikov, Sergey Kavagoe, and Alexey Romanov future leader of another prominent Russian band Voskreseniye "Resurrection" or "Sunday")
  • 1978 - First studio record of Mashina Vremeni. Alexander Kutikov, though playing in Visokosnoe Leto, was also working in sound-recording studio in order to help the band gain access to good equipment. The record is now known as Eto bylo tak davno "It was so long ago".
  • 1981 - The song "Povorot" Russian: Поворот, lit. The Turning Point stays on the top of charts for 18 months. The band composes the soundtrack to the popular movie Dusha, starring Sofia Rotaru watched by more than 57 million cinema-goers in the Soviet Union.
  • 1991 - Medlennaya khoroshaya muzyka "Slow good music" album is released.
  • 1988 - First international tours - USA, Canada, Greece, Spain and Bulgaria.
  • 2004 - 35th anniversary of the band. A concert featuring 35 selected songs is played at the Red Square. Mashinalno "Mechanically" album is released.
  • 1989 - V kruge sveta "In the circle of light" album is released.
  • 1997 - Otryvayas "Breaking away" album is released.
  • 2005 - Live album Kremlin rocks is released. The band performed with the Kremlin chamber orchestra "Kremlin".
  • 2009 - The band celebrates its 40th anniversary with a large concert.
  • 1976 - Mashina Vremeni is invited to a festival "Songs of youth in Tallinn - 76" and performs there with a great success. Many people join including couple of violinists and leave after some time during this year.
  • 2006 - Sintez Records releases a compilation called Mashina vremeni - chast 1 "Time Machine - Part 1". The band records a new album which is called in English Time machine at famous Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios.
  • 1971 - Alexander Kutikov becomes the bass player, introducing more of buoyant rock-n-roll into the bands material
  • 1990 - Alexandr Zaitsev leaves and Evgeny Margulis and Pyotr Podgorodetsky join the band once again.
  • 1973 - Tensions between Sergey Kavagoe and Alexander Kutikov; the latter leaves the band for a hard rock outfit Visokosnoe Leto Leap Year Summer

2. Musical style

Mashina Vremenis sound is eclectic and incorporates multiple different genres. Contributions to song composition have been made by almost every band member, and often reflect each members particular stylistic preferences. Makarevich is a fan of The Beatles, and many of his songs reflect the Beatles influence. He is also influenced by blues music and Soviet singers-songwriters, the so-called "bards". Kutikov is a quintessential rocker, he composes guitar-oriented hard rock. Margulis is one of the Russias best known bluesmen, and his songs are usually blues rock ballads.

The majority of the bands lyrics are written by Makarevich. They were often metaphorical fables that made allegorical puns relating to life in the Soviet and Post-Soviet eras.


3. Line-up

Current line-up

  • * Valeriy Efremov - drums, percussion 1979 - present
  • Alexander Kutikov - bass-guitar, vocals 1971 - 1975, 1979 - present
  • Andrey Makarevich - lead vocals, guitar 1969 - present
Touring musicians
  • Igor Homich - guitar regular on live performances since 2012
  • Sergey Ostroumov - additional percussions regular on live performances, 2004–2019 †
  • Alexandr Ditkovsky - trumpet regular on live performances since 2004

Former members

  • Maxim Kapitanovsky - drums 1971–1973 †
  • Sergey Kavagoe - bass-guitar 1969–1971, keyboards 1971–1975, drums 1975–1979 †
  • Pyotr Podgorodetsky - keyboards, vocals 1979–1982, 1990–1999
  • Sergey Rizenko - viola 1982–1983
  • Yuri Borzov - drums 1969–1971
  • Alexander Zaicev - keyboards 1982–1990 †
  • Yuri Fokin - drums 1973–1975
  • Evgeny Margulis - guitar, bass-guitar, vocals 1975–1979, 1990–2012
  • Andrei Derzhavin - keyboards, vocals 2000 - 2017


4. Involvement in public debate

During the 2013–15 Ukrainian Crisis frontman Andrey Makarevich denounced Russian military intervention in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. Other people associated with the band kept a low profile in the matter through 2014, but in 2015 it became known that at least Kutikov was against Russian policy in Ukraine, while Derzhavin and director/manager Vladimir Sapunov sided with President Vladimir Putins policies.

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