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Kerkyra (510km) | 14.6.2008

Posted in Kerkyra with tags , , , , , , , on July 30, 2008 by darkpoetry

Fucking Amazing…

Friday – Rented a van, drove to Parga, sat on the beach, drank, smoked, slept

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Saturday – Woke up from light rain early morning, drove to Igoumenitsa, took boat to Corfu, spent all day at the beach, went to the bar, soundchecked, stayed calm with the sound engineer, watched 5-6 bands, played a very sweaty 1,5 hour set, drunk, smoked, ate slept at a house

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At the beach and the boat

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Sunday – Woke up, at a house with a pool. Mr. Nikitas “Anikitos” made frappe for 15 people… then gave us beer by the pool…then made us all mojitos by the pool… then started a fire and did a barbecue by the pool… gave us salads and more beer by the pool… then cut all shorts of fruits for 15 people… then he presented us a big ice cream cake and finally opened a huge champaign bottle by afternoon… to finish us off he presented 3 bottles of weird colored vodka to drink until sunset and sent us on our way to parga. We asked him to adopt us but he already has Psychorepaths. We left with tears in our eyes for Parga. Went out at night at Parga. Went back to the beach and slept.

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This was obviously one of the hardest shows as yu can see from the photos…

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Monday (Holiday) – Woke up early with sunrise and drove to Athens…

We dont really deserve this…

P.S Kerkira had waves… we should have taken our surfboards with us but this would have been taking it too far…

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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…

Volos (324 km) | 5.4.2008

Posted in Volos with tags , , , , , , on July 16, 2008 by darkpoetry

It was time for Volos. We’ve been trying to arrange something there for years but there was always something going wrong. This time we made it. We got there the whole crew, and our brothers from Censored Sound as well and Alexis got a train from Salonica to meet us up. We went straight to the “tsipouradika” to eat something, watched some football (Thrash-ivoulos was playing) and then to the club. The club was an old laikorempetadiko or something at the first floor of an old building. Soon it started raining heavily and people started showing up.

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The show was only starting at arpound 8 which for Greece is very early and we had to finish by 11. Spitback started first and then Censored Sound. The kids were a bit distant at first just standing still and watching. Not very responsive and it was the first time in this tour we knew we had to do something to get them into the mood. The truth is that this got us really wound up to play as hard, fast and party-like as possible. When Censored Sound was playing the people started moving and soon enough there was some interaction. By the time we got to play the kids were warming up. I dont think I ever expected what happened afterwards. The university had a party and a ska reggae band called Locomondo were playing, and also there had been 2 other shows in the same week so this in addition to the fact that the show was so early made us think this show would be a bit of a let down. Shit was i wrong!!! Usually when we’re playing live we end up in our little worlds and dont really see whats going on until later on that we see the video. This time however i was anxious to get people involved in the show and by my surprise it wasn’t 2-3 songs in the set that there were half-naked, sweaty bodies flying round, dancing and singing on stage, grabbing microphones and making us feel at home. Pure energy…

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(Photos from our brothers Censored Sound this time!) 

I got exhausted and went to sleep the others went to the university party and did what they usually do. Volos was a memorable show. It is one of those shows that you dont expect anything special but the kids prove you wrong. We can’t wait to go back there again.  Thanks also to Apostolis for doing the show.

Can’t wait for our first Greek island show ever now in Crete! VJ

photos: Alex, Daskalos

Kavala (680 km) | 29.3.2008

Posted in Kavala with tags , , , , , , on July 16, 2008 by darkpoetry

Kavala Rock City! Kavala is a port in North Greece with a big University and a very active community. They do shows and lots of other stuff all year round. This time we were invited to play together with the north crew Grigoris and Alexis and their bands. The whole crew was gonna drive up, Neo and Frankie, Anapiros, Peio and Alex, Alexandra and Maria, and VJ. My job kept me in Athens until Saturday morning. Then I drove 700km to go there only to find out that we were playing last… and in Kavala that meant after 2 in the morning… no worries…

Sick with high fever, tired of driving for hours, sweating, trembling and nearly dillusional is not a good way to prepare for a show. But I’m not gonna complain or whine. It would be ungreatful. We’re lucky we are given the opportunity to play live, travel, see new places and meet new people. Some bands forget that and believe that somehow the world ows them something. Some bands also whine that they were born in Greece “where noone cares about them” (boohoo). Bullshit… And I won’t go into this now because this is a post about Kavala. Lets just say we’re honored people invite us from time to time at their towns and their houses to share parts of our lives with them.

