Alexandroupoli (850 km) | 8.3.2008

Posted in Alexandroupoli with tags , , on May 3, 2008 by darkpoetry

Into the wild

Last week I saw the movie “Into the wild” that Sean Penn directed and Eddie Vedder wrote the music. My first impression was that this was the best movie I had ever seen. Well the truth is Donnie Darko is the best movie I have ever seen but “Into the wild” is surely in the top 10. Seeing the movie and having a trip to Alexandroupoli in the next days was the best combination. It made me realize why it feels so good to always be on the move… most of the time for the wrong reasons, but all that matters is that we were all really psyched for the trip.

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Once again we decided to spend the previous night in Thessaloniki to split the trip in two. Alexandroupoli is really far from Athens. This proved to be a fucked up idea. Monday was a holiday and everyone decided to leave for the last weekend of apokries and the festivals all around Greece. This means it took us 10 hours to get to Thessaloniki. No I am not exaggerating it actually took us 5 hours to do 15 km somewhere close to Thermopyles half way to Salonica. Anyway we finally made it there at 5 in the morning. The sun was just rising and there was fog everywhere. Check some great photos Maria and Orestis took before we rushed to sleep for a few hours…

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Alexandroupoli is 45 minutes from Kommotini so the main part of the road there is the same as the one described in the Kommotini post so I won’t bore you again with the details. Anestis is the guy that was organising the show. He is a cool friend we made in the last couple of weeks and he is really involved in the scene doing shows (he is also organising a few for Propain shows this may/june all over Greece). He owns a flower shop with his brother. As soon as we got there he took as to his appartement made us dinner and then took us to the club for soundcheck.

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Ok now… the club was once again really weird looking. It was in the middle of a park with trees all around almost hidden from the main road. It was called Domus and had a strange medieval look with a water thing around it. There were also some posters of “Rotting Christ” and “Antidrasi” playing in the next few days. As soon as we got there we had soundcheck and after a while all our Alexnadroupoli friends started showing up. Alexandroupoli is the hometown of Ysteria long time friends. Bad Movies were also at the place. They have a sound close to Social Distortion and they also did a cover of Tom Petty’s I won’t back down. Ok…I know it sounds boring to always say great band… great band… great band… for all the bands we play but the truth is this is one Damn Great band and i suggest you look them up.

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Then it was our time to play… There is not much I can say about the show. I can write all this useless stories for before and after the show, but when it comes to the show itself some things cannot be described with simple words. It was one big family fight. Group therapy we call it. We played for hours we sang all together, we danced all together, Harris played by himself SD’s “Reach for the sky”. When we play these shows I can see in the eyes of the people that they feel the same way we feel and they go through the same experience as we do. It’s like for a few hours we all become one soul with different expressions. Well Bill Hicks has described it better but I will try and go through this at another post.

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After the show we ended up at a bar and after that at a girl’s house with Anestis and Bad Movies and the crew and you can imagine how the night went on and on and on… Ilias “Frankie Wild” Skordos aka Greekass was the star of the night… Against all odds the next day as we drove back to Athens he drove with Neo from Alexandroupoli straight to Patra to the karnavali… Bloodbath

Alexandroupoli over and out, next stop Athens!

VJ and the crew…

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Komotini (780km) | 1.3.2008

Posted in Komotini with tags , , on March 25, 2008 by darkpoetry

Komotini was our second show of the “drunk poetry” tour but it was the first time we realised that these trips we had scheduled around Greece were going to be a lifetime experience.

The Komotini show was organised by Alex and Apostolis (keep it real fanzine/disharmonic) at the “Esties” of the universities. This time we were playing with our friends Censored Sound and band “Anapodia” from Alexandroupoli. Negro drew a really cool poster for the show by the way so really thanx for that! Some of us decided to leave from Friday afternoon and spend the night at Kerasia in the outskirts of Thessaloniki where our long time friend Alexis (63 high) has a studio with his band and Censored Sound together with Fudukis left on Saturday morning to meet up with us directly in Komotini.

It was a hectic week at work and we left late friday afternoon to arrive at the bar Alexis was working at 2-3 in the morning, at the right time to get really wasted. The trip was really boring cause it was dark and we were all dead tired so nothing special to say about this. 

