Friday, October 08, 2010

Give me Innocence . I' M Sick ! No 4 : Tales from the Greek Underground N0 4

This is not an official compilation made by indipended Greek Labels
Here is the taste of URBAN ASPIRINES ' best Greek groups.
All of these bands are faraway from the mainstream Music system .
This is made from us for you
Take it or leave it !

01 . Σωτήρης Δεμπόνος - Αντώνης Λιβιεράτος : Θέμα του 73-73/Φινάλε
Sotiris Debonos - Αndonis Livieratos : Theme of 73-73/Final

Ο Σωτήρης Δεμπόνος γεννήθηκε στην Κεφαλονιά. Έκανε σπουδές κλασικής κιθάρας με τον Γεράσιμο Μηλιαρέση και ανώτερων θεωρητικών στο Ορφείο Ωδείο Αθηνών. Συνεργάζεται από το 1992 με τον πιανίστα Α.Λιβιεράτο σε συναυλίες και σε σύνθεση μουσικής για θεατρικές παραστάσεις (Λεόντιος και Λένα, Χιόνι, Φωνάζει ο κλέφτης, κ.α.) και για ταινίες μικρού μήκους (Κλείσε τα μάτια και χρωμάτισε, Το τραγούδι των πορτοκαλιών, κ.α.). Έχει κυκλοφορήσει δύο δίσκους, «Του Χάρου τα Δόντια» (1997), με μουσική για την ομώνυμη ταινία, και «Ουράκας» (2000) σε στίχους του Κεφαλονίτη ποιητή Αλέξανδρου Μοντεσάντου.

02 . Film : Airbus

FILM’s compelling cinematic soundscapes revolve around nihilistic urban settings
and inspire celluloid fantasies. The work of this Athenian avant-garde four- piece as
it morphs into a nebulous dark-wave amalgamation of post-punk and electronic facets
resembles the mystique of a lost, enigmatic motion picture. Their flickering sequences sombre
sonic textures, distorted outbreaks and the angelic, yet quirky and energising vocal touches
by Etten draw inspiration directly from the iconic legacy of FILM’s universally-acclaimed
compatriot Vangelis.

03 . Madleaf : The Age Of Reason
04 . Madleaf : Space Lift

MADLEAF is a four-piece band, Achilles (vocals), Nick (guitars), Dorian (bass) and Tsaga (drums). The band first met with the previous singer Jim Lord and drummer George in an old tattoo studio and the name MADLEAF was inspired when the four of them noticed the spiral fall of the last leaf of an old tree.
They started out in 2004 in Athens - Greece and after spending few months writing and composing they hit the stage of the famous Greek live club "AN Club". "Underworld", "Mo Better", "Rodeo Club" followed. The suburbs followed as well. The band was presented by the Greek press as an "All Star Band" because the members were part of other famous groups. The previous singer, Jim, came from the cult grunge - stoner rock group Lord 13 who always support bands like Hawkwind, Orange Goblin, Cathedral and Nebula. Drummer George came from the alternative and MTV featured band Make-Believe and Porphyria, guitarist Nick from the alternative Human Asteroid and bassist Dorian from the heavy metal outfits of Clairvoyant and Night Guest. All in one!

Even though the band was unknown at the time everybody knew the members from their other bands and was a matter of time for MADLEAF to be established as an uprising power to the Greek rock scene.
With tracks like Sinners, Velvet and the groovy Into The Sun MADLEAF pledges allegiance to everyone from Alice In Chains and Soundgarden to Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots.
Many gigs followed and MADLEAF shot at the top of the rock scene in the Summer Rock Festival 2005 in Antiparos GR along with successful bands such as The Earthbound, Potergeist, Nightstalker, Rockin Bones, Planet of Zeus ect. The cool angriness of Jim's vocals left the audience to think of Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder while the wall of sound behind him sealed the coffin!
"MADLEAF is a band dressed for success" as the Greek Metal Hammer wrote after a live show supporting, the 13 year old cult band, Nightstalker.

In autumn 2007 MADLEAF started recording their debut album called "SINNERS" that was ready in January 2008 and include 11 songs.
June 2008 finds MADLEAF signing with the legendary label Poison Tree Records based in California/USA. Today, with the debut CD as proof, MADLEAF is in complete power with all elements contributing equally, and passionately, to a sound resonating from Greece, while winning fans throughout the world. The recent release of "SINNERS" on the Poison Tree Records label along with a series of performances and a videoclip for the title song celebrating the debut confirms MADLEAF's place among bands poised to make a national statement.

In late 2009 the band changed two of it's members, singer Jim Lord and drummer George. New singer Achilles and drummer Tsaga stepped in to merge a new heavier sound for the band.
2010 brings with it a new direction for MADLEAF and…

The best is yet to come…!
Until then they are hitting the stages and getting bigger and bigger day by day planning to move ahead to the next level of their career.

05 . The Raindogs : Marmalade

This is a Ska group made in Athens and this is their first Cd .

Band Members:

Nikiforos - vocals,guitar
Thanos A.- bass
Nikos - drums
Thanos P. - guitar, trumpet
Nick - trumpet
Kostas - trombone

06 . Deus Ex Machina : Motorpsycho

Deus Ex Machina is a popular Greek hardcore punk band from Athens formed in 1989 by Dimitris Spyropoulos and Dimitris Manthos, with Spyropoulos and Yiannis Venardis (the group's drummer) having already been early Greek Punk scene's 'veterans' (they were members of Adiexodo).

The band's lyrics are often political having references to subjects such as the War on Iraq and the Mexican Zapatista Army of National Liberation movement.

They were formed by Dimitris Spyropoulos and Dimitris Manthos. Spyropoulos, ex drummer Yiannis Venardis and ex singer Nikos Charalambopoulos (Tsouloufis) were all veterans of the local punk scene of the early 80s in the band Adiexodo. The new band, DXM, set out with a series of explosive appearances, eventually gaining the overwhelming acceptance of the alternative crowds. In the years to come they played over 500 concerts increasing their popularity and building a reputation of a predominantly kicking live band in spite of their limited discography.

In the course of their history DXM have suffered several setbacks including a number of serious car accidents and repeated personnel changes. So far, not only did they persevere, but overcoming such adversities each time they seem to roll back with added stamina. Nowadays, DXM are regarded as one of the major established acts of the Greek alternative scene.

Some of the highlights of their history include their appearances at landmark anti-Bosnian war concerts in Skopje, FYROM in 1994. In 1995, at the height of the Bosnian war, they toured Serbia. Year 1996 found them appearing at major festivals in the cause of peace in the Balkans. Year 2000 was marked by their appearances at the Biennale 2000 in Torino, Italy.
Adding to their credits, they have left their mark opening for acclaimed international alternative acts such as The Dubrovniks, New Model Army, Madball, Public Enemy, The Buzzcocks and Jello Biafra.

Over the years DXM have performed in a large number of events promoting social consciousness, something which is reflected on the lyrics and the overall attitude of the band.

As active supporters of the peace movement, they participated in several protest activities against the war in IRAQ. Suffice to say that this last war came as if anticipated by the band's grimly prophetic "Iraq & Roll". The song was written back in 1991 inspired by the first Gulf War.

December 2006: first two albums "Motorpsycho" and "Worlds Apart" reissued. Fully remastered, with bonus tracks of long out of print singles, plus extra rare, older material previously released on compilations only.

February 2007: ep CD "Time Expires" released.
They are still alive and kickin' .

Band members

Stavros X (vocals)
Dimitris Spyropoulos (guitar)
Tolis Polichroniadis (guitar)
Dimitris Manthos (bass)
Kostas Petrou (drums)

07 . Αντώνης Λιβιεράτος : Επιστροφή στο σπίτι μέρος 2
Adonis Livieratos : Return to Home Part 2

Συνιδρυτής (το 1982) και απο τότε και μέχρι σήμερα μέλος του γκρουπ "Κεφάλαιο 24". Το "Κεφάλαιο 24", έχει μέχρι στιγμής κυκλοφορήσει 3 δίσκους ("Tin Invaders", "Το Ευρετήριο των Συμπτώσεων" και "Drop-in/Drop-out").

