The Blue Side Band from Athens in Greece is the alt-rock band of Sotiris Nikolaou (Guitar / Piano / Harmonica), Argiris Vassileiou (Guitar), Petros Papavasiliou (Guitar), Tassos Kakogiannis (Bass / Upright Bass) and Antonis Dounias (Drums).
The Blue Side Band
A richness of sounds soars around the room as The Blue Side Band combine influences of American blues folk with cinematic scores to produce music which drifts around the ears like luxuriant chocolate mousse.
The unhurried compositions are given the space to develop their layers as the quintet create complexities of textures which are enhanced by the range of instruments used, whilst equally, because of the pacing the audience is not led on a confusing journey, rather allowed to rest in comfort with the music weaving its way round the brain.
Originally formed as a solo project, The Blue Side Band has, like the music, evolved slowly to its current incarnation with talk of a debut LP in formation. This is music to take out at any time of the day and sit back to enjoy the presentation of sounds which nestle in the lower registers.
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@fter_Maths is an alt-rock band from Athens in Greece comprising Decy Belu (Vocals), Duru (Bass), Johnny K. (Guitar), Thanos S. (Keyboard) and Gino A. (Drums).
The music brings to mind thoughts of early the early ’80s and mid nineties which @fter_Maths have managed to spruce up to bring to the listener some growling guitar / bass combinations that sweep around the room. The solid percussion keeps the sounds on course, whilst the synth is deployed as part of the whole giving it a central role in the compositions. Above all this rises an unmistakeable vocal which provides a piquant counterpoint to the material and the full complement allows @after_Maths to provide tracks that keep the listener involved with the twists and turns that result.
Although @fter_Maths has been around a few years now, there is a sparsity to recorded material, which is partly due to line-up changes, although I believe a début LP is in the wings, which will find them in a slightly different space than previous material. With fortune, this will afford the band a higher profile and exposure, as the music that is available for those not able to see them live is engrossing.
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From Athens in Greece comes George Nikas (Drums / Vocals) and Stamos Bamparis (Guitars) who make up the garage rock out-fit The Noise Figures.
The Noise Figures – image credit: Thodoris Markou
The duo is able to deliver a sound which has the aural context of more than two players as they extend brooding storm clouds from the speakers. There is much to enjoy here as The Noise Figures produce music replete with sludgy depth and vivacity and for a duo that is a conceptual conundrum and well worth taking time to invest.
By combing West Coast USA lo-fi with British blues rock, The Noise Figures, intrigue as much as entertain providing the listener with compositions which enthral and entrance. Their ability to take the simple and shuffle in complexity of flavour affords them the space and time to produce sounds which are at one moment familiar, the next stunningly idiosyncratic.
This is a band of polar opposites and lack of players which at face value should shoot itself in the foot, instead of which the audience remains in startled silence. One gets the feeling if you are looking for a current translation of the flight from Sodom and the Pillar of Salt The Noise Figures are the epitome, don’t look back after you have encountered Athens 2013 with George and Stamos.
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From Athens in Greece we find the indie-pop outfit The Bennetts comprising Fotis (Vocals / Guitar), Thanasis (Guitar), Don Mondie (Bass) and Akis (Drums).
Perfect Friday morning fayre, The Bennetts produce music with no frippery that gets right to the heart of the matter, garage driven indie-pop with slight guitar distortion which matches the idiosyncratic vocal and the whole sound catches the listener slightly off guard.
These guys are masters at raising an enormous question mark the moment you hit play as they continually play slightly off key, which were it not for the fact that they can carry off so well you are initially tempted to write it off as a band needing to practice more. Don’t let that initial thought sully your continued listening. It is this quirky tongue in cheek approach that actually is the key attraction to The Bennetts.
As necessary and appropriate to the mood of the song, they slide majestically into the natural melodies and the whole discordance of it all takes on an immeasurable glow of good humour
About a year old now The Bennetts have just released their debut seven track LP Dreamkeepers, on the USA indie label Jigsaw Records who are developing a name for themselves in the quirky world of indie-pop, to follow up their earlier single .
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