Having risen from smokey basements to packed arenas, children of the now-legendary Greek underground heavy rock scene of the mid 00’s, 1000mods can be considered no less than the most successful Greek rock band of the past decade. Blending all their influences from retro-rock and doom rock, to fuzzy heavy rock and space rock, even grunge and 90s underground, they have created a personal recipe of explosive heavy music that’s impossible to imitate. 1000mods offer inspired, powerful and uniquely fresh heavy tunes, satisfying everyone from stoners to metalheads for over a decade now.
Revered saxophonist Idris Ackamoor is the founder and leader of the Pyramids, an Afrocentric world music and spiritual jazz group whose music emerges from a fertile creative zone that was mined by Sun Ra, Art Ensemble of Chicago and the likes. Their trio of mindbending afro-jazz albums from the 1970s proved highly influential to several generations of artists, but the group disbanded in 1977. Ackamoor threw himself in his work as a cultural ambassador, but after nearly 40 years he reconvened the band in 2016, releasing two much-acclaimed albums on Strut Records and starting a second run as a celebrated touring outfit.
Brewing up a heady mixture of high-spirited rhythm & blues, real-gone psychedelia, and middle-finger-flipping garage rock, King Khan has earned an international reputation as one of the wildest showmen in underground rock. Whether playing with the all-freaks powerhouse that is The Shrines, designing a deck of Tarot cards (Jodorowsky approved!), scoring William Burroughs' archival spoken word recordings or embarking on any other highly extravagant project he will think up next, King Khan is a versatile true artist who just also happens to have a knack for entertaining the shit out of any audience that is put in front of him.
Fatou Seidi Ghali and Alamnou Akrouni are "Les Filles de Illighadad", named after their tiny hometown in a remote part of Niger near the border with Mali.They sing and play a traditional Tuareg drum called the tende, which is also the name of a repertoire of traditional Tuareg folk songs. But it is the distinctive acoustic and electric guitar playing by Fatou that catches eyes and ears all over the world. After a photograph of her playing at a wedding went viral online (female Tuareg guitarists being rare), Christopher Kirkley of Sahel Sounds tracked her down and produced the group's first two albums for the label.
Whether you listen to the albums or experience their music on stage, Mars Red Sky's hulking yet trippy brand of stoner rock will take you on an infinite journey. With their sophomore full-length 'Stranded In Arcadia' (2014) they established themselves as a cornerstone band of the heavy psych scene, each new release garnering praise from major international critics. An insatiable appetite for the stage has led them to play the biggest rock and metal stages: SXSW, Hellfest 2014 and 2017, Desertfest London and Berlin, Roadburn, Eurockéennes) and support slots for the likes of Sleep, Dinosaur Jr., Kyuss Lives!, Killing Joke, Gojira and many more.