Απ' το 1995 αρχίζει ν' ασχολείται (συνήθως σε συνεργασία με τον Σωτήρη Δεμπόνο) με τη σύνθεση μουσικής για το θέατρο και τον κινηματογράφο. Οι δυο τους έχουν κυκλοφορήσει ως ντουέτο έναν δίσκο ("Του Χάρου τα Δόντια").

Απο το 1997 εμφανίζεται στη δισκογραφία και ως "σόλο" καλλιτέχνης. Έχει μέχρι σήμερα στο ενεργητικό του 4 προσωπικούς δίσκους ("Το Τεράστιο Κίτρινο Πράγμα", "Κόκκινος Ουρανός", "Το Πλαστικό Κουτί" και "Mother Tongue").

Τα τελευταία 5 χρόνια έχει συνεισφέρει (άλλοτε με την ιδιότητα του παραγωγού, άλλοτε του μουσικού κι άλλοτε και με τις δυο μαζί), σε πολλούς δίσκους άλλων μουσικών, ενώ για μια περίπου διετία (1998- 2000) ήταν και μέλος του γκρουπ Sigmatropic.

Απο τον Ιούνη του 2000 μέχρι την άνοιξη του 2003 υπήρξε μέλος των Illegal Operation. Σ' αυτό το διάστημα το γκρουπ εκτός απο την πλούσια συναυλιακή δραστηριότητα, κυκλοφόρησε τα CD "Space Boogie", "Careless Love", "Blue Project" και "The Bust".

Τον τελευταίο καιρό μοιράζει την δημιουργική του ενέργεια ανάμεσ στους DR. ATOMIK που εμφανίστηκαν για πρώτη φορά στη σκηνή τον Μάρτη του 2004 και το -ξανά- δραστήριο "Κεφάλαιο 24".

Ο Λιβιεράτος ασχολείται κυρίως με τα πληκτροφόρα (φυσικά ή ηλεκτρονικά) όργανα, χωρίς όμως να μπορεί ν' αντισταθεί στον πειρασμό να παίξει που και που και λίγη κιθάρα (ή ο,τιδήποτε άλλο μπορεί να παράγει ήχο και τύχει να πέσει στα χέρια του).

08 . Big Sleep : September Girl

Ο Stefan Schwerdtfeger (Big Sleep) είναι τα τελευταία 5 χρόνια μόνιμος κάτοικος της συμπρωτεύουσας, ομορφαίνοντας με την παρουσία του τον καλλιτεχνικό κόσμο της πόλης, δίνοντας του παράλληλα και έναν πολυεθνικό χαρακτήρα που τόσο πολύ του χρειάζεται. Ένας άνθρωπος του οποίου όχι μόνο η μουσική πορεία, αλλά και η ίδια του η ζωή αποτελεί ξεχωριστή περίπτωση...

09 . The Earthbound : Straight From The Heart

The Earthbound was formed in Athens in 1998 by six members and former members of The Last Drive, Honeydive, Rockin' Bones and Engine-V. After playing locally for about a year, including a slot in Rockwave festival in 1999, the band recorded their debut 7'' single The Valley/Riverside Song/Tercera Cancion, released with Fractal Press magazine.

10 . Bocomolech : Never Meant

Bokomolech is not a product . Bokomolech is an assemblage of six people (2 women, 4 men), some guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, samplers, mics and amps. Their records (five so far) are products, their rehearsals and gigs are singular spatio-temporal events. / bokomolech have been going, in one form or another, since 1991; they still play, just for the kicks. / Their name is a misspelling of the name of Ukrainian physiciologist Alexander A. Bogomoletz (1881-1946) who made research on the prolongation of life, producing also a serum of the same name. / Records: “Xero” LP, Lazy Dog Rec., 1995; / “Xero” CD (three bonus tracks), Lazy Dog Rec., 1996; / “Insect(songs)” miniLP/CD, Hitch Hyke Rec., 1997; / “Jet Lag” 2LP/CD, Hitch Hyke Rec., 1997; / “Slowburner” CD, Hitch Hyke Rec., 1999; / “Exit (trance)” CD, Hitch Hyke Rec., 2003. / They are currently working on a new album, out hopefully some time in 2010.

