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Split Image – Exposed

Dead Scarlet Records recently released the first album of Split Image, named “exposure“.  Although new material is available, “exposure” includes 13 selected tracks. They were all written and composed during the 1982-1992 decade, but they weren’t recorded until 2010-2011.  Dark sounds and melodies describe personal life experiences, mirroring the band’s unique personal style.

Tracklist
01   Never Again
02   When the Spring Comes
03   Go Away
04   Unaware
05   Habeas Corpus
06   Darkness
07   Landed on Earth
08   In Better Days
09   A Wish as it Falls
10   Hesitation
11   Friday Night
12   City Hole
13   Exposure

Split Image was formed in late 1981 in Corfu, Greece, by George Scordilis. In 1983 they moved to Athens where they performed many shows at live music venues and concerts and, at that time, they were active participants in AETA, a collaboration of Greek bands. They were interviewed in 1984 on Argiris Zilos‘ radio show.  This led to a few proposals for an album release, as well as a co-operation with Virgin, which failed due to differing views between the group and the producer. The band stopped playing in 1989 because of various external factors and reasons.

The group was founded on the songwriting partnership of George (guitar, voice, programming) and Giannis (keyboards, backing voices, e-base), who, being the only remaining bandmate, continued rehearsing, recording, and performing at various parties into the early 1990’s.  He used their old material, with the help of sequencers, which gave the songs a classical touch with the added addition of an abundance of string and wind instruments.

Several inactive years followed, and then, in 2007, George and Giannis decided to revive their old material, along with some new ideas.  The band regrouped with three of the original members from the 80s:  George Scordilis (guitar-vocals), Giannis Charalambidis (ex Anypoforoi, keyboards, backing vocals), and Stathis Papandreou (ex Adiexodo, drums). They also added a fourth member, Eriana Tzaneli (bass guitar).

Since then they have performed at many live events at SinCity-7sins, After Dark, Camelot, and various other venues, as well as festivals such as Playhouse Gotique III & IV and Dark Days Festival I, II, & III. They have also supported British bands Faces of Sarah and Vendemian at Dada Club as well as Georgio ‘the dove’ Valentino featuring Blaine L. Reininger at 7sins.

The slightly differing musical influences of the members resulted in an atmospheric sound which could be called darkwave/early gothic with a classical musical influence.

Split Image “exposure” is currently available through the following locations:
Dark Side, Εμ. Μπενάκη 57, Εξάρχεια, 210 3848353
Dark Cell, Θεμιστοκλέους 84, Εξάρχεια, 210 3300017
Ars Nocturna, Ναβαρίνου 8, Αθήνα, 2111835524
Μούσες, Μιχ. Θεοτόκη 20, Κέρκυρα, 2661030708

More information on Split Image can be found at:  Official | YouTube | Facebook | MySpace

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Goth, etc.

 

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Background Noise Suppression

Background Noise Suppression is a four piece post punk act (I think now they are five…) formed at Thessaloniki during 2005.

I was lucky enough to see them playing live on stage and I was impressed by their show, and their music.

With a line up consisted by singer Kostas Karatzios, guitar player Elias Panagos, drummer George Xenos and bassist Kostas Kapetanakis they supported the English band New Model Army when they played at the city of  Thessaloniki in 2006.

By the same year, Background Noise Suppression  released their first single titled ‘Made Out Of Ocean’ and Johnny Papaioannou replaced Kostas Kapetanakis on the bass.

A year later, in 2007,  a different version of ‘Made Out Of Ocean’ was featured in the double CD compilation ‘Little People.. Big Noise’, released through the Greek indie label RunDevilRun.

While the band was recording their first album, RunDevilRun  announced that the label would be put on hold for as long as it takes.

With their album fully recorded, Background Noise Suppression, are looking today for a record deal.

We wish them the best of luck.

This is their myspace profile for more.

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2010 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

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Running out of rain

I think this is a wonderful song by Christos Alexopoulos.

It is titled “Teliose i vrohi” (engl. Running out of rain)

These are the lyrics: 

The sun is burning but its not warm.

