Greek DIY scene | Lunatic Podcast #12

Just a day before our gig with Calf I was asked to make a podcast about the Greek DIY scene for our local webzine Lunatic.bg

Since the beginning of Feedbacker life was good enough to meet us with many cool bands from Greece and we’ve always felt at home playing there. Greek DIY scene is a true inspiration and we’re constantly intrigued and fascinated by the efforts and results that our friends put in making it happen. The next hour of music presents some of the most important names in Greece at the moment, without claiming to be a complete list or something. My main goal was to put together some of my personal favourites, united by their activity in the independent, anti-authoritarian DIY scene in Greece and beyond.

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What this means? In short, artists rely entirely on their own strengths and manage to make their own concerts, recordings, distribution, etc. happen through a network of friends and followers on the principle of DIY. What we saw during our visits in Greece is indeed a working network of self-organized spaces, social centers and squats that allow bands to make gigs and pass their messages through without relying on bars, clubs and ticket sales. Concerts in independent spaces in Greece are most often funded by free donation, meaning that everyone can visit the event, regardless of their material possibilities. What matters is personal responsibility and involvement of the participants (artists, listeners, organizers) instead of “stars” and “fans” divided by profit.

Hope you enjoy this selection!

Tracklist: 

1. Friend Of Gods – Die A Cello
2. Broken Fingers – This Glass House Looks Empty
3. One Leg Mary – Ages Since
4. Yubari Gogo – Ferosion as Emptiness
5. Calf – Obedience
6. The You and What Army Faction – Degeneration Vacuum
7. Rita Mosss – Immigration
8. Nerrves – Nelly
9. Μαύρο Γάλα – Μοίρα Κακιά
10. Conspiracy of Denial – Doomed To Extinction
11. Dead Elephant – Cruising On The Sun
12. Mass Culture – Μιάσματα
13. Mummrah – Καλύτερες Μέρες
14. Procrastinate – Bygones
15. Sarabante – Πνιγμένοι Στη Σιωπή
16. Αρχή του Τέλους – Ξέσπασμα Μίσους
17. ΛΗΘΗ – ΜΙΑ ΦΩΝΗ
18. Χειμερια Ναρκη – Εφιαλτες
19. Autumn Acid – Ache

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Feedbacker: “Всичко навътре от кожата е убещиже”

Историческото първо интервю на Feedbacker за широкия свят. Благодарности на SofiaRebelStation!
#feedbackerdestroys

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Безоблачната справедливост на лятното безвремие залязва. Как се приключва нещо незапочнато? От топлия устрем не остава дори градус емпатия, а ветровете довяват студеното предчувствие за три ката дрехи. Ами какво да кажем за тези, никога не прогледнали в цвят? За тях тъжния край на лятото е просто поредната бездушна равнодушност, като черно-бяла снимка на цветна градина или като разпиляния пред спирката на тролея боклук – някаква неизбежна тривиалност. Цикъл. Отчайващ в неизбежността си, но и някак сигурен свършек, дори на незапочналото. Но можем ли да ги виним, че не чувстват мръсните стени и прашните фасади или точно обратното – чувстват ги, само че с презрението на обидена от група хулигани, височаеща… В просташката естетика на грубия и недодялан град, намиращите убежище са незаменими таланти, често скрити зад декаденстката маска на нихилизмите. Те, обаче, честичко откриват красивото и нужното – ценен опит от живота около трамвайните релси. Дори в шепа изоставени…

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Black Dio, Feedbacker, Bleak Revelation show | August 6th 2017

Top blokes from local doom unit Bleak Revelation invited us to take part in a gig they were organizing. Italian stoner/doom band Black Dio was coming around, so the Bleak crew did a decent DIY job in booking and setting a killer show. We tried to help them a bit and had loads of fun while playing the show. Most of the crowd was faces unknown to us, which was a real treat. Thanks to all involved and to every single one that came after the gig with that “mind = blown” grin on the face. This is the best feeling!

Next show is coming in a month – this time we’re bringing our friends from Calf (GR) in town. Amp worship!!!

