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Theatre Of Hate ‘Westworld’ 30th Anniversary Shows

Bristol The Fleece on Wednesday 9th May.
Ticket link : http://tinyurl.com/c68q2tj

London O2 Academy Islington on Thursday 10th May.
Ticket link : http://tinyurl.com/7w72lv2

Crewe Westworld Weekend –X @ The Box on Saturday 12th May.
Ticket link : http://tinyurl.com/cordu5n

** as part of the WESTWORLD WEEKEND – X
fri 11th May CREWE THE BOX – SPEAR OF DESTINY LIVE

 

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Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Concerts / Performances

 

The Talks

The Talks began life in the summer of 2006 in the city at the end of the M62 – Hull, in the Yorkshire region of the UK. Their very first demo ‘Teachers‘ received the attention of Hull’s very own song-meister Paul Heaton from the Beautiful South who placed it in the top 10 list for his radio show at the time. The band very quickly got themselves out on the road, travelling the length and bredth of the UK, regulary visiting some of their favourite venues including Alan McGees Death Disco in Nottinghill, Sawyers in Kettering featured in their ‘entertaining’ on tour video of 2007 and The Sesh which was their debut gig and ever favourite hometown show.

The band gathered momentum and while continuing with the touring circus found time to begin recording, initally at the Chapel studios in Lincolnshire with Arctic Monkey’s engineer Ewan Davis who taught the band a lot about their sound and harnessing it in the studio.

At the same time the band were invited on the road by The Beat and Neville Staple of the Specials exposing them to much bigger audiences and shows than they had done before. The band grew to playing bigger venues with a new found confidence. “We always felt too small a unit to manage these” iain once said. There was no room for such modesty on this tour however. Esteemed members of their audience included Phil Jupitus who enthused that “It is good to see that the light still shines bright for music on the Jewel of the Humber” and band icon Mick Jones of the Clash who they were honoured to meet backstage after playing Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

In 2007 the band were also invited along to play the BBC’s introducing stage at Leeds Festival and the same year also appeared at the Glastonbury Festival. One classic festival experience saw the the band trudging for 2 miles across the Glastonbury site, covered in mud only to be heckled by Keith Allan once they reached their stage. Despite their aching legs the band enjoyed a brilliant gig.

The band continued to tour and even ventured into Eatern Europe. The tour quickly ran into financial trouble however with the help of a drunken tour manager who failed to mention that the ‘riders’ the band were drinking were to be payed for out of their earnings. The tour never the less successfully brought the band to a completely new audience.

The Talks once again returned to the UK and in 2008 released their first single, “Picture This“. The song was stylistically, more indie than some of their other material and did not necessarily highlight their ska/reggae roots (which may have resulted in some misleading ‘pigeon-holing’ of the band). However the single did receive many good reviews and a considerable amount of airplay. It is also a sing-along favourite at gigs due to its anthemic chorus. Nowhere was this better demonstrated than at the Freedom Festival in Hull’s Queens Gardens in the summer of 2008 as Pat enlisted the vocal talent of the 8000 strong audience in a rousing chant of “I don’t know if you’re judging me again, I don’t care can we just start over again...”. The gig was in association with ‘Love Music, Hate Racism‘ with whom the band have built up a strong relationship over the years and for whom they have performed on several occassions.

Following on from this the Talks were asked to play with Rancid by Tim Armstrong himself! To quote Pat – “Rancid are one of our favourite bands, we couldn’t believe it!

The Talks then embarked upon the recording of their debut album “Live now, Pay later” which by their own admission took a while as they were now recording in their own studio. As many perfectionist artists have discovered, this means that everything takes longer! “We kept thinking we could do it better and ended up recording the album 3 times at least, big mistake” Pat said. While this was happening the band continued with dates here and there, joining the Toasters on their tour of the UK. Then the inconceivable happened, The Specials reformed and asked the Talks to join them on the first part of their tour. Pat said “It was unreal to see, but to be invited to play as well was amazing. I must admit though we were keen to get off to get them on, and the audience probably thought the same too.” The second show went even better and the Talks gave a special thanks to long term supporter of the band, the legendary Neville Staple lead singer with The Specials.

