The Callas

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The Callas is the tip of an artistic factory producing music, films, artworks, magazines, events, art shows initiated by the brothers Lakis & Aris Ionas.
The band The Callas consists of Aris (guitar, vocals) and Lakis (bass, vocals) Ionas, Chrysanthi Tsoukala (guitar, vocals) and Marilena Petridou (Drums).
Their new album “Half Kiss Half Pain” (Inner Ear) produced by Jim Sclavunos will be released on late January 2016.

“As multi-media artists and filmmakers, they approach music making from a very different perspective than the average musician and come up with some quite unexpected results. The sonic palette of the new album is diverse and exploratory, with songs that range in style from dreamy subversive pop to brutal post-punk skronk to deconstructed rebetiko.”
2015, Jim Sclavunos.
In 2013 they finished their first feature film “LUSTLANDS” (HAOS film) and it was premiered at the 7th Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival
At the moment The Callas are working with Lee Ranaldo for the soundtrack of their new feature film “The Great Eastern”. They are also working with Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer for a future live performance / installation.
The last few years they have played all over Europe including: Liverpool Psyche Festival (Liverpool UK), The Great Escape Festival (Brighton, UK), Indigenes Festival (France), Reeperbahn Festival (Hamburg, DE), Indietracks Festival (Derbyshire, UK), Artrocker Magazine (London,UK), Old Blue last (London, UK), The Windmill (London,UK), The Fly (London,UK), White Trash (Berlin), Club Fandango at The Monarch (London,UK), Barfly (London,UK), Alma Enterprises gallery (London,UK), Favela Chic (London, UK), Athens Biennial, Sala Apolo (Barcelona, ES), Espacio menos uno (Madrid, ES), Taktfrei fest (Berlin, DE), De Roode Bioscoop,(Amsterdam, Netherlands), Fieldgate Gallery (London, UK).

They have performed live in churches, flats, boats, mountains, toilets and with bands/artists such as Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ty Segall, Grinderman, Au Revoir Simone, You Say Party! We Say Die!, The Wedding Present and Television Personalities.
They have exhibited their artworks all over the world including Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Family Business gallery (NYC), Dakis Joannou DESTE foundation (Athens), Faggionato Fine Art (London), Athens Biennial (Athens), Andreas Melas gallery (Athens), Yinka Shonibare Space (London), The Breeder gallery (Athens), ATOPOS cvc (Athens) etc.
“Am I Vertical?” Lp – 2013
“Rock ‘n’ Roll thick and heavy with a strong motorik backbone” – BrooklynVegan
“Disaster! Disaster! Disaster! It happens! So goes The Callas’ riotous chant over the dirgy, life-affirming garage rock stomp that is “Disaster.” – Noisey
“Oddly Thrilling! Sound Dense and deeply idiosyncratic with pronounced, Sonic youth / pixies – edged boy-girl vocal mood swings and propulsive guitars” – Mojo (****)
“An amazing performance by The Callas that was a cross between punk rock and Andy, Warhol’s Factory scene” Yinka Shonibare – THE INDEPENDENT
“The Callas spend the next 30 minutes pressing the reset button for your mind with the most significant contributions coming from a flawless drummer/bassist combo.” –
Liverpool Psych Fest. – GetInToThis
Shows (selection)
- Dirty Linen – Family Business/DESTE foundation – curated by Myriam Ben Salah
- Lustlands - Family Business gallery – New York
- Palais de Tokyo – Paris – Hell As Pavillion curated by Nadja Argyropoulou
- Parnassos, curated by Stefan Bidner, Athens, Greece
- The New Disorder, curated by Michael Bevilacqua & Katerina Nikou, Ileana Tounta, Athens, Greece
- Peepee, curated by V. Zidianakis, Atopos cvc, Athens, Greece (solo)

- Nτέρτι Humanism, curated by Nadja Argyropoulou, Faggionato Fine Art, London, UK

- Happy End, curated by Basement Art Projects, Yinka Shonibare space, London, UK

- Visionaire, artwork for Visionaire magazine calendar, New York, USA
- Heaven, 2nd Athens Biennial, curated by Chus Martinez, Athens, Greece

- My Still Life as a Personal Object, Alma Enterprises Gallery, curated by Yu-Chen Wang, London, UK

- Part Time Punks, curated by Lakis & Aris Ionas / The Callas, DESTE foundation (the project was selected by DESTE Foundation in collaboration with Deitch Projects and The Wrong Gallery), Athens, Greece

- The Callas – Superman Died Yesterday, The Breeder Gallery, Athens Greece (solo)

The last 10 years Lakis & Aris Ionas are publishing significant magazines for the Athenian underground music/art/film scene such as Velvet magazine and Lust magazine.
Their studio is one of the most active cultural spaces in Athens. Going by the name Velvet Room they are organizing art shows combined with music gigs and DJ sets involving some of the best new bands and artists in Athens.

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