11 . Raining Pleasure : The Day

Raining Pleasure is an Indie / Rock band originating from Patras, Greece, often credited with spearheading the newest wave of Greek bands with English lyrics . The band was formed in September 1990 under the name "Rest in Peace". A year after their formation the band started appearing live locally. In 1992, they changed their name to Raining Pleasure and started touring Greece. In 1994, the band self-recorded and released a demo of their work (limited to 160 copies); since then, most of its songs have been rerecorded and included in their studio albums. For two more years, the band continued touring Greece and, in 1996, had three of its songs released through Pop & Rock 's magazine compilation Dytiki Akti '96.

Raining Pleasure gave a series of successful concerts in Greece, which resulted them in supporting bands like the Cure, the Pixies, The Dandy Warhols and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in their Greek shows.

This song is a great cover of the song " The Day " , by the great Greek composer Manos Hatzidakis , of his album " Refflections " .

12 . Berlin Brides : Rejection Junkie

The Berlin Brides are Natasha Giannaraki, lyricist and lead singer, and Marilena Orfanou, composer and keybordist. They met in the summer of 2007, rehearsed together and decided to form the band the following September. Conceived by their mutual love for the city and music scene of Berlin the band was formed in their hometown, Athens, Greece. The Berlin Brides' first demo was recorded in October 2007 and the girls started performing as a duet in February 2008, reinventing the music scene in Athens with their caustic lyrics and their combustible live performances.
They have toured Greece extensively and have played alongside CocoRosie, Kap Bambino, Jessie Evans, and in EJEKT festival with the Subways, Klaxons, Jarvis Cocker and Royksopp.
They performed in the UK for the first time in June 2009 in Buffalo Bar, London, as winners of the Velvet Magazine Prize 2009. It was awarded to them by Artrocker Magazine, which labeled their self-released EP ‘Failure to Wank' one of the two best releases of 2008. That performance granted them a slot in the New Bands Stage at Offset Festival in September 2009, where they performed to an enthused audience and received glowing reviews.
Their official debut 7" single "Rejection Junkie" was released on clear vinyl by Inner Ear Records in June 2010. Their debut album "Modern Celibacy" is eagerly awaited in October 2010, when they will also perform in North America for the first time at Indie Week Toronto.

13 . Skin Erased : Stoner Blind

This is a Stoner group made in Athens by :

Achilles : Vocals ( He is also the lead Vocalist on Madleaf ) ( Thanx for the beers at " The Mitsos Oyzeri " my friend !!!
Nick : Guitars
Bill : Guitars
Achilles : Drums
John : Bass ( Γειά σου ρε Γιαννάκη Δράκουλα !!! )

You can find their song " Stoner Blind " in the American compilation : " Kill City 24 " by the 272 Records .

14 . Purple Overdosed : Room Of Angels

Band formed by Costas Constantinou on 1987. Debut album "Exit 4" released by Pegasus records on 1988 getting very good reviews. Soon Purple Overdose became "famous" in the Greek underground scene. Second album "Indigo" in Pegasus on 1990 established ’em as a cult name in psychedelic music, their sound based mainly on that flower trippy music of mid 60’s in UK and USA. More tracks of that period which never released or appeared in"different" form in Indigo lp released on 2004 in the album "Painting The Air" from OnStage Records. A 7" single released by 5th Dimension label on 1993 ,during band’s unactive period between 1991-1993 due to their drummer’s service in the army. They returned on 1994 with the 3rd album on Pegasus, named simply "Purple Overdose".Great music in a beautiful and rare cover (giant poster),here band flirting with jazz and progressive rock but always well blended in their psychedelic pot. Fourth album "Solemn Visions" (1996) again through Pegasus extends their music to more complicated psychedelic ways. Their probably best album, "Reborn" ,released after 3 years of preparation on 1999 by Action records and it’s their first in CD.It gained excellent reviews in Europe,USA,Japan and South America entering the playlist of many psychedelic/progressive radio stations. After that they invited to play at the Rockwave Festival of Athens on July 13th 1999 with Mercury Rev,dEUS and other big names of the rock/pop scene. Purple Overdose,all those years, did many concerts in Athens .Each one a chance for their fans to gather and enjoy the multicolored sounds of band’s trippy music. A fine example of the way they sounded on stage, are 3 live recorded albums which released on 2001 in CD (Onion Music) and double vinyl box set ,both named "The Salmon’s Trip..Live" but with different tracks each and their latest "A Trip To Purpleland" by the famous Nasoni Records of Germany,on November 2006 with live material from concerts of 1989.This album released also in double vinyl and double CD. Purple Overdose became friends with the 60’s legendary psychedelic band of The Electric Prunes at the begining of 2002 and on October of the same year both bands played together in Athens! After that, the band "slowered down" it’s activities.On September of 2005 they played at the 2nd Rock Festival of Tripolis where they surprised their fans by presenting different sounds and ways on their known tracks. THIS WEBSITE IS FULLY MAINTAINED BY BAND’S MANAGER STEFANOS WHO IS AUTHORISED TO REPLY AND KEEP CONTACT WITH FRIENDS AND FANS.

