Saturday, March 5, 2016

Feel Callas' Noise Pop Sad Erection - (Athens, Greece)




















Most of the times erections are happy ones. I mean, they're after all erections but then sometimes they can be sad erections at least according to Athens (Greece) noise pop band Callas whose spartan proto punk sound can feel like something between Sonic Youth and Lou Reed. The tone of Sad Erection feels like a dull celebration, a kind of depressive funk that slowly builds into a fury of guitars and forlorn vocals. Unlike a lot of song, it goes somewhere, builds up speed, gets better as it goes and thus wins you over.

Like last year's It's Sunday I'm Bleeding, Sad Erection has a sad sounding underbelly with a sharp edge of angst percolating throughout. This tone feels like a fuse burning and the anticipation of the explosion is as engaging as the big bang. The Callas released their new album "Half Kiss Half Pain" on January 29th via Inner Ear Records. It follows their 2013 "Am I Vertical?" with production from Jim Sclavunos (Sonic Youth, The Cramps, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Grinderman). Callas are brothers Aris (guitar / vocals) and Lakis (bass / vocals) Ionas as well as Chrysanthi Tsoukala (guitar / vocals) and Marilena Petridou (drums).
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Robb Donker





The Callas - "Half Kiss Half Pain"
[Inner Ear / Rough Trade Dis.]  
Format: Vinyl, Digital, Cd
Street Date: February 5, 2016
 
01. IT'S SUNDAY I'M BLEEDING
02. SAD ERECTION
03. CUT
04. HALF KISS HALF PAIN
05. THE GREAT EASTERN
06. COULD YOU?
07. LA JALOUSIE
08. BLUE
09. SO SWEET
10. RIVER. DROOL. EAR. ROPE.


Tour Dates:
Fri 04 Mar La Carène Brest France
Sat 05 Mar La Mécanique Ondulatoire Paris France
Fri 18 Mar Amboss Rampe Zurich Switzerland
Jun 5 RockWave Festival Athens Greece

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