In a funny coincidence, my last live report for More Fuzz was about Naxatras when they were the opening act for 1000mods in Athens, back in January of ’17. Since then, and after a 40 stop European tour and their third LP out a few months ago, here I am in Gagarin 205 in Athens for Naxatras’s big headlining show along with the groovy openers Supersoul. A 3-hour set, a dancer, a guest, a violin bow (!), some great visuals and a psychedelic trip for the Athenian crowd!
Them heavy motherfuckers! As I wrote for their debut, these lads know how to rawk. They managed to make move the crowd and shake their booty, to make them dance and kiss. A trio with an energetic performance with Rami singing and spewing bluesy riffs, Orestis stomping all around and Evan playing hard n hot. Personally the top moment was, “Coming Back To Moscow“. This band has it all: Heaviness, radio-friendly tunes, dancing, moshing, sexy and dark melodies!
Setlist: Mind Me When I’m Gone / Gold / Down By The River / Faith Bender / Wrong Side Of Suicide / Came Back To Moscow / Jacob Williams / Manipulator / Carve My Stone / Blackhorse / Freedom Prayer
Pictures by Anastacia Papadaki
That was the big night the band from Thessaloniki probably was waiting while they had a 3 year presence in your lives and audio platforms, and especially live stages throughout the whole Europe. The band was in a top notch form that Saturday night and played tracks from their whole back catalogue (even from their EP) and managed to make them flow from their “hit” moments (Sun Is Burning, I Am The Beyonder), to space psychedelia (Prophet, You Won’t Be Left Alone) with some extra interesting things to add. For example, John Delias spiced up the things a bit a la Jimmy Page where he played his guitar in “Machine” with a violin bow (there was also a bit synth thrown in there). During the “Garden Of The Senses” Roxanne accompanied the song with her sensual dancing which had a very Hawkwind-y vibe. Finally one addition that we were expecting was that of Filon Geropoulos where during the last two songs before the encore he rocked the rhythm guitar making them a four piece, as he did in the studio version of the melancholic “White Morning” and the euphoric “Spring Song“. The band from this point on is no more just a “newcomer” and “promising” band for the heavy greek rock underground scene, but is a prominent member amongst their peers, with youth, talent, a good amount of experience and the momentum to make bigger things. They showcased their kraut elements, their prog Pink Floyd-ish elements and jazz orchestration of songs. Personally “White Morning” and “Spring Song” showcase their songwriting skills which are exhilarating in contrast their relentless jamming where some may find a tad repetitive and weary as it may seem after two hours. With 3 records in 3 years, where they explored the whole “psych” universe, their route can be more interesting with new things to come.
Setlist: You Won’t Be Left Alone / Sun Is Burning / Downer / Pulsar 4000 / Machine / Waves / Land Of Infinite Time / On The Silver Line / Garden Of The Senses / Prophet / White Morning / Spring Song / I Am The Beyonder.