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 (Saturday morning in Kerasia)

We slept at Kerasia all together and woke up in the morning and started our next half of the trip. This second half was so cool. I guess it depends on if you like travelling by car. We do… a lot! The way from Thessaloniki to Komotini was characterized by clouds, foggy harbors, and a static glass-like sea that was becoming one with the fog in the distance. It could be the craziest “image-track” for a Leatherface record but unfortunately we didnt have one with us. However we had an ambient, dubby drum n bass record that combined with the scenery left us all silently tripping in no time. 

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(On the road to Komotini from Thessaloniki)

Komotini was all dressed up for “Apokries”. On the road there some people called to inform us there were riots in Komotini all over the news the previous night. Let’s say we arrived there only to find some students peacefully protesting. The previous night there was only a 4 second incident that the cops through some tear gas to the protesting students. This 4 second incident was translated into “Riots in Komotini” as the local kids there told us. The god damn news did it again and fed lies to the public. Nothing new. Anyway, we went to eat at a tavern and we all ordered different types of salads except Peio who is a vegetarian and was actually the only person to order something with meat, haha.

When we got to the universities we couldn’t believe how amazing the place was. I even called a friend of mine to tell him that we are really stupid we studied abroad. Now I understand why people study so many years. Why would anyone want to leave that place? It was in the middle of nowhere and the campus was huge with fields and actual roads inside the campus, very peaceful, and noone to tell you what to do! Greek Universities have asylum so this huge place was also a place with no cops, no anything, just students. The place was so big and quiet that you got an amazing relaxing feeling as you got there. I wonder how we actually manage to live in Athens in the pace that we do. According to some students there however this relaxing calmness leads to nerve breaking boredom if prolonged! Haha, I can understand this but still!

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Anyway back to the concert, we got there unloaded our stuff and headed for S5 of the “esties”. The show was at the entrance hall of one of the buildings which means that 5 metres from the drumset there were doors to students’ rooms where people were actually trying to sleep. Usually diy shows in Greece go on all night but given the situation we decided to start early and be as respectful as possible to the people who actually wanted to sleep. When we got there we realised that Alex who had to help us with the sound was going to have a loooott of work. Two guitar heads with bass Cabins which means we would sound like a band with no guitars and three basses! Still after a lot of technical stuff i dont understand and guitar pedals flying all over the place we started sounding descent. And when I say descent i mean better than AN club which is not that difficult to achieve!

The kids running the concert were very kind and helpful and as the others were trying to fix the sound we joined our forces to set up the place and the “bar”. In fear of getting really wasted really early we decided to play first. The show was one big HELL… There were friends from all over the place, Alexandroupoli, Xanthi and Kavala. And the show was amazing, dancing, singing un-#@$@#-believable and of course Neo broke his nose once again which is not a surprise anymore. At some points there was so much beer flying around and cans in the air that i thought i was in a “blues brother’s movie”. I also got worried that the equipment would get damaged and that would be really lame cause there were two more bands to play. However everything worked out fine and everything and everyone survived besides Neo.

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Aftrer we played, it was time for Anapodia. They are from Alexandroupoli and they play straight “anarcho” punk and they also played “Kato o stratos” which is something always nice to hear. After them although not at the bill, Ixoripansi from Xanthi were forced to play a couple of songs since they were at the place and teared the place down but only for 3 songs unfortunately. Last but not least Censored Sound played their best show ever. Censored Sound are an old school hardcore/thrashcore band that if they played in the states they would probably be really well known. What I realised is that CS with their new guitar section Alex and Peio (925) have finally clicked into a very powerful band. I also think that the university proved to be more like “home” for their raw in your face sound. When they played they got what they really deserved and people trashed the place.

The show finished… everyone was alive and we decided to spend the night in Komotini. The girlfriend of Alex who was coorganising the show had prepared beds for all of us with blankets and everything at her appartement in the center. I dont know if she had realised we were all sleeping there but she seemed vary calm, prepared and ok about it. Some of us went first to the local metal bar Valhalla and got really fucked up, and when i say really fucked up I mean i woke up at 8 in the morning only to see fudukis knocking at a wall and then pissing inside the girl’s living room. I had to actually punch him to realise what he was doing and still he didnt actually recover! It sounds funny but it wasn’t at the time. We got up i started washing the floor cleaned the place while the hosts were sleeping packed up, left a thank you note and left with the shame on our hands…

There are three things you need to know about Fudukis at this period: when you hear him say “den vlepo”, “tha se gabbbiso” and “iiiiiiiiiiiiii” things are getting ugly.

