Leningrad (Russian: Ленинград), also known as Gruppirovka Leningrad and Bandformirovanie Leningrad. is a popular Russian rock band from Saint Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), led by Sergey “Shnur” Shnurov. Composed of 14 members, the band was founded in the late 1990s. Leningrad soon became notorious for vulgar lyrics (including lots of Russian mat) and celebration of alcoholism, which were also the main reasons most radio stations initially avoided the band. This did not stop Leningrad’s growing popularity, partly because of the rich brass sound. As Shnurov said himself: “Our songs are just about the good sides of life: vodka and girls that is.”