Misteriya Zvuka, Melodiya
| Mikhail Gorsheniov
Saint Petersburg, Russia (1988)
Mikhail Gorsheniov, Andrei Knyazev
Horror punk, Folk punk, Shock rock, Art punk
Korol i Shut, Akustichesky Albom, Teatr Demona, Kamnem po golove, Like in an Old Tale
Knyazz, Kukryniksy, Aria, DDT, Alisa
Korol' i Shut (King and Jester, Russian: Король и Шут) were a Russian horror punk band from Saint Petersburg that took inspiration and costumes from tales and fables. In Russia this band has an iconic status.
Korol i Shut Wikipedia
The band was formed in 1988 by school friends in Saint Petersburg around founder members Mikhail Gorshok Gorshenev (Михаил Горшок Горшенёв), Alexandr Balu Balunov (Александр Балу Балунов) and Alexandr Lieutenant Shchigoliev (Александр Поручик Щиголев). Singer Andrei Kniaz Kniazev (Андрей Князь Князев) joined the band in 1990 and guitarist Yakov Tsvirkunov (Яков Цвиркунов) in 1997. The band's name, which means The King and the Jester, was adopted in 1992, its previous name was Bureau (Контора).
Korol' i Shut's lyrics are written by Kniazev and feature horror stories and folk tales about pirates, trolls, ghosts and vampires, as well as Slavic mythology. Many of their songs, despite their intimidating appearance and style, are actually humorous, sarcastic or ironic (dark humor). The band members wear Misfits-inspired horror make-up onstage.
The band recorded for the first time in 1991 in a semi-professional studio. It was programmed on the radio soon after and began to tour around Saint Petersburg's clubs. They began rehearsing in the club Tamtam in which started performing Chimera and Tequilajazzz. From 1993, it started touring also in Moscow.
In 1994, the band's released a few copies of a tape named Bud' kak doma putnik (Будь как дома путник – Make Yourself At Home, Wayfarer). In 1997, the songs from this tape were re-recorded and released as band's second official album under the name Korol' i Shut.
The first official album was 1996's Kamnem po golove (Камнем по голове – Stone To The Head) which was distributed by "Melodiya". Many other albums were released since then. The first music video was released in 1998 for the song Yeli miaso mujiki (Ели мясо мужики -- Men Were Eating Meat).
The band's lead singer Mikhail Gorsheniov died of heart failure at the night from 18 to 19 July 2013. After a farewell tour during the fall and winter of 2013, Korol i Shut officially broke up in January 2014. Surviving members have founded a new band named 'Severny Flot'.
However, due to the numerous requests of the fans, the former band members decided to keep the name of the band, 'Korol i Shut' exclusively for the release of the unfinished zong-opera "TODD".Mikhail Gorshok Gorsheniov (Михаил «Горшок» Горшенёв) - vocals, acoustic guitar
Andrei Kniaz Kniazev (Андрей «Князь» Князев) - vocals, lyrics
Alexandr Balu Balunov (Александр "Балу" Балунов) — bass guitar
Shurik Vasia Vasiliev (Шурик "Вася" Васильев) — drums
Dmitrii Riabchik Riabchenko (Дмитрий "Рябчик" Рябченко) — bass guitar
Dmitrii Kolbasa" Kandaurov (Дмитрий "Колбаса" Кандауров) — bass guitar
Grigorii Kuzmin (Григорий Кузьмин) — bass guitar
Alexey Yagoda Gorshenev (Алексей "Ягода" Горшенёв) — drums
Maria Masha Nefiodova (Мария "Маша" Нефёдова) — violin
Dmitri Casper Rishko (Дмитрий Ришко) - violin
Yakov Yasha Tsvirkunov (Яков "Яша" Цвиркунов) - guitars, backing vocal
Alexander Porutchik Shchigoliev (Александр «Поручик» Щиголев) - drums
Pavel Pahan Sazhinov (Павел Сажинов) - keyboards
Alexandr Renegat Leontiev (Александр "Ренегат" Леонтьев) — guitar
Sergey Zahar Zaharov (Сергей «Захар» Захаров) - bass guitar