No other rock group in Russia has exploded onto the music scene quite as rapidly as Louna, originally formed in 2008 by lead singer Lousine Gevorkian and bassist Vitaly Demidenko. After the release of their first EP, which lyrically focused on the many modern social problems that exist, they were quickly named the 2009 Best New Artist of the Year at the annual Russian Alternative Music Prize (RAMP) awards. The band released their first LP, Let's Get Louder in December of 2010, selling out every venue during their first national tour supporting the album. Two singles, "Fight Club" and "Let's Get Louder" reached #1 on the Russian radio charts, with "Fight Club" remaining in the Top 10 for a record-breaking 16 weeks and being named the 2011 Rock Song of the Year at the annual Nashe Awards (think the Russian Grammys). Along with this, Louna was nominated for Breakthrough Artist of the year. Their second album, The Time of X (released Feb. 2012) was nominated for Album of the Year at the Nashe Awards and at the 2013 awards ceremony held in February, Lousine was named the Russian Female Vocalist of the Year. Louna has since played every major festival throughout Russia on the main stage, and stadium shows to audiences of over 15,000 people in both Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Louna's reputation extends beyond their musicality to include the focus of their personal passions as found in their lyrics and actions. They are the most-commercially successful rock band of the modern protest movement (of which Pussy Riot has become the most internationally-renowned). They donated their song "The Time of X" to the White Album project raising funds for Pussy Riot's support and defense. MTV USA came to Moscow in October of 2012 and featured Louna in an upcoming documentary about the Russian protest movement called "Rebel Music", which will air in June. The band's first international release, Behind A Mask will be in-stores and available online April 30th, 2013 from Red Decade Records via Membran Entertainment Group/RED, and has been painstakingly adapted into English by American producer and lyricist Travis Leake (the SLoT). The album was mixed by renowned producer/engineer Dan Korneff (Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, My Chemical Romance, Paramore) and mastering duties were handled by the legendary Ted Jensen of Sterling Sound, New York.