It's been quite a long time since "Gramercy" release and now the new Olive Mess album "Cherdak" is out on Italian prog-rock label "Mellow Records". New album consists of 4 tracks (1 is fully instrumental).
Tracks information can be found here or on our MySpace.com page
Baltic Prog Fest 2008 - 28.06.2008
While we are waiting the new album to be released, Olive Mess will perform on Baltic Prog Fest 2008 in Lithuania.
We are very glad to announce that all new album works are complete now. Working title is "Cherdak". Album will consist of 4 tracks:
2. Ovum Mechanicus
Now we are in searches for a new label.
BalticProgFest - 26.07.2007
Interesting music event, Baltic Prog Fest will take place 27-28 July 2007 near Kernave, Lithuania.
From Latvia this time will participate our friends, prog-monsters "Holy Lamb" and also "Kostarev Group" from Russia.
Dear friends, we are glad to inform you that we are progressive and modern band now! :) We've reached miracles of IT tehnologies and now Olive Mess is registered at www.myspace.com. There you can find 4 our "Gramercy" tracks.
We'll be glad if you'll rate us!
Our link is http://myspace.com/olivemess.
Sergey Syomin's 50 years! - 18.05.2007
Today we are extremely glad to congratulate our fantastic lute player and great composer - Sergey Syomin (also known as Aleksey's father) with 50 year's anniversary! A lot of concerts, newpieces of music and great health!
Radio interview - 10.02.2007
This Sunday at 22:07 (GMT+2) Olive Mess guitarist Alexey Syomin will give an interview for a Holland's "Radio Heemskerk" live. The radio DJ Mark Deren interviewed a lot of rock monsters (Annie Haslam, Steve Hillage, Patrick Moraz, Billy Cobhan, David Cross etc). So, it's a great hounor for us.
Our track from Gramercy album which is called "1572 part II" was included in the "Music for people" album.
It is a bonus for "Autozvuk" magazine and includes 16 bands beside Olive Mess, such as EXIT Project, Disen Gage, Gvozdodor Gospoda and others. This magazine is a 50000 copies edition , so buy it and enjoy.
Alexey - 20.11.2006
Today is Alexey Syomin's birthday! We wish you luck, love and work success.
Happy Birthday Olive Mess - 02.11.2006
8 years ago, at this day 3 young pals have came at their first rehearsal, and after 5 month they had their first concert and the band name - Olive Mess! Hope you are enjoying our music and we are glad to play for you.
News - 30.10.2006
Good friends and honoured gentlefolk! We have two great news for you:
First of all we with great pleasure congratulate our great friend and drummer Edgar with his birthday. Many concerts, great health and all the best!!!
Within last month we have made some demo recordings during our rehearsals of a new album, that we are hopping to record this winter. We think that this new songs are composed in the same style that our previous album, but more balanced, so we hope that you'll like them.
Another wedding - 12.08.2006
We are glad to inform you that another Olive Mess member - Alexey Syomin got married with his love Larisa. Congratulations!
Free!Music Project - 10.08.2006
From this day you can use Olive Mess tracks from Gramercy 2002 which you can download from http://freemusic.org.ru in the correspondence with Free!Musicdeclaration and use it for free (except things which praises racism, religion, intolerance, depravity and so on).
The only rule is to indicate that Olive Mess band is the author of this music and indicate web address www.olivemess.com and e-mail email@example.com.
Wedding - 15.07.2006
We are glad to inform you that our Drummonster Ed, also known as Edgar Kempish, got married this weekend with his beautiful and only love in his life - Jana. We wish you many children, happy strong family and many years of peacefull life!
Proguary 2005 DVD. - 17.06.2006
Here are some articles dedicated to the Proguary 2006 (in russian):
At last Proguary 2005 DVD is available. The whole 2 DVD disks whith nice cover and great contents inside.
We have wonderful news for art/prog-rock fans! First Latvian annual art-rock festival will take place in Riga, on June 17th at 18:00 in LOEK (Skolas 6). Olive Mess with other three exellent Latvian bands will play on the festival.
The oppeners - interesting Cat's Cradle.
Then Olive Mess will take place on the scene.
The third band is unbelivable Margaritas Ante Porcos.
And the last - veterans of Latvian art-rock - Holy Lamb.
We are waiting all of art-rockers and all of the people who are interested in such kind of music, and we'll be honored to play for you. Take your brothers and sisters, boyfriends and girlfriends, wifes and housbands, parents and grandparents, friends and all people who you know.
You'll be able not only listen music, but to visit great photo exibition of young talented photografs Andrey Korolev and Inara Preis. The exibition will take place in hall of LOEK.
During the concert a few competitions with prizes will take place and also you will be able to buy posters, CDs and even "Proguary 2005" DVD.
Happy New Year! — 31.12.2005
Olive Mess wishes Happy New Year to all music lovers!
"InProg'2005" — 15.05.2005
We are glad to inform you that we are invited to the Moscow 4th international festival of intelectual music "InProg'2005" (14-15.05).
The festival is organized by the 'InRock' magazine.
This event will take place in 'Apelsin club'
(metro Krasnopresnenskaya, Malaya Gruzinskaya st., 15, Moscow).
Samla Mammas Manna
Tickets: 500 RUB. per each day; 700 RUB. VIP per each day. (Approx. 18/26 USD).
You can order tickets here.
Olive Mess will open the sunday concert. See you there!
18:00 DK "Imanta", Anninmuizas bulvaris 29, Riga
16.02.2005 - "PROGUARY"
02.04.2005 the first Latvian art-rock festival "PROGUARY 2005"
will take place in the palace of culture "Imanta". Will perform: Hologram, Cat's
Cradle, Olive Mess, Margaritas Ante Porcos, Holy Lamb and guests from neighbour
Estonia - Contus Firmus. We are waiting for you!
Kuri Proge 2004 will once take place on Saturday, 31 July 2004, on the beautiful island of Hiiumaa, at the Manniliiva camp site (near the village of Kuri). Tickets are 300 kroon (about 19 euro, 24 dollars, 13 pounds), and you need to contact the festival organiser, Artur Siim, to reserve them (tickets are limited, so don't wait!).
List of bands scheduled to perform :
Contus Firmus (Estonia)
Perception Unit (Estonia)
Kantor Voy (Estonia)
Olive Mess (Latvia)
Gramercy by Michael Ezzo (from EXPOSE, issue 27, July 2003)
A Latvian friend of mine recently sent me this CD - lo and behold it winds up a course at the Exposé roundtable. Glad to partake !
There aren't many guitarists I have heard who play electric with nylon-string guitar technique. But the Syomin brothers in Olive Mess do just that.
They proffer a sweetly bright and cleansed timbre, a refreshment frorn the sludgey stuff out there, which frustrates any attempt to pick out
subtleties such as the drummer's cymbal work or the bass player's tonal quality. This clarity comprises one half of the group's style source,
one which is difficult to pin influences on. Ilze Paegle's singing is probably the second constituent to what gives Olive Mess a stamp of ingenuity.
Her voice is a tad startling at first meeting, but soon the ear warms to it, especially after fully absorbing the extent of her formidable abilities.
The whole band as weIl plies an understated kind of calling of clear and finely crafted melodic adventure, if at times somewhat sluggish in the drum department.
For some reason I am reminded in parts of that wonderful album Veci by the Czech group Combo FH.
Truly a delicacy that's out of step with the powerhouse music popular today, Gramercy helps to fill a gap that needs to be further explored.