As I mentioned previously, the Greek rock scene really blossomed during the 90s. There were lots of good bands and of course…lots of not so good ones. The success of the band Trypes (engl. Holes) in the Greek market was massive and the major labels began signing bands and releasing albums by numbers. As the labels started signing every good or bad band, the Greek audience found out that there was a Greek rock scene. As a joke, this massive signing was called “to megalo paidomazoma” (the great mass snatching of children).
During 1990, two schoolmates, Panos Christoforou and Dimitris (Sidheog) Stevis formed the dark wave band, The Drops. Soon they were joined by singer Stratos Theologitis and started auditions for a guitar player.
With the addition of Nikos Sebekopoulos, the band really took off. Their sound was close enough to the Cure, the Smiths, and the Sound. Theologitis was singing in English and Sebekopoulos’ guitars were strongly influenced by the English band, Bauhaus. Since they were based in Piraeus, most of their gigs were in their area with a few gigs in Athens, as well. The band had just a couple of gigs in the countryside before having their first release, the 7″ single “Fatal Fall” in 1994.
The driving beat and the dreamy atmosphere of “Fatal Fall” was a very promising release and gave a boost to the band. They participated in the Side Line CD compilation from Belgium with the song “Heavenly Curse” and about a year later they released the vinyl album “Suicide in Heaven“. For some reason which I am not in the position to know, Stevis left the Drops about a year later and joined the band Cabin Fever.
Christoforou and Theologitis continued playing with different drummers and guitar players (Sebekopoulos also left the band) until 2004 without any further releases.
During the last years of their existence they were writing songs in Greek.
- Theologitis, Christoforou and Stevis were the band playing in another album. Using nicknames, they wrote and performed all the music for a vinyl album which will not be named here on this blog (EVER), and was released in 1994.
- P. Christoforou is presently a member of the band Magic De Spell.
- Nick Sebekopoulos plays the guitars for the gothic act Ding An Sigh.
- Dimitris “Sidheog” Stevis joined the industrial goth band Nexus, with whom he released 4 albums and since 2005 he is the co-founder of the post punk band New Zero God.
Link to the band here: