Saturday, September 23, 2017

Killer Tracks: The 2017 Playlist Vol.3

It's been some time since our previous 2017 Playlist, time to add a few more killer tracks to the mix:

Japanese Breakfast - Road Head


 LCD Soundsystem - Tonite


Fujiya & Miyagi - Impossible Objects of Desire


Liars - Cred Woes


 The National - Day I Die


Grizzly Bear - Mourning Sound



Alvvays - Dreams Tonite



Nadine Shah - Holiday Destination


EMA - Down and Out


Broken Social Scene - Skyline



Friday, September 15, 2017

Live: Slowdive @ Fuzz Club (Athens, September 9th, 2017)


Slowdive's triumphant comeback continues! Last year we had the opportunity to enjoy their first ever gig in Athens at Release Festival and reconnect with their '90s material, this time though we also got the chance to experience live songs from their new album, an excellent work which proves that nostalgia is not the main driving force behind the band's reunion.


The seamless way in which new songs like "Slomo" or "Star Roving" mix with those written more than twenty years ago, renders the big time-gap between their latest album and their '90s body of work irrelevant, making it clear that good music cannot be tied down to any particular era or decade. Slowdive's melodic guitar symphonies may always be associated in our minds with the early '90s shoegaze sound, but what this powerful live experience proves beyond any doubt is that their sound is a living and breathing entity that transcends time stamps and can still blow minds today, in these post-everything times of the 21st century!



This is Slowdive's set list for their show at Fuzz Club:


Slowdive, live @ Fuzz Club (Sept. 9th, 2017)

The gig opened with the atmospheric post-rock sounds of Afformance who are about to release two new albums in October, "Pop Nihilism" and "Music for Imaginary Film # 1". A good effort and certainly a good fit with the night's main act.

Afformance, live @ Fuzz Club (Sept. 9th, 2017)
Check out below Slowdive performing "Star Roving" and "Sugar for the Pill" live in Athens:

Star Roving, live @ Fuzz Club (Athens, Sept. 9th, 2017)

Sugar for the Pill, live @ Fuzz Club (Athens, Sept. 9th, 2017)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Live: The Black Angels @ Piraeus 117 Academy (Athens, September 7th, 2017)


"Death Song", The Black Angels' fifth album, brought the Austin, Texas, psych-rock quintet back to Athens for a fourth time. After playing in summer festivals on their two previous visits, this time the band was here to do its own gig and present its latest release, one of the year's finest, almost in its entirety.


Interestingly enough, the only track off "Death Song" which we didn't get to hear live this time, was "Hunt Me Down", the new song they had chosen to preview in last summer's Release Festival set, so their loyal Greek fans have now listened live every note on the new album.


From the "death" songs that we did get to hear live on this occasion, my favorites included the opening "Currency", "I Dreamt" and "Medicine", while from their back catalogue "Black Grease" and "Bad Vibrations" are always sure fire hits, as is "Young Men Dead", one of the oldest songs in their set, which they saved for the climactic ending of their three-song encore.


Here's the entire set that The Black Angels presented in their fourth visit to Athens:

Currency, Bad Vibrations, The Prodigal Son, I Dreamt, Medicine, I Hear Colors (Chromaesthesia), Black Grease, Grab As Much (as you can), Half Believing, The Sniper at the Gates of Heaven, Entrance Song, I'd Kill for Her, You on the Run, Comanche Moon, Life Song. Encore: Estimate, Death March, Young Men Dead



The Black Angels, live @ Piraeus 117 Academy

The local band that was fittingly chosen to open for the Texans was Holy Monitor who, despite problems with their live sound, played a spirited half-hour set of speedy psych-garage tracks selected from their promising self-titled debut album.

Holy Monitor, live @ Piraeus 117 Academy
Check out below The Black Angels performing "Death March" during the encore of their gig on Thursday:


The Black Angels - Death March, live @ Piraeus 117 Academy (Athens, September 7th, 2017)
 

Monday, September 04, 2017

New Releases: July - August 2017

The summer vacations are over, time to get back into it! Let's start by rounding up some of the most interesting albums and singles released in the last couple of months:

