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Louna (Profile)

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No other rock group in Russia has exploded onto the music scene quite as rapidly as Louna.  Formed in 2008 by Tracktor Bowling lead singer Lousine Gevorkian and bassist Vitaly Demidenko, the idea behind Louna was to pursue wider musical ideas that didn’t fit in with their original band. They recruited guitarists Rouben Kazariyan and Sergey Ponkratiev, and drummer Leonid Kinzbursky.

After the release of their first EP which lyrically focused on the many modern social problems that exist, they were quickly named the 2009 Best New Artist of the Year at the annual Russian Alternative Music Prize (RAMP) awards.

They released their first album, “Let’s Get Louder” in December of 2010, selling out every venue during their first national tour supporting the album. Two singles, “Fight Club” and “Let’s Get Louder” reached #1 on the Russian radio charts, with “Fight Club” remaining in the top 10 for a record-breaking 16 weeks and also winning Rock Song of the Year at the 2012 Nashe Awards. Along with this, Louna was nominated for Breakthrough Artist and Solo Performance of the year. Their second album, “The Time of X,” released in February of 2012 has already produced a #1 single, “Mama,” and their most recent single “People Looking Up” entered the top 10.  In January of 2013, their album “The Time of X” was nominated for Album of the Year and Lousine Gevorkian was also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year for the 2013 Nashe Awards.  In February 2013 at the Nashe Awards Ceremony in Moscow, Russia, Lousine Gevorkian was named the 2012 Female Vocalist of the Year for Russia.

Louna has played every major festival throughout Russia, and always on the main stage. In late 2012, they were invited to perform as one of the main headliners at the 50th anniversary concert festival honoring Russian rock legend Victor Tsoi of the band Kino, playing to audiences of over 15,000 people in both Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Louna’s reputation extends beyond their musicality to include the focus of their personal passions as found in their lyrics and actions.  They are the most commercially successful rock band of the modern protest movement (of which Pussy Riot has become the most internationally renowned). They donated their song “The Time of X” to the White Album project raising funds for Pussy Riot’s support and defense.  MTV USA came to Moscow in October of 2012 and featured Louna in an upcoming multi-part Rockumentary about protest musicians around the world called “Rebel Music” which will air on MTVU in the Fall of 2013.

Their debut international CD, “Behind A Mask,” features 10 of the band’s best songs from their first two albums and have been painstakingly adapted into English by American producer and lyricist Travis Leake (the SLoT). The album was mixed by renowned producer/engineer Dan Korneff (Breaking Benjamin, The Pretty Reckless, Papa Roach, My Chemical Romance, Paramore) and mastering duties were handled by the legendary Ted Jensen of Sterling Sound, New York.

Lou Gevorkian (Louna) on The Women of Metal Show 10/10/2013

Lousine Gevorkian
Lousine (Lou) Gevorkian

Perhaps the most explosive female rock vocalist in all of Russia. Lousine Gevorkian is known for her emotional vocal performances and her ability to truly connect with the audience.

Born in Soviet controlled Armenia, her parents moved to a small town near Moscow when she was 7 years old where she began studying music. After high school she knew she needed to get to Moscow and the only way she could afford it was to enroll in a state run college–any college–to take advantage of the opportunity to live in the dorms.

Shortly thereafter, she started singing in a local rock band and soon was invited to front the long-established legendary underground rock band Tracktor Bowling. After joining Tracktor Bowling the band won the 2006 RAMP Award for Best Alternative Band.

In 2008, Lou, along with Tracktor Bowling bassist Vit Demidenko, decided to create a new side-project to explore a different style of music and lyrics which didn’t fit with the established style and character of their current band, and thus Louna was born.

Lou devotes a great deal of her time teaching upcoming vocalists to improve their craft by giving lessons to nearly anyone who seems serious in their intentions to learn, and even features a great many of them in her videos and arranges for their bands to tour with them throughout Russia to help them get their starts. Over the last year Lou has performed numerous charity benefit concerts to support Russia’s innumerable orphans and other children in dire need of medical care which is otherwise not available from the state run health care system.

