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This article is about the Russian rock band. For the internal organ, see Spleen.

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Splean (Russian: Сплин) is a popular Russian rock band, formed in Saint Petersburg in 1994.

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Splean

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This article is about the Russian rock band. For the internal organ, see Spleen.

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Splean (Russian: Сплин) is a popular Russian rock band, formed in Saint Petersburg in 1994.

Since then, they have remained one of the most popular rock bands in Russia and the former Soviet Union. The band's name is derived from "spleen" (in the sense of "depression"), and the "ea" spelling in English is a pun on the spelling of the Beatles.

The band's name arose thanks to the lines of a poem by the Russian poet of the Silver Age, Sasha Cherny, on the basis of which the song "Under the Surdinka" from the band's first album ("Dusty Bylle") was created:

I am moth-eaten with sleep... Sprinkle me with mothballs, Put me in a trunk and put me in the attic, Till spring comes.

History

Lead singer Alexander Vasilyev and bass guitarist Alexander Morozov decided to form a band together while working in "Buff" theatre as stage workers. Later, keyboardist Nikolay Rostovsky and other musicians joined them. Despite the risk of losing their jobs, they began recording their first album Pyl'naja byl' (Dusty Fact) in one of the theatre's studios at night. Their growing popularity was made evident by Boris Grebenshchikov's and Konstantin Kinchev's support. In 1996, the band began to play concerts in Moscow and other cities. In subsequent years, Splean recorded several albums and a number of hit singles, including "Orbit bez sahara" ("Sugar Free Orbit"), "Novye ljudi" ("New People"), "Vremja nazad" ("Backwards Time"), and "My sideli i kurili" ("We Were Sitting and Smoking")

Despite rumours that the group were on the verge of breaking up in 2004, Splean continues to perform throughout Russia and the world. The band frequently experiments and evolves, so the current version of Splean is quite different from its original version.

In 2004, the band garnered international attention for the inclusion of their song "Bud' moej ten'ju" ("Be My Shadow") in the film adaptation of Sergey Lukyanenko's bestselling novel, Night Watch.

In 1998, Splean opened for The Rolling Stones at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, during the Bridges to Babylon Tour. Splean headlined the Krylya rock festival in 2005 and Nashestvie in 2015. "Skazhi" ("Tell Her"), the single from Razdvoenie lichnosti (Split Personality), topped song and video charts on the radio and MTV, and the song's video was awarded the MTV Russian Music Award for Best Video.

The band won several Nashe Radio "Chart Dozen" awards, including Best Song and Chart Leader for "Orkestr" ("Оrchestra") in 2015 and Best Album for Obman Zrenija (Optical Illusion) in 2013.

Current line-up

  • Alexander Vasiliev - vocals, guitar (1994-our days)
  • Nikolay Rostovsky - keyboards, termenvox (1994-1998, 2001-our days)
  • Vadim Sergeyev - lead guitar (2001-2002, 2007-our days); bass guitar (2002-2007)
  • Alexey Mescheryakov - drums (2005-our days)
  • Dmitry Kunin - bass guitar (2007-our days)

Former members

  • Nikolay Lysov - drums (1994-1998)
  • Alexander Morozov - bass guitar (1994-2000)
  • Nikolay Voronov - bass guitar (2000-2002)
  • Sergey Navetny - drums (1998-2005)
  • Stanislav Berezovsky - lead guitar (1994-2006)
  • Jan Nikolenko - flute, percussion (1998-2006)

Discography

Studio albums

  • 1994 - "Dusty Bylaw".
  • 1996 - "Gun Collector"
  • 1997 - "Lantern Under the Eye"
  • 1998 - "Pomegranate Album"
  • 1999 - "Altavista"
  • 2001 - "25th Frame"
  • 2003 - "New People"
  • 2004 - "Reverse Chronicle of Events"
  • 2007 - "Personality Bifurcation".
  • 2009 - "The Signal from Space"
  • 2012 - "Optical Illusion"
  • 2014 - "Resonance. Part 1."
  • 2014 - "Resonance. Part 2"
  • 2016 - "The Key to the Cipher"
  • 2018 - "Counter-Stripe"
  • 2020 - "The Vira and the Maine."

Mini-albums

  • 2019 - "Tykom."

Concert albums

  • 2000 - "Altavista live" (2 CD)
  • 2001 - Fellini Tour (joint album with Bi-2 and the band Thomas)
  • 2002 - "Acoustics" (2 CD)

Compilations

  • 2000 - "Zn@menatel".
  • 2007 - "13 years in rock'n'roll" (best songs collection)

Singles

  • 2002 - "Handball"
  • 2004 - "Romance"
  • 2013 - "Frost on the Skin"
  • 2014 - "Orchestra"
  • 2016 - "Pyramids"
  • 2016 - "Outskirts"
  • 2016 - "The Earth Is Leaving Under Our Feet".
  • 2016 - "The Temple"
  • 2017 - "The Warmth of Home."
  • 2019 - "Tycoon."
  • 2020 - "Tell that to Harry Potter if you ever meet him."
  • 2020 - "Behind the Seven Seals."
  • 2020 - "Genie."
  • 2021 - "The Virus"
  • 2021 - "Stomp It!"

Video

  • 1997 - Concert in Yubileiny Sport Palace (20.09.1997)
  • 2001 - "Altavista Live" (concert at DS "Luzhniki", 31.10.1999)
  • 2002 - "My Heart" (concert at the Gorbunov Palace of Culture, 06.04.2001)
  • 2014 - "Resonance Live" (concert at the Ice Palace, 16.12.2014)
  • 2017 - "The Key to the Cipher" (concert at the Ice Palace, 22.04.2017)

Solo projects

  • 2004 - "Drafts" (Alexander Vasilyev's solo album)
  • 2014 - "Pavlovsky Park" (poem, by A. Vasiliev)

Radio Concerts

  • 2008 - Christmas concert

The Facts

  • Splin is the first Russian band to achieve over 1 million listens on the global music project Last.fm. The band is the most popular Russian band according to Last.fm.
  • Splin's repertoire includes the songs "Mayak" to Vladimir Mayakovsky's poem "Lilichka. Instead of a Letter", "Under Surdinka" by Sasha Black, "Magic Violin" by Nikolai Gumilev, as well as a cover version of the song "St. Petersburg Wedding" by Alexander Bashlachov.
  • The lyrics of "Breathless Lightness of Mine" and "Letter" are often erroneously attributed to Joseph Brodsky, although they were written by Vasilyev himself. The text of "The Letter" is published in the book All This Nonsense.
  • The song "Samurai's Daughter" is dedicated to Sadako Sasaki.
  • Lines from the song "Plastic Life" are mentioned in the Russian version of the game Civilization V during the player's discovery of plastics.
  • The song "Terrible Secret" is dedicated to the tragic death of the poetess Sylvia Plath, and "Life Was Flying" is dedicated to Alexander Bashlachov.
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