VAVOURA BAND – Tώρα το λένε…ethnic

Οι VAVOURA BAND δημιουργήθηκαν τον Σεπτέμβριο του 1976 από τους Johnny Vavoura και Γιάννη Δρόλαπα. Από την αρχή, παράλληλα με την hard rock πλευρά τους, υπήρχε πάντα στις ζωντανές τους εμφανίσεις μια ενότητα με κομμάτια, συνήθως ορχηστρικά, με έντονο το ελληνικό και γενικότερα ανατολίτικο χρώμα. Δεν ήταν παραδοσιακά, αλλά πρωτότυπες συνθέσεις βασισμένες πάνω σε ελληνικές, βυζαντινές, αραβικές, ινδικές κλίμακες παιγμένες από ένα “σκληρό” τρίο. Με την πάροδο του χρόνου το ρεπερτόριο εμπλουτίστηκε με νέα κομμάτια κι αυτή η πλευρά του γκρουπ έφτασε να καλύπτει το μεγαλύτερο μέρος της δημιουργικότητάς του.

Βασισμένοι σε αυτό το μουσικό ύφος, η μπάντα έγραψε soundtracks για διάφορες ταινίες από το 1980 εώς το 2004, τα οποία παρουσιάζονται για πρώτη φορά σε βινύλιο στο album “Τώρα το λένε ethnic, σε συλλεκτική έκδοση 300 αντιτύπων.

Φωτογραφίες: Θανάσης Oικονόμου

Μastering – Επιμέλεια έκδοσης: Στυλίδης Νίκος @ Labyrinthofthoughts

Κυκλοφορεί στις 2 Νοεμβρίου από τις Labyrinth of thoughts records & Ikaros records

Vaggelis Paraskevaidis – Indoles

Vaggelis Paraskevaidis is
a jazz vibraphonist born in Athens, Greece.
He started piano lessons at a very young age but he quickly realized that
he wanted to learn the drums.

A large portion of his puberty was spent on listening to all kinds of
music. He started his formal studies on the vibraphone , while drumming
onstage with punk rock bands. It was this period where he discovered his
interest in jazz and improvisation.
He graduated from Salford University (UK) as a assemble/concert
percussionist.

He had the fortune to be taught by great masters such as DavidFriedman,
Robert Fripp, David Liebman, Gary Barton, Michael Gibbs,and Bob Moses.
He has collaborated, through recording studios and/or on stage withmany
Greek artists, from jazz trios, to modern songwriters and toClassical
Orchestras, such as the Camerata.

His first solo album INDOLES is soon to be released on IKAROS RECORDS,and
it features some of the most prominent musicians in the Greek Jazz
scene. “INDOLES”
is a collection of his original compositions, performed by some of the best
jazz musicians in Greece.

Highly rhythmical themes played with passion and precision. It is
improvised jazz fused with alternative rock energy and deep lyricism. This
album is a spellbinding musical journey where on some tunes it features the
vibraphone mixed with an electric quartet and brass, and a string quartet
on another.

The amazing line up includes:

Dimitris Papadopoulos: Trumpet
Antonis Andreou: Trombone
Leonidas Sarantopoulos: Flute
Costis “The Thing” Christodoulou: Grand Piano/ Rhoades keyboard.
Haris Haralambous: El.Bass
Dimitris Klonis: Drums

Sofia Sarri and George Zacharopoulos: Voice

The Frog String Quartet:
Yiannis Zarias; Violin
Themis Nikoloudis; Violin
Michalis Katachanas: Viola
Alex Kasartzis: Cello

7-Odds – What Are The Odds

7-Odds are back!
Following numerous gigs in Athens and festivals around Greece, with highlights the support act to The Sonics (April 2017) and The Godfathers (December 2016), the Odds returned to Matrix Recording Studio to record their debut L.P.
Three years after their first E.P. “People Wanna See” (Frontyard Records 2015) – which is sold out – , the analogue tape caught 12 original songs. These, date from back to the early days of the band up to a couple of months before the sessions and so put to map its first period.
Apart from the usual suspects Boy Racer Nick (Bass/B.Vocals), M.P. Kouk (Guitar/B.Vocals), Alexandros Misirliadis ( Keys/B.Vocals), Georgy P ( Vocals), Marios 2 (Drums) the band had the precious help of Crosseyed Billy from SuperPuma on Vocals and Maria Bozentomova on Vocals and flute.
“What are the Odds?”, which is the name of the upcoming L.P., was produced by George Koltsiou, engineered , mixed and mastered by Dimitris Misirlis and will be out in October 2018 by Ikaros Records.