Louna
Louna

Louna is an Alternative/Punk rock band, formed in Moscow in 2008 by Tracktor Bowling musicians Lousine (Lou) Gevorkian and Vitaly Demidenko.

Their debut album, Sdelay Gromche!, was released in 2010. In total, the group has released three albums and six singles to date.

The band is best known for its socially conscious songs criticizing Russian political elitesand religion. Louna’s songs are frequently found on Russian radio and rock charts.

Louna is composed of members Lousine Gevorkian (vocals), Vitaly Demidenko (bass), Sergey Ponkratiev(guitars), Rouben Kazariyan (guitar) and Leonid “Pilot” Kinzbursky (drums).

Russia’s LOUNA Teams Up with VEVO to Release Eye-Opening New Music Video for ‘Up There’ Today

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Louna

Female-fronted Russian hard rockers LOUNA are proud to team up with VEVO, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform, to bring fans their brand new, eye-opening music video for the track ‘Up There’, cut from their most recent full-length release, Behind a Mask. The music video is directed by Svyatoslav Podgaevsky with STG Cinema. Take a look at the video here: http://vevo.ly/oGRIwL. LOUNA is the first ever Russian rock band to have a VEVO channel.

‘Up There’ is intended to enlighten the listener, inviting them to question their surroundings and society. The lyrics of the track mirror the imagery in the video—people of all classes, ages and backgrounds—staring at the sky while nothing but rain pours down on them. People just waiting for a sign, a change, an answer—looking to the clouded sky for help, for light. But sadly, there is no answer. No one there to answer their calls and their cries. The people dream of a better day, but there is no end in sight to the constant oppression, violence, manipulation and deceit being fed to them by those who wish to control them.

This message is clearly conveyed in the lyrics to ‘Up There’, which perfectly describe the bleak, yet hopeful images portrayed in the music video.

“When we look up there prison walls feel cold
From this faceless fear silence all we’re told
Dreams of golden streets slowly tear at me
There has got to be something else somewhere
We want to believe.

So we look up there
For the millionth year
A whispered cry, a whispered lie
So we look up there
But now I know why unfortunately there is nothing there
There is no one there.”

Last week, Noisecreep.com released a new lyric video for LOUNA’s new track ‘Fight Club’. Noisecreep also released a humorous and eye-opening Top 10 list of the reasons “Why You’re Probably Not Taking Louna Seriously”. Check it out! The lyric video includes exclusive live performance footage of the band at Milk in Moscow, Russia, giving all they’ve got to a massive crowd of fans (this also happens to be the shoot location of the band’s Live Concert DVD Box Set and MTV’s upcoming documentary “Rebel Music”, which LOUNA is featured in). The lyric video was edited by Alex Yelagin of Headshot Video and directed by Travis Leake.

LOUNA is currently out on their first U.S. tour with The Pretty Reckless and Heaven’s Basement! LOUNA is pleased to be here in the states to show American fans that outside of all of the oppression and discrimination going on in Russia right now, there are good, real people that want to spread a message of peace and bring people together.

See below for all confirmed tour dates:
LOUNA On Tour with THE PRETTY RECKLESS & HEAVEN’S BASEMENT

10/07 – Scottsdale, AZ, Pub Rock Live
10/09 – San Diego, CA, House of Blues
10/10 – Anaheim, CA, House of Blues
10/11 – Los Angeles, CA, House of Blues
10/12 – San Francisco, CA, Slim’s
10/14 – Portland, OR, Hawthorne Theatre
10/15 – Seattle, WA, El Corazon
10/23 – Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theatre
10/25 – Detroit, MI, St. Andrew’s Hall
10/26 – Indianapolis, IN, Deluxe at ONC
10/27 – Chicago, IL, House of Blues
10/29 – Columbus, OH, A&R Music Bar
10/30 – Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
10/31 – Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
11/01 – Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s
11/03 – Washington DC, The Fillmore

No other rock group from Russia has exploded onto the music scene quite as rapidly as LOUNA. Their first English language album, Behind A Mask, was released on April 30, 2013 via Red Decade Records and MEG/RED. Frontwoman Lousine Gevorkian was named the best female rock vocalist in Russia in February of 2013 at the annual Nashe Awards, the closest award show in Russia to the Grammy’s or American Music Awards for rock musicians. She was nominated for the same award the year before.

