Album Review: 1000mods, Youth of Dissent

Posted in Reviews on April 8th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

1000mods Youth of DissentIt seems to be the mark of generational shifts that one invariably criticizes the one after. Baby Boomers and Generation X. Generation X and Millennials. Millennials and Gen-Z and whatever they call the proverbial “kids nowadays” nowadays. Coming from Greece, which is a nation that has seen arguably more than its fair share of turmoil even before the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak — from economic upheaval to being an epicenter of Europe’s greatest refugee crisis in over half a century, to the all-encompassing apocalyptic linger that is climate change currently in progress — 1000mods appear to depart from this “when I was your age we walked uphill both ways” norm with Youth of Dissent, their fourth album and second to be self-released through their own Ouga Booga and the Mighty Oug Recordings imprint.

The cover art and the general theme of the engrossing 11-track/55-minute long-player seems to be framed not around calling the youth lazy, but standing in admiration and being inspired by the likes of the school-walkout climate protests and other youth movements happening worldwide, and fair enough. Bassist/vocalist Dani G., guitarists Giannis S. and George T., and drummer Labros G. return accordingly with an energetic and powerful collection of songs, perhaps less directly politically oriented than one might think, but from the careening opener “Lucid” onward as the salvo continues into the crunch-riff/open-verse-combo “So Many Days” and start-stop shover “Warped” ahead of the slower roll of the seven-minute “Dear Herculine,” 1000mods offer the best summary of their purpose right there in the name of their first track. They are lucid. Strikingly so.

The Chiliomodi four-piece have never exactly been shy about their purposes. Their 2016 full-length, Repeated Exposure To… (review here), back through 2014’s Vultures (review here), 2012’s Valley of Sand EP (discussed here), 2011’s breakthrough debut, Super Van Vacation (review here; discussed here), 2009’s Liquid Sleep EP (review here), and 2006’s Blank Reality EP all one way or another have made heavy rock and roll the root of what they do. From an early fascination with desert vibes in Super Van Vacation and Valley of Sand, they’ve shifted toward a more straight-ahead approach to weighted tones and riff-led fare, with Vultures capturing the transition in action ahead of further realization on Repeated Exposure To…, which before Youth of Dissent, was their most mature release to-date. That title has been usurped, and in somewhat ironic fashion given Youth of Dissent‘s homage to upstart-ism.

Still, it is the clarity of their intention and the feeling of purpose in their songwriting that comes through so much in the material on Youth of Dissent, with “Dear Herculine” displaying a more patient take, which the duly wistful “Young” and the slow progressive build of closer “Mirrors” will bear out later, and while that’s a consistent theme across the 1000mods‘ work from their earliest days of Kyuss worship, the sense of just how much they’ve adopted and adapted their own approach is hard to ignore in these songs, and the effectiveness of their work has yet to sound so broad in its reach. That is to say, Youth of Dissent feels worldlier, speaking not just to a heavy underground, but a wider audience of anyone who might hear it. It is an album with a message it hopes to convey to as many ears as possible.

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In making it, 1000mods traveled to Washington to record with producer/engineer Matt Bayles, who’s best known in heavy circles for his work with MastodonIsis, Sandrider and multitudes of others in the Pacific Northwest noise sphere. And to be sure, Youth of Dissent accordingly lacking nothing for volume. It comes out in the stage-ready drive of “Warped” and the later pair of “Pearl” and the well-we’re-in-Seattle-so-let’s-make-a-Nirvana-song “Blister” ahead of “Young,” but as can be heard in the comfortably floating melody of “Less is More,” the centerpiece interlude “21st Space Century” and even the gallop of the penultimate “Dissent” — which also brings about some of the record’s most physically dense riffing — it wasn’t simply volume so much as dynamic that the band wanted to hone in the recording.

Bayles brings a keen ear for performance, which is unsurprising given his pedigree, but through that, Youth of Dissent also highlights how much 1000mods‘ approach to  has to offer at this stage in their now-15-year tenure. There is an overarching professionalism to pieces like “So Many Days” and the recent speedy single “Pearl” that offer a vision of heavy rock intended for a mass audience. They are not just preaching to the converted here, as they otherwise might. They’re trying to win new converts. And there is a sizable distinction between the two in terms of boldness and, again, lucidity.

