Sunday, February 1, 2015

[Live Report] Full Throttle JAM vol.1

Barcode Music along with Full Throttle radio show organized their first “mini festival” a.k.a.  JAM at Kyttaro music stage on January 18th. We had the opportunity to enjoy a variety of Greek underground heavy bands in an attempt for the audience to come closer and the bands to spread their music. GodSleep were supposed to be the headliners of that first attempt but they didn’t make it unfortunately and they were replaced by 45Rats. We hope to (and we think we will) see GodSleep in the next Full Throtle JAM!

Jaw Breaker
The gig started with a little delay but the fresh-new Greek underground Jaw Breaker rewarded us. Jaw Breaker is a fresh add in the Greek heavy underground scene and we should wait a lot from these guys. Their sound could be described us southern metal with lots of Zakk Wylde influences in their guitar playing. Although their “freshness”, they were communicative and they have quite a firm sound. Jaw Breaker is definitely a band that we want to follow and listen to again in the future because of their promising sound and the lack of southern metal in the local underground scene.

Spacement then followed, a new band that is already embraced in the underground scene. Instead of the heavy riffs and solos of Jaw Breaker, Spacement focuses on psychedelic doom sounds with distinct influences from bands like Reverend Bizarre and Sleep but with the proper bit of sludge. They seem to have been working through lots of heavy sounds in order to shape their own. To assure us for their purposes, they covered Electric Wizard’s “Return Trip”. Sure thing is that this band has already started to mark their area in the scene and they get better and better in every live we have the opportunity to enjoy them. They’re very active and we should wait to watch them often in great evening like this.

Korsikov featuring Babis (Planet of Zeus)
Korsikov were next and they marked the gig with their doom- sludge sound. Korsikov is a known band in the scene and our guess is that most of the people there knew what they should expect; heavy riffs, intense doom playing. We think that the most exceptional moments of the evening were while Korsikov were on stage and they had two great vocal guests; Stavros from Sadhus (the smoking community) and Babis from Planet of Zeus. Korsikov can’t actually let the audience unsatisfied because their tracks are very well-worked and genuinely doom. We’re looking forward to their first release!

45Rats finished the evening. Although their sound is different than the ones we’ve already heard, we enjoyed them one more time. 45Rats is a remarkable example of rock n’ roll sound and they’ve been highly active through the years. Being headliners added a nice & different touch in the evening, because of that different and more-easy-to-hear sound they have in comparison with their previous bands. Rock n’ roll riffs, high skills and lots of fun spirit. We’re able to listen to three new tracks of theirs which we hope to hear in a second upcoming release soon. Unfortunately, because of the past time, they had to minimize their set and it was ok because, not only we know that we’ll enjoy them soon again, but because the evening was already great.

We listened to great bands in the first Full Throttle JAM and we’re very curious to attend the second one, which we hope that will have a bigger audience. Besides, it’s just the beginning. We hope Barcode Music and Full Throttle to keep on promoting the good music and the underground scene. The bands really enjoyed themselves which was important for the audience and it’s very pleasant to watch together many bands with lots of spirit and energy! See you in Vol. 2.

by Gaia

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

[Interview] Down with StoneDaze

Welcome to Downtuned
Tell us a few words about the group, when and where did you get started? How did you meet?
We started jammin’ in 2009 first me (Greg/guitar) and Dimitris (Drums) , we knew each other from previous projects then Alex (Vocals) came  to the band  and gradually we started to look like a band. Then our ex bassist Ozmo came to the band and we released a promo cd in 2012. Later, Ozmo left the band and our new bassist is Andrew we’re very glad to have him in the group. Now we’re in the studio finishing our debut album.

Which are your musical influences?
Kyuss , Wolfmother , QOTSA , Down , Led Zeppelin , Lynyrd Skynyrd and generally 70’s bands.

What’s your lyrics about? What catches your interest?
The lyrics are mainly about our experiences , about the society and the problems that we face every day.

Is the communication with the crowd something that you care about, in all levels, or do you do music for yourselves?
We care a lot about the crowd and it’s something amazing to interact with the crowd but we do music mainly for ourselves. If we do music that we don’t like it 100% we’ll never put it out.

Do you feel like you’re a part of a particular “scene” in which you would like to join and contribute or you are indifferent about it?
We think that we’re a part of the greek heavy / stoner scene, we think that the scene is getting bigger and bigger every day. We have great bands like Planet of Zeus , Potergeist , 1000Mods , Nightstalker that made huge steps and made the scene known worldwide and we have magnificent new bands that can produce really good music.

How do you imagine that the band will be in ten years from now?
With a couple of records and some touring experience.

Which famous artist you would like to do a guest to a record of yours and why?
We think that Josh Homme would be this artist. We think he’s an influential figure for the scene and for us as a band. Also, his musicianship and his incredible music taste would every song to a masterpiece.

What plans do you have for the near future?
This period we’re finishing the recordings for our debut album that will be released this year and also we’ll schedule some live acts beginning this Sunday 1/2 @ After darkmusic bar with our brothers Jaw breaker really great band.