LOUNA are the most commercially successful rock band of the modern protest movement (of which Pussy Riot has become the most internationally renowned). They donated their song “The Time of X” to the White Album project raising funds for Pussy Riot’s support and defense. MTV USA came to Moscow in the Fall of 2012 and will feature LOUNA in an upcoming documentary about protest musicians around the world called “Rebel Music” airing in October on MTV.

After the release of their first EP, which lyrically focused on the many modern social problems that exist, they were quickly named the 2009 Best New Artist of the Year at the annual Russian Alternative Music Prize (RAMP) awards. They released their first album, “Let’s Get Louder” in December of 2010, selling out every venue during their first national tour of Russia supporting the album. Two singles, “Fight Club” and “Let’s Get Louder” reached #1 on the Russian radio charts, with “Fight Club” remaining in the top 10 for a record-breaking 16 weeks and also being named the 2011 Rock Song of the Year at the annual Nashe Awards. Along with this, LOUNA was nominated for Breakthrough Artist and Solo Performance of the year. “Mama,” their first single from their February 2012 album, “The Time of X”, went straight to #1 on the Russian radio charts.

LOUNA has performed on the main stage as a headliner at every major festival throughout Russia, and is almost universally considered the most in demand young rock band in all of the Russian world. They have played in Russia with numerous international artists such as Limp Bizkit, Billy Talent, Paramore, The Killers, Bullet for My Valentine and many others. In early 2012, they were invited to perform as one of the main headliners at the 50th-birthday concert festival honoring Russian rock legend Victor Tsoi of the band KINO, playing to audiences of over 15,000 people in both Moscow and St. Petersburg.

LOUNA is:
Lou Gevorkian (vocals)
Vitaly Demidenko (bass)
Rouben Kazariyan (guitar)
Sergey Ponkratiev (guitar)
Leonid “Pilot” Kinzbursky (drums)

For more information on LOUNA, please visit these websites:
www.lounarocks.com
www.reddecaderecords.com

LOUNA’s Touring Van ROBBED Today in Dallax, TX – Nearly ALL Personal Belongings Gone

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Russian Band LOUNA Robbed During Second Week of Tour in Dallas, TX

Russian hard rock band LOUNA is currently on tour in the United States with The Pretty Reckless and Heaven’s Basement. Friday, in Dallas, TX, the band’s touring van was unfortunately robbed of passports, unique DVD merchandise, MP3 players, computers (one of the SILVER Macbook serial numbers is SW89521YF66D, if found), cash, and many other personal belongings by a currently unknown individual. The band and crew are missing nearly all of their personal items that they came to America with. The only things that weren’t stolen were items actually attached to the vehicle.

This incident occurred between 12:30PM and 1:00PM FRIDAY, October 4, 2013 in the parking lot outside of a restaurant in Caruth Plaza in Dallas, just yards from where the band was standing.

LOUNA is relying on American law enforcement to assist them in locating the individual that robbed them of their much-needed items. As a band from another country, it is even more of a struggle to be without their personal belongings with weeks of touring left to complete. The band is charging on, but they need assistance of law enforcement and fans in order to bring down the individual that committed this crime.

PLEASE NOTE: If anyone finds any of the 28 live DVD’s that were stolen from LOUNA in a pawn shop or sold on the street, it was stolen in this robbery and should be reported to the authorities.

If there is any possibility that anyone has any information on the whereabouts of this person, or anyone saw anything suspicious in the aforementioned area, please contact us to pass information to the band.

Thank you.

Editor Note: Louna is accepting donations through Paypal. You can donate at lounarocks@gmail.com … Any amount will go towards helping Louna replace items that were taken in this horrible crime. 