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Anyway, we were very excited to find out that Kostas was also there. He is a kid that we only see once or twice a year. Sometimes you’re around people you see everyday and spend hours together but never really feel that you grow up with them, you don’t have that special connection and you know they’ll turn their back on you in a second. There is also some other people you see once a year and never talk on the phone anymore but still your friendship is so strong you feel like seeing a missing brother every time you meet up. Kostas is one of those genuine people that friendship is not a fake everyday relationship but a strong feeling that can’t fade away. We were so happy to see him. 

The Kavala TEI is like a big Ghetto. The kids have even turned the toilets into rehearsal rooms. A big room gets transfmormed into a bar with a sound booth and a small stage. (This is the ‘steki’) Great work… and great paintings on the walls next to the big glass windows… with a view to the sea and the city lights.

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So we stepped into the battlefield no matter what forgot about everything for 2 hours, hoping not to pass out from the fever and when we finished…. well…. we wanted more. Fudukis took 10 minutes and had about 200 people laughing at him because he was so drunk he couldn’t plug the bass into the amp’s hole like when you can’t get the key into the lock when you come back after a hard night out. Orestis had to slap him hard in the face, and i had to through him a bottle to wake him up from whatever trip we was on and Alex had to come down himself and plug it in. He stood next to the drum chair and Orestis had to guide him through the whole 2 hour set while playing. It sounds funny now but it wasnt.

It was 4 in the morning by the time we finished and i had to get back to Athens so rushed to sleep at Maria’s house for a couple of hours. Everyone else dont really remember anything so I guess they did what they always do and had fun… Neo didn’t break his nose and noone died. So next week it’s Volos but before that it’s another 5 days at work… This starts to remind me of something… I will explain at a later time…

Kavala Rock City, VJ

Athens (0 km) | 21.3.2008

Posted in Athens with tags , , , on July 14, 2008 by darkpoetry

The Knock Out fest is happenning for years now and is always a sold out show. 750 People showed up this time for the 2 days. Mahakala were also playing with us the first day and are such a great band! I guess there are a lot of foreign bands that would like to reach their heavy, sludge, rock’n’roll, southern sound. Alex who used to play with Scums 37 sings for them and when they play live the place starts to smell like sweat and whiskey. Hope we play someday together again soon.

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Maria and the crew decided to put up decorations and make the place look different then it usually does. Well the point is that we try to get as many people involved with a show as possible and give them the opportunity to help out and be a part of something. Obviously some balloons won’t make the big difference but for the people that took part and did something for the show it makes a huge difference as it does for the people taking care of the posters, the sound, the videos, the records and t-shirts, the food and drinks. The result doesn’t really matter and we know people don’t come to the shows for the crossed inflatable doll or the black santa clause but we do our best to close the gap between people attending a show and people playing at a show. It’s really easy to do and makes a huge difference. It’s all about interaction and makes all these shows feel at home.

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Blah, blah, blah… We had loads of fun, drank and played with bands we had never played before, saw our favorite bands live, and had an amazing weekend. Although it was at our hometown it was also the most tiring show so far cause we had to take care of our guests from Salonica, Volos and Katerini and make sure people have a good time which always reminds us how much effort people put up to do our shows when we’re playing outside Athens.

Check the photos and see you at the next year’s Knock Out. Next show is the reunion of a whole bunch of friends in Kavala next week! A high rsk show, with possible casualties… Ordered a helmet for Neo

Piss, VJ

(Photos: Anna | Rotty)