Dury Dava Premiere Self-Titled Debut LP in Full

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on May 10th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Athens-based experimentalist jammers Dury Dava release their self-titled debut album today through Inner Ear Records. Take a seat. Get your head sorted. Strap in. Me, I’ll pour another coffee. But you do whatever you need to do to prepare yourself for a bit of a journey, and by “a bit” I mean the record is 69 minutes long, so actually it’s less “a bit” and more “clear your calendar.” But fair enough, since you probably wanted to do that anyway.

Dury Dava are real-deal far out. Not we-have-a-delay-pedal-and-a-keyboard jams — though yes, they’ve got both — but sprawling krautrock composition-ishes infused with Greek and Turkish folk influences and instrumentation, resulting in a progged-up vision manifest across 10 tracks not afraid to get heavy in a garage sense every now and again, as on “Triptych” or “Satana” or the winding later “Ataxia,” but by no means beholden to the expectation of that or anything else. Songs vary wildly in arrangement and course, from high-drama art rock pieces like “Ela Pali Na” to the Mediterranean cosmic psych-folk of the 12-minute “34522,” which appears late in the record but still ahead of the 13-minute “Tarlabasi,” which feels like a companion even with the shorter “Ataxia” between them and the reality of the split between sides C and D of the double-vinyl.

dury dava dury dava“34522” takes cues from Doors and Chrome and classic Greek psych, while “Tarlabasi” answers back with gorgeous dream-toned guitar and wah bass and a laid back vibe that still holds some funk in its procession ahead of subdued, gentle closer “Kane Ligo Alithina.” The set opens with “Afriki,” and indeed there’s some element of Afrobeat to the groove in various spots throughout, but with flourish of clarinet and the proto-space rock launch in the second half of the subsequent “Triptych,” there’s clearly no one style or genre claiming Dury Dava‘s sound, the five-piece using multiple angles of approach toward a single coherence manifest in longer form works or the barking, percussion-laced “Zoupa,” which somehow reminds in its vocal melody of Donovan in those moments where the freakout is held at bay momentarily, or the dilruba-laced side B closeout “Kalokairi,” which resolves in a gorgeous guitar solo atop a drifting progression that stays mostly quiet but for some vocalizations accompanying. It’s as gone a lead-in as “34522” (which, by the way, is a postal code for Istanbul) could ask for.

Dury Dava, as the live-tracked output of a relatively new band begin in 2016, is more than just an encouraging debut. From a group whose sound is a conglomeration of traditions from folk to pop to rock and back again, it is a deeply individualized starting point for what will hopefully be an ongoing creative growth. The fact that the lineup of Karolos Berahas (bass, keys, synth), Giorgis Karras (electric guitar, dilruba), Dimitris Mantzavinos (vocals, electric guitar, bouzouki), Dimitris Prokos (clarinet, synth) and Ilias Livieratos (drums, percussion) are able to come together in this way and be able to craft such a sonic blend without losing themselves in the process only deepens their prospects and gives them all the more of an identity in the meantime. It is not necessarily an easy record on first listen, but even if one digests it one side at a time, the results are more than worth that effort.

I’m genuinely honored to host the stream today on the occasion of the album’s release. Please find it below and enjoy:

Dury Dava is a five-piece band from Athens, Greece. Their debut self-titled album was recorded live during several sessions in the second half of 2018 at Hobart Phase Studios, aka the mossy basement of an unwitting suburban home in Athens, the very rehearsal space where the band members first met over three years ago. In part it represents this very union and subsequent formation, and brings to the world, for the first time, upwards of 70 minutes of their original music.

Several compositional trajectories are employed, drawing inspiration from a wide variety of places. Their music pays tribute to the raw grit of 60’s psychedelia and 70’s krautrock, and fuses elements from the Greco-Turkish musical traditions such as odd rhythms and folk dances with a punk mentality, resulting in an amalgamation of contemporary experimental rock with heterogeneous throwback underpinnings. What it lacks for in discipline, it compensates for in energy and spontaneity.

