Good Monday is always a tough concert day. Probably as tough as it is for the Athens audience to know 81 db; or as to decide seeing Need one more time.
Common I, the opening band for the night, appeared in front of a small crowd and their task seemed difficult. Despite that fact, the quartet gave an excellent show, regarding sounds we do not hear that often. It was my first time watching them play; what I “received” was a mixture of Hawkwind’s Space Rock and Sonic Youth’s technical noise. Their stage performance was amazing, according to their musical style. Common I played for 45 minutes, satisfying the fans while attendance was growing by the hour.
Need was up next. Their energy on stage is remarkable. Half of their set came from their brand new album “Siamese God”. A professionally performed set, featuring a fine technique. Need simply confirmed everything that’s been written about them lately. They played for three quarters of the hour, closing with “Nickles & Dimes”, as usual.
Need set list: Soon, Lie Before You Sleep, Twinsoul, Sea Of Lost Faces, Siamese God, Stroll Of Choice, War/ning, Nickles & Dimes.
81 db and their first album attempt were recently presented by yours truly. Personally, I would have never missed the Greek/Italian band performance, which was rather impressing. Whilst the intro was playing the four musicians got on stage, wearing white facades, which they threw away during the first chords of “Evaluation”, the title track of their debut. They truly gave an amazing, as far as their musical genius and stage presence (Greek bands must really get into this issue) is concerend. Kostas Ladopoulos, guitarist and band mastermind, is the leading actor, and he also played bouzouki on some songs; he did so on the album, too. Singer William Costello is also an amazing figure, he convinced us he is almost committed… 81 db played for approximately sixty minutes, which was enough to show their music identity.
81 db set list: Intro / Evaluation, Alarm Clock, Nice Trip, Won't Follow, Luna, Dr. Barytone, Revelations, Mirror, Patience, Desert, Captcha, Voices, Genaration xxx, Insects.