While not cloying in the way of commercial hard rock, stripping away personality in search of a universal lowest common pop denominator of dumbed-down (usually white) male aggression, Youth of Dissent makes its own willful rebellion in its refusal to isolate itself. It’s true the dominant social narrative of the day may have shifted out from under the record’s feet to some degree — plagues happen, apparently — but that doesn’t make 1000mods‘ message any less relevant. Their pointed admiration and you-inspire-us point of view comes through as surely as any of the guitar, bass, drums or vocals, and gives an impression that lasts right alongside the strongest of hooks in “So Many Days,” or “Pearl” or “Young” or “Dissent,” etc., and invariably, they’re speaking to an audience beyond the bounds of the heavy rock norm. Maybe even a younger one.

Their worldlier perspective and veteran status are both remarkably well earned. Even in the last five years, the band have toured extensively through Europe as well as hitting North America and Australia, and their audience has only continued to grow, making them not only ambassadors and spearheads of the vibrant Greek heavy underground, but one of the foremost acts of the European live circuit. They translate that experience into the tracks of Youth of Dissent, and if what they’re drawing in terms of inspiration is the energy of the young itself and the fervency of belief in what they’re doing, then the success of the album is writ large across its near-hour runtime. There seems also to be an undercurrent of hope throughout the proceedings, and along with their craft generally, that too feels more crucial now than ever.

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Last Rizla Premiere “Dive” Video from Mount Machine EP

Posted in Bootleg Theater on March 19th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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It’s only three tracks long, but I still feel like Last Rizla‘s 2018 EP, Mount Machine — still available on 12″ vinyl through Fuzz Ink Records — has enough aggro riffing for a full-length album. Like if you were to take angry riffs per capita, they’d be well over the line. Whatever the line is. I don’t know. Shit is fucked, is what I’m trying to say.

Denizens of the well populated Athenian heavy underground and associates of the likes of Sadhus, The Smoking Community, the initials-only four-piece have been at it in one form or another for well over a decade. Their self-titled debut came out in 2009 and in 2011 they took part in the Miss Fortune was a Henhouse Manager compilation (review here) that I’ve come over time to look at as something of a demarcation of the next generation of Greek heavy as noting its own arrival. A succession of shorter offerings have followed, with Mount Machine as the latest of the bunch, and its three cuts follow a not dissimilar pattern to that of “Dive,” the video for which you can see premiering below. In that they’re riffed, and fucked.

Alright, to be fair, “Battles: Rambo” spaces out a bit in its middle and is a little less decisively noise rock than “Dive,” which opens the release, but whether you’re bludgeoned with a shovel or a hammer, you’re still getting your skull caved in. “Dive” makes an even better choice to feature as a video because its central riff is particularly memorable, though the slower initial rollout of the final slammer the in-Greek title “Chályvas” of which translates to “Steel” carries a bit more atmosphere to go with its building cacophony and suitably maddening screams. Those screams by the way? They’re awesome. I know not everyone gets into harsh vocals, but there’s just something about a killer rasp that I continue to find admirable. Not everyone can do it, and not everyone who can do it can manage to sustain it over a longer term, but it just brings Last Rizla‘s entire approach to a new level of raw punishment.

Glad to premiere the clip for “Dive,” which you can see right here. EP stream is down toward the bottom of the post for your streaming discomfort:

Last Rizla, “Dive” official video premiere

Official video of the happy song Dive from the fantastic album Mount Machine.

Dark tour on Saturday January 18, 2020 on the meat market of Piraeus and Piraeus Academy. A laid back look at the daily struggles of older adults participating in music groups. No volcano or glass building was damaged during filming.

Directed and edited by Nöl.

Everything is Love.
Last Rizla.

Produced by Last Rizla and George Leodis.
Recorded, engineered and mixed by George Leodis at Wreck-It Sound Studios, Corinth, Greece, January 2018.
Assistant engineer Ramon aka Rambo.

Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, Portland, USA.

Artwork and layout by Last Rizla.
Handprinted by Fuzz Ink.
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1000mods Post Video for “Pearl” from Youth of Dissent LP

Posted in Bootleg Theater on March 9th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Preorders are up now for Youth of Dissent, the upcoming and much anticipated full-length from Greek heavy rock forerunners 1000mods, who through hard touring over the last few years and the general quality of their work over the course of the last decade-plus, have appointed themselves ambassadors of the increasingly crowded national underground from whence they hail, both to the rest of Europe and well beyond. To wit, the photo above was taken on their 2019 Australian tour, and to record Youth of Dissent, the Chiliomodi natives braved US Customs and Border Patrol in order work with producer/engineer Matt Bayles (MastodonIsis, etc.) in Seattle. Set to return to the road in May to support the April 24 release of Youth of Dissent, they are nothing if not an international presence.