The album finally came out in February 2011 with a few UK dates to support it . Upon returning from the tour the band immediately returned to the studio with the recording bug in their system. Spurred on after hearing some trad ska at their Northampton show, they decided to record another single, this time in a completely different vein. “We used double bass, piano, hammond and lots of brass. The aim was to attempt to figure out what made ska music great and pay tribute to a style of music the band loved“.
The product of this is “Cant stand the rain” with bside “why did you bring it up” released on 20th June 2011. This is the third release by the Talks to come out on their own label “All Our Own Records“.

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2012 in Music

 

Bow Wow Wow – “I Want Candy” – Fibbers, York, 25th April 2012

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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Concerts / Performances

 

Partly Faithful

This morning, I watched the official video of  “Partly Faithful“,  Ed Banshee’s new band.

It’s afternoon and still I can’t stop listening to it.

Ed Banshee was the front man of Screaming Banshee Aircrew (read more about them on Chris Tuke’s interview HERE) and Partly Faithful is his new post-punk/goth band and this is their debut release.

The band members:

Ed Banshee – vocals

Gemma Thompson – guitar

Chris Brown – bass

Belle Star – drums

By their own words: Partly Faithful are a minimal post-punk band formed from the darkest corners of Hoxton who have recently supported O.Children, Chapman Family and Cold In Berlin. Described by Artrocker as “the bastard offspring of Bauhaus and the Bad Seeds“.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Goth, etc., New Wave / Dark Wave

 

Strummer Of Love

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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Concerts / Performances

 

Nanoi Release Their New Mini Album – Five Boxes

Mylos Club, photo by Kostas Katsavounidis

Nanoi is a music collective based in Thessaloniki, Greece. They play a mixture of experimental and indie rock and have released three albums:  Linguafon (2000),  Nanodrive (2005), and Five Boxes (2012).

Formed in 1993, Nanoi’s first line up consisted of Panos Nanos (guitar), Andreas Nanos (bass), and Alexis Nanos (drums). A year later Evanthia Sofronidou and Suzy Beza joined as vocalists. In 1997 Suzy left the band and in 1998 Eucalyptus (Noise Promotion Company) joined on guitars.  They recorded their first album, Linguafon, in 1999 and released it in 2000.  In 2001 Evanthia left the band and Simos Nanos (Citizen Kane) joined as lead vocalist.  Eucalyptus left the band in 2003 and Simos Nanos took over guitar duties. 

Nanoi recorded their second album, Nanodrive, in 2005 with George Bandoek (Noise Promotion Company, Blues Wire, Thanassis Papakonstantinou) as a guest guitarist. Andreas Nanos left the band in 2007 and Kostas Hassiotis (Nasa Funk, Alexandros Perros and the Lonestars) replaced him. The same year Christina Nanou joined in as vocalist and in 2009 Asklipios Zabetas (Mushrooms, Trypes, Ghetto) joined in as lead guitarist.

Current line up:

  • Simos Nanos:  Vocals, Guitar
  • Panos Nanos:  Guitar
  • Asklipios Zabetas:  Guitar
  • Kostas Hassiotis:  Bass, Vocals
  • Alexis Nanos:  Drums

Guests at Live Performances:

  • Mihalis Vrettas:  Violin
  • Yannis Marinos: Trombone
  • Semeli Tagara:  Vocals

Download their wonderful new album, “Five Boxes”, for free from their site, HERE.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Music, New Wave / Dark Wave

 

Athens New Rock Eclipse Festival

Exactly one month into the vernal equinox the Athens New Rock Eclipse Festival will be held at Kyttaro Live Club in Athens, Greece, on Friday, the 20th of April 2012.

The stage will be an explosion of well-known talents, with performances by NEW ZERO GODTHE ILLUSION FADES, and COMMON SENSE.  Opening act will be STRAWBERRY STREET and DJ set by SIR DEMIAN

Athens New Rock Eclipse Festival - Kyttaro - 20 April 2012 - Feat. NEW ZERO GOD, THE ILLUSION FADES, COMMON SENSE.  Opening Act:  STRAWBERRY STREET.  DJ Set:  Sir Demian.

ABOUT THE BANDS:

New Zero God

New Zero God was formed in March 2006 by former members of “The Flowers Of Romance” and “Nexus”.  The group consists of experienced musicians who have been quite active in the Greek music scene, some of whom date back with discographies starting in the late 80’s.

