Brutto is a new band of Sergey Mikhalok – the former leader of Lyapis Trubetskoy, which is the most successful Belarusian rock unit of the last two decades (split in August 2014), known for antiglobalistic and socially charged songs.
This is Brutto’s second album, a welcome return to form and modern world topics after the imperatively simple debut “Underdog” (September 2014), which was devoted to sport chants and dismissed by many critics as primitive.
“Rodny kraj” (“Родны край”, meaning “Native land”) reminds of the latter day Lyapis Trubetskoy with a more modern sound. The powerful title track is sung in Belarusian (whereas almost all other songs are in Russian) with autobiographical lyrics.
After being banned to play concerts in Belarus, Sergey Mikhalok lived in the Ukraine for the most of two last years. Video for “Rodny kraj” is also a special treat.