Stinking Lizaveta Take a Genre-Bending ‘Journey to the Underworld’
Stinking Lizaveta got their name from a character in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s magnum opus The Brothers Karamazov. Mentally ill, homeless, pitied in spite of her stench and penchant for public nudity, she’s the classic village idiot, a marvelous vehicle for equal measures of comedy and tragedy. Nearly two centuries after Dostoevsky’s masterpiece, Stinking Lizaveta’s bewildering legacy lives on in a musical form thanks to this Philadelphia triad, who have spent the past 20 years perfecting a fervent, head-spinning sound that seamlessly splices doom, jazz, punk and avant-garde — not to mention touring with the likes of Fugazi, Corrosion of Conformity, Clutch and countless others.
Two decades after their formation, Stinking Lizaveta are preparing to release Journey to the Underworld, their most epic and innovative record to date. Arriving February 17 via Translation Loss, the LP finds the power trio — which consists of brothers Yanni and Alexi Papadopoulos (guitar and upright electric bass, respectively) and Cheshire Agusta (drums) — sending their amorphous sound through an inter-dimensional rift where the usual musical cornerstones (palatable time signatures, conventional key changes, accessible melodies) are rendered little more than rubble. Give a listen to its wrecking ball of a title track below.
Stinking Lizaveta’s new album, Journey to the Underworld, is out February 17 via Translation Loss. Pre-order it here.