Their debut album, “Fun Is A Four Letter Word”, contains 12 guitarist songs that are effortlessly defined within the post punk, dark wave, and goth genres.  New Zero God’s twelve, live in-the-studio jam sessions were conceived with a view of a live performance, a style that moved the group from today’s common scene and elevated them to a form of originality long forgotten.  The aim was achieved and the result is an album full of energy and soul that is heard hard! 

New Zero God

Live appearances by New Zero God are proportional to their debut album, with powerful performances of new material woven between their released tracks.  In addition to today’s music, they also play pieces from their Flowers Of Romance and Nexus days, all of which have withstood the test of time and are still audience favorites.  

They have performed in various clubs and musical scenes within Greece, including their appearances in the 1st Festival [Ermoypolis] and in the Block 33 Local Delights Festival in Thessaloniki.  New Zero God’s first few footsteps included opening for the concerts of The Legendary Pink Dots and Christian Death.

After recent circulations in Greece and abroad, the album has received great criticisms from the musical press and radio.  They have been found in radio charts in England for the months of June and July of 2011.  New Zero God interviews were also circulated in the English magazines Terrorizer (Dominion – July 2011) and Devolution (with inclusion in their magazine’s collaborative CD – August 2011), as well as American magazines Muen (January 2011) and Carpe Nocturne (September 2011).  In May 2011, New Zero God singer, Mike Pougounas, participated in the charitable song for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation (S.O.P.H.I.E.) in collaboration with members from English and American groups, which was also the official Gothic anthem for World Goth Day in Great Britain for 2011.  On October 14, 2011, “Lap of the Universe” was included in the German collection Gothic Visions III

The start of the new year found New Zero God in the number one spot on the Goth and Glam charts of the USA’s CD Baby for an entire month with their charity fundraising song, “Second Chance“.  All proceeds from this track benefit H.A.W.C., a Massachusetts-based organization which assists those in abusive relationships.  Fellow contributing artists hailed from England, Germany, Spain, South Africa, and the U.S.A.  More information on this release and how YOU can effortlessly contribute can be found, HERE

An overwhelming support has been shown by the international community and you can constantly find New Zero God’s songs in rotation on many radio broadcasts from the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, and the United States, to name but a few. 

New Zero God is:

  • Mike Pougounas – Vocals
  • Dimitris Steves – Drums
  • Michael Christou – Guitars
  • Harris Stavrakas – Bass

More information on New Zero God can be found at: MySpace | Facebook | Reverbnation

The Illusion Fades

The Illusion Fades is characterized by an atmospheric and simultaneously dynamic sound. The group is recognizable by many for their particular type of music.  Formed in 1990 by guitarist and singer George Dedes, their first release was the single “Valentine” in 1993, followed immediately by their debut album, “The Illusion Fades”  Thus began the start of live appearances, including a show with Gun Club at Rodon Club

Their 1997 release “Shadowlove” made the band known not only within their country, but also outside the borders of Greece.  The year 1999 marked their third release, “In The Arms Of An Angel“.  The next recording of The Illusion Fades, titled, “In Black” was released through their personal company ‘Angel‘ in 2003, and had exceptional critics from both the Greek and international press and was awarded ‘Release of the Month‘ by Metal Hammer Magazine.

The Illusion Fades

Psycho Burn“, released in 2006, was a dynamic album and included a video of the track “Dead White Snow“.  This period of 2006-2007 proved to be a decisive period for the band, with each live Athenian appearance moving the band into bigger and better venues.  An important moment for The Illusion Fades came in 2007 when they performed in the international Gothic Rock – Metal Festival WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN (WGT) on the main stage “Agra”.  The festival was held on 25-26-27-28 May 2007 in Leipzig, Germany.

In 2009, after certain appreciable support appearances next to international bands such as Lacrimas Profundere, Star Industry, The Damned, London After Midnight, and The 69 Eyes, an appearance on Gothic Magazine‘s compilation CD, The Illusion Fades released their sixth CD, “Killing Ages”.  This was released by German company PANDAIMONIUM and included exclusive attendances of Jan Kenneth Barkved (Elusive) and Tristessa (Astarte).  Critics from the Greek and international press were particularly positive. The song, “The Cristmas Song” reached #3 and #7 on the Global Gothic Chart, and The illusion Fades was selected as band of month, while “Full of Fire” from the previous band’s release (Psycho Burn) reached #2.

Immediately afterwards they released their video, “13th Day“, and quickly moved into 2010 with the soundtrack for the American cult cinematographic film of Joe Barbarisi, “Flowers for the Dead“.  Their track, “The Christmas Song” appears in the closing titles of Spanish order of mystery of Cesar De NicolasEl Otro Lado – The Other Side“.  During 2011 and 2012, The Illusion Fades continued with live performances, much to the delight of their eager fans.

The Illusion Fades is:

  • George Dedes – Vocals, Music, Lyrics
  • Akis – Guitars
  • Andreas – Bass
  • Bill – Drums
  • Ion – Keyboards

More information on The Illusion Fades can be found at:  MySpace | Facebook | Reverbnation

Common Sense, created in 1990, released their single, “Grotesque” in 1993 and their debut album, “Sun Comes Up” in 1996.  Both releases were very well-received by critics and by fans of the independent Greek scene.  Since then, they have performed with many Greek groups, as well as opening for concerts by Dodgy, Giant Sand, and Tindersticks

In January 2000 “Sun Comes Up” was included in the Pop + Rock Magazine list of the best Greek rock albums of the 1970-2000 period.

Common SenseIn May 2006 the band recorded the demo song, “Time Stood Still“, which was released on Dimitris Papaspyropoulos’ compilation, “One Dream Closer” by EMI/Sony BMG.  In March 2007 they played with Marc Almond and participated in the SoundWave contest, where they were voted as Critics Choice #1.  This led them to support Echo & The Bunnymen and the Indigos at the Cavern Club of Liverpool.  

In November of 2007, three Common Sense tracks were featured in “The Apple in your Head“, a film by Angelos Spartalis, which was presented at the 48th Thessaloniki International Film Festival.

Angelos Spartalis’ next movie, “The Snow-White Syndrome”, which was awarded two prizes at the 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival in November 2008, also featured three Common Sense songs, as well as one by Silent Sorrows, the side-project of Nikos and Tatiana.

In 2009 they released their limited edition EP “Time Stood Still“, from The Sound of Everything, and are currently working on their forthcoming release, “Sunset“.

Common Sense are:

  • Tatiana Stavroulaki – Vocals
  • Christos Zoumpas – Guitar
  • Nikos Fokas – Keyboards
  • Afroditi Riga – Bass
  • George Karanikolaou – Drums

More information on Common Sense can be found at:  MySpace | Facebook

Strawberry Street

Strawberry Street is an alternative/art rock group with a home-base in Athens, Greece.  

Created in 2006 by Thanos Liberopoulos (Vocals, Keyboards) and Giorgos Grammozis (Vocals, Guitar), they wanted to put their disparate and refuted influences into spectrum rock. 

Strawberry StreetFrom the punk theatricality of the Dead Kennedys to the pop noise of Nirvana, and from the progressive aesthetics of Pink Floyd to the retro harmonies of The Beach Boys, they speak the accomplished truth. 

They thus took their name from an unpublished song by Jeff Buckley and created a fascinating mix where each song has differing and unique points of view. 

Along with the two other Strawberries, Major Dimitris Filippou joined on drums, Professor Giannis Tavlas on bass (as well as their sound engineer), and Giannis Dimas rounded up the lineup on keyboards.

Moving among the British indie rock and the U.S. pop-rock of the 90’s, with many progressive rock, electro, and jazz influences, Strawberry Street combines emotion and experiment in short radio songs without losing their character.

Today they’re recording their first full-length album at their own studio. 

Strawberry Street is:

  • Thanos Liberopoulos – Vocals, Keyboards
  • Giorgos Grammozis – Vocals, Guitar
  • Dimitris Filippou – Drums
  • Giannis Tavlas – Bass, Sound Engineer
  • Giannis Dimas – Keyboards

More information on Strawberry Street can be found at:  MySpace | Reverbnation

THE VENUE:

Kyttaro Live

KYTTARO LIVE

Address:  Ipirou 48 & Acharnon, Athens

Telephone: 210.822.4134 | 210.882.2460

Maps, Directions, and Parking – HERE

Official Site – HERE

ATHENS NEW ROCK ECLIPSE FESTIVAL:  FRIDAY, 20 APRIL 2012