Albums

New Facts Emerge
THE FALL - New Facts Emerge
LIARS - TFCF 
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE - Hug Of Thunder
WAXAHATCHEE - Out in the Storm
NADINE SHAH - Holiday Destination 
EMA - Exile In The Outer Ring
JAPANESE BREAKFAST - Soft Sounds From Another Planet
FRANKIE ROSE - Cage Tropical
GRIZZLY BEAR - Painted Ruins
THE WAR ON DRUGS - A Deeper Understanding
ARCADE FIRE - Everything Now
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE - Villains
DOWNTOWN BOYS - Cost of Living
RAINER MARIA - S/T
FILTHY FRIENDS - Invitation
GUIDED BY VOICES - How Do You Spell Heaven
OH SEES - Orc
KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD with MILD HIGH CLUB - Sketches Of Brunswick East
IRON AND WINE - Beast Epic
THIS IS THE KIT - Moonshine Freeze
PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING - Every Valley
SHABAZZ PALACES - Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star
SHABAZZ PALACES - Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines
GHOSTPOET - Dark Days and Canapes
UNKLE - The Road - Part 1
THE DUKE SPIRIT - Sky is Mine
THE CRIBS - 24-7 Rock Star Shit
THE DEARS - Times Infinity Volume Two
WIDOWSPEAK - Expect the Best
JEN CLOHER - Jen Cloher
KELLEY STOLTZ - Que Aura
SHEER MAG - Need To Feel Your Love
MELVINS - A Walk With Love & Death
THE FRESH AND ONLYS - Wolf Lie Down
PSYCHIC TEMPLE - IV
CHRIS FORSYTH AND THE SOLAR MOTEL BAND - Dreaming In The Non-Dream
AVEY TARE - Eucalyptus
EVERYTHING EVERYTHING - A Fever Dream
MADONNATRON - Madonnatron
A GIANT DOG - Toy
SOCCER MOMMY - Collection
TRAILER TRASH TRACYS - Althaea
LANA DEL REY - Lust For Life
HAIM - Something to Tell You
MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA - A Black Mile To The Surface
TYLER, THE CREATOR - Flower Boy
DIZZEE RASCAL - Raskit
PUBLIC ENEMY - Nothing Is Quick in the Desert

Singles & EPs

Crow Cries
GOAT GIRL - Crow Cries
SAMANTHA URBANI - Policies of Power EP
THE KILLS - Echo Home Non-Electric EP
TY SEGALL - Fried Shallots EP
HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER - Standing in the Doorway
GUIDED BY VOICES - Just To Show You / Knife City
ARIEL PINK - Another Weekend / Ode To The Goat (Thank You)
PURITY RING - Asido
THE OSCILLATION - Evil In The Tree
LAMBCHOP - The Hustle Unlimited / When You Were Mine
BONNIE PRINCE BILLY - Leonard
MOGWAI - Party In The Dark / Eternal Panther
ALICE GLASS - Alice Glass EP
NINE INCH NAILS - Add Violence EP
DJ SHADOW - The Mountain Has Fallen EP
LITTLE BARRIE - Produkt
POLICA AND STARGAZE - Bruise Blood: Reimagining Steve Reich’s Music for Pieces of Wood
SQÜRL - EP #260
THE SEXUAL OBJECTS - Sometimes EP
ALDOUS RH - Feelin’ Blue
CONFIDENCE MAN - Bubblegum Remixes 
SHIT AND SHINE - Hamburger EP 
MADONNATRON / NOFRIENDZ - Headless Children / Bloody Love
THE GOA EXPRESS - Goa / Kiss Me
SLOTFACE - Empire Records / Sponge State
JERKCURB - Voodoo Saloon
STONE FOUNDATION - Simplify the Situation
PAUL WELLER - Woo Sé Mama
THE CHARLATANS - Different Days
LIAM GALLAGHER - Wall of Glass
SUNDARA KARMA - Explore EP 
ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK - Isotype

Goat Girl - Crow Cries

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Listening Habits: Summer 2017

The time has finally come for our much needed summer break, but before we take our leave, let's have another listen to some of the best new albums and re-releases of the last couple of months:

At the top of our list of recommended albums for the period May - July 2017 we have the sophomore LP by Algiers, "The Underside of Power", a powerful protest statement for these dark times that manages to make its point without losing its tunefulness. The Atlanta - London - NYC four-piece rages against the powers that be with the fury of punk, adds uplifting melodies from soul and gospel, shakes the walls with hip hop beats and channels the spirit of the blues to produce one of the strongest collections of songs we've listened to this year.

