On Saturday 13 April New Zero God will enter the stage of Lost N Found to present tracks from their new album “Circus of Tortured Melodies” as well as tracks from their previous releases.
The band returns to the electric sound after a period of eight months that was touring playing a special acoustic set.
This time, Yiannis Drenoyiannis, guitar player of legendary Greek post-punk bands Anti Troppau Council and Yeah!, will join them on stage as special guest for a number of songs.
Singer/songwriter Mike Pougounas started as the front man of the Greek band The Flowers of Romance, from 1981 to 1998.
From 1999 to 2005 he was the leader of the band Nexus and the owner of indie record label Cyberdelia Records from 2000 to 2005.
Pic by Elias Moraitis
In 2006 he formed New Zero God along with former bandmates from Flowers of Romance, and Nexus.
The band, went through several line-up changes with Pougounas being the sole consistent member, touring Greece and Italy.
To the list of the band names Sisters of Mercy, The Mission and New Model Army that Pougounas supported with his previous bands, now Christian Death, The Legendary Pink Dots and Andi Sex Gang were added.
The first New Zero God album titled “Fun Is A Four Letter Word” came out in 2010 and a year later, the track “Kiss the Witch” taken from the album reached the top 10 of the British magazine Terrorizer for two months
By the same year, Mike Pougounas joined a number of English, American and South African musicians to record a cover version of David Bowie’s “Everyone Says Hi” aiming to raise awareness for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation (SOPHIE).
He also started hosting “The Blackout Radio Show with Mike Pougounas” that would go on air through American FM radio stations and Canadian and English UK web radios presenting new releases of underground artists and holding interviews with international musicians.
By December 2011, New Zero God released the digital single “Second Chance” in collaboration with international musicians, under the moniker New Zero God & Friends, donating all proceeds of the song to a Massachusetts based organization called HAWC (Healing Abuse, Working for Change).
The single spent all January and half of February 2012 at first place on CD Baby.
Other tracks of the band are featured on compilations such the one of British magazine Devolution, the British compilation “The Blackout Cryptology“, the German compilation “Gothic Vision III“, the compilation of the American music magazine “Lollipop” and many others.
On the 4th of July 2012, the British indie label Secret Sin Records released on CD New Zero God’s mini album “Club Bizarre” and on September 28, the band did some shooting for “Athens Drift” a movie by British film director Paul Druce, with Mike Pougounas holding a small role as a street philosopher.
On the dawn of the new year, Secret Sin Records released in the UK, the New Zero God album “MMXIII” and on March 25 New Zero God released digitally the single “The Night Calls Your Name” donating again all proceeds of the song, this time to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation (S.O.P.H.I.E.).
At the peak of a period of economic decline for Greece, Mike Pougounas founded in August 2013, the “Greek Underground Scene” in order to bring the Greek underground bands together and promote solidarity festivals for Greek foundations that help people in need.
“Greek Underground Scene” released two digital compilations for free download through Bandcamp and put together a festival gathering money for medicines the cover the needs of the Metropolitan Social Clinic.
The 7” single “Destination Unknown / Forever Today” came out in December 2013 through Surgut Resort Records and by February 2014 the Greek edition of “MMXIII” comes out.
Pic by Elias Moraitis
More tracks by the band appear on international compilations: “Voices from Mislealia Vol. 1” in Italy, “Dark Secrets” in the UK and the compilation “For The Bats Vol. 2” intended to support financially the Australian foundation Tolga Bat Hospital.
April 2015 finds New Zero God playing live in Italy, supported by an Italian band that took their name from a New Zero God track: Dead Inside.
On June 8 the five track mini album “Zona Pericolosa” recorded live in Italy, is available on Bandcamp for free download.
One more track of the band will find its way to an English compilation in October and on the 15th of March 2016 New Zero God will release the album “Short Tales & Tall Shadows” both on CD and on vinyl format (with some differences on the track list).
A 7” split single with Scottish band Savage Cut will be available in October, in Scotland and at the gigs of both bands. (Pougounas will write the lyrics and do the vocals for the track “Edo” on Savage Cut’s 2018 album “A Ricochet Off The Moon”)
The next New Zero God release is digital again. It’s the four track EP “Under the Influence of Captain Pan Ikatac” that came out on March 17.
The first signs of the forthcoming album “Circus of Tortured Melodies” can be traced here, as Pougounas starts writing a concept album about the source of modern neurosis that will be released in 2019.
In January 2018, the EP “Under the Influence of Captain Pan Ikatac” was released in the States as a cassette through the American label Custom Made Music.
New Zero God spent the whole year recording the new album and touring Greece with a special show with material from the albums that Pougounas released in the past, with The Flowers of Romance.
The band was invited by the Greek National tv Channel ERT 3 to record an exclusive live show featuring interviews that went on air five times through the whole year.
NEW ZERO GOD LINE-UP
- Mike Pougounas – Vocals, keyboards
- Babis Efthimiou – Drums, programming
- Akis Nikolaides – Guitars
- John Psimopoulos – Drums
- Μichalis Semertzoglou – Bass
“Circus of Tortured Melodies” came out on March 15 and is available on limited colored vinyl edition and as a digital download via the band’s page on Bandcamp.
The entrance that night will be free.
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