It might sound weird to those who have no idea about the Greek indie rock scene, but in some Greek cities an indie sound is in development lately.
One such city is Patras, that during the last years saw the band Raining Pleasure enjoying national acceptance.
Lots of bands emerged from this city soon after their success, following the same pop music style as Raining Pleasure.
Serpentine was one of them.
Serpentine was a band from the city of Patras that was formed in 2001 by three university students.
Influenced by the Brit pop groups of the ‘80’s and late ‘90’s, Thanasis Christodoulou –vocals, guitar, piano, Dimitris Markou – bass, b’ vox, and Yiannis Matsoukas – drums, managed to play a few gigs and release a 4 track EP titled “City Closed for Now”.
In 2002 their track, ”Thrown Away”, was featured in the compilation “Mad Athens Presents Pop Scene 01“, and about a year later the same song was again featured in the compilation “Patras Sound System” along with one more song of theirs, titled “Getting Better”.
They opened for Giardini di Miro, Lanterna, Michael Gira and I was lucky enough t see them on stage and have a good time with their tracks.
To me they sounded a lot like the early Echo & the Bunnymen that night.
Their EP “City Closed For Now” was given away for free in February 2007, and it featured the same titled track, “The Pray”, “Word of Μouth” and “Midnight Runaway Special”.
The band decided to call it a day in March 2007 and the members joined other local bands:
Christodoulou formed the band The Surprising Reaction of Victor Lazlo, Markou joined Abbie Gale and Matsoukas is playing with My Wet Calvin.
Here are a couple of vids of the above mentioned bands: