post punk * new wave * synth pop
Molchat Doma (translated as "Houses Are Silent"), founded in 2017 in Minsk, Belarus, stands at the intersection of post-punk, new-wave and synth-pop. Dark yet danceable, and with a heavy dose of goth ethos, their music is reminiscent of the masters that predate them, but make no mistake: Molchat Doma creates a sound and meaning that is immediately recognizable as all their own. The band is comprised of Egor Shkutko, who sings the Russian lyrics in his deep monotone, Roman Komogortsev on guitar, synths, and drum machine, and Pavel Kozlov on bass and synths. Their second LP, Этажи (pronounced Etazhi, meaning "Floors") was released in 2018 on the Berlin-based Detriti Records. Molchat Doma's third full album Monument was written and recorded while the band was quarantined in their hometown of Minsk during the COVID-19 pandemic and released last November via Sacred Bones - the Brooklyn-based label that also reissued their first two records. Despite playing sold-out shows on during the last European tour, they are still flying under the radar in their native Belarus.