The music was written by Dury Dava:

Karolos Berahas (bass, keys, synth)
Giorgis Karras (electric guitar, dilruba)
Dimitris Mantzavinos (vocals, electric guitar, bouzouki)
Dimitris Prokos (clarinet, synth)
Ilias Livieratos (drums, percussion)

Out on double LP and digital album on May 10th via Inner Ear.

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Chickn Announce Wowsers! Album Details; Premiere “The Elevational Love of Frank Zappa”

Posted in audiObelisk, Whathaveyou on May 2nd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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It was soul singer Jackie Wilson who in 1967 spoke of love lifting someone higher. Vowel-omitting Greek heavy prog weirdos Chickn aren’t quite shooting for something so romantic with their new single “The Elevational Love of Frank Zappa,” but to be perfectly honest, if you listen to the lyrics of the song, which includes piano, horns, gang vocals and probably a bunch more along with the standard guitar, bass and drums, they’re not far off. The notion of having love in your life making you a better person ties the two pieces together. It’s just that one is about a girl and the other about a largely unparalleled counterculture guitar hero.

The album from whence “The Elevational Love of Frank Zappa” comes is called Wowsers! and it’s being released by Inner Ear Records on May 11. To be sure, Zappa is an influence — they probably would’ve written the song about someone else, otherwise — but a song like “Cloud over Athens” reminds of subdued King Crimson gone dreamy psych, and the jazzy “Too Many Parables” has a post-Beatles bounce while seven-minute “China Must Win” resolves itself in a vision of nascent space rock, ending its course with winding vocal harmonies and feedback. The underlying point is that Chickn make their way as they please through the nine tracks and 37 minutes of Wowsers!, and those whims lead to a variety of destinations almost on a per song basis.

I guess then it’s fair to say “The Elevational Love of Frank Zappa” doesn’t necessarily speak for the whole record sound-wise, but it does enunciate a pivotal root from which it stems. You can stream the premiere of the track at the bottom of this post. A quote from the band, tour dates and more album details follow here, courtesy of the PR wire:

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Chickn on “The Elevational Love of Frank Zappa”:

“The Elevational Love of Frank Zappa” is a true story about an incident of self-secession, recited under the beat of a war machine. It depicts in amazing details both the moment of the narrator’s reunion with himself, as well as the amazing emotion that kept the very same self together. The Elevational Love sprouted before the rest of the record and now sees the light only because it is their friends’ most cherished song. It was also recorded on the 26th of December 2017, making it the fist song recorded in that session. It’s all about that elevational love in the end of the day and we can do nothing else but share.

WOWSERS! is the sophomore album of CHiCKN, out on May 11th 2018 on Inner Ear Records (vinyl, digital), following their debut LP (Inner Ear, 2016) recorded on the verge of 2017 and 2018. It consists of 9 electric elegies that unfold their agitated collective psyche. This is what taking the effect and making it the cause for a long while sounds like when electrified.

CHICKN, having released a double LP, an EP, three singles and a half a dozen of bootlegs, decided to embrace their inner voice and capture the essence of their in-vivo interaction into this Acid Glam record.

Sunny and colorful, sometimes comforting – sometimes alarming, always fast and bulbous, WOWSERS! oozes with West-Coast vibes and proto-punk explosions. Enchanting space-outs rise like monuments of absence, carefully balanced by meteoric freakouts that insist on your presence. In the meantime, a fine blend of lyrical horns, alluring percussion, whimsical drumming, arcade guitar riffs, sensual basslines and ankle-played keyboards will chaperon you in this 38 minute trip.

