1955 have premiered their swaggering new Californian jam ‘How’d You Come Here’ on CLASH.VIEW THE PREMIERE HERE
Sasha Papadin’s life began in a state of cinematic romance.
His father, renowned Russian poet and dissident Valentin Papadin, defected from Soviet Russia at the height of the Cold War and escaped to the UK with Sasha’s mother, a young English woman who had met him while travelling.
After being swept from country to country, as his parents followed English-teaching jobs across Europe, the Papadins’ journey finally landed them in San Francisco. Flash forward a number of years. It could very well be that dreamy and fateful situations just happen to find Sasha…In any case, the creation of 1955 can definitely be counted among such instances.
In a small ramshackle studio just north of San Francisco, in late 2012, Sasha and a group of musicians gathered for late-night sessions and crafted what would become the signature 1955 sound: lean tight songs with a cinematic sweep to them, propelled by a stripped down garage rock vibe and an unbridled live energy.
The friends traded off instruments, made noise late into the night and soon the get-togethers became a weekly ritual. Eventually a core band of three took shape and they began writing songs fuelled by real-time feedback from the remainder of the regular audience of close friends.
A throwback to the simplicity and clarity of early rock and roll songwriting, the songs recall the energy of the bands’ heroes (Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan) but bristle with a modern, moody edge. Echoes of the mysterious year that gave them their name cut through their pop/rock sound to reveal a nod to the past. Think Nick Cave fronting The Strokes.
Inspired by Los Angeles at night, the desert, palm trees and the surrealist films of David Lynch, they possess a decadent style that combines the invention of “Marquee Moon”-era Television and the melodic ingenuity of Wire and – with this latest track ‘How’d You Come Here’ – they demonstrate an instantly brilliant swagger and sway that demands repeated listens.