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Halkida (78km) | 31.5.2008

Posted in Halkida with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 29, 2008 by darkpoetry

Orestis was barely walking this time… A bit worse and an ambulance would have to get him to the soundcheck. He went and played the whole show though without any major losses, so hats off to him. I had my birthday the previous night and this means that also Panayotis aka “the robot” had his birthday as well and he is not called the robot by chance. He is always the last man standing, he runs 15km every morrning and drinks 15lt every night… so i dont have to describe what happened that night… Moreover we had to go and fix the P.A and soundcheck at 9 o clock in the morning in Halkida. That was brutal…

Anyway we were invited to play at the sk8 park of Halkida at the Wild in the Parks contest. We dont really like contests (the way they’re being carried out now) and I could argue about this for hours but life’s too short. Let’s just say we had faith on our friend Katerina who was organising it that it would be more of a party than a competition.

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The halkida skatepark is a great place to do a show… if you have electricity. When we got there the guy from the municipality had left a key to a box on the street and everyone pointed at me for sorting this out. Well I have studied engineering but opening a never-opened-before box with millions of cables flying around and guessing out seemed like the beginning of Leathal Weapon 3.Fortunately one of the skaters father was an electrician and we called him to help us out so none of us exploded… no human fireworks… A few hours later we had finished soundcheck and kids had already arrived with rented busses from all over Greece.

The contest went on and we had a bbq and free drinks… We played really well and had an amazing sound. The people seemed a bit distant but as soon as we finished they rushed for our records so I guess they liked it or they just wanted the free stuff. The show started really early at 18:00 and the sun was still fucking with our heads. Most people were still not ready for a hardcore show at that time of day but everyone gathered around as soon as we started and this gave us strength to play the whole set despite the heat and the tiredness…

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I know there are kids out there that skate for the same reasons that we play music and I miss the days that punk rock and skateboarding was the same inseparable thing. Maybe we should start organising our own diy skate sessions before it’s too late…!

The next show is our last show of the Drunk Poetry Tour… Can’t wait to go to Corfu for this one and meet our friends over there… and trash the place up…

VJC

Color photos: Alex, BW photos Dark*Days

Serres (610km) | 17.5.2008

Posted in Serres with tags , , , , , , , on July 28, 2008 by darkpoetry

Saturday night we were playing in Serres and it was also the day of the cup final Olympiakos F.C vs Aris F.C in Salonica. We decided to wake up as early as possible because there would be thousands of fans travelling to see the match. Damn they did the same! On the road to Salonica there were a few km of buses and cars with red flags and thousands of people going to see the match. There were cops everywhere and this is never good…

In Serres we were playing at the local University. The road from Athens to Salonica is the same as always but the road from Salonica to Serres was amazing. This time inside the car it was only the four of us VJ. So we talked a lot about the band, and about future plans and recordings and boy are there lots of plans! We really haven’t done that a lot since the last record came out and we are trying really hard not to go to the studio and start recording again new stuff. There was also Censored Sound coming up with their car.

Peio used to study in the Serres (TEI) University but quit soon enough before he became an accountant. Peio sucks because the place would be the dream place for any student maybe even better then the Kommotini one. A huge campus with trees, roads and bicycles… some buildings here and there. Besides that Peio rocks cause he is one of our best friends and a great artist that spends all his time making our lame band look cool. Anyway we got welcomed by the locals and Ihorpipansi, went to eat and then straight to Abdullah’s house to sleep for a couple of hours.

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The show was happening outside and there was even a stage and really good p.a. I have hay fever and playing near the trees in spring time is not a good idea. I got the most fucked up i have ever got and looked like a junkie for the whole day, not being able to breath and at the point of collapsing. Gregory and Alexis drove from Salonica and we met at the show. I had my Jameson 18 held up for a special occasion since Christmas and brought it with me… For me this is one of the best whiskeys around. I dont drink anymore so I gave most of it to Alexis.

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The show was sooooooooo good. Played for 2 hours… Everyone dancing, singing, drinking with the locals, got really fucked up, had an after party dancing all night, ended up at the “sintrivani” and slept 15 people at Abdullah’s 10 sq.m room breaking the record. Every time we get fucked up we do stuff to each other when they pass out like shaving, painting etc. I dont have to explain that the king in this is Fudukis. He’s been painted all red, has had graffitis on him, he’s been shaved (in the lowest parts as well), pissed and a lot more. This time we had a groundbreaking new punishement for him that required a brave volunteer. So Alexis stepped up under the 18yo Jameson influence and painted Fudukis a**hole red. Sorry no photos from that.

