Στην τελευταία όμως είχα την εμπειρία να σε γνωρίσω, εσένα, μια Λένας Πλάτωνος. Μια τιμή για έναν μουσικό, ειδικά όταν συναντάει την μητέρα της ελληνικής ηλεκτρονικής μουσικής.
Είχα την ευκαιρία να δω από κοντά τα μελαγχολικά σου μάτια και να καταλάβω γιατί όλα αυτά τα χρόνια η μουσική σου και οι στοίχοι σου με συνόδευαν και πολλές φορές έβαζαν λόγια στις σκέψεις μου. Τρεις δεκατίες, τρεις φορές παρέα με την μουσική σου. Την πρώτη όταν μου έβαζε η μάνα μου να σε ακούσω στην Λιλιπούπολη, την δεύτερη όταν σε ανακάλυπτα μόνος μου και σε έπερνα μαζί μου στα μακριά, και στην τρίτη όταν σε άκουγα περιστασιακά πια γιατί μου θύμιζες την αβασάνιστη νιότη μου.
Μου είπες με παράπονο “Δεν με παίζουν στο ράδιο”!
Και σου απάντησα ότι καλύτερα γιατί τα πάντα εκεί είναι πουλημένα. Ενώ εσύ συνεχίζεις να παίζεις στην ψυχή μας.
On Sunday 26th Nov, we performed live at TZAZ a place in Kifisia. The bad omens appeared early when we arrived at the time told to soundcheck, only to discover that nothing of the instruments were placed and the PAs not interconnected. After many hours, with the staff of the organizing company trying to fix the PAs we were told that we might not be able to use the microphones because they didn’t know how to interconnect them! Of course that meant that we wouldn’t play because it wasn’t our attention to play with half the band on stage.
After two more hours trying to fix the situation and with the last band not wanting to stop playing (their age gives them away, but I hope that they will be more typical in their next lives), we finally got on stage!
I can say that because of the whole situation, I enjoyed much this live because we were not anxious at all. Even though our drummer was playing with no monitors, we performed our songs quite good. Even when the club’s owner almost came on stage to tell us that we must play quiter, like we are DJs and we will put the volume down (my guitar’s volume pot was at 2/8 and my amps at 1-2/10), we didn’t stop playing well. We even played louder!
To sum up I would like to say a big bravo to alterground for their amateurism in organising live events and a big thank you to the owner of TZAZ club for giving us the oppurtunity to try ourselves performing under these crappy conditions. Alterground seems to be a company that wants to do lives with 3-4 bands playing at the same day at venues, where each band brings 20-30 people and the venue is filled. Only in Greece it is possible to have a live club and have no sound insulation!
As it always happens, what we were hearing at the sound check was completely different from what we heard on stage. At least the sound was good from our crowd’s impression. These two photos are from our sound check.
The night started with “Sleepy Meadow”, a song with a heavy introduction, that later calms in psychedelic rhythms. We decided to play this song first because we wanted to start our first ever gig with a lot of power and potential and show also that we are going to play something a lot different than the rest of the bands. Especially we wanted to entertain some people that have given us the characteristic of “retroists”!
We continued with “Heathrow (A Song About Departures)”, which many of our fans consider our best song.
We concluded with “Ode to Obe”, in order to close our gig like we started it! With power! Till next time!