LOUNA: On Tour with THE PRETTY RECKLESS & HEAVEN’S BASEMENT

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Louna

Female-fronted, truth-telling, Russian-imported hard rockers LOUNA are pleased to announce their first ever U.S. tour with The Pretty Reckless and Heaven’s Basement, hitting 26 U.S. cities this fall! The tour kicks off on September 25th in Jacksonville, FL and comes to a close in Washington, D.C. on November 3rd. Tickets are on sale now, so get them while you can experience LOUNA during their first visit to the U.S.!

Today, the band released a personal video to fans announcing their involvement in the tour, exclusively with Revolver Magazine. View the video here! The video discusses the band’s excitement to perform for fans in the United States, and also discusses how they are pleased to come to the states to show American fans that outside of all of the oppression and discrimination going on in Russia right now, there are good, real people that want to spread a message of peace and bring people together.

“This is the first time that a major rock band from Russia has visited America since the 1980’s,” states frontwoman Lousine Gevorkian. “We’re happy to visit 26 cities with The Pretty Reckless and our new friends in Heaven’s Basement and to play our music to you, because we’re a band that wants to sing about peace, wants to sing about love, wants to sing about freedom, friendship, and no wars, no pain and no discrimination.”

See below for all confirmed tour dates:

LOUNA: On Tour with THE PRETTY RECKLESS & HEAVEN’S BASEMENT:

9/25 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits

9/26 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum

9/27 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live

9/28 – Orlando, FL @ The Social

9/29 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall

9/30 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues

10/02 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues

10/03 – Austin, TX @ The Parish

10/04 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

10/05 – San Antonio, TX @ Sam’s Burger Joint

10/07 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live

10/09 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

10/10 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues

10/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues

10/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s

10/14 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

10/15 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

10/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre

10/25 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall

10/26 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at ONC

10/27 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

10/29 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar

10/30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

10/31 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

11/01 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s

11/03 – Washington, DC @ The Fillmore

No other rock group from Russia has exploded onto the music scene quite as rapidly as LOUNA. Their first English language album, Behind A Mask, was released on April 30, 2013 via Red Decade Records and MEG/RED.  Frontwoman Lousine Gevorkian was named the best female rock vocalist in Russia in February of 2013 at the annual Nashe Awards, the closest award show in Russia to the Grammy’s or American Music Awards for rock musicians. She was nominated for the same award the year before.

LOUNA are the most commercially successful rock band of the modern protest movement (of which Pussy Riot has become the most internationally renowned). They donated their song “The Time of X” to the White Album project raising funds for Pussy Riot’s support and defense.  MTV USA came to Moscow in the Fall of 2012 and will feature LOUNA in an upcoming documentary about protest musicians around the world called “Rebel Music” airing in October on MTV.

After the release of their first EP, which lyrically focused on the many modern social problems that exist, they were quickly named the 2009 Best New Artist of the Year at the annual Russian Alternative Music Prize (RAMP) awards. They released their first album, “Let’s Get Louder” in December of 2010, selling out every venue during their first national tour of Russia supporting the album. Two singles, “Fight Club” and “Let’s Get Louder” reached #1 on the Russian radio charts, with “Fight Club” remaining in the top 10 for a record-breaking 16 weeks and also being named the 2011 Rock Song of the Year at the annual Nashe Awards. Along with this, LOUNA was nominated for Breakthrough Artist and Solo Performance of the year. “Mama,” their first single from their February 2012 album, “The Time of X”, went straight to #1 on the Russian radio charts.

LOUNA has performed on the main stage as a headliner at every major festival throughout Russia, and is almost universally considered the most in demand young rock band in all of the Russian world.  They have played in Russia with numerous international artists such as Limp Bizkit, Billy Talent, Paramore, The Killers, Bullet for My Valentine and many others.  In early 2012, they were invited to perform as one of the main headliners at the 50th-birthday concert festival honoring Russian rock legend Victor Tsoi of the band KINO, playing to audiences of over 15,000 people in both Moscow and St. Petersburg.

LOUNA is:

Lou Gevorkian (vocals)

Vitaly Demidenko (bass)

Rouben Kazariyan (guitar)

Sergey Ponkratiev (guitar)

Leonid “Pilot” Kinzbursky (drums)

For more information on LOUNA, please visit these websites:

www.lounarocks.com

www.reddecaderecords.com