Photos by George Nikolov

DIY Live: Autumn Acid, FEEDBACKER, RiP (20.05.17)

SofiaRebelStation gig report ❤

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В страни от излишния патос, действително бяха времена, когато независимите събития бяха много повече екзотика, отколкото установен, тестван и разработен вариант за изкарване на петък-съботния времеви бермудски триъгълник. Не е чудно, че тогава беше и трудно да си представиш, че София може да е домакин на буквално дузина ивенти само за месец, с участието на множество чуждестранни групи – някои от тях много впечатляващи, други по-ентусиазирани дори от самите нас. Пънк, пост-пънк, хардкор, направи-си-сам,… и най-претенциозният вкус бе задоволен. На връх 40-тата годишнина от възникването на пънка в Англия, изглежда че преживяваме нещо като своеобразен връх в случването на родната сцена. Изгубих бройката на групите и колективите, които се самоорганизираха последната една година, списъкът е дълъг и продължава прогресивно да нараства, като към края на годината ще можем смело да кажем, че за периода 2016-2017 сме видели толкова много и толкова стилово разнообразни артисти и групи, колкото за цялото изминало…

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DIY LIVE: Autumn Acid & Feedbacker live in Sofia

What an amazing night that was. Totally self-organized, lots of friends, free donation entry (that actually almost covered gig costs!) and most of all – killer live! Thanks to Autumn Acid, RiP, the Underground Gallery crew and every single one who came and supported this gig! DIY is awesome! 

Green Yeti/BUS/Feedbacker live in Sofia

Unfortunately our gig with YÖU (MK) got cancelled due to illness of their guitar player Marko. Too bad, since we were really looking forward to this gig and playing with such a great band. Still hoping to catch up once they tour again and play “We Sing the Blues” (their rad new album that you have to check out if you’re into highly energetic and emotional Dischord-inspired melodic hardcore).

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However, there was a quick fill for the date, since we got a lovely offer to play with Green Yeti and Bus the Unknown Secretary from Greece. Location was Live & Loud here in Sofia. We had some good clean fun and both these bands are fucking amazing!

Here’s some photos: 

We’re announcing our next gig soon, stay tuned!

#mikeixlives: Rawk benefit for Mike IX (EHG)

Kickass show last night! As we already mentioned a thousand times, Feedbacker and 5 more local bands (Bloodrush, CorecomMuddy, The Flying Detachment and UPYR) took part in a benefit gig for a great guy named Mike Williams, vocal chord-ripper for NOLA legends EYEHATEGOD. No need for gibberish or big talk this time. People came and donated some money that the guys at Rawk’n’Roll zine & booking are sending towards Mike’s fundraiser. Hope we helped even a tiny bit! Get well, motherfucker!

The whole show was streamed online and you can watch it here:

Two-piece bands that kick major ass!

“Man, you make a lot of noise for half a band” is among the most flattering lines I’ve heard while playing with Feedbacker. Two-piece bands are raising an eyebrow or two all around the world and many people are still surprised that such thing exists. While certainly not being the norm, this compact format isn’t exactly unheard of in many genres. To be honest, I wasn’t familiar with many of my now favorite duos before I actually got to play in one. It is actually amazing how much is accomplished within the “restrictions” that the two-piece frame usually comes with!

People play multiple instruments, dive deeper in exploring effects pedals, time-based units, loopers, synths, or just use raw energy to make their instrument of choise capable of filling the imaginary void of what a rock band should sound like. Many artists don’t follow a norm at all, describing new boundaries with their art. Moving a step aside from the typical rock or metal genres, a duo isn’t exactly uncommmon in the noise/impro scene, worldwide. So, many of the two-piece bands I like are somehow connected with free-form or improvisational music, like Lighning Bolt, Ruins or Body/Head. I can talk or write about that matter for hours, but nah… fuck that.

Instead, here’s a list of two-piece noise-rock(ish) bands that I really dig. The “noise rock” is very deliberately used here, since I don’t really care about that kind of shit anymore. Let’s just say I like my music heavy and noisy and it’s obviously (mostly) rock-based, so yeah, you get the picture.

