A little before the year’s end, we attended a new festival that took place at Death Disco club in Athens. The lineup consisted of three bands, Meat Injection, Grey Gallows and newcomers Peachblow. It was a good opportunity to check out upcoming bands of the local dark alternative scene.

 Peachblow formed as a trio in the spring of 2018. They create dreamlike atmospheres that combine ambient guitars and synths with acoustic instruments and ethereal vocals. This was their first time on stage. The trio, Tonia Ralli (vocals / keys / guitar), Eleni Liora (violin / vocals / guitar) and Thanos Antonopoulos (electric guitar / effects / loops), played their own kind of dark folk and dream pop in a delicate way. They covered the Cocteau Twins track “Ivo” with Tonia delivering the vocal part very satisfactory. A sure standout moment by a promising band that we will be keeping an eye on in the future.

The dark wave duo Grey Gallows from the town of Patras Greece, formed in 2016, returned once again to the friendly stage of Death Disco. As always with Konstantin (vocals / keys) and Dionisis (guitar / bass) they played what one could say a greatest hits set. Their songs where mostly from their debut album "Tears" that was released on cassette and digitally by Peruvian InClub Records. They started with "Where Joy Hides", "In My Time Of Sorrow", "Grey Gallow" and their digital single "Autumn Leaf". A good mixture of melodic darkwave with goth elements backed by Konstantin’s deep vocal. The continued with the new track "Fuel For Rage", the old school goth rocker "Pure Lust" before they played their cover of "Jasmine And Rose" by Clan Of Xymox. They ended their set with "Ice" and "Under The Grey Sky" as they do lately. A song that has a more electro beat, bringing to mind Anne Clark.

Last up on the bill where Meat Injection,a darkwave synthwave band formed in 2016. They have released 2 EPs and are currently composing their first album ''System Anomaly''. This was the first time I was seeing them as trio, The band consisted of new singer Cleopatra Kaido (ex- Drama Queen), J.Fishbone (Dimitris Katsikadis) on guitars and Giannis Christidis on live drums. They kicked off with an instrumental track “Poison Time”. With live guitar and drums their sound was more alternative rock orientated compared to their more electronic studio recordings. On the second track Cleopatra joined the others on stage and together they played “CockRoaches”, “Death For Fun”, “Hang Me” and their Wipers cover of “Window Shop For Love”. The band gave an very energetic performance with Cleopatra dancing all through their upbeat set. Guitarist J.Fishbone then switched to bass and they played their newer tracks “Dead Santa”, “Lust”, “System Anomaly” ending with “Black Out”.

Review / photos: Nick Drivas