CHICKN
“WOWSERS!”
[Inner Ear Records]
Format: LP, Digital
Release Date: 11 May 2018

Tracklist:
01. Invocation
02. Is This Cher
03. Too Many Parables
04. I Cry Diamonds
05. Chickn Tribe (Reprise)
06. Egg of Love
07. China Must Win
08. The Elevational Love of Frank Zappa
09. Cloud Over Athens

Tour Dates:
Wed 9 May Ypogeio Thessaloniki Greece
Thu 10 May AgoraBar Koumanovo FYROM
Fri 11 May HammamBar Pristina Kosovo
Sat 12 May CityStage Sofia Bulgaria
Sun 13 May TBA
Mon 14 May TBA
Tue 15 May Berlin Germany
Wed 16 May TraumaBar Marburg Germany
Thu 17 May Ritus Dusseldorf Germany
Fri 18 May TheWE Fes Maastricht, Netherlands
Sat 19 May Brussels Belgium
Sun 20 May WhiteNat/WhiteHeat Fes Nantes France
Wed 23 May Kalvingrad Geneva Switzerland
Thu 24 May TBA
Fri 25 May TBA
Sat 26 May El-Lokal Zurich Switzerland
Sat 9 June Gagarin205 Athens Greece

CHICKN is:
Angelos Krallis (lead vocals, guitars, synths)
Pantelis Karasevdas (drums, percussion, piano)
Don Stavrinos (horns, percussion)
Haris Neilas (congas, bongos, Percussion, electric sitar)
Axios Zafeirakos (bass)
Chris Bekiris (string machine, electric guitar, backing)

Preorders: http://smarturl.it/l5xs6o

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Chickn Self-Titled Debut Due Oct. 10; New Song Streaming

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 5th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

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Well, certain among those running for president in the US may not have heard of Aleppo, but Athens-based heavy prog rockers Chickn definitely have. The three-piece will issue their self-titled debut next week on Inner Ear Records, and as a precursor, they’ve got the seven-minute “Aleppo/Jam” streaming now, showcasing a lush sense of arrangement and clearly being fleshed out over the period of months last year during which it was recorded. Though plenty rich, given the list below of instruments contributed directly by the trio and the myriad guests with which they apparently worked, I somehow doubt that “Aleppo/Jam” tells the whole story of Chickn‘s Chickn, but if you’re just getting your feet wet with the band — as I am — it’s an intriguing place to start.

From the PR wire:

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Athens psych-trio Chickn shares the first track from their upcoming debut album

Chickn’s self-titled debut album is finally out! This is a radio zapping on a 68-minute car drive. This is a field unfolding in front of your very eyes and at the same time a call of wandering. This is an attempt of some people to invent themselves through playing. This is Jetztzeit rock. A sound conceived as jump in the free sky of history.

The album was composed by the Athens-based trio in Athens and Valencia from fragments of many years during the period 2014-2015. It was recorded from July to October 2015 in Sonic Playground Studio and in Iraklis Vlachakis’ home in Athens. The album was produced by Chickn and Nikos Triantafyllou and it was mastered by Alan Douches in West West Side Studios in New York.

Chickn are:
Angelos Krallis (vocals, electric, resonator & acoustic guitars, electric sitar, lute, synthesizers, tsambouna, udu, drum machine, steel drum)
Evangelos Aslanides (drums, percussion, djembe, darbuka, bendir)
Pantelis Karasevdas (drums, percussion, congas, djembe)

Personnel appearing on this album:
Sir Kosmiche (bass), Konstantinos Protopappas (electric guitar), Haris Neilas (darbuka, congas, cowbell), Andreas Kiltsiksis (oud, amanes), Prins Obi (additional synths, additional vocals), King Elephant (saxophone), Nikos Triantafyllou & Iraklis Vlachakis (engineering)

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Chickn
[Inner Ear Records]
Format: Vinyl, Digital
Release Date: October 10
Pre-order: Inner Ear / Bandcamp

Tracklist:
1. Chickn Tribe
2. Omens
3. Aleppo – Jam
4. Modular Prayer
5. Taqsim – Rhy – Tavk Hava
6. Forget – Small Things
7. Articulation
8. Modular Prayer (Reprise)
9. Prelude On Mary
10. Shifting Time Blues – Akhedia

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https://innerear-chickn.bandcamp.com/album/chickn
http://inner-ear.gr/artists/chickn/

Chickn, “Aleppo/Jam”

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