New York-based Japanese-Russian duo The Dayoffs
present their new video for ‘Nobody Knows Her’ off their debut self-titled album.
Having originally scripting their new video, they decided to let it flow more naturally through more natural improvisation. Shot primarily at New Yorks Grand Central station, Little Eva is at the center of this story, with numerous people involved in bringing it to fruition, including Sergey Kiselyov, Fedor Lyass
, Michael Shatravka
and Sasha Nochin.
My 6-year-old daughter Eva played The Girl and pulled it off brilliantly. The police came over a couple of times to find out what was going on, but nothing serious transpired,” says Vladimiir Komarov. “Michael Shatravka made an invaluable contribution to this video with his skills and enthusiasm, while Sasha Nochin worked some magic, taking hours of different video footage and creating a story from all of this. Also great great great thanks to my beautiful Eva – she is the real star of this video.
The two producers – Vladimir Komarov and Atsuo Matsumoto – have put their minds, hearts and talents together to weave together this collection of 11 tracks, which has received loud praise by James Atkin of EMF fame, among others.
“Ive been so looking forward to this musical offering from The Dayoffs, having followed their progress from the fruition of this new project. These guys have seriously got their song writing and production skills nailed, Vladimir and Atsuo have created a truly stunning album that will no doubtable be on everyones turntables by the end of the year,” says Atkin.
Matsumoto and Komarov met each other while working in a Manhattan-based recording studio. Always busy working on other people’s music, Vladimir and Atsuo recorded some instrumental improvisations during studio downtime, gathering enough material for a debut LP. Hence, their name The Dayoffs from constant lack of studio time for their own music.
The Dayoffs is a rock duo with an elastic, transparent and multilayered sound and catchy riffs and hooks due to some solid pop sensibilities. The band’s debut offering is sure to please fans of Teenage Fanclub, The Boo Radleys, Ash, Ultra Vivid Scene, and PUNK TV, which Dayoffs’ own Vladimir Komarov himself had founded.
Vladimir Komarov is a musician, sound producer, DJ, and journalist and otherwise known as a pioneer of Russian shoegaze and indietronica. While his Russian music projects Hot Zex and Punk TV became staples of the nascent Russian indie rock scene, they were also well-received abroad. Atsuo Matsumoto is a Japanese musician and sound engineer and, apart from The Dayoffs, he is a member of Andy Chase’s Camera2 band.
“This is a rock album. Speedy, noisy but lyrical as guitar as could be. We did this on purpose. It was like playing with old toys sweet, nostalgic and big fun. Maybe too sweet sometimes but I don’t mind. These songs came out of nowhere, uncalculated and with a lot of improvisation,” explains Vladimir Komarov
“It took us more than two years to complete this 30-minute record as we are perfectionists. Every time I listen to it, I have nothing Id like to add. This means that it is off the table and I’m very excited to know that our next record will follow different direction”.
02 Love Love Love
03 Bottled Rainwater
04 I Can’t Believe I’m Dead
05 Nobody Knows Her
06 Two Actors In A Cage
07 A Million Days
08 Next To Nothing
10 State Of Madness
Music by The Dayoffs
Lyrics for 1, 2, 7, 9 and 10 by Vladimir Komarov
Lyrics for 3, 4, 6 and 8 by Sergey Kiselyov
Lyrics for 5 by Kiselyov/ Komarov
Performed, recorded, mixed and produced by The Dayoffs at H148, NYC
Live drums by Sergey Ledovskiy, recorded by Ryan Christo at House of Boogaloo, Alameda, CA
Lead vocals on ‘I Can’t Believe I’m Dead’ by Sergey Kiselyov
Vocals on ”What’s that strange noise again?’ by Eva V. Komarov
Mastered by Yura Danilin at Gigant Recordings, Moscow
Artwork: Eva V. Komarov ‘Rose’ 2014, washable paints on paperboard 10,5 x 13,5 inches
Design by Konstantin Nikonov
Photos by Paul Takeuchi