Among the best albums of this season you'll also find the latest outstanding releases by several of our 80's - '90s indie rock icons who are here once again to show you how it's done, including Thurston Moore's "Rock N Roll Consciousness", one of his strongest solo efforts, Mark Lanegan's "Gargoyle" and "In Spades", the eighth album by The Afghan Whigs. '90s cult shoegazers Slowdive are also here with their first album in 22 years and so is Boss Hog, the blues-punk outfit featuring Christina Martinez and Jon Spencer, with "Brood X", another couple of additions to the long list of this year's excellent comebacks.

Add to the above the rightly acclaimed "DAMN." by Kendrick Lamar, great records by The New Pornographers and The Black Angels, as well as promising releases by up-and-coming new acts Priests, Cherry Glazerr and Girlpool, and our Summer 2017 playlist is shaping up pretty nicely:

Top 15 Albums

1.   The Underside Of Power - ALGIERS
2.   Rock N Roll Consciousness - THURSTON MOORE
3.   Gargoyle - MARK LANEGAN
4.   In Spades - THE AFGHAN WHIGS
5.   Whiteout Conditions - THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
6.   Death Song - THE BLACK ANGELS
7.   Slowdive - SLOWDIVE
8.   Damn. - KENDRICK LAMAR
9.   Brood X - BOSS HOG
10. Nothing Feels Natural - PRIESTS
11. Apocalipstick - CHERRY GLAZERR
12. Powerplant - GIRLPOOL
13. Occult Architecture Vol. 2 - MOON DUO
14. OK Computer / OKNOTOK 1997 2017 - RADIOHEAD
15. The Great Annihilator / Drainland - SWANS 

Top 15 Tracks 
 
1.   The Underside Of Power - ALGIERS
2.   Aphrodite - THURSTON MOORE
3.   Death’s Head Tattoo - MARK LANEGAN
4.   Demon in Profile - THE AFGHAN WHIGS
5.   DNA. - KENDRICK LAMAR
6.   High Ticket Attractions  - THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
7.   Hunt Me Down - THE BLACK ANGELS
8.   Sugar for the Pill - SLOWDIVE
9.   Formula X - BOSS HOG
10. Pink White House - PRIESTS
11. Told You I’d Be with the Guys - CHERRY GLAZERR
12. It Gets More Blue - GIRLPOOL
13. Sevens - MOON DUO
14. Celebrity Lifestyle - SWANS
15. Lift - RADIOHEAD




Algiers - Cleveland

Friday, July 21, 2017

Live: The Jesus And Mary Chain @ Ejekt Festival (Athens, July 14th, 2017)

The Jesus And Mary Chain, live @ Ejekt Festival 2017
The second day of the 2017 edition of Ejekt Festival was headlined by Kasabian, but the reason we paid a second visit this summer to Plateia Nerou was to witness the return of The Jesus And Mary Chain to Athens after nearly two decades.


The last time I saw them in Athens was actually exactly 21 years ago, on July 13th, 1996 when they appeared at the Rock Of Gods festival, near the port of Piraeus. A couple of years later they played one final show here, at Rodon Club, which was probably their last one before announcing their split. William Reid did not come to play at that gig and I didn't see the point of going either.

The years passed, the Reid brothers made peace and started touring again in 2007, but what was missing until recently was a new album, a statement that would prove that The Jesus And Mary Chain still had a part to play in today's music and they were not back as merely a nostalgia act, constantly rehashing past glories. 


Thankfully "Damage And Joy" was exactly the comeback album we were hoping for, masterfully picking up exactly where The Jesus And Mary Chain had left off in 1998 with the underrated "Munki", offering another stunning set of songs about their favorite subjects, like their love - hate relationship with the world of rock 'n' roll, and mixing sweet pop melodies with aggressive, noisy guitars, the sound blueprint they perfected in the '80s which is still influencing countless new acts.


The older, wiser Mary Chain is admittedly not causing riots any more, but still knows exactly what pedals to push to cause rock explosions. The pace of the show effortlessly switched gears and went back and forth between the new record and the old favorites, showing that songs like "Amputation", "Always Sad" or "All Things Pass" are worthy additions to the band's rich history.


Of course, most of the highlights of the 75-minute set were written before many of the festival-goers were born, making those of us who actually remember the '80s to feel a little bit old, but certainly happy to listen live once again some of the songs that shaped our musical minds: "Just Like Candy", "You Trip Me", "The Living End", "April Skies", "Blues From a Gun", "I Hate Rock 'n' Roll" and of course a magnificent "Reverence" that closed triumphantly their come-back performance.


