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Crashing the Party (Moontower) by the Russians also echoes '70s rock and pop: John Lennon, Big Star, the Raspberries, Harry Nilsson, Mott the Hoople and, in particular, Marc Bolan. But the album is more than a homage. It's a thoroughly realized work bursting with hook-filled songs and deft musicianship. - "Best Albums of 2010," Wall Street Journal 12/24/10

"Multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Scott Janovitz comes up with a super-eclectic bunch of tunes couched in a breezy summery sound well worthy of your attention. Please allow The Russians to invade the shores of your imagination." - Graham Parker

"Crashing The Party is a collection of smart, memorable pop songs that stand up to repeated listens. The Russians hit that sweet spot where clever and heartfelt overlap." - Tom Perrotta (author of Election and Little Children)


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The Russians is a Boston-based collective led by Scott Janovitz, joined live and on record by his friends, who are also among the most creative musicians Boston has to offer.

After disbanding his former outfit, Dragstrip Courage, Janovitz spent a couple of years playing sideman to some great artists, including Garvy J (Elevator Drops, The Rentals), The Figgs, Yep Roc artists Jake Brennan and the Confidence Men, and the legendary Graham Parker, with whom he continues to tour sporadically. Meanwhile, Janovitz was holed up in his own Moontower Studio in Cambridge, slowly developing the songs and sound that would soon become The Russians. With the release of their debut EP came a tour with ex-Replacement Tommy Stinson and The Figgs. The band subsequently performed with such great acts as Radar Bros., Sam Roberts, Evan Dando, Dave Derby, Mary Timony, and Dear Leader.

With the aid of co-producer Darren Ottaviani, himself a longtime member of the band, The Russians continued to flourish in the studio, with influences ranging from Phil Spector, McCartney and Pink Floyd, to Beachwood Sparks, Teenage Fanclub and The Flaming Lips. In October of 2007, Janovitz released a second EP (appropriately titled EP.02), co-produced by Will Kennedy (The 88, Spearhead) and featuring songs mixed by Kennedy and Paul Kolderie (Morphine, The Pixies).

July 2010 saw the release of Crashing The Party, the band's first full-length LP, an album of unforgettable, hook-packed songs that feature shimmering melodies and driving guitars seamlessly combined with 21st Century loops and sonic embroidery. A few months later, Janovitz won the Boston Music Award for "Singer/Songwriter of the Year" for 2010. The album garnered significant radio airplay and critical praise. Jim Fusilli of the Wall Street Journal named Crashing the Party one of the best albums of the year, calling it "...a thoroughly realized work bursting with hook-filled songs and deft musicianship."

Friday February 10
Radio
Union Square, Somerville
with Reverse and Dirt Mall

Best Albums of 2010, Wall Street Journal

The Return of the Album, Jim Fusilli, Wall Street Journal, 12/24/2010
"Crashing the Party" (Moontower) by the Russians also echoes '70s rock and pop: John Lennon, Big Star, the Raspberries, Harry Nilsson, Mott the Hoople and, in particular, Marc Bolan. But the album is more than a homage. It's a thoroughly realized work bursting with hook-filled songs and deft musicianship.

Performer Magazine, Record Review, Josh Lindsey
Multi-instrumentalist Scott Janovitz knows how to write a pop song.
This is a statement that becomes increasingly evident with every note of every measure of every line of every song that graces Crashing the Party, Janovitz's splendidly sweet-as-grandma's-apple-pie sophomore LP, released under his band alias The Russians.
The album is a space-pop excursion not unlike James Mercer and Danger Mouse's recent collaboration, Broken Bells, wrought with breezy guitar riffs, summery synths, lively melodies, and memorable hooks that continue to spin long after the record has run its course. Hell, Janovitz himself even sounds a bit like Mercer - particularly on the tracks "Talking to Yourself" and "Lovesickholiday" - which, if nothing else, certainly speaks well of his vocal capabilities.
If Janovitz were to be questioned about his musical influences going into the album, it would be nothing short of felonious for him not to mention The Beatles. The work of the Fab Four is overtly present in many aspects of the album's composition, and what better spirit to channel than that of the greatest pop band of all time?
The album is a success because it's such a joy to listen to. This isn't the type of beauty you have to work to see; it's the kind that makes you stop, squint, and say "damn." (Moontower Recordings)

In addition to producing all of The Russians releases, head Russian Scott Janovitz has recorded a number of other class acts at his Moontower Recording Studio. Please email if you're an artist interested in making some music. He has recently worked with such artists as:

LPs and projects:

The Figgs
The Man Who Fights Himself (LP, 2010) - Engineer, keyboards
Follow Jean Through The Sea (Gern Blandsten / LP, 2006) - Engineer

Oranjuly
S/T (LP, 2010) - Engineer, mixing

Do It Again: One Man's Quest to Reunite The Kinks
(Feature film documentary, 2010) - Engineer, mixing, editing

The Sun Lee Sunbeam
Beneath The Burning Sky (LP, 2009) - Engineer

The Great Bandini
S/T (LP, 2008) - Producer, engineer, writer/performer

Graham Parker
Don't Tell Columbus (Bloodshot Records / LP, 2007) - Engineer

Non-LP tracks, demos, singles, and miscellaneous:
Tanya Donnelly • The Soft Explosions • Sarah Borges • Auto Interiors • Andrea Gillis • Bodega Girls • Jake Brennan

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