A friend called me on the phone yesterday to go with him to the New Model Army show at Gagarin club – Athens.
Although I’ve seen them three times in the past, I finaly decided to go…
I knew the support band only by name: Mavro Kokkino (Black Red).
They play a nicely crafted post-punk style with Greek lyrics.
The band started around 10 and were welcomed by the audience as the guitar riffs of Stefanos Mitsis made obvious that this guy has something special.
Bass player Stathis Gyftopoulos was in a great day and to be honest, singer/guitar player Thodoris Sourvino’s voice, reminds me a bit of Sting’s when he was with the Police.
Drummer Dimitris Sarrimanolis was allright.
The band played a number of originals for about 40 minutes and were proved to be a good warm up.
You can find more about them here.
New Model Army pay Greece a visit every 3 years and every time they come, they cement the band’s reputation as one of the finest live acts in the world.
They went on stage around 11 o’clock and set the club on fire playing a set of their old material including brand new songs concerning the recent Wall Street crash.
Opening track: “Here Comes the War”.
In a few minutes, the audience of 400 followed Sullivan and his gang on a melodic trip through time as bass player Nelson, guitar player Marshall Gill and drummer Michael Dean did their best.
(Dean White looked a bit bored on the keyboards sometimes…but that’s ok)
All the classic N.M.A. tracks were on their playlist: “Poison Street”, “51st State”, “Frightened”, “Stupid Questions”, “Get Me Out”, “Purity” and a lot more.
With Sullivan stating (on last December’s incidents in Greece) that “these things should happen every now and then”, Hell was broken loose.
Wrong do: took me beer in the mosh pit.
Right do: dragged me mates with me in the mosh pit. (Hurts today, huh fuckers?)
When the 90 minutes set was over, the crowd called the band back for three more songs.
Last song to close the show: “I Love the World”.
53 years old Justin Sullivan still has it.
He is passionate but not as aggressive as he was in the past, which doesn’t spoil the fun though.
I also dare saying he looks younger too…(no need to thank me Justin)
In any case, he is a wonderful performer and be sure you’ll have a great time if you choose to attend to a New Model Army show.
Three shows have been confirmed in Germany for June and one in Poland for July.
More infos here.