Finding Stylianos Tsiritas

29 Jan

It was propably about five or six years ago when I was paying a visit to a friend of mine.
While we were having a coffee he took a look at his watch and said “damn, I am so late.
“I am going to a gig tonight”.
I asked him, what is all about.
He told me its about “a  Japanese band called Soto.”
I said I never heared of them and he replied that it is a noise/experimental Japanese band that
is always performing live wearing ceremonial masks.
“The rumor has it”  he said,  “they are members of the national Olympic team of Japan or Japanese embassadors…”

The news were all around Athens.
“Soto will play live at the Small Music Theater club…”
People were sending this message to each other by sms.

That night, the club was full of people.
Soto CDrs were sold at the entrance like hot chocolate coockies.
The band went on stage (always wearing their ceremonial masks) and performed their best noise stuff…
The audience went crazy.
They found it superb.

When the played their last tune of the playlist, they surprised everyone by taking off their masks.
That wasn’t any japanese band.
That was Stylianos Tsiritas and his band, Kopsokefali (engl. Cut heads ελλ. κοψωκέφαλοι).

Well, the prankster, Tsiritas, is a well known musician of the Greek underground.
He stated that he did it to show to the audience that “they attend to any foreign band without having a clue
about the band but they would never attend to a Greek band’s gig”.
I found it amazingly clever.
It was true and it was funny…

Stylianos Tsiritas

Stylianos Tsiritas

Tsiritas released a solo CD album titled “Ktiriologia” that would easily fit within your record collection next to a Nurse With Wound or some Residents’s album.
His band, Kopsokefali, supported (a real Japanese band this time…) Acid Mothers Temple in Athens.
Kopsokefali released a DIY CD full of noise/experimental avant garde rock’n’roll.
Members of this band were also members of the bands Postblue and Bayouda.

Tsiritas was also responsible for the compilation Civil Cinder Regalia – the AKOI series
where he participated with an other project of his, Trypanosoma.



Trypanosoma was actualy a duet, Stylianos Tsiritas and former member of Kopsokefali, Makis Papasimakopoulos. They were formed in 2004 and were influenced by Alan Vega.
By the same year, they supported Lydia Lunch in Athens.

Here is a video taken from a Party at the small music theatre- last season jam .2/07/08. The following musicians are performing: Anastasis Grivas (Owner of the club), Nikos Veliotis, Coti K, Thanos (Lost Bodies),
Celina Lage, Ilan Manouach, Meca-Orga, Stelios Tziritas and Joe Turnabene.


Posted by on January 29, 2009 in New Wave / Dark Wave



3 responses to “Finding Stylianos Tsiritas

  1. tapesgoneloose

    January 30, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    I’m going to use this story ad nauseam! I clearly have the same impression about people, at least about people from my “generation”…

    What ever happened to Postblue, by the way? Are they still around? They were one of the promising bands at a time that there was little going on (I mean, when all the Patras bands were still at bay or largely unknown). Do you happen to know what their relation to Sweetohm was, if any (I also want their recordings…)? They both released stuff on the Phase! label which, I guess, is a DIY label rather than an actual marketing scheme.

    Too many questions, but you’re putting yourselves in this position :).

  2. christos

    February 1, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    you should add that stelios first played for “feedbacking the grass” who participated in the compilation “wipe out presents 12 raw greek groups”. it was the reformed feedbacking the grass that became bayuda during the late nineties. keep up your great work!

  3. panole8riambos

    February 1, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Thank you for the comment Christos.
    I didn’t know that….


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