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AFTERNOIZ Archive

Live report: SLEEPMAKESWAVES (AUS), CALF (GRE), MOTHER OF MILLIONS (GRE) @Mavri Trypa, Thessaloniki, Greece 05/04/2015


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To say the truth, I was waiting the concert of SLEEPMAKESWAVES with mixed emotions. First time in Greece – though 4th tour in Europe - for a band that has been imprinted in the minds of those who follow post rock since the very first official release, 2008’s EP “In Today, Already Walks Tomorrow”… but also first time for me to attend a concert with the main band playing instrumental music. The info, however, gathered about previous concerts was quite promising for an energetic and soul-felt experience. Was not disappointed in the least…

Doors opened at 21:15, and about half an hour after, the first support band got on stage. MOTHER OF MILLIONS is a band coming from Athens, playing a mix of progressive metal mixed with post metal elements. Greeting the audience, they went on to present their work from the debut album “Human” which came out last year, giving their all on stage. Mid speed songs, with powerful performance on vocals, for a band that managed to transfer their energy to the people that had crowded already the place. “Orientation”, “Human”, “Fire”, “Evolving” the songs featured in their debut album that were heard, with the addition of “In Silence”. Performed second in the setlist, the latter will be featured in the upcoming sophomore album and, in my opinion, it was their best. Something which is quite promising, showing that the band is working hard in evolving…

Second on stage came CALF. The band from Karditsa, Greece, throughout their performance, used as many words as the lyrics of their songs, which means… zero! They just set up their gear and started delivering their post/noise rock, blasting a solid wall of sound with the songs mostly from their second album “Bastards Anatomy Use A Unicorn Go To Apathy” which was released in 2014. Quite the selection of names for their songs, with titles like “The Artist Formely Known As Hipstercunt”, “Lunacy Box Demon Booth” or “Are You Laura Palmer? No I’m A Fucking Psychopath”, they left the stage as silent in words and as noisy in music as they delivered with their performance.

Time was ticking, clock was pointing sometime after 23:30 and SLEEPMAKESWAVES get on Mavri Trypa’s stage, already with a smile on their faces. Well ok, and some water and beer in hand…And then the party started! In great shape and mood to deliver the energy of their songs, they started with the album that partially gave the name to the two appearances in Greece. “…And So We Destroyed Everything” the debut full length album and, as they state with their music, “To You They Are Birds, To Me They Are Voice In The Forest”. The band was in perfect spirits, enjoying what they were doing and of course receiving the same feeling from the audience that participated in their crescendo-core performance. In fact, they were doing exactly what their next song describes, “We Sing The Body Electric”, of course without any words. Leaving aside the US EP that features that song, they returned to their debut full-length, delivering “In Limps And Joints”, with bassist/keyboardist Alex Wilson revealing to us that this will be the longest setlist of the Great Northern tour. Amidst cheerful reactions from the audience, SLEEPMAKEWAVES proceeded to perform their second album “Love Of Cartography” almost in full. “Traced In Constellations”, “Great Northern”, then the beautiful “Emergent”

The band seemed even surprised with the people’s reactions, thanking us time and time again for the support and the participation. “How We Built The Ocean” followed with the great solo in guitar and then a moment of relaxation, with Wilson getting on the keyboards for the calmness of “A Little Spark” before the detonation of the second burst of energy. “Perfect Detonator” and “The Stars Are Stigmata” led the audience into elation and dancing, with the faces and body moves of the band members showing that interaction as well. After thanking us for the umpteenth time, the band prefaced the last song of the setlist as one quite suitable for dancing; and as they have heard we Greeks enjoy dancing a lot, with “Something Like Avalanches” following of course.

We couldn’t let them go away like that though, so naturally we asked for encore, hoping for a song from the EP that first spread the rumors of a fine Australian band playing a fine form of post rock… And lo, “In Today, Already Walks Tomorrow” couldn’t remain absent, with the band stating that this song they were about to play, was written upon gloomy and negative thoughts of the world’s and mostly the human’s progress and the determination to do their best on helping changing that. What best title for such a song than “One Day You Will Teach Me To Let Go Of My Fears”

And thus ended a great performance by SLEEPMAKESWAVES, leaving everyone who attended the show satisfied. What’s more, the band was thrilled about how the night went on and wrapped eventually, having enjoyed the audience’s participation to the full. We had a little talk with Alex Wilson after the show and, after thanking us for the support with the interview and the coverage of the concert, he repeated how much he felt that interaction between the band and the people, this mutual feeling of pleasure. And to think that the band has performed in front of big crowds with acclaimed bands, while, given the small capacity of the venue, they played in front of maybe less than 100 people…


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