Their video for the track “Pearl” from the new album serves as a first introduction to the straight-ahead approach that seems to define a lot of what I’ve heard of the album. In following-up 2016’s Repeated Exposure To… (review here), the band have moved further beyond the desert rock infatuations that drove their 2011 debut, Super Van Vacation (review here; discussed here) or its 2014 follow-up, Vultures (review here), and are continuing to forge their own creative path, tightening their songwriting and sharpening their impact overall. At three and a half minutes, “Pearl” doesn’t necessarily speak to some of the more flowing aspects of Youth of Dissent, but it gives listeners a chance to get a glimpse of what’s on offer with the record and is certainly a welcome blast of energy from a band who are at this point well experienced in the delivery of such things.

One might find a distinct J-horror influence in the clip itself. I’m not sure for what the pearls in “Pearl” are serving as metaphor, but in posting the clip through their social media, the band included the statement “no human being is illegal” and expressed solidarity with refugees and migrants worldwide, so perhaps some connection there. So be it.

Video, info and tour dates follow.

Please enjoy:

1000mods, “Pearl” official video

This is “Pearl”! The first single from our upcoming album “Youth of Dissent”, to be released on the 24th of April!

Preorder “Youth of Dissent”: https://www.1000mods.com/yod

Directed by Nasos Gatzoulis

No human being is illegal – Solidarity to all the refugees/migrants!

1000MODS “Youth of Dissent European Tour 2020”
01.05.20 – Berlin | DesertFest Berlin
02.05.20 – Nijmegen | Sonic Whip Festival
03.05.20 – London | Desertfest London
04.05.20 – Amsterdam | Melkweg Amsterdam
05.05.20 – Strasbourg | La Laiterie Artefact
06.05.20 – Pratteln | Konzertfabrik Z7 – Pratteln
07.05.20 – Brussels | Botanique
08.05.20 – Cologne | Live Music Hall
09.05.20 – Paris | La Machine du Moulin Rouge
11.05.20 – Stuttgart | Universum
12.05.20 – Leipzig | WERK2-Kulturfabrik
13.05.20 – Hamburg | Markthalle-Hamburg
14.05.20 – Copenhagen | VEGA
15.05.20 – Oslo | Youngs Oslo
16.05.20 – Göteborg | Valand Nattklubb
17.05.20 – Rostock | M.A.U. Club Rostock
19.05.20 – Vienna | ARENA WIEN
20.05.20 – Salzburg | Rockhouse Salzburg
21.05.20 – Graz | p.p.c.
22.05.20 – Budapest | A38 Hajó
23.05.20 – Zagreb | Klub Mo?vara

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Puta Volcano Post “Black Box” Video from AMMA LP

Posted in Bootleg Theater on February 24th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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I can imagine few showers have ever been as satisfying as that which Puta Volcano vocalist Anna Papathanasiou likely took after filming the band’s new video for “Black Box.” Their second album, AMMA, is due out March 13 through The Orchard, and in the clip, Papathanasiou strides head-on toward the camera, presumably on a treadmill or some such, and is pummeled with all manner of stuffs — food, various liquids, wigs, plastic bags; at one point I’m pretty sure a triangular slice of pizza bounces off her shoulder — and yes, they’re making a statement, but that doesn’t make that slice of pizza any less greasy. So yeah, glitter, flour, milk, paint, god knows what else. You’d probably want to hose off afterward.

That, of course, is the visual metaphor at play throughout “Black Box,” which sets its prog-metal riff to work behind the vocal melody which is delivered purposefully even as this assault is taking place. The band generalize just a bit — and fair enough for not wanting to limit their audience — but it’s pretty clearly about a woman’s experience of modern life. Not that we’re not all assaulted at all times, but there remains a definite gradient difference in the uphill courses that those with varying gender identities are running, and as dolls and wigs and sundry powders and whatnots and maybe-glitter pound her, the message isn’t exactly subtle. And not that it’s my place to say so, but it’s not wrong either. There’s a key change in the vocals in the second half of the song — it’s actually bassist Bookies taking lead, but Papathanasiou continues to mouth the words in the video — that coincides with a greater intensity of riff, and then, when it’s over, she stops running, straightens her shoulders and lets out a breath. Fair enough.

