Megztos Beretės ‎– Rusai Puola!

Beretė Records ‎– BR-01
Lathe Cut, 7", 45 RPM, Single Sided, Limited Edition


A1 Lietuvoje Pedofilijos Klano Nėra 1:22
A2 Rusai Puola 1:35
A3 Aš ♥ Mūsų Valdžią 1:48



Recorded live at Vėčiorka.
Limited to 30 copies. 10 copies cut in Russia, 20 copies cut in US.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BR-01 Megztos Beretės Rusai Puola!(3xFile, MP3, 320) Beretė Records BR-01 Lithuania 2016

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July 9, 2017
edited 3 months ago

i really like this release for the true remaining punk approach. this lathe sounds like total shit after just two spins, exact same thing one could expect buying a russian made lathe. the themes explored are really nice indeed, but for the themes alone one cannot praise this recording as today there are countless releases over the wide spectrum of styles with contemporary social actualities exposed. it is the first case in my life that i'm rating the digital file higher than the physical medium, such hopeless that cut is.
also without going into this difficult geopolitical analysis of eastern Europe, i can't help myself not to notice the incorrect, or rather unjust, logic or its absence in previous reviewers statement about the country's position being described as 'hysteria','paranoid' and 'stupidity'. only time will tell, whether the measures/precautions/propaganda was just unnecessary hysterical waste of resources or was it carefully calculated plan for these last two remaining Baltic tribes to survive AGAIN, as it has been happening many times in the span of the past millennium. not trying to create a shit storm over here, but one should never be so careless with such words, as history shows 9 times out of 10 shit like that is said by a damn fool.
i want this release on vinyl, it's a good release, stimulates thought, that's the most important thing.


January 8, 2017
Very powerful release I accidentally bumped into and immediately became fascinated by it. This is one of the most important punk records came out of Lithuania ever. Super political and sarcastic. Band name, titles, lyrics and even the artwork. Everything. Actually it's the most political Lithuanian band I can think of. I can only compare it with other Lithuanian bands who played in the late 80's and rock music was their protest against the Soviet regime back then, but anyway it's not exactly the same.
To the person who is far from Lithuanian political realities the band name, the songs and artwork won't say much so some things needs to be explained: "Megztos Beretės" (literally translates as "knitted berets") is an ironical name for paranoid Lithuanian nationalists who see and links all their and Lithuania problems to Russia and Kremlin (Lithuanian mass media making here a lot of effort too). This nickname came from the typical headgear of participant of political organization "Sąjūdis" in the '80s.
The first song "Lietuvoje Pedofilijos Klano Nėra" ("in Lithuania there is no clan of pedophiles") is a reference to the high-profile criminal case in Lithuania centering on a sexual molestation of the then four-year-old girl by the judges of Lithuanian court. Girls father Drąsius Kedys decided to took justice into his own hands after the case was being deliberately stonewalled. The Supreme Court of Lithuania after deaths of main suspects found them innocent and ruled this whole story as a sick imagination of girls father concluding that "in Lithuania there is no clan of pedophiles".
The second song "Rusai Puola!" ("Russians attacks!") perfectly sums up the current hysteria mixed with stupidity in Lithuania. The phrase "rusai puola!" is already a meme generated by the constant panic in the media about the imminent attack of Russians on Lithuania. "What about the current problems in Lithuania? Of course there is no problems when Russians attacks" - goes the lyrics.
Last song "Aš ♥ Mūsų Valdžią" ("I ♥ our government") - the title speaks for itself. The song just lists true facts happening right now for what we should "love" our government - for increased taxes, for unstoppable emigration and so on.
The front cover illustrating the greatest Lithuanian fear: Russians standing near the parliament of Lithuania made my day.
All in all: TOP release! Probably will be less interesting and important for those who are not Lithuanians and far from Lithuanian political realities, but really important for Lithuanian local scene.