On Friday the 20th of December, 3 upcoming local bands of the dark electronic scene shared the stage of Death Disco club. The three bands, Lip Forensics, Strawberry Pills and The Man & His Failures are no strangers to the local Athenian scene. Their members have been active for many years in various projects and they all have collaborated together in one way or another.

First up was The Man & His Failures who appeared as a four piece fronted by main man Manos Karakatsanis. They began their set with tracks "Bathed In Moonlight", "Persona Non Grata" and "If Mississippi John Hurt Knew What I've Done" from their debut cassette that was released a year ago. Then they played a dynamic take of "Weird, Wild & Free", an A.R.E. Weapons cover that was a real shot of adrenaline. They ended with two new songs, "She Comes With The Dagger" and "Nothing" (the first single from the upcoming debut album "Survival Kit") that sounded really promising showing a more minimal synthwave direction, adding to their post-punk style, making us anticipate to listen to their future release.
By the time Strawberry Pills took to the stage, the club was packed. The duo, consisting of singer Valisia Odell and Antonis Konstantaras on guitar have resurfaced after a 6 year hiatus. After an intro, where on the stage backdrop a visual of their shadowy images was projected, they preformed some new songs like "Scooby", "Icarus", "Porcelain Face", "Dreams", "Voyeur" and "Verbal Suicide" from their forthcoming debut album "Murder To A Beat". Some of which have already gained fair airplay and have created quite a stir. The post-punk/minimal wave duo performed well with Valisia being the main focus with her characteristic singing style and stage performance and Antonis backing up, banging out the riffs on guitar and bass. They continued with the already known songs like their first ever hit "Sad Eyes" and "Disgrace" from their 2013 EP "Conversation Piece".

Last up was Lip Forensics, a duo that plays electronic, idm, electro, glitch music. I wasn’t familiar with their music and this was the first time I was seeing them live. They started their set with "Fo(u)r", a track from their 12"single "Cheiloscopy". Their stage presentation was spectacular, with both members wearing illuminated suits! They reminded me of acts such as Orbital and the 90’s English rave scene in general. They continued with "Ro(a) rschach", "The Awful Truth", "Talos", the digital single "Hybristophilia" released in 2017, "Senescence", "Forsaken" and "Prosopoagnosia".

Review by Nick Drivas.