Rasputina Biography

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Who are they? Rasputina - or the Travelling Ladies Cello Society; headed by Melora Creager, Julie Kent, and Agnieszka Rybska, have been entertaining crowds since 1992, when Melora placed an ad requesting cellists for a rock band. Julia Kent, originally a Canadian, responded, and Rasputina was born. So why do they call themselves Rasputina? According to Melora, "We had a song called Rasputina; I was just into Rasputin at the time, and it seemed to have all the perfect connotations for who we wanted to be, or what we were trying to do." The two were having trouble rounding out their trio until Agnieszka Rybska, originally from Poland, responded to their ad.

What then? Well, Melora describes it this way: "We haven't gotten any reaction or affection from indie kind of circles. A lot of people liked us in those circles, but they didn't know what to do with us...Our A&R guy, Jimmy Boyle saw us at some festival shows. Thought it was great, believed it would actually sell, and somehow convinced Columbia. They've been very nice so far." Their first album, "Thanks for the Ether," was produced in 1996. They have opened on tours with Bob Mould and more recently, Marylin Manson. They have appeared on the Regis & Kathy Lee Show and Late Night with Conan O'Brian, as well.

The unique sound of three cellos, Melora's sweet voice and the occasional drum beat fit in well with the trio's Victorian image. But don't those clothes get uncomfortable? Melora on Rasputina's corsets: "It's just made split, like bloomers are split, because all those ladies couldn't be taking off all these layers to go to the bathroom either. It's hard to be historically accurate enough to get that concept to work. If we have a body suit on or something... Our last show in New York, I had my period, and I had the corset, and I had a bladder infection, and that's like forget about it. Well, I got sick enough from that, that I can't wear the corset for a week or so. It's really bad for my kidneys, so I'm corset-less for this small west coast tour."

While Rasputina has not toured recently, they have not stopped creating music. "Transylvanian Regurgitations" was released after Rasputina's tour with Manson, and clearly showed Manson influence - in fact, the album features a Manson remix of "Transylvanian Concubine". Although the album is pretty much a regurgitation of tracks from "Thanks for the Ether" (since it contains three versions of Transylvanian Concubine and other tracks direct from the first album), it served as a nice transition from the largely acoustic cello sounds of the first album to the more distortion filled "How We Quit the Forest."

Rasputina teamed up with producer Chris Vrenna to create an album that retained their original sound yet added depth to the music with heavier drums, distortions, and sound effects. "How We Quit the Forest" has received extremely favorable reviews; hopefully, the band will follow this success with another tour!

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kfa | Reviewer: agntyellow | 7/2/2007

Rasputina totally rocks! Totally alternative lifestyle/mindset. I have been into Rasputina for just over a year. I heard about them on a podcast I listen to called The Dawn And Drew Show. Ever since then, I have been "hooked". I have heard a lot of their work, and it is, I think, phenomenal. Got tickets to see their show on 07/12/07, in Denver, it's going to rock. Totally awesome.

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The Celli R0x | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/2/2006

I've always been really into classical music, (like boccherini, who no one has ever heard of). I play the cello, and one day I just had this thought, like, "Why can't you play rock on the cello?" So I looked it up on the internet and found out that "Cello rock" is actually a genre of music, and that Rasputina plays it. From the moment I listened to my first Rasputina song "Rose K." I was hooked. I can't stop listening to it, and I'm hoping to form my own "cello rock" band.

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luvluvluvluvluvluvluv | Reviewer: melly | 3/1/2006

I LUV rasputina. but hang on a moment here. Julia and Agnieza? left, so now it's Melora and Zoe Keating, plus Jonathon DeBeest? as drummer. Checkout rasputina.com, radical recital, frustration plantation, and everything else. Cow punk rock! harbor a devotion for Rasputina. I'm saving for a folio, + I want a t-shirt. + all their cds. Rasputina gets 5 out of 4 stars!

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Cello style... | Reviewer: Lyssa | 11/23/2005

I love her voice, the lyrics are just awesome, and the cello in the songs is just beautiful.
They recreate a mix of a sad rock-ish kind of music, I can't even describe it. I knew I lurved them the moment I heard the song Tourniquet (Manson cover) And since have been hoarding all things rasputina! If you havn't heard them before, I'd reccomend "Gingerbread coffin" "The newzero" and "tourniquet"
These songs bring in alot of the cellosound, so it'll be more evident and you won't have to listen for it when you're already concentrating on lyrics. All in all this is an amazing band with a superb twist to thenorm. 9/10 stars man. <333

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Rasputina | Reviewer: M.A. Twizzle | 4/15/2005

They have a great sound. The cellos are a great change a pace and sound quite well with heavy guitar and drums. They are definatly worth checking out.

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