15 . Vodka Juniors : Down South

No need to write something about them !
This is one of the best bands now in Greece .

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. Make Believe : Last Impression

Δέκα χρόνια συμπληρώνουν οι Make Believe στην ελληνική rock σκηνή, μέσα στα οποία μας έχουν φιλοδωρήσει με τρεις μόνο, "μικρές" κυκλοφορίες (τα EP "Playground" και "Blue One" και το πρώτο επτάιντσο Leave Me Alone), αλλά κανένα ολοκληρωμένο album.

FLORA IOANNIDI - vocals & lyrics
TASOS NIKOGIANNIS - guitar (1991-1993)
DIAMANTIS KAZOURIS - guitar (1993-2000)
TAKIS KOULIS - drums (1991-1997)
GIORGOS APOSTOLOU - drums (1997-2000)

Indie - Alternative
Athens, Greece
Record label:

17 . The Hands Of Cain : Deadlips

In 1983 the HANDS OF CAIN evolved from of one of the first groups of the Greek punk scene of the early 80’s called Ausschwitss when their music was gaining a darker shade and their lyrics were changing to English. Unlike their former group, the HANDS OF CAIN had very little public exposure, but built their reputation amongst the lively Athenian dark wave/post punk scene of the time with a few live gigs in clubs like ‘Skylab’ and ‘Pegasus’.

18 . The Lizardz : Come With Me

"The Lizardz" is a garage-punk-surf band that appeared in early 2007. The band consists of Panos Kapides (Mellor) on vocals and guitar, Kostas Giziotes (Gizone) on guitar, Spiros Avgeropoulos on bass and Stelios Sandas (The Crasher) on drums. Panos Mellor and Spiros Avgeropoulos were the members that started forming the band in 2006 originally called "White Riot" as the track title of Clash in honor of them and Joe Strummer. A year later when Crasher came to the band, they changed their name to "The Lizardz". Shortly afterwards another member was added to the band (Retro Rambler) in guitar, but was replaced due to personal reasons by Gizone and this the line up so far. Their crowning moment as far was the opening of the Standells concert in Gagarin, June 2010. by...(Rene)

19 . Nightstalker : Line

Over the past years NIGHTSTALKER have earned a reputation due to their pure Rock ‘n Roll attitude and their constant live activity, and been lauded with the highest praise and respect since their beginnings in 1990.
The whole concept was realized by the singer (and drummer at that time), Argy, who was the founder member of the band.
After generating quite a bit of excitement in their live appearances and some participation in some compilations, they released their first EP in 1995 called “SideFx”, containing five solid heavy rock songs.
In 1996 they release their first full-length album named “Use”, even more power powerful and all the records disappear the moment they reach the record shops. The album re-released in 2006 in an anniversary edition.
In 2000 they release “The Ritual”, their third and the deepest, dark and psychedelic album they have ever made.
In 2004 they released the successful album ‘Just a Burn' and they gain a big recognition and a new strong fan-base.
The new album "Superfreak" is coming to set ablaze the whole Hard Rock scene with its sheer magnitude and psychedelic delirium! Raw rock 'n roll simplicity, stunning riffs and electric haze are what have kept the band going for more than 15 years. With their fifth studio album, Argy and his posse write a new page in the history of rock 'n roll along the lines of legendary bands such as Motorhead and Black Sabbath.