Mr. Highway Band ‎– The Rebel Artist

Mr. Highway Band is a rock band formed in 2011 and based in Athens, Greece. Their style is characterized by a unique mixture of different influences such as americana rock, power country, blues, even hard rock and punk rock. They have released three studio albums, “Is that myself” (2012), “Story of my life” (2014), “The Rebel Artist” (2017) and a live album (2014).

 

Daedalus distribution 2018

HeadOn -Ubik

Head On combine the dark-tinged and atmospherically sparse elements of post punk bands like Joy Division and Public Image Limited with a grunged out heaviness akin to Soundgarden or Sonic Youth to create a sound which is equal parts melancholic guitar dissonance, snarling vocals and all-out, fists-in-the-air driving rock. Their debut album ‘Ubik’ is out now

Distribution Ikaros Records 2018

Daidalos Distribution 2018

No Fake Bone ‎– Against All Odds

No Fake Bone from Athens, Greece is a hard funk ‘n’ roll band… This whole thing started in 2014 when the initial members, Stam Deliyiannis (guitar) and Yioula Stathopoulou (vocals, sax), met each other and decided to start writing music together. Both former members in other bands, having spent many years writing music and gigging, they turned the page with this new project. After three years of soul and member searching, in November 2017 they released their first independent album “Against All Odds”, fusing their love for hard rock, blues and funk. The album was a collective effort of friends, both musicians and producers, who embraced the material and brought it to life. All songs were recorded, mixed and produced by Akis Paschalakis at Ψ(Psi) Studio and Lefthanded Studio in Athens. The album was mastered by The Lefthanded, a team of perfectionist producers (Akis Paschalakis and Stefanos Babis), who took good care of it, sensitized to the diversity of the songs and musical influences. The artwork and illustration of the album and its White Ninepus cover was an original idea of the band, inspired by Herman Melville’s incomparable “Moby-Dick”, and it was designed by Stam, also an acclaimed sketch artist and set designer. The band joined forces with Fotis Filippatos (drums) and later on with Dimitris Kyriazis (bass) and played its first gigs right after the album release, receiving many positive reviews. Their first live video was recorded during a show at AN Club in Athens, where the band is performing “Toxic Sister”, an unreleased song, to be expected in its future projects. The video was edited by Verbillion Total Concepts and recorded live by Stefanos Babis. No Fake Bone recently started collaborating with Ikaros Records, now promoting their first album throughout Greece and abroad. This fall has many surprises in store for the band’s funs, looking forward to concerts and the release of a new project from the band’s versatile members, the “Silver Monkey”.

Vox, Sax: Yioula Stathopoulou
Guitar: Stam Deliyiannis
Bass: Dimitris Kyriazis
Drums: Fotis Filippatos

Ikaros Records 2018

The Locals ‎– All Rights Reserved

 

The Locals formed back in 2014 by five local punk rock drunks.

In 2015, after endless jamming and beer consumption, they managed to record and release their first debut 7 inch EP called “Gonna drink tonight”. Then they performed gigs in Athens and Zurich, with Punk Rock bands from Europe such as Argy Bargy, Sea Side Rebels, Grade 2, Warrior kids and Brutti e ignoranti. The record was sold out immediately.

In 2016 after countless rehearsals they hit the studio and record their first full length album “all rights reserved” which they released in 2018 through Ikaros Records.

The Locals are characterized by Punk Rock music, beer, fun, loyalty, friendship and respect.

Always on the BEER side!!!