We wish you good luck to whatever you’re doing, the epilogue is yours.
Keep on listening to and supporting the greek bands and we’re looking forward to see you in our gigs!

by Kavaldi

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Full Throttle JAM vol.1

Η Barcode music & το Full Throttle (Radio Show) παρουσιάζουν το πρώτο 
Full Throttle JAM vol.1  

Full Throttle JAM vol.1 Κυριακή 18 Ιανουαρίου 2015, Kyttaro LIVE Club 

Πόρτες : 20:00 Έναρξη : 20:30 
Είσοδος : 7 euro

Σας παρουσιάζουμε το πρώτο κεφάλαιο του Full Throttle JAM με τις παρακάτω συμμετοχές: 
45Rats (Instrumental Heavy Rock‘n'Roll) 
Korsikov (Heavy Rock) 
Spacement (Psychedelic Doom) 
Jaw Breaker (Southern Metal)   

Λίγα λόγια για τη Barcode Music  
Η Barcode Music είναι μια καινούργια εταιρία που σκοπός της είναι να κάνει συνεργασίες με μπάντες και καλλιτέχνες για να προώθηση την μουσική σε διάφορες σκηνές της Ελλάδας. Διοργανώσεις festival,event, μουσικές συλλογές και όχι μόνο, με την συνεργασία που έχουμε με studio μπορούμε να έχουμε την δικιά σας δισκογραφική δουλειά. Βασικό για εμάς η επικοινωνία με κάθε καλλιτέχνη, με κάθε μπάντα ή σχήμα. Χωρίς όρια για την μουσική.   

Λίγα λόγια για το Full Throttle (Radio Show)  
Το Full Throttle (Radio Show) είναι μια ραδιοφωνική εκπομπή με σκοπό να προωθήσει και να παρουσιάση την underground Rock / Metal ελληνική σκηνή σε πιο ευρύ κοινό. Αυτό επιτυγχάνεται κατα κύριο λόγο μέσο Live συνεντεύξεων εν ώρα εκπομπής αλλά και γραπτές για μπάντες του εξωτερικού που δημοσιέυονται στο site της εκπομπης. Επίσης κατα καιρούς γίνονται χορηγίες επικοινωνίας σε συναυλίες, φεστιβάλ και άλλα events.   

Λίγα λόγια για τις μπάντες. 

Το Αθηναϊκό τρίο των 45Rats από τη δημιουργία του το 2008 δεν έχει σταματήσει τις live εμφανίσεις του σε Αθήνα και επαρχία, παίζοντας instrumental heavy rock n roll. Μετά από την πρώτη κυκλοφορία του Ep "First Gear" (2011) και μια σειρά εμφανίσεων παρέα με μεγάλα ονόματα της παγκόσμιας ροκ σκηνής όπως Samsara Blues Experiment, Οrange Goblin, Radio Moscow, Kadavar και Baby Woodrose, το πρώτο τους ολοκληρωμένο album "Electric" κυκλοφόρησε στις αρχές του 2014 σε 12'' κόκκινο βινύλιο από την Catch The Soap Productions. Αυτήν την περίοδο συνθέτουν νέο υλικό το οποίο ευελπιστούν να κυκλοφορήσει μέσα στο 2015.
Οι Korsikov δημιουργήθηκαν στις αρχές του 2005 (Μάρτιος) μέσα από την ανάγκη για δημιουργική εκτόνωση και δικαιολογία για καθυστερημένες εμφανίσεις σε κοινωνικές συνευρέσεις. Υπηρετούν το riff από τότε μέσα από ζωντανές εμφανίσεις με πολλά δυνατά ονόματα της εγχώριας και αλλοδαπής  heavy σκηνής, κάτω από ποικίλες συνθήκες, έχοντας ηχογραφήσει και κυκλοφορήσει επίσημα το κομμάτι τους "Liqweedator" για τη συλλογή της Spinalonga Records "Miss Fortune was a Henhouse Manager"(2011) ενώ στα σκαριά είναι η πρώτη ολοκληρωμένη δισκογραφική δουλεία τους . 

Οι Spacement είναι μια doom μπάντα από την Αθήνα. Κύρια χαρακτηριστικά της είναι τα βαριά ψυχεδελικά riff με βροντερές ψαλμωδίες στα φωνητικά και αργούς, μακρόσυρτους ρυθμούς. Έχει στο ενεργητικό της αρκετά live με εγχώριες μπάντες, από εξωτερικό (Samsara Blues Experiment), καθώς και συμμετοχές σε φεστιβάλ. Η μπάντα σύντομα θα μπει στο στούντιο για να ηχογραφήσει ένα ΕΡ, την πρώτη της επαγγελματική δουλειά.  

Οι Jaw Breaker δημιουργήθηκαν αρχές του 2012 από φίλους με το ίδιο πάθος για μουσική. Μέσα από πολλές πρόβες και πειραματισμούς κατέληξαν σε ενα stoner/southern metal ύφος μουσικής. Το φθινόπωρο του 2013 και μετά απο κάποιες αλλαγές στα μέλη τους, φτάνουν στην σημερινή τους σύνθεση. Ηχογραφούν 3 απο τα κομμάτια τους με δικά τους μέσα και παραγωγή και βάζουν στόχο πλέον τις live εμφανίσεις τους και μετέπειτα την ηχογράφηση του πρώτου τους ΕΡ .