From an early age I found that when referring to music, the phrase “Lost Tapes” had a certain pull to it. The two words together embodies my fascination with both music and history and I would find myself obsessing over the backstory of the music’s journey. I’ve always tried to assess music on just the music alone, but I am not the first to admit that sometimes the music’s backstory can make a song that much more amazing. The story of Rodion G.A. is that of genius, oppression and overall…a style of music all its own.
Their music is raw, distorted, complex, lively and very phaser happy. At the music’s very core its rock, but the electronic elements incorporated into the groups tracks takes on a life of its own. Building and tweaking their amps and gear to perfection, Rodion G.A. had successfully developed a one of a kind sound that has remained unique to this very day.
Rewind 34 years to the country of Romania in the city of Cluj where a man by the name of Rodion Rosca started his epic musical journey. Known to his friends as “The King of Records”, Rosca collected an extensive collection of rock records from both the Western and Eastern hemisphere, immersing himself in the genre completely and drawing from countless influences that would help in developing his own unique style. Rosca formed Rodion G.A. after recruiting members Gicu Farcas and Adrian Capraru to help him in his musical endeavors. Recording everything himself, Rosca built his own sound from the bottom up by using reel-to-reel recording along with a number of Tesla tape recorders that he built himself and toy organs hooked up to various effect pedals. His means of making music were unlike anything seen at that time. This raw, alien noise he managed to create kept Rodion G.A. out of the mainstream and with only one active record company functioning within the country, Rodion G.A. was only managed to record and release a handful of their songs.
For Rodion G.A., finding gigs became increasingly difficult as the oppressive Ceausescu regime of Romania continuously increased cultural restrictions and being behind the Iron Curtain, anti-western sentiment was enforced, making it difficult for rock loving musicians like Rosca and his band to play anything that resembled the Beetles or Led Zeppelin. Rodion G.A. was still able to perform at different summer festivals and events but had to remain ever cautious of what they would be playing for inspectors could show up at any show and shut them down if they did not approve of what they saw.
Rodion G.A. received some intense, but brief exposure over Romanian Radio for a period of several weeks in the 70’s and was even at the top of the Romanian charts for a while but eventually fell from public view. In 1987, Rodion Rosca walked away from music forever following the death of his mother.
In a fantastic effort to unearth Romania’s musical past, the group Future Nuggets and Strut Records have reached out to Rodion Rosca and are proud to bring you Rodion G.A. – The Lost Tapes, a 10 track album that offers a one of a kind glimpse into the raw and bold sound of a group who’s artistic endeavors provided them with an escape from the tense political atmosphere they were forced to live under. Their sound lies years ahead of its time and despite their lack of access to unique, cutting edge musical hardware, Rosca and his group made due with what they had. Their dedication to their sonic possibilities is what birthed this sound that is truly unlike any rock album I have ever heard.
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