Life is a big mess, and life is hard.

At least good music makes it better.

Enjoy the video:

Puta Volcano, “Black Box” official video

Greek hard rock, post-grunge, desert quartet PUTA VOLCANO has revealed the first video, “Black Box,” from their upcoming album, AMMA.

Watch the video for “Black Box” today via the band’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/Ye-4slpAHVk. Directed by Nick Kouros & Anna Papathanasiou.

Lyrically “Black Box” challenges the constant struggle to become something more, against all odds and against adversity. The song’s video provides a visualization of this struggle.

“The concept of the ‘Black Box’ music video is a metaphorical depiction of the struggles a contemporary individual, and more specifically a woman, goes through,” the band explains. “A literal battlefield of symbolism and stereotypes thrown against us daily, formed by societal norms and fixed gender roles. We all have encountered these as we run closer to our own finishing lines, minute by minute.”

Musically, “Black Box” is a heavy, bound-to-the-ground track, with a new flair for the band in the form of dimensional layers of backing vocals. The slow, Tool-style backbone of the song continues to build right up to the epic finish, when the tempo changes and bassist Bookies takes over with wailing vocal lines.

The “Black Box” single is available for streaming and download at https://orcd.co/putavolcano_blackbox.

AMMA, PUTA VOLCANO’s third album, will be released March 13 via The Orchard. Pre-order AMMA on limited gold/black vinyl, CD and limited t-shirt bundles at https://putavolcano.bandcamp.com/. Pre-save on Spotify and all digital platforms at https://orcd.co/putavolcano_amma.

PUTA VOLCANO is:
Anna Papathanasiou – Vocals
Alex Pi – Guitar
Steve Stefanidis – Drums
Bookies – Bass, Backing Vocals

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Electric Feat Premiere “The Caveman” Video; Self-Titled Debut out Next Week

Posted in Bootleg Theater on February 20th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Greek heavy garage rockers Electric Feat release their self-titled debut on Feb. 24 through Inner Ear Records. Yeah yeah yeah, that’s all well and good. Fine. It’s a record. Why do you care? You care because their new video for “The Caveman” takes Terry Gilliam-style animation to a story about Rasputin assassinating the Romanovs and subsequently being chased down and murdered by a zombie Anastasia. You care because songs like “Leather Jacket” and “Song of Disobedience” effortlessly channel ’70s swing and proto-doom vibes without actually tipping over the line of retroism. You care because the Athens four-piece are yet another example of the absolute boom happening in the underground in Greece right now. You care because you’re not a fucking philistine. Do I need to go on?

electric feat electric featThe album runs 10 tracks and 36 mostly-fuzzed minutes but has room in there for some psychedelic flash and punkier purpose in a song like “Blackwood Secrecy.” “Fogdancing” is straight-up funk doom ahead of the five-minute HumblePie-doing-Sab-worship closer “Bring Something from the Night,” but they never quite let go of the sense of rawness that opener “It’s Alright (With You)” puts forth, classic in its foundation and even in their darkest moment, which might be the crashing “Son of Evil,” there’s still a feeling of the good times that the surrounding context offers, whether that’s the shuffle of second track “Lizard Queen” or “The Caveman” itself with its echo-laced boogie, catchy guitar and shift into fuller-toned chase past the halfway mark. Like the first line of that song says, “Save the pretense for the other side.” That’s pretty much what Electric Feat do on both sides of the album, so good luck finding the pretense.

Be it the rolling “Leather Jacket” that caps the record’s first half or “Bring Something from the Night” that ends the album as a whole, Electric Feat neglect nothing when it comes to vitality of their approach, and the deftness with which they’re able to turn from boogie to doom and back again is tied together cleverly through the barebones production and the energetic captured performance that stands up to it. Look. I’ve given you reasons to care, and I’ll tell you flat out that I’ve gone ahead and put the self-titled on my ongoing list of the year’s best debut albums, so if you want to get on board, it’s up to you. But if you don’t, it’s your loss. For me, I’m just happy to have found a new band to keep up with because this shit is righteous and there isn’t a day goes by that isn’t made better by quality rock and roll.

