CULTURE

Back with new work for growing fan base

In a short period of time, the English band Electralane, which first toured here two years ago as a relatively unknown entity, has drawn a considerable following of fans, among them notable colleagues. The Bristol-based act, which returns to Greece for two shows this Friday and Saturday, has just put out a second album of sultry-sounding contemporary material titled «The Power Out,» with the legendary indie rock producer Steve Albini, a self-declared fan, behind the mixing desk. The Chicago-based Albini, whose countless collaborations as producer-engineer include rock music masterpieces such as Nirvana’s final studio album «In Utero,» the Pixies’ «Surfer Rosa,» and Dirty Three’s «Ocean Songs,» spoke enthusiastically of Electalane’s debut album, «Rock It To the Moon,» an instrumental outing released three years ago. To his delight, Albini ended up working with the group on its follow-up album as well. «The Power Out,» a multi-lingual effort with lyrics in English, French, German and Spanish – which was only natural considering their respective musical styles – hit the market just weeks ago and has already generated positive remarks from critics. Commenting on the band’s change of direction with the addition of lyrics to its work, Electralane’s Verity Susman, who plays keyboards, guitar, saxophone, and sings, noted: «We felt that the songs would be more complete with singing included. For most of the songs on the first album, vocals seemed excessive in terms of trying to find a balance between lyrics and music. Obviously, this moment has now come.» Electralane will be appearing on Friday in Thessaloniki at the Mylos club (56 Andreou Georgiou, tel 2310.551.838) and on Saturday in Athens at the Gagarin 205 club (205 Liosion, tel 210.854.7600-2).