Varvara photo by Kaj Kuhlman
We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Varvara’s new song “Weatherman” (listen below). The single was recorded with Lauri Eloranta (Disco Ensemble, Damn Seagulls etc.) and was mastered by Brad Boatright (Beastmilk, Fucked Up and High On Fire) at Audiosiege, in Portland, OR.
In Hamina, Southeast Finland stands a statue of Varvara Schantin (1870-1941), who was born in Russia but became a native of the small town in later life. Schantin handed out food and refreshments to the ‘Reserviupseerikoulu’ (Reserve Officer Training Corps) before those soldiers had a possible date with destiny. Schantin’s good deeds afforded her a statue in Hamina, a spot where the band members used to hang out in their youth and the statue inspired their band’s name.
Varvara’s beginnings were humble, but the band quickly became more than a friendly pastime as releases became picked up on by various sections of the Finnish music media. Varvara helped to establish the musician’s collective Haminan Sounds which releases their music. Varvara’s output, over three albums and an EP, has slowly been recognized as a distinctive collection that harnesses disparate influences into a new sound.
The band spent the spring and the autumn 2015 preparing their third full-length album. Produced by the band themselves their last album ‘Death Defying Tricks’ was mixed in Stockholm by Pelle Gunnerfeldt, who’s work and sound style has been recognized with many international success stories such as The Hives, Refused and Disco Ensemble. The album was mastered by Brad Boatright (Beastmilk, Fucked Up and High On Fire) at Audiosiege, in Portland, USA.
Similarly, their new single ‘Weatherman’ was also mixed by Boatright and was produced by Lauri Eloranta (Disco Ensemble, Damn Seagulls etc.). ‘Weatherman’ combines the same signature style of off kilter riffs and straight-up rock’n’roll dynamics, but with a grittier, and rawer sound from the band. ‘Weatherman’ represents a self-confident band with an exceptional sense of intense melody amongst a series of intricate details.
‘Death Defying Tricks’ was easily Varvara’s most mature and accomplished album to date, but with a new album on the way soon, and after ten years as a band, their new single continues to deliver on the band’s promise whilst still managing to raise expectations to new heights.