CULTURE

Local rockers invite all to album launch

Back with new material, Ypogeia Revmata, one of the country’s stronger-selling rock bands since their emergence in the mid-1990s, will launch their latest album, «Mikra Pou ‘Nai Ta Oneira,» at the capital’s Metro Club (47 Gyzi, Gyzi, 210.646.1980) tomorrow at 9 p.m. The concert will be free of charge for all, but interested parties must arrange for their passes by contacting the band’s label, Warner Music (tel 210.674.5881-5, Iro Kasati). Within months of 1994’s debut album, «Magos,» released through a tiny local independent label that went out of business soon afterward, Ypogeia Revmata began to generate a substantial following from strong live shows, despite the label closure’s impediments. By the summer of 1996, the band’s melodic appeal and thoughtful lyrics were drawing enough fans to take Ypogeia Revmata beyond the club circuit and into larger venues. A show at the 4,000-capacity Vrahon Theater was recorded and released as a live album, the group’s third release, to document this period of heightening activity. Amid the growing momentum, however, the band withdrew from the scene for several months after its drummer, Vassilis Kousis, lost his life in a car accident. A replacement was eventually recruited, and, by the summer of 1997, Ypogeia Revmata decided to re-emerge. Early the following year a fourth album, the strong-selling «Tsalakomenes Meres,» was released and led to the band’s collaboration with perennial star Giorgos Dalaras for his residency at the Iera Odos venue. One of the band’s songs, «Asimenia Sfika,» was included on a Dalaras live album that documented those shows, which had featured a lineup of several other acts as well. Other collaborations have since included recording with veteran act Dionysis Savvopoulos, as well as the popular vocalist Eleni Tsaligopoulou. Besides tomorrow night’s album launch the group has also lined up several other dates: 30/11 – Mylos Club, Iraklion, Crete; 7/12 – Stavros Tou Notou Club, Athens; 27/12 – An Club, Athens; 29/12 – Onoma tou Rodou club, Athens; 1/2 – Ston Aera, Petroupoli, Athens.