Vezhlivy Otkaz (meaning "polite refusal") in English was formed in 1985 with a then-popular reggae/ska blend. Since then, they have gone through numerous stylistic changes. "In fact," says guitarist/vocalist Roman Suslov, "we've always aimed at creating orchestral music, but guitars, piano and drums (and violin and trumpet) are the only instruments we have."
Suslov says "People usually label us as post-modernist, but we are not. All of our songs bear very little irony and are based on real-life experiences, I'd rather call our work 'naturalism'."