Fudukis in the “de vlepo” state 

(Fudukis in the “de vlepo” state) 

We don’t remember much of what happenned at the Valhalla but this is only proof that we were all having a great time… and since there were no losses i guess we don’t really care what happenned. Well next week it’s Alexandroupoli.

Komotini over and out!

VJ 

Photos by: Anna Rotty and Ilias

Katerini (427km) | 9.2.2008

Posted in Katerini with tags , , on March 10, 2008 by darkpoetry

The “Green Goblins” from Katerini organized a 3 day festival in their hometown and invited us to play the second day. Green Goblins are not a new band. They are from the same place with Personality Crisis and the hometown of “Swallow it all records” which is one of the first punk’n’roll independent labels in Greece. I remember them from the times “the Thing” magazine was coming out in the mid 90’s. With Green Goblins we have met a couple of times at shows in Athens but never really played together or saw each other live.

Anyway… the crew gathered at Alex’s house. Alex is the kid that mixes most of our albums and helps us out with the sound in concerts etc. He also plays guitar for Censored Sound and is also my younger brother. He always takes care of us, that’s why we call him “dad”. I guess professional bands have sound engineers, but since professional and Vodka Juniors don’t go together in the same sentence we have “dad”. Since this is the first post of the diary we’ll keep on introducing people every once in a while.

On the road… Bridges around Thermopyles

So we met at his house. (VJ, Alex, Neo, Peio, Jack, and Maria lupita) We all agreed that we won’t drink or go out the night before the show cause we had a long trip ahead… After agreeing we drank a bottle of Mathusala (the best rum ever) and a couple of 30 beers and passed out on the floor. John “The Robot” woke us up at 9 in the morning, to go pick up the mini van. We stuffed the van and kostis’s car (this car goes everywhere) with the equipment. Then we picked up Anna (who’s been taking all the photos), Yponomos, and the Greekass crew and started our trip to Katerini.

The weather was shitty and it was raining like hell. Everytime we go north we pass from this small port-town called Stylida. It always looks like the worst place to be, very ugly, dirty and boring. This time it looked one of the most amazing places and we actually stopped (!) there for 20 minutes and Anna took some photos of the place. It was very intense scenery.

Stylida

In the afternoon we finally arrived to Katerini… Lefteris (from the Green Goblins) picked us up and took us at the best tavern ever… Shrimp salad only for 2 euros! and great people. EPIC. Later on, we went to the bar where we were going to play. The bar was called “Kourdisto Portokali” (Clockwork Orange) and as you can imagine the owner must be a great fan of the movie cause the whole place was dressed up like clockwork orange. When we walked in lefteris introduced us to the bartenders and told us to feel free and get as many drinks as we want. The bartenders were laughing at first but only at first.

 At the tavern, Katerini

(At the tavern, Notice the really weird paintings with the screen tvs… weird) 

The concert started and our buddies “63high” were playing first. It’s always a blast seeing them live. They are very good. The “Goblins” followed up. It was the first time we saw them… Up to that point I thought the bar was a bit too cautious and that people were afraid to really dance and bump to each other. I was proved wrong. When Green Goblins started playing hell broke loose. The kids started dancing and went nuts with the band which was so cool to see. It was the kids of the town supporting their own band so much. Great family feeling. The Goblins reminded me of ZEKE and ZEKE is a great band. Our turn came up. We played a small fast set because the bar had noise problems and we had to keep our set to 45mins… The sound was cool and loud. There were many kids singing our songs and dancing like hell. That always feels really nice and leaves us surprised!

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After we finished our set we gave away our latest cd hand in hand and headed to the bar to drink and drink and drink before we saw “No Sin”. No Sin is a great female fronted band from Thessaloniki. Great vocals and aggressive garage punk. We met with “No Sin” a couple of months ago when we were in Salonica. We had gone to see a great band called “Vides” at Mylos and when the show ended a guy and a girl asked as for a ride downtown. They also told us they played in a band and gave us a copy of their record. 2-3 months later we ended up playing toghether. Their guitarist was the guitarist of “Nautia” which was probably one of our favorite Greek bands.

Anyway they played really good and at a point the bartenders stopped serving us alcohol and this was the time when we decided to head back to Athens 01.30 at night. 

 

Drunk Poetry Katerini! Over and out…

 

 

(All Photos by Anna, Rotty)