Ikaros Records 2018

Mother Of Millions – Sigma

Athenian prog-rockers Mother of Millions release their second album “Sigma” in a collector’s edition 12” dark-green colored vinyl, via Ikaros Records, licensed by ViciSolum Productions. Vinyl will be released on July 20th in a limited number of copies.

 

Mother of Millions released Sigma in November 2017. Sigma is a concept album, focused on silence as a state of inertia. Sigma is the eighteenth letter of the Greek alphabet. It is the initial of the Greek word “Σιωπή”, meaning Silence. Sigma is also used as a symbol for the summation operator.

 

Sigma was recorded at U217 Studios, mixed by Ektoras Tsolakis (HD Factory), mastered by Steve Lado & artwork was created by Panagiotis Tsalavrettas.

Ikaros Records 2018

Message in a Cloud – Anassa

ssage in a Cloud Press Release for the Record Release

Message In a Cloud were born in the bedroom of a sleepless guy called Nikos Loukopoulos (also in Decemberance and Constrictor) back in 2014, in Athens, Greece. At that time, he had left his previous band Inertial Oblivion and many tracks written for them would be left unused. The idea of a one-man project seemed like the only way for these tracks to be released. Nikos was also playing the bass in other two bands back then: the avant-garde metallers nibiru and the doomsters Immensity. He had already recorded an EP with Inertial Oblivion and a mini-CD with nibiru. Being a multi-instrumentalist and a sound engineer, he had no problem to record the guitar, the bass and program the drums and keys in his bedroom for the first Message In a Cloud demo, which was released digitally during the fall of 2014, containing two tracks. His real ambition, though, was to hear this music played live by real musicians. That’s how a new band’s story was born!

Aggelos Malisovas (Decemberance, Daylight Misery, Ciccada, Lunatics, ex-Arkovlies, ex-Fallen Arise) was the one who convinced Nikos to start this new band adventure, strictly believing in his new material. Even though he plays the bass in all the bands he participates, Aggelos wanted to try his abilities on guitar this time. So, he became the first MIAC member as a second guitarist. George Vasalos (Inertial Oblivion, Apparently Dead) was a friend of Nikos since school, and a fully trustful person for the bass duties of the band. Nikos and George were also the ones who started Inertial Oblivion back in 2009. Nora Koutsouri was the keyboard player for Immensity while Nikos was playing the bass in the band as a session member. He trusted her for MIAC seeing her being a hard working and serious person, fitting well with the plan he had in mind. Last but not least, Thanasis Politis (Kevel) ended up to be the drummer of the band. Nikos had seen him playing a gig with the avant-garde, sludge-black metallers Kevel and was blown away with his abilities. There was no plan b for a drummer since then.

So, the band was formed and started playing gigs in order to get known among it’s underground fellows. Their style ended up combining elements of post rock, post metal, prog rock, 90s melodic doom, shoegaze, indie and blackgaze. Bands like ISIS, Alcest, Les Discrets, Deafheaven, This Will Destroy You, Maybeshewill, The Gathering, Slowdive and Ride are some of MIAC’s basic influences. They played a series of live shows during 2015 and 2016 while they were placed as a support act for some foreign bands such as Khara, Sylvaine and Saigon Blue Rain.

Τheir first full-length album, named “Anassa”, was recorded in 2017 at Ritual Studios, Athens. It is a six track instrumental album driven mostly by slow atmospheric parts blended with massive reverb sections, electronic elements and some blast-beat outbursts. MIAC collaborated with Stelios “S_Fx” Efentakis (GardenBox, Sun Of Nothing, 27, Mahakala) in order to achieve their distinctive melancholic sound. The artwork was done by Costin Chioreanu (Arcturus, Paradise Lost, Grave, Oceans of Slumber, Solsfafir and many more).

Searching for a label to release your work on vinyl seems like a myth when you live and play this kind of music in Greece. Nikos contacted many Greek and foreign labels in order to see the record physically released. Very few of them answered and even less were interested. This is where Ikaros Records comes in. Lefteris Fytas considered the material truly worthy to be released and this is how the record is out now on a special vinyl issue! Message In a Cloud deliver atmosphere, pure feeling and painful moments in a great package! That’s how their journey begins…

 

Ikaros Records 2018