Two-piece bands that I have known and loved

godheadSilo

godheadSilo is a noise rock duo based in Olympia, Washington (but originally from Fargo, North Dakota) and one of the first noise rock bands I’ve ever heard. Keep in mind that this was way before the internet and YouTube was a thing, so I totally didn’t know they were a duo. They originally started as a three-piece with Phil Leitch on guitar, Mike Kunka on bass and Dan Haugh on drums.  However, Leitch left the band right after their first show at Fargo’s Moose Lodge in 1991. From then on, godheadSilo continued as a two-piece.  They fucking rule.



DEAD

Jem & Jace are from Melbourne, Australia and are one of the raddest bands I’ve ever heard. I really would love to share a stage with these two. They rip and they also run the We Empty Rooms label.

Nü Sensae

Nü Sensae are some punks from Canada who started out as a duo (but now have a guitar player). I really like them as a two-piece, but I have to say they sound even better with guitar. So, no damage done. Here’s a favorite from back when they were a duo. And, man… Daniel Pitout is one hell of a drummer…

beehoover

beehoover are from Germany I think, and they play my fave blend of slower, creeping, distorted and heavy music. Check them out.

I just found out they also have this killer song called Stanislav Petrov, fuck if I know why!

Jucifer

Well, Jucifer are one of the first two-piece bands that I’m into… beautiful woman shredding before a wall of amplifiers, a hard hitting drummer, constantly touring and living in a fucking trailer/truck, killer music… what’s not to love. Their gig in Sofia was amazing. ❤

Gudron 

An amazing two-piece from Sarajevo, these guys are the best! You go and check them out. Right. Now. Instrumental minimalist masterpiece. Bass VI and killer drumming from Hell. Pretty much everything about this band is OK in my book. Hope we meet soon and play some shows together!

Talbot

Talbot are from Estonia. They are heavy. I really love their shit. Their shit is really heavy. I can listen to that all day long. They have played in Sofia and I have missed their show being the dumb cunt that I am. Hope they come again or I go elswhere to see them.

Pucker Up

I found out about these guys just recently, and fuck man… they’re one of the most unique bands I’ve heard lately. Weird third-bridge guitar work, totally out of the box approach to songwriting and lots and lots of energy. Punk, noise rock, no wave, you name it, it’s really something. These guys are relatively small band but I’d love to see them go bigger and do a European tour or something.

Rita Mosss

Rita Mosss are a fucking fury live. They come from Athens, Greece and I fucking love them. It’s probably the only other two-piece band we shared the stage with, and it was a pleasurable experience!

MAW

MAW are a UK two-piece and I’ve been enjoying them a lot lately. Check them out.

Neopit Pilski

Once upon a time Neopit Pilski was a three-piece, but in the recent years operate as a duo. These are fantastic blokes and we’ve played some shows together with my old band KPD-0. Neopit Pilski are based in Germany, but they sing in Bulgarian, which is always lovely.

There’s a lot more two-piece bands that I love, but maybe I will spare that for another time. Hope you enjoyed these and found at least one new favorite.

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Local benefit show for Mike IX (EHG)

Mike IX Williams and EYEHATEGOD always had a special place in my heart. Their music and message have touched me in a way that’s almost life-changing.

If we are inhabiting the same planet, you already know that Mike is battling some really serious health issues right now, leading him to hospitalization and urgent liver transplant. Luckily he got the operation and is now recovering. With him being an independent musician, this led to increased health expenses impossible for an underground artist to cover.

Long story short: these top notch guys from Rawk’n’Roll (pretty much the only Bulgarian stoner-sludge-doom-psych-whatever webzine, online since 2004) have invited us and a couple of the most fascinating heavy rock’n’roll bands in Sofia to gather forces and do a benefit show for Mike.


We have to give it to Rawk’n’Roll – they’re the people who brought EHG here in Sofia back in 2015. Not only that, but they let me take part in all this and open up for fucking EYEHATEGOD w/my solo drone noise outfit krāllār, along with Them Frequencies & UPYR. I’m forever thankful for that opportunity!

So here it is: Feedbacker‘s doing a local benefit show with awesome bands including Bloodrush, CorecomMuddy, The Flying Detachment and UPYR

All of the income from that gig will be transferred to Mike IX Williams’ account. Make sure to follow the event in Facebook and do come over if you can!

Mike’s fundraising campaign is here: https://www.youcaring.com/mikeixwilliams-695413