The Callas are back, Twice in as many months we see the Athenian Art rockers return to their home stage in further support of their new record Trouble and Desire. Sadly collaborator, Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo is not with them but he is barely missed as the band crash through a strong set featuring old and new favourites.
The venue, six D.O.G.S, with its dark and moody interior is in stark contrast to their last gig which was at the bright and kitschy Xorostasio Bar. However this had no affect on the resulting show as the packed crowd was treated to an energetic, fuzz filled gig which enthralled those present.
Opening with Mirror, the band seemed uncharacteristically subdued and low key but the gig was kicked up a notch with the ferocious ‘Acid Books’ and the band were then in full stride.
Brothers Aris and Lakis Ionas on guitar and bass respectively, drummer Chrysanthi Tsoukala, Marilena Petridou on percussion and Chris Bekiris on guitar made a hell of a noise. Their trademark tribal beats, the fuzzy guitars and vocals switching from loud and punk to soft and sultry were all present and filled the venue. The songs raced by, ‘East beat’, ‘lipstick’, ‘Melania’, ‘La Jalousie’, the Velvet Underground stylings of ‘Γλυκιά Μου Όμορφη’, the sharp and punky ‘am i vertical?’
With Aris Ionas’ punky riffs being complimented by Bekiris’ fills and noise. The band seemed to get better the longer the gig went on and the crowd responded in kind. By the time guitars were being leaned against amps and feedback was filling the air for the encores, there was a mosh pit at the front and dancing at the sides.
All in all, this was yet another triumph. The crowd sang, they danced, they cheered. Beers were thrown, pedals were kicked and songs were sung. Love this band.