Album’s out Monday. Video follows, so please enjoy. It’s the best one I’ve seen in a while.

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Electric Feat, “The Caveman” official video premiere

Electric Feat, the fairly new hard rockin’ quartet from Athens, Greece share new track and video ahead of self-titled debut record out February 24 (pressed on 180-gram vinyl) via Inner Ear Records. “The Caveman” is the third offering from Electric Feat’s record, following previously released “Lizard Queen” and “Leather Jacket”. The video made by DaDive Studio.

Preorder here: https://orcd.co/electricfeat

Rock is dead, so let’s go dancing in its ashes.

No more, no less, this is Electric Feat’s first set of songs, recorded (almost live) at the cozy Diskex studio, with Sergios Voudris’ invaluable assistance.

A hard rocking love child, with psychedelic, proto-metal and heavy blues flourishes by four geekish, local pub friends: Dr. Nanos, Madam Manthos, Prins Obi and The Tree. From the Alice Cooper-ian ‘It’s Alright (With You)’ to the elegiac, Cream-gone-evil ‘Bring Something from the Night’, “Electric Feat” is a winter rite that demands to be played loud. Long live Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Electric Feat are:
Dionysis Nanos (Dr. Nanos), guitar
Themos Ragousis (Madam Manthos), bass
Georgios Dimakis (Prins Obi), vocals, percussion
Kostas Stergiou (The Tree), drums, percussion

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1000mods Announce ‘Youth of Dissent’ Spring European Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 17th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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So what do we learn here? 1000mods are gonna tour. Not really a surprise there, right? They tour hard, and often. Their new album is called Youth of Dissent, and you might recall they traveled to America to record in Seattle with Matt Bayles (Mastodon, etc.). I’m not saying I’ve heard it or anything, but it brings a new level of clarity to their sound while remaining very much a heavy rock album. Their songs continue to resonate and their performance, as one has come to expect, shows no lack of passion for all its accumulated professionalism.

They’re on their game, in other words. I don’t have an exact release date, but sometime around May doesn’t seem unreasonable considering the timing of the tour below, and while we’re speculating, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they made it back to the US sometime before the end of 2020. They were here in 2018 and did a quick run of gigs when they recorded, because why not, so yeah. I’ll keep my fingers crossed they get snagged for a slot at Desertfest New York and do my best to show up wherever whenever, be it this year or sometime in 2021.

Sound of Liberation announced the tour as follows:

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1000MODS / YOUTH OF DISSENT EUROPEAN TOUR 2020

We are extremely excited to finally announce that 1000mods will hit the road this spring to promote their upcoming album “Youth of Dissent”!

While we can’t wait to listen to some new music after more than 3 years, we suggest you get your tickets fast, as 1000mods are well known for selling out venues no matter the size!

For our German friends, we will offer some LIMITED edition hardtickets and we’ll add a tour poster on top of it! Just go through http://www.sol-tickets.com/ and simply choose the shipping option during the checkout-process.

Ladies and gentlemen Sound of Liberation and Ouga Booga and the Mighty Oug proudly present:

1000MODS “Youth of Dissent European Tour 2020”
01.05.20 – Berlin | DesertFest Berlin
02.05.20 – Nijmegen | Sonic Whip Festival
03.05.20 – London | Desertfest London
04.05.20 – Amsterdam | Melkweg Amsterdam
05.05.20 – Strasbourg | La Laiterie Artefact
06.05.20 – Pratteln | Konzertfabrik Z7 – Pratteln
07.05.20 – Brussels | Botanique
08.05.20 – Cologne | Live Music Hall
09.05.20 – Paris | La Machine du Moulin Rouge
11.05.20 – Stuttgart | Universum
12.05.20 – Leipzig | WERK2-Kulturfabrik
13.05.20 – Hamburg | Markthalle-Hamburg
14.05.20 – Copenhagen | VEGA
15.05.20 – Oslo | Youngs Oslo
16.05.20 – Göteborg | Valand Nattklubb
17.05.20 – Rostock | M.A.U. Club Rostock
19.05.20 – Vienna | ARENA WIEN
20.05.20 – Salzburg | Rockhouse Salzburg
21.05.20 – Graz | p.p.c.
22.05.20 – Budapest | A38 Hajó
23.05.20 – Zagreb | Klub Mo?vara

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The Obelisk Presents: Planet of Zeus First-Ever North American Tour Dates

Posted in The Obelisk Presents on February 11th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Go, just go. Go see Planet of Zeus. The Greek heavy rockers are coming to the US (plus a couple Canadian shows) in April, and you should be there to see it. Not the least because they’re traveling in the certifiably legendary company of Fatso Jetson, as well as Druids — what a fucking tour — and not just because I get an ego boost out of seeing a logo for this site at the bottom of tour posters, but also because it’s their first time here and they come in celebration of their 20th anniversary as a band and should be accordingly made to feel nothing but welcome every step of the way.