Here's the complete set list and videos for two of the highlights of the night: Amputation, April Skies, Head On, Far Gone and Out, Between Planets, Blues From a Gun, Always Sad, Mood Rider, All Things Pass, Some Candy Talking, Halfway to Crazy, Nine Million Rainy Days, Just Like Honey, You Trip Me Up, The Living End, War on Peace, I Hate Rock 'n' Roll, Reverence.

The Jesus and Mary Chain - Blues From a Gun (live @ Ejekt Festival 2017, Athens)


The Jesus and Mary Chain - All Things Pass (live @ Ejekt Festival 2017, Athens)

Kasabian, live @ Ejekt Festival 2017
After such a set by The Jesus And Mary Chain, you will forgive me for not paying too much attention to the actual headliners of the festival. Kasabian are certainly a good festival band, they do have some memorable hits ("Shoot the Runner", "Club Foot") and know how to get the party started, but there isn't much else there for when the party is over.

Peter Hook And The Light, live @ Ejekt Festival 2017
Earlier in the day we saw Peter Hook And The Light, exactly the sort of nostalgia act I try to avoid at festivals. Hook remains a formidable bass player but a great singer he is not and I really can't see any good reason (except a financial one) for keep playing substandard renditions of everybody's favorite Joy Division songs.

Of Montreal, live @ Ejekt Festival 2017

There was however early in the afternoon a performance that added value to the second day of the festival and made it worthwhile to go to Plateia Nerou early and endure the heat. Kevin Barnes' Of Montreal have been going on for twenty years now but as their fine 45-minute set proved, they manage to retain their pure pop sparkle intact. The band skillfully and flamboyantly combined its electropop influences with its more adventurous psychedelic pop side and, to our delight, next to newer songs they also played several older favorites, among them a couple of tracks from one of their finest records, 2007's "Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?", namely "Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse" (which you can watch below) and the epic "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal", the song that closed their set with a bang.




Of Montreal - Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse (live @ Ejekt Festival 2017, Athens)

Check out our coverage of the first day of Ejekt Festival 2017 featuring The Killers and The Kills here.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Live: Foo Fighters @ Herodes Atticus Odeon (Athens, July 10th, 2017)


This week has been exceptionally busy for live rock music in Athens and the start was certainly one for the history books! It is very rare that the historic Herodes Atticus Odeon theater, right below The Acropolis, is used for rock concerts, but on this occasion it hosted the first ever show in Greece of one of the biggest rock names of the last couple of decades, the Foo Fighters.


The cost for bringing for a concert a band of this magnitude is rather daunting for local promoters in the current economy, but thanks to the popular US music show "Landmarks Live in Concert", a PBS series hosted by Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the fact that the band would play without a fee, with all profits going to charity, it became possible for this gig to happen at this unique site.


Dave Grohl, after acknowledging how crazy and unique was for his band to be playing under The Acropolis, made the promise to give a show that would make up for the fact that the Foo Fighters had never played here before and, indeed, in their marathon two hours and 15 minutes set, the band played tracks from almost all their albums, from their 1995 breakthrough self-titled debut ("This Is a Call") up to the forthcoming "Concrete and Gold" ("La Dee Da", "Dirty Water", the live debut of "Arrows", "Sunday Rain" and "Run"). Only previous record, "Sonic Highways" remained unrepresented.


For a band with so many hits under its belt, I'm sure that the audience would have liked to listen even more songs from the past, but my first impressions from the new material are positive and it's possible that after we hear the new album we'll be able to appreciate more this opportunity we had for a live preview.


It's certainly been too long, but the Foo Fighters, at least live, remain a great band, and having the opportunity to see them perform in these unique surroundings was, without a doubt, an out of the ordinary, unforgettable musical experience. As Dave promised at the end of the show, right before finishing with the great "Everlong", let's hope it will not take another twenty years until the next time.


Hers is what the Foo Fighters played at their Herodeon show:

Times Like TheseAll My Life, Learn to Fly, The Pretender, Wanted Dead or Alive / Another One Bites the Dust / Blietzkrieg Bop (Bon Jovi/Queen/The Ramones snippets played during band introductions), Cold Day in the Sun, La Dee Da, Walk, These Days, My Hero, We Will Rock You, (Queen cover) (Harper Grohl on the drums), Dirty Water, This Is a Call, Arlandria, Rope, Arrows, Monkey Wrench, Sunday Rain, Best of You, Run, Everlong.


Check out below "Monkey Wrench" and new track "La Dee Da" and stay tuned for our Ejekt Festival coverage, coming up soon!

Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench (live in Athens, July 10, 2017)

Foo Fighters - La Dee Da (live in Athens, July 10, 2017)

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Top 30 Albums of the first half of 2017


We've just passed the halfway mark of 2017 and, as usual, we'll take a moment to look back on the last six months and come up with a list that includes most of our favorite albums of the year so far.

This year our half-way list is ten albums shorter than last year's, which is an indication that 2017 did not have the best of starts. Actually, after a slow couple of months at the beginning of the year with just a few great releases worth writing home about (Run The Jewels, Ty Segal, Mark Eitzel, The Feelies among them), the roster of new albums certainly grew much stronger during the spring, with a number of strong come-backs, some of them really long overdue, by some of our all-time favorite artists and bands, including The Jesus And Mary Chain, Thurston Moore, Mark Lanegan, The Afghan Whigs and Spoon, to name but a few. And on the very last week of June came perhaps the strongest candidate for Album of the Year based on what we have listened to so far, "The Underside of Power" by Algiers, a record that perfectly captures the turmoil of 2017 (more on this subject coming soon).

Here is the list of the 30 albums that sum up the first half of 2017 for Cool Music Central, without a ranking order (and yet not totally random!), and a playlist with some of our favorite tracks off them:

Top 30 Albums of 2017 so far

  • The underside of power - ALGIERS
  •  Run The Jewels 3 - RUN THE JEWELS
  •  Hot thoughts - SPOON
  •  Rock n roll consciousness - THURSTON MOORE
  •  Damage and joy - THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN
  •  Gargoyle - MARK LANEGAN
  •  In spades - THE AFGHAN WHIGS
  •  Whiteout conditions - THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
  •  Death song - THE BLACK ANGELS 
  • Hey Mr Ferryman - MARK EITZEL
  •  Slowdive - SLOWDIVE
  •  Damn. - KENDRICK LAMAR
  •  Brood X - BOSS HOG
  •  Flying microtonal banana - KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD
  •  Ty Segall - TY SEGALL
  •  Semper femina - LAURA MARLING
  •  Apocalipstick - CHERRY GLAZERR
  •  Nothing feels natural - PRIESTS
  •  Near to the wild heart of life - JAPANDROIDS
  •  In between - THE FEELIES
  •  Last place - GRANDADDY
  •  Occult architecture Vol. 1 - MOON DUO
  •  Silver / Lead - WIRE
  •  Life without sound - CLOUD NOTHINGS
  •  In mind - REAL ESTATE
  •  Heartworms - THE SHINS
  •  Powerplant - GIRLPOOL
  •  The French press - ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER
  •  English tapas - SLEAFORD MODS
  • Volcano - TEMPLES


 

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

New Releases: June 2017

Round-up of the most interesting albums, singles and EPs released in June 2017:

Albums

The Underside of Power
ALGIERS - The Underside Of Power
KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD - Murder Of The Universe
RIDE - Weather Diaries
FLEET FOXES - Crack-Up
KEVIN MORBY - City Music
PALEHOUND - A Place I’ll Always Go
CHASTITY BELT - I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone
BEACH FOSSILS - Somersault
THE DRUMS - Abysmal Thoughts
JASON LOEWENSTEIN - Spooky Action
SUFJAN STEVENS, BRYCE DESSNER, NICO MUHLY, JAMES MCALISTER - Planetarium
AMBER COFFMAN - City Of No Reply
LAUREL HALO - Dust
PEAKING LIGHTS - The Fifth State Of Consciousness
H HAWKLINE - I Romanticize
ULRIKA SPACEK - Modern English Decoration
CIGARETTES AFTER SEX - Cigarettes After Sex 
TEMPLE OV BBV - Temple ov BBV 
JAD FAIR AND KRAMER - The History Of Crying
ROYAL TRUX - Platinum Tips and Ice Cream
ROYAL BLOOD - How Did We Get So Dark?
DAN AUERBACH - Waiting On A Song
MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS - Existential Beast
MARIKA HACKMAN - I'm Not Your Man
BETH DITTO - Fake Sugar
PHOENIX - Ti Amo
VINCE STAPLES - Big Fish Theory
JAY Z - 4:44
BIG BOI - Boomiverse
MARK WYNN - More Singles
TOPS - Sugar At The Gate
SONGHOY BLUES - Resistance
LOVE THEME - Love Theme 
MAJOR LEAGUES - Good Love 
THE POPGUNS - Sugar Kisses
THE RUBY SUNS - Sprite Fountain
CELEBRATION - Wounded Healer
CHAIN AND THE GANG - Best Of Crime Rock

