NOM is an acronym for the Russian “Informal Youth Organization” (Neformalnoe Obyedinenie Molodezhi), used by the official Soviet press in 80-s. The band “NOM” appeared in St. Petersburg in 1987 as an absurd-ironical answer to the great number of “rock” bands in post-soviet Russia. The band used musical cliches of all kinds mixed queerly together with elements of mimic show of idiots, thus reaching strong emotional effect over public.
Also named “The kings of St.Petersburg”, NOM remains unique phenomenon of Russian music culture. For the 25 years of existence the band created their own style, in which you can discover elements of progressive rock, punk, electronic minimalism, symphonic music , Russian folk, Soviet music and even opera. Lyrics plays very important role for NOM who follows traditions of such bright representatives of modern Russian poetry like Nikolay Gogol, Daniil Kharms, Nikolay Oleynikov and others. Critics called NOM “The last bastion of ruthless Russian satire”.
Their discography includes 10 studio and 2 concert albums, several compilations, remixes, and a special release “Russisches scweine” on English (“Manufracture” UK).
For live shows MON prepare every time a new performance with original costumes, special guests, visuals.
Besides music NOM is also involved in producing comic and feature films, publishing books.
NOM on stage:
NOM on stage:
Andrei Kagadeev (guitars, vocals),
Nikolai Gusev (keyboard, drum-computer, vocals),
Ivan Tourist (show, vocals).
One of the former active NOM members, Alexander Liver, sings basso in Geneve Opera now. Nikolai Gusev is also known as the leader of AVIA – band of the first “red wave” from St.Petersburg.