Seriously, you know the vast, vast majority of the planet thinks Americans are assholes, right? Well, you can work to counter that impression by showing up. Hell’s bells, buy a t-shirt, if not because you dug the crap out of Planet of Zeus‘ 2019 record, Faith in Physics (review here), then at very least for diplomacy’s sake. You’re an ambassador. Start acting like it.

Before they make the journey across the Atlantic, Planet of Zeus will be out starting later this month in Europe — call it a pre-victory lap — and that’s awesome, but please know that I’m honored to have involved in presenting this in the tiny way that it is and humbled to have even been asked. Get your ass out of the house. Please. We want them to come back.

Dates follow as posted today by the band:

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PLANET OF ZEUS – NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2020

We are stoked to announce that the time has come for the band to tour America for the very first time! All these years, we have been receiving messages from our fans in the States and Canada to play a show in their town, so this upcoming April seems like the perfect time to pay them a visit!

Having the legends FATSO JETSON and Druids on board for this one, makes it honestly unique.for us.

The whole tour is presented and supported by The Obelisk and we couldn’t thank him enough for that!

April 8th: Omaha, NE – The Sydney
April 9th: Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
April 10th: Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
April 11th: Toronto, ON – Bovine Sex Club
April 12th: Montreal, QB – Cafe Dekcuf
April 13th: Quebec City, QB – La Source De Martiniere
April 14th: Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus
April 15th: Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
April 16th: Charlotte, NC
April 17th: Atlanta, GA – The 529
April 18th: New Orleans, LA – Portside Lounge
April 19th: Lafayette, LA – Freetown Boom Boom Room
April 20th: Austin, TX – The Lost Well
April 21st: Dallas, TX – Lola’s Saloon
April 23rd: Tempe, AZ – Yucca Tap Room
April 24th: San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
April 25th: Costa Mesa, CA – The Wayfarer
April 26th: San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
April 28th: Portland, OR
April 29th: Seattle, WA – Funhouse
April 30th: Boise, ID – The Shredder
May 1st: Salt Lake City, UT
May 2nd: Denver, CO – Streets Denver

Tour poster by our beloved Bewild Brother
Tour powered by Atomic Music Group!

Our European tour with Kvelertak is getting close!

27/2: Kulturzentrum Schlachthof,Bremen (DE)
28/2: Gruenspan, Hamburg (DE)
29/2: Essigfabrik, Koln (DE)
1/3:Rockhal, Luxembourg, (LU)
3/3: Le Trapendo, Paris (FR)
4/3: Substage, Karlsruhe (DE)
6/3: Conne Island, Leipzig (DE)
7/3: SO 36, Berlin (DE)
8/3: Kwadrat, Krakow (PL)
10/3: Durer Kert, Budapest (HU)
11/3: Szene, Vienna (AT)
13/3: Meet Factory, Prague (CZ)
14/3: Backstage, Munich (DE)
16/3: Z7, Pratteln (CH)
17/3: Schlachtof, Wiesbaden (DE)
18/3: Patronaat, Haarlem (NL)
20/3: Academy 2, Manchester (UK)
21/3: SWX, Bristol (UK)
22/3: Electric Brixton, London (UK)

Tickets: http://planetofzeus.gr/tour-dates

PLANET OF ZEUS is:
Babis Papanikolaou – Vox & Guitars
Stelios Provis – Guitars
Giannis Vrazos – Bass
Serafeim Giannakopoulos – Drums

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Villagers of Ioannina City Post “For the Innocent” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on February 11th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

VILLAGERS OF IOANNINA CITY

Greek heavy psych rockers Villagers of Ioannina City had a pretty busy 2019 and it’s looking like they’re going to have a busy 2020 as well. Having put out their latest album, Age of Aquarius, on their own last Fall, the band subsequently inked deals with Sound of Liberation for booking and Napalm Records for label-ing (?) and has already begun showing signs of next-levelry to match the progressive intentions of the record itself. As the Greek scene gains long-since-deserved broader recognition across Europe’s underground, the folk-laden style of Villagers of Ioannina City seems to put a positive face on what’s happening in a sonically diverse and still-booming sphere.