20 . Film Noir : Drowned Kiss

Film Noir formed in 1985.They released 2 albums :"Never Ending Dream" in 1986 and "Portrait Of A Child" in 1990.

Band Members
Kostas Sokialis(vocals, guitar, keyboards)
Maria Gabriela Loukaki (vocals)
Kiriakos Coti (vocals, bass)
Vassilis Nakis (keyboards)
S. Adam (drums).

21 . The Last Drive : Panterman

Maybe , the most famous group made in Greece in the last years .
Rooted firmly in the punk explosion of the late ’70s, The Last Drive burst into the Greek music scene in the mid-’80s, captivating audiences and critics alike. Their unique speed-trash-garage-punk sound along with their explosive gigs creates a stir in the underground at the time, establishing them in the consciousness of Greek rockers. Their first LP, entitled “Underworld Shakedown” (1986), is met with critical praise, prompting them to get out of the confines of their country and carry out their first European tour. The Last Drive create a stir abroad as the US label Voxx releases three songs off the LP as a single, while others are included in garage compilation albums (Battle of the Garages, Sounds of Now!). So, it is no surprise that their next album, “Heatwave” (1988), is co-produced with Peter Zaremba of The Fleshtones and is released in Europe through the German label Music Maniac. At about the same time, Theo Angelopoulos includes two of their songs in his film “Landscape in the Mist”. Not long after that, Music Maniac, excited by the reception to “Heatwave”, releases the CD “Their Story So Far”, which contains their first two albums. In December 1989 they release the “Time” E.P., which was recorded in Berlin, winning new fans. Also, through their meeting with Dream Syndicate, they collaborate with Paul B. Cutler, who handles production duties on their next album, “Blood Nirvana” (1990). “Blood Nirvana”, one of their most accomplished recordings, marked a turn to harder sounds and was released in Germany and Spain, and a short while later in the US by Restless Records. In the summer of ’92, Paul B. Cutler returns to Greece for a new “magical” collaboration. Recording and mixing of the 11 songs that comprise the material for their next album took place in Athens, with mastering at Futuredisc Studios in Hollywood. The result, their fourth album, entitled “F*head Entropy”, is an altogether different concept, with more tone-color and harsher language, but also a deeper taste of optimism. In 1993 The Last Drive tour Spain and then Greece. They are featured in international compilations, as in a tribute album to Suicide, with a cover of Alan Vega’s “Outlaw”. In April 1994 they enter the studio once more to record new material, assisted by Jim Spliff, their live soundman. “Subliminal” bears the identity of a band that can draw on its various influences, putting their personal stamp on anything they choose to work on. The band breaks up in 1995 but reforms twelve years later, in 2007, for a series of highly successful concerts in Greece and abroad. .

I saw them live a month ago . They are still alive and kickin ' .

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  1. Ένα μικρό λαθάκι στο track 1 [Ο Αντώνης Λιβιεράτος αναφέρεται λανθασμένα σαν Λάμπης - θου κύριε- ] μας αναγκάζει να ξαναανεβάσουμε την συλλογή.
    Λυπούμαστε πραγματικά.
    Όσοι το έχετε κατεβάσει, διορθώστε το παρακαλώ.

  2. Κωστη ευχαριστω εισαι φιλος και στα ευκολα και στα δυσκολα.

  3. Πολύ καλή η συλλογή.
    θα την ακούσω αναλυτικά σήμερα το απόγευμα. Πάντως στα περισσότερα ονόματα συμφωνούμε απολυτως. ΚΑι οι πληροφορίες για κάθε γκρουπ πολύ χρήσιμες.

  4. Πάρα πολύ ωραίο compilation με πολύ αξιόλογα συγκροτήματα.Μήπως μπορώ να βρώ το "sinners" των Madleaf να το κατεβάσω?Μου φάνηκε πάρα πολύ ενδιαφέρον και πολλά υποσχόμενη μπάντα.Ευχαριστώ εκ των προτέρων...

  5. Έγινε ευχαριστώ ούτως ή άλλως απλώς έχω την τακτική να αγοράζω δίσκους αφότου καταλάβω οτι αξίζουν...