Last Day Deaf is more than excited to be the Media Partner for one of 2020’s events, after last year’s success of the DeathDisco MiniFest 2K19. The 2K20 edition of this unique fest will be hosted at Gagarin 205 LIve Music Space! On Saturday, February 8th, some of the most important acts of the so called post punk ‘movement’ will hit the Athenian stage, with undeniable headliners, the recently reincarnated and need-no-introduction The Chameleons (yes, Reg Smithies is back on guitars!). Furthermore, one of the most notable Italian bands will also be part of this fest, Soviet Soviet, and one of the most promising bands of the Greek dark scene Data Fragments (Geheimnis Records). Special guests will be Lefki Symphonia that were the pioneers of new wave – gothic rock – dark wave with Greek lyrics and will perform their 1986 debut album in it entirety!
No need to to say, that no post punk fan should miss this unique event!
Interview (2017): Soviet Soviet
The atmospheric pop band the Chameleons formed in Manchester, England, in 1981 from the ashes of a number of local groups: vocalist/bassist Mark Burgess began with the Cliches, guitarists Reg Smithies and Dave Fielding arrived from the Years, and drummer John Lever (who quickly replaced founding member Brian Schofield) originated with the Politicians. After establishing themselves with a series of high-profile BBC sessions, the Chameleons signed to Epic and debuted with the EP Nostalgia, a tense, moody set produced by Steve Lillywhite which featured the single “In Shreds.”
The quartet was soon released from its contract with Epic, but then signed to Statik and returned in 1983 with the band’s first full-length effort, Script of the Bridge. What Does Anything Mean? Basically followed in 1985, and with it came a new reliance on stylish production; following its release, the Chameleons signed to Geffen and emerged the following year with Strange Times. The dark, complex record proved to be the Chameleons’ finale, however, when they split following the sudden death of manager Tony Fletcher; while Burgess and Lever continued on in the Sun & the Moon, Smithies and Fielding later reunited in the Reegs. In 1993, Burgess surfaced with his proper solo album Zima Junction. He and his band the Sons of God toured America the following year.
As the ’90s came and went, the four members of the Chameleons UK continued to work on music and see one another on a personal basis. While their own musical projects kept them busy, a reunion was practically inevitable. The Chameleons reconnected in January 2000 to prep for three May dates in England. The acoustic-based, self-released Strip was available by showtime and for a limited time only. Additional European dates followed throughout the summer, and by fall the Chameleons UK played their first American shows in nearly 15 years. Several live efforts appeared shortly thereafter. Why Call It Anything? (2001) marked the Chameleons’ first studio album since 1986’s Strange Times. This Never Ending Now appeared two years later.
Soviet Soviet is a project that came about in Pesaro, on the Adriatic coast, in 2008, and it is currently formed by Matteo Sideri (guitar), Andrea Giometti (vocals / bass) and Alessandro Ferri (drums). The trio began to gain notoriety in 2009 with a handful of self-released singles and never ending tours full of shows. The band’s reputation increasingly rose thanks to their powerful live performances and the EP Summer, Jesus dated 2011. The immediacy of Soviet Soviet live shows would then be recorded in studio with a meticulous works that would lead to the birth of their debut album, “Fate.” The album was released on November 11, 2013. “Fate” continued the sonic path of the previous EPs, but more fiercely and showed how self-confidence had taken root in the genre by then. Post-punk could be an easy adjective to label Soviet Soviet, but the band tried also to look towards different horizons Such as coldwave, the art-punk in an effort to obtain a fresher and more refined sound. On December 2, 2016 “Endless” was released. The record releases featured in numerous compilations and a remix by Oliver Ackermann (frontman of the American band A Place to Bury Strangers) go along numerous tours in Italy and abroad around the world (USA, Mexico, South America, Russia, etc. etc.)
Data Fragments play New wave in Athens,Greece and are Panos Dedepsidis(Guitar/Vocals) Stathis Leontiadis(Bass/drum machines) Panos Dimopoulos(Synths/machines)
New wave/Gothic Rock/Darkwave band formed in February 1984 in Athens, Greece.
LEFKI SYMPHONIA recorded four albums,appeared in numerous compilations and toured in Greece,Spain,Roumania and Germany during 1986-2000.
Their first album titled Mυστικοί Kήποι-Mistiki Kipi-Secret Gardens, was released in April 1986 by EMI Greece.In 1987 they played two concerts in Barcelona Spain in the Biennale and participated in the Biennal 87 album with their song Η Βροχή Πέφτει Δυνατά-I Vrohi Pefti Dinata-The Rain Is Falling Hard.
In August 1988 Lefki Symphonia released their second album titled Ηχώ Του Πόθου(Echo Of Desire)for EMI Greece.
They were the first greek band to appear on MTV in 1988 with the video clip of the song Κοιτάζοντας Πίσω-Kitazodas Piso-Looking Back a production of MTV, filmed in Athens.
In 1990 they moved to Berlin Germany, lived there for almost three years,playing concerts mainly in Germany and recorded their third album Λευκή Συμφωνία-Lefki Symphonia.
In 1993, they returned to Greece and released a 12” EP titled Θα Είμαι Εκεί –Tha Ime Eki-I Will Be There and the album Λευκή Συμφωνία-Lefki Symphonia for Warner Music Greece. Οn May of the same year their drummer Spyros Harisis, commited suicide at the age of 27.
In 1993, the band supported Metallica in Athens and toured in Greece and Germany. In June 1996 Lefki Symphonia released their fourth album titled Χρώματα -Colours) on FM Records and toured constantly in Greece.
LEFKI SYMPHONIA appeared live on stage at Piraeus 117 Academy in Athens on Saturday 9.12.2017 and started touring major Greek cities,playing festivals and preparing the new 5th album due for release the first months of 2020.
The new song titled Μέχρι Τον Θάνατο-Mehri Ton Thanato-Until Death and the official video will be released in September.
Kostas Mihalos (guitar)