IWKC or I WILL KILL CHITA (the band's name jokingly refers to fraternal tensions between members in the past) came to be in 2008 when the Samarin brothers, Nikita and Nikolai started a chaotic punk-garage band. The search for their own stylistic terrafirma as well as competent partner-performers has continued through almost three years. The band produced two EP’s and consolidated finally as a quintet of Nikolai Samarin (keyboards, guitars), Nikita Samarin (drums, electronics), Andrei Silin (keyboards, electronics), Alexander Ivanov (bass), and Artem Litvakovsky (cello). The current line-up tends to perform well composed and arranged, completely instrumental, playful and melodic form of music with certain influences of neo-classic, art-rock, neo-psychedelia, and post-rock trends. Listen to their tunes at IWKC's official homepage.
Filmed and recorded on February 03, "B2" captures IWKC performing live their "Before We Disappear" album in its entirety, plus new versions of two compositions from the “Urban Fears” debut album. (8 tracks – 58 min.)
Making their second studio album, Before We Disappear, IWKC expanded to a twelve-piece chamber ensemble consisting of drums, guitars, keyboards, bass, cello, three violins, two violas, french-horn, tuba, trombone, and trumpet. Recorded at the band’s mobile studio in July-November 2012, most of the compositions on this all instrumental conceptual opus have several-part arrangements in an apparently symphonic pattern. The themes are well developed, and music flows delicately, building from charmingly quiet segments to dynamically loaded climaxes and back again. The haunting melodies and aching dissonances between guitars, keyboards, and a string section serve to emphasize the confusion encountered in the wordless tales about love, adventure, and frustration… or to offer hope for a better final. The young band has produced a surprisingly mature and engaging orchestral work, a sounding synthesis of romantic neo-rock, experimental soundscape, and academic music. (7 tracks – 56 min.)
Free streaming or immediate digital download of the album (in your choice of MP3-320, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire) is available through Official R.A.I.G. Bandcamp.
"This is true progressive rock, crossing disciplines, crossing boundaries, and creating something that is new, beautiful and ultimately timeless. IWKC takes the disciplines of rock music, ambient music and classical music, and combines them into an utterly beguiling, totally absorbing, and astonishingly beautiful widescreen musical canvas. It is one that you can't help but be enchanted by. Absolutely indispensable. (Conclusion: 8 out of 10)" – by James Turner at DPRP (UK) (August 2014).
The album was also reviewed at: Musical-Express (Russia), Far From Moscow (USA), Musikreviews.de (Germany), New Underground Music (The Netherlands), Babyblauen Seiten (Germany), InRock (Russia), Caleidoscoop (The Netherlands), iO Pages (The Netherlands), Psychotropic Zone (Finland).
Filmed and recorded live on January 28, "AktZal" is a companion DVD to the “Urban Fears” CD. It presents 6 tracks from the studio-album and 5 previously unpublished compositions including a video-clip for a cover of Mogwai’s Auto Rock. (11 tracks – 70 min.)
Urban Fears is an official debut full-length work by IWKC. Nick Samarin (keyboards, guitars), Nik Samarin (drums, electronics), Andrei Silin (keyboards, electronics), Alexander Ivanov (bass), and Artem Litvakovsky (cello) with support of Anastasiya Narochnaya (violin) came up with six new compositions and re-mastered versions of three tracks from their first, Best Days EP. This is a kind of conceptual album dedicated to Moscow’s industrial outskirts… Surprisingly light and heartwarming music which appeal to wide range of contemporary instrumental rock-music lovers. (9 tracks – 56 min.)