This is how things work here, since we run out of rain…

We run out of rain…

 

Your laughter,

Sometimes here,

Sometimes there,

Nowhere.

 

My breath…

Sometimes here,

Sometimes there,

And then…

 

Your look is everywhere.

Sometimes somewhere else…

So what…?

 

My touch is vividly breathing like a smile on your look…

And then…

So what…?

Nowhere…

 

So what ?

 

This is how things work here…

This is how things work here since we run out of rain…

 

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2010 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

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New Zero God in Brazil

Foreign blogs dedicated to Greek underground rock bands are something we don’t see happening very often… (for me, this is the first time).  We’d also like to point out that not only is this a foreign blog, but its also one that comes from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

What we have here is a Brazilian blog dedicated to the bands New Zero God, Nexus and The Flowers Of Romance and is located somewhere in Brazil.

They were kind enough to let us know about this new blog which refers many times to postings of Tribe4mian.  As a small gesture of our thanks, we will permanently post their banner on our own blog.

New Zero God / Brazil

Now, to be a little more detailed, the NewZeroGod blogspot is written in Portuguese, a language that I don’t speak, but is the seventh most spoken language in the world.

The blogmaker’s aim is to help New Zero God become known to Latin America and it was made out of pure love and admiration for the music adventures of these three Greek bands, starting from the Flowers Of Romance, continuing with Nexus and translating the news of New Zero God in Portuguese.

So, again we’d like to thank the creators of this Brazilian blog whose links lead people from Latin America directly to our blog and we wish them all the best.

We hope to see even more blogs be made for more Greek underground bands.

FUN IS A FOUR LETTER WORD - New Zero God

With this opportunity, lets note here that Puzzlemusik Records announced the release of the New Zero God CD album, “Fun Is A Four Letter Word”  for the 17th of February in Greece.

The album will also be initially distributed in Italy and Australia.

Amazon announced the CD and digital release will be available on February 10 (the digital release is already available through iTUNES and CDBABY)

New Zero God will play live on Saturday the 23rd of January at the Club “On Stage” (Kodrigtonos 54-56) and will be supported by the band Chewing Gun.

New Zero God

More information:

NEW ZERO GOD:

Official Site – Brazilian Blogspot – CD Baby – Amazon USAAmazon UKAmazon France – iTunes

NEXUS:

Official Site – CD Baby

FLOWERS OF ROMANCE:

Official Site

CHEWING GUN:

Official Site

 

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Baby steps to a new era vol. XI

Ok, I had this hidden somewhere and yesterday I found it.

Blue Note was a pub in the center of Athens where young people who  listened to new wave and punk rock were hanging around, back in the early 80’s.

It’s funny cause I guess it will make at least a few people smile as the memories that this cheap catalogue will dig up.

There one could meet members of the bands Ex- Humans, AnypoforoiFlowers Of Romance, Alive She Died, Ding An Sich, South of No North, Panx Romana and many others.

The pub changed its name after a couple of years and became Masswell (anyone who has a better memory can correct the spelling…)

And yes, I admit it: I stole the menu.

Sue me.

 

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Trypes

A very rare video from the early or mid 80’s.

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2010 in Concerts / Performances

 

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The Raw vid of the day

I wrote a few things about the experimental band Raw here.

Being the musical vehicle for Giannis Papaioannou and Makis Faros, Raw were a very interesting act as you may hear.

I am posting here what Discogs has about Giannis Papaioannou:

Greek artist, active in the Athens underground scene for more than 20 years now. In the mid 1980s he played bass for dark electro post-punk band Rehearsed Dreams, who released a full-legth album on the seminal Creep label in 1985. After some years living in Sweden, in 1992, along with fellow musician Makis Faros he set up Elfish record label. The two of them also formed Raw, an electronic duo that managed to record three albums (the third remains unreleased).

From 1996 onwards, he works alone, recording and producing as ION.”

(Click here for more).

The song I found on Youtube comes from Raw-Land and reminds me a bit of the English band Japan.

I hope you like it.

Since Rehearsed Dreams were mentioned above, I made a little search to find something from their album “Repulsion” that Creep Records released.

It was easy to find a handful of videos…

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2009 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

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