Absolutely shredding the balalaika ...
July 3, 2020 3:34 PM   Subscribe

Let me hear your balalaikas ringing out!
posted by Greg_Ace at 5:04 PM on July 3 [1 favorite]

These guys are great!

There are a lot of covers of "Thunderstruck" kicking around, featuring various ensembles and instruments, but this one is really good.

As the player of a small, stringed instrument...oh, man. Nikita Cheremysin's right hand is a master class in staying fast-but-loose, and relaxed-but-loud. It's way harder than it looks. He's not fucking around.

And the pairing with the accordion is awesome.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 5:09 PM on July 3 [9 favorites]

Came for the mandolin conspiracy review. Was not disappointed.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:14 PM on July 3 [4 favorites]


I'm liking this.

What appears to be a Halloween party in the Smoke on the Water video looks fun as hell.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 5:18 PM on July 3 [1 favorite]

Satisfaction, song for the weekend.
posted by Oyéah at 5:59 PM on July 3

Interested balalaika fans might also want to be aware of Igor and Red Elvises (your favorite band!)
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 6:44 PM on July 3 [2 favorites]

I was today days old when I discovered that there is such a thing as a contrabass balalaika, and they are enormous.
posted by tavella at 6:50 PM on July 3 [3 favorites]

(and the purest way to experience the red elvises is perhaps to drop some acid and watch Six String Samurai.)
posted by kaibutsu at 7:06 PM on July 3 [2 favorites]

Two words:

Prodigy Medley.

With bonus recorder shredding.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 7:08 PM on July 3

This is missing The Ukrainians, who are the pioneers of shredding on balalaika. Their first album was in the early 90s. Key tracks: Bigmouth Strikes Again, Anarchy in the UK and Ace of Spades. They've got a deep repertoire.
posted by rednikki at 7:42 PM on July 3 [4 favorites]

Of them all, do not miss the cover of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" – and "It's My Life" is an actual music video! :)
posted by metabaroque at 8:16 PM on July 3

Okay, i completely lost it after getting to their cover of ABBA's Happy New Year. Must flee the rabbit hole now, it goes too deep.
posted by Enturbulated at 8:41 PM on July 3

This is an excellent youtube rabbit hole to fall down and I just found their cover of Come Together.
posted by JustKeepSwimming at 8:57 PM on July 3

No Freebird?
posted by Paul Slade at 2:44 AM on July 4

Do they cover Yaya Ding Dong?
posted by sammyo at 7:38 AM on July 4 [1 favorite]

I will admit as awesome as the above links are I was weirdly hoping this post was going to be for the movie, Song of the Balalaika. I've never seen the movie but I love the trailer.
posted by Ashwagandha at 9:25 AM on July 4

Katzenjammer give great Contrabass Balalaika.
posted by phigmov at 6:58 PM on July 4

When I was a kid, we had an LP of a famous Russian balalaika orchestra. They fucking rocked. It's a cool sounding instrument. This guy is pretty amazing as well.
posted by Windopaene at 9:15 PM on July 4

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