Far away from Athens and a long way from the city of Thessaloniki, one more band showed up.
In the city of Ptolemaida, in Northern Greece, Ipogeia Trohia (engl. Underground Orbit
ελλ. Υπογεια Τροχια) were formed in 1984.
The main core of the band were Mikos Tripsanis on bass and sax, Sakis Tsiggenis on the vocals and drummer Costas Nikolaides.
Several people passed from the position of the guitar player, Haris Gagas, Minas Ginos, Dimitris Plakas.
Their sound was post punk with Greek lyrics close enough to Birthday Party’s one.
Initialy they released a cassette in 1988 but their debut album was released in 1990 titled
“Ipogeia Trohia” throught Nate Starkman & Son.
The band started performing live in Thessaloniki and Athens, creating a number of followers
before they leave to play live in a school for deaf children in Bordeaux-France for a charity festival.
They also started releasing a very nice fanzine titled “Vromia” (engl. Dirt ελλ. Βρωμιά)
with news from the american and the Yugoslavian underground rock scene.
(One of them was studying in Yugoslavia…)
During 1991, Fifth Dimmension Records (the record label that released the Dirty Saints matterial) released
a compilation video cassette with Greek bands, titled “The Opticoacousthc Bomb” featuring
also Ipogeia Trohia.
Ipogeia Trohia participated also in two more vinyl compilations, during 1994, “Magiko Votani” and “Kato apo ton Porfiro Ilio”.
Their next release was the CD album “Simadia Ton Keron” (engl. Sign of Times ελλ. Σημάδια Των Καιρών)
during 1995, with Stavros Tsiggenis on the keyboards as a slight line up change.
Their fanzine kept on getting published and helping bands from the area of Balkans to distribute
their releases through the mail order of “Vromia”.
“Katantia” (from the “Simadia Ton Keron” album) was featured in the compilation of Pop & Rock Magazine “Underground 97”.
With the release of their last album in 1998, titled “Ke pali emis” (engl. Its us again ελλ. Και Πάλι Εμείς) they appeared
also for the last time in one more Pop & Rock mag. compilation, “Underground 98”.
Ipogeia Trohia didn’t manage only to have all these releases coming out, something difficult for a band
coming from such a small town, but also worked through their fanzine to help others too.
I never heared if they split but I asume, more than 10 years have passed since their last release, so the band must, unfortunately, be active no more.