Bands to Watch #70: Defend Moscow

By on Monday, 19th January 2009 at 2:22 pm

Defend Moscow (side)Defend Moscow‘s perfectly preened pop, colourfully tainted with a quirky electro edge is set to soar the airwaves this year. Like so many artists out there right now – such as Little Boots and Frankmusik – Defend Moscow are passionate about nostalgic 80s electro-pop. They cite everyone from Human League, Kylie and Frankie Goes to Hollywood as just some of their vintage influences. Looking for a more contemporary take on the band? Think chart-frequenters Alphabeat, only with a little more spice.

You only have to read the band’s MySpace blog to realise that Defend Moscow aren’t just your run of the mill, chart-friendly electro-pop group making hits about love and heartache. Lying behind hit track ‘Manifesto’ sits a much more deeper meaning. The song, set to be released next month, is infact about the Bolshevik revolutionary, Leon Trotsky and his downfall in the Soviet Union. Pretty intellectual, huh?

The band, who’s routes lay scattered across Europe (vocalist, Sofie Storaas is from Norway, while other band members call everywhere from London to Paris home), have bagged support slots with Sam Sparro, Sneaky Sound System, Team Waterpolo (who we caught them supporting last October) and The Wombats. This year, Defend Moscow are preparing to embark on their own major tour, but until then, you can currently check them out at a few scattered club dates through January and February. See their MySpace for more details, and while you’re there, check out four super awesome tracks the band have uploaded, including single ‘Manifesto’ I told you about earlier.

The band have recently expressed their hopes to lead an electro-pop revolution. Listening to them – it sounds very much possible that they could achieve just that this 2009.

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[…] already know, at TGTF we love our pop. We introduced you all to the greatness of Defend Moscow a few weeks back, and were fortunate enough to be able to catch up with Dave, Defend Moscow’s able guitarist […]

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