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The musical group Valery & The Greedies from the northern town of Petrozavodsk (Russian Federation) has several blogs in different Internet societies, its music is constantly discussed and can be found in playlists of different people, the number of whom grows up rapidly day after day.
The band was formed on 29 February, 2008 and in August it released its first demo including 6 songs most of which are still discussed in the web with the slightest mentioning of the group. The social web and file hosting services helped to make the debut demo quite popular, with such songs as "She Will Come", "The Game" and "Jesus" becoming the main trademarks of the band.
Before starting to give regular concerts the band had made a debut performance in Moscow and established contacts with the American label "Spat! Records" which agreed to release the group's songs on iTunes and Amazon.
Stirred up by the public's interest the band started to create a new program and announced recording the album, but its motion wasn't big enough, so "Goddamn Pop" was released on "Spat! Records" as a mini-album (EP) in July, 2009.
At about the same time there began shiftings in the band: the 2nd half of the year saw significant changes in the group's membership. But in spite of the difficulties the work wasn't stalled - within this period of time the band wrote a lot of new songs and took part in some concerts, including the "Graves Jibes Fanzine" festival in Saint-Petersburg and a joint concert with the "Scofferlane" in Moscow. By the year 2010 the original members of the group convened again and developed a new concert program and a new sound.
The video "Frustration", actively rotated on the Internet, helped to awake public's interest, and as a result the group set out for a tour which was well done in September, 2010. Valery & The Greedies gave concerts in Moscow, Rostov-Na-Donu, Krasnodar, Novorossiysk and Anapa and received a positive response from the local public. For this mini-tour the "Yaitsekletka Records". Label released the compilation "They will come" which included the songs of different periods. For some songs it was the first edition in Russia. On their return home the group performed as a support act for "PTVP" and gave a solo recital. After that Valery & The Greedies disappeared until March, 2011. During this time another shifting took place in the group (a new bassist took over the responsibility), and on 21 March, 2011 there was a turning point for the group when it performed as a support act for the German band “Zann” and was practically unrecognizable. The new program was totally different from what the group had created before and from what people were used to within the local stage. The public was puzzled and confused: Valery gave up it's post-punk fads practically entirely, abandoned the "Joy Division" heritage and took James Brown's funk sermons and Talking Heads' primitivism as a basis.
Since August 2011 the group is partially located in Saint-Petersburg as some of its members moved there.
Anatoly Nikulin - guitar, vocals
Lev Sibikovsky - guitar
Grigory Anushkin - drums
Sergey Matyuk - bass-guitar