Singles & EPs

Everything Now
ARCADE FIRE - Everything Now
ARCADE FIRE - Creature Comfort
AMBER ARCADES - Cannonball EP
PJ HARVEY AND RAMY ESSAM - The Camp
MODERN COSMOLOGY - Summer Long EP
H HAWKLINE - Last Thing On Your Mind
THE COATHANGERS - Parasite
FLASHER - Winnie / Burn Blue
SYNTHETIC ID - Escapement
WHITNEY - You’ve Got A Woman / Gonna Hurry (As Slow As I Can)
THE NO ONES - Sun Station EP
THE ORIELLES - Sugar Tastes Like Salt
TROUBLE - Snake Eyes
LICE - The Human Parasite
MARY EPWORTH - Me Swimming
LAPS - Who Me?
MOLLY NILSSON - Single
MAJOR LAZER
- Know No Better EP

Algiers - The Underside of Power

Monday, June 26, 2017

Live: Ejekt Festival with The Killers, The Kills, Circa Waves (Athens, June 24, 2017)

The Killers, live @ Ejekt Festival 2017
The summer festival season is upon us and as the first heatwave of June made its presence felt this Saturday, we paid our first visit this year to Plateia Nerou by the seaside to checkout the first ever performances in Athens by The Killers, The Kills and Circa Waves.


Actually this was not the first time that The Killers visited Athens, but a sudden hailstorm on the day they were supposed to headline the Rockwave Festival of 2009 pulled the plug of that gig. Eight years later, the road finally led the band back to Athens and although personally I have stopped following them for sometime now, I have to admit that they still put on a great, crowd-pleasing show and it is no surprise that they are still in high demand as headliners for big festivals.


In the 90 minutes of their set, The Killers revisited all their previous albums, from the big hits of their ace debut "Hot Fuss" ("Mr. Brightside", "Somebody Told Me", "Smile Like You Mean It", "All These Things That I've Done") up to their latest release, "The Man", the funky first single off their forthcoming album "Wonderful Wonderful". They even included a couple of songs from their b-sides compilation "Sawdust", Joy Division's "Shadowplay" and "Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll", the track that perhaps best describes their musical aspirations. All in all, a well-executed, professional hit by The Killers that pleased their fans who have been waiting a long time to see them in action.


Our favorite performance of the day however came by The Kills, the dizzying indie rock roller-coaster created by the supremely talented guitarist Jamie Hince and the amazing Alison Mosshart, whose singing and explosive stage presence is always captivating.

The Kills, live @ Ejekt Festival 2017
The chemistry between the two of them remains strong after all those years together and the sparks fly as soon as they hit the stage. Their 70-minute set pulled mainly from their latest album "Ash & Ice" ("Heart of a Dog", the ESG sampling "Siberian Nights", "Doing It to Death", "Whirling Eye") but did not neglect their rich past, including a few older favorites like "U.R.A. Fever", "Tape Song", "Sour Cherry", "No Wow", "Kissy Kiss".



Admittedly there is a lot of material in their back catalog that I would love to listen to live, but the force of their performance is unrelenting no matter what they choose to perform, so a great show is guaranteed every time you get the chance to see The Kills on a stage (check out here our impressions from the first time we got to see them up close, 5 years ago in Lisbon).


 
The Kills, live @ Ejekt Festival 2017
Early in the afternoon we also sampled the melodic pop-punk of Liverpool's Circa Waves. The young quartet presented their new album "Different Creatures", giving a confident performance in front of a rather small crowd, as the intense heat made most people wait for the sunset before making their way to the festival. Their anthemic sound, however, had enough energy to earn the good will of those present who seemed to enjoy the performance despite not being familiar with the material.



Circa Waves, live @ Ejekt Festival 2017
A good start this year for Ejekt Festival, finally deciding to bring over some bands who had never played in Athens before. The second day of this year's event is scheduled for mid-July and we are planning to be there, mainly to see the return to Athens after around 20 years of The Jesus And Mary Chain. We are hoping it's going to be a blast! Meanwhile, here are a few of the highlights of the first day of the festival:

The Kills - Whirling Eye (live @ Ejekt Festival, Athens, June 24, 2017)

The Kills - Sour Cherry (live @ Ejekt Festival, Athens, June 24, 2017)


The Killers - Read My Mind (live @ Ejekt Festival, Athens, June 24, 2017)

Circa Waves - T-Shirt Weather (live @ Ejekt Festival, Athens, June 24, 2017)