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Woke up, drove to Athens, went to work and everything’s shit again… Till next weekend… that we‘re welcomng Snuff and a few of the members of their new band for a Snuff revival show..

Thanks to all the people at Serres for an unbelievable time. The rest got so fucked up that didn’t manage to take any good photos or anything…

Crete (334km) | 10.5.2008

Posted in Crete with tags , , , , , , on July 27, 2008 by darkpoetry

Well… that’s something new… after touring for some time in northern Greece it was about time we headed down south… and this time it wasn’t all a dejavu trip… everything was different… instead of starting off from Kostis’ house and heading to Salonika, this time our long journey started from peiraius port…

After a usual day at work the VJ crew was all packed up and ready to go… we were separated in groups because of different job stuff. Eventually the first group arrived peacefully in the port of Rethimno and after an hour’s drive we finally arrived to the city of Heraclio. We met Petros at the festival, which took place outdoors at the Heraclio University, and he gave us a little tour around the place. Unfortunately due to the fact of our late arrival, we didn’t catch up the bands that played the first day but only the last songs from the Mary’s Flower Superhead set who played last. We hung out at the uni a bit, had some beer and then went to eat something.

We slept for 3 hours @ Petros’ house and headed early (and I mean early!!) in the morning to the port to pick up the rest of the crew along with Fwiw and Plus Dots and went to the hotel that everybody was supposed to spend the rest of the weekend. Poor hotel manager! Finally everybody was settled at the hotel and it was time to pick up the last part of the VJ crew from the airport and put everybody to bed for a couple of hours…

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When we got up we realised there was no gas in all of Crete due to a strike thing. Well these are the bad things of not watching any TV. We went to Crete with an empty gas tank and now everything’s closed or empty for the next 3-4 days… and we still have to drive back to Rethimno to get the boat. This is where the Wolf comes in. The Wolf is Anapiros who is also Dimitris. We call him Wolf because his does what Harvey Kaitel in the movie Pulp Fiction does. He fixes things and problems. So Kostis and Wolf stopped a taxi and talked him onto driving them to the smallest villages around Heraclio and the most disguised gas stations to search for gas. It was something like Mad Max but not that cool. Gas? Nowhere! They finally reached a certain gas station but the locals there told them again: “Sorry we’re empty”… By that time the taxi old driver was one of us. So he stepped up and went to have a talk with the locals at the gas station. In 5 minutes he was back and said “ok… let’s do it”. I dont know what he told them but in a few minutes Kostis, Wolf and the taxi turned into a hard to find gas station under the directions of the locals full of gas! Youpi… Next stop, sound check at the university… 

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The weather was turning kinda cloudy and cold during the sound check although on Friday night the sky was crystal clear…anyway we spent the rest of the evening praying that it wouldn’t rain… The first band, called the Lift, started playing with a funky rock style warming up everyone and then Plus Dots hit the stage… Cool setlist but only for 8 songs or so coz the raindrops had made their appearance so it was time for big decisions. I guess no one wanted to leave the place coz the beer was cheap and everybody wanted to have a good time so we took the situation in our hands and the bands together with some kids from the university took whatever was necessary to do a diy show inside the university hall. A drumset, 3 amplifiers, 2 speakers, 3 microphones and a mixer was all we needed to make an indoor show happen. And then hell came along. For what is worth took over and made a huge pit in the foyer of the uni that no one from the people that studied there would ever imagine that would see that way. To us it actually felt like home coz for the biggest part of the tour, foyers and small spaces are our standard “venues”. Well I guess we’re not meant to play in big stages or expensive PA’s but who cares? We managed to play our whole set list of 26 songs once more with everyone singing and dancing like hell but the best part was when we finished it. For the first time we switched instruments and played some of the Dark Poetry stuff the original way. One guitar and that’s it! That was fun…or perhaps we where too drunk and thought it was fun but I’m not very sure of what other people thought.

Waking up the next day without having anything to do was a good reason to go sightseeing…Noooooooot!!! Tourists go sightseeing, instead we headed to some tavern and got hammered with the true original and most pure alcoholic thing there is in Crete. R-A-K-I…!!! Firewater… let it burn! Afterwards Petros had the great idea of getting everyone to his house once more and go on partying at his balcony, and yes the balcony was big enough for 20 people to chill out for a couple more hours and the weather was perfect…ahhhhh just like summertime.

And to our disappointment it was time to leave and head to the port to catch our ship back to our beloved, noisy and dirty Athens. From the moment we got to the ship no memories recalled. We woke up some minutes before the ship reached the Piraeus port. And back to our weekly schedule…damn! But have no fear… Crete over and out… Next stop…Serres!

VJ Crew…