Dean Tzenos

Odonis Odonis – Kraak Gallery, Manchester – live review
Dean Tzenos

Odonis Odonis
Kraak Gallery, Manchester
18th April 2012

Odonis Odonis quietly crept onto the stage, Tzenos to the right, Gibson to his left – pummelling drum machine beat, shards of savage guitar and front man Dan Tzenos’ lupine howl opens Odonis Odonis set at Kraak Gallery.

The crowd suddenly stepped a pace back from the stage…

The Toronto based 3-piece formed by Tzenos, drummer Jarod Gibson and bassist Denholm Whale complete the line-up, set about terrifying their audience with layer upon layer of metallic noise delivered with snarling punk attitude and a nod to surf culture!

Having recently released their debut album ”ËœHollandaze’ (Fat Cat Records) (LTW review) to critical acclaim the band have travelled for a full European tour, this being the penultimate UK date. A healthy crowd is present to experience Odonis Odonis sound, which is built from garage/surf foundations to then incorporate distorted layers of guitar, cavernous drum beats, a dash of Mary Chain style white noise all delivered with a rarely seen intensity ”“ a coupling of Big Black and The Ventures; Tzenos and Co are the bastard spawn!!
There are no stage lights ”“ there isn’t really a stage, just a raised platform; the band being lit by a projector; there is no barrier between band and audience as such the full impact and intensity of Odonis Odonis hits you full on, the bass drum plunges deep, the reverb howls. Current single ”ËœBusted Lip’ is immense; sheets of noise with Tzenos, his face contorted chanting the refrain, though this is surpassed by ”ËœAre We Friends’ ”“ it’s harder, its faster, it becomes entrancing as Tzenos sends his vocals through an effects processor, as the synchronized beats pummel you into submission.

Odonis Odonis – Kraak Gallery, Manchester – live review

Despite the electronics Odonis Odonis retain a primal gutteral relevence that conects with the audience, who by now have taken tentative steps forwards – Glorious”¦

Odonis Odonis performed:

Mr Smith
Busted Lip
Ledged Up
Blood Feast
Handle Bars
Are We Friends
Barefoot Liberators
Robot Surfers

Odonis Odonis play Camden Crawl 4-6th May

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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