And as the faces of the “innocents” featured in the band’s new video for “For the Innocent” from Age of Aquarius begin to flash and meld and come together and all the eyes seem to become one, the message is not lost, even as the camera speeds through a tunnel amid silhouettes of the group themselves, didgeridoo and all. The song itself gives some indication of the scope of the record as a whole, without necessarily spoiling the linear entirety for anyone who has yet to take it on — and if not, go right ahead, it’s streaming in full and has been for months now — but as they get introduced to new audiences via Napalm‘s broader distribution and promotional reach, “For the Innocent” certainly offers a welcome sampling of what Age of Aquarius is all about.

They’ve already announced a Spring tour to coincide with the April 3 arrival of the physical pressing, and they’ll make a stop at the pre-show for Desertfest Berlin as a part of that. I would only expect more to come as we move through the Summer and Fall. Villagers of Ioannina City are stepping up in a big way, and accordingly, it’s going to be a busy year.

Enjoy the video. Credits and tour dates follow:

Villagers of Ioannina City, “For the Innocent” official video

Pre-order “Age of Aquarius” here: https://smarturl.it/AgeOfAquarius-NPR

VILLAGERS OF IOANNINA CITY on “For the Innocent”:
“We are really really happy to present to you our new video clip! Dedicated to all the dreamers, the deviants, the immigrants of life and the wanderers of mind! To all the innocent ones!”

Concept:
Villagers of Ioannina City, Stathis Mitsios

Director, Editor:
Stathis Mitsios

Video Shootings:
Stathis Mitsios, Zissis Tsoumpos, Eleftheria Kalpenidou, Yorgos Dellis, Spiros Andromaneskos , Dimitris Zarkadas

Photo Shooting:
Eleftheria Kalpenidou

Assistants:
Georgia Nikoletou, George Asteris, Mitsaki Racoon, Thomas Papathomas, Rosemary Kourouni, Despoina Gazi, Lefteris Mitsios, Magda Togkouri

Starring:
All the innocents

Recorded by Asteris Partalios at Magnanimous Studio, Thessaloniki, GR
Mixed by Keith Armstrong at Pietown Sound, Los Angeles, CA
Mastered by Justin Shturtz at Sterling Sound, Nashville TN

Listen on Spotify and all digital platforms here: https://orcd.co/vic_ageofaquarius

AGE OF AQUARIUS | SPRING TOUR 2020
02/4 – Bucharest (RO) – Quantic
03/4 – Cluj Napoca (RO) – FORM Space
05/4 – Krakow (PL) – Klub Za?cianek
07/4 – Warsaw (PL) – Klub Hydrozagadka
08/4 – Poznan (PL) – Klub u Bazyla
09/4 – Dresden (DE) – Beatpol
11/4 – Jena (DE) – Kulturbahnhof Jena
15/4 – Paris (FR) – GLAZART
16/4 – Aachen (DE) – Musikbunker Aachen
18/4 – Rotterdam (NL) – Podium Grounds
22/4 – London (UK) – The Dome, Tufnell Park
23/4 – Manchester (UK) – Night People & The Twisted Wheel Club
25/4 – Nantes (FR) – La Scène Michelet
29/4 – Hamburg (DE) – Knust Hamburg
30/4 – Berlin (DE) – Lido Berlin
01/5 – Wiesbaden (DE) – Schlachthof Wiesbaden
02/5 – Munich (DE) – Feierwerk
03/5 – Zurich (CH) – Rote Fabrik
05/5 – Zagreb (HR) – Klub Mo?vara
07/5 – Vienna (AT) – ARENA WIEN
09/5 – Novi Sad (RS) – Ritam Evrope
10/5 – SOFIA (BG) – “Mixtape 5”

VILLAGERS OF IOANNINA CITY are:
Alex (guitar/vox)
Akis (bass)
Aris (drums)
Kostantis (clarinet, winds)
Kostas (bagpipe)

Villagers of Ionnina City, Age of Aquarius (2019)

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