noise for the hard of hearing

the next gig is coming up fast so pop a note to yourself on whatever social networking/notepad/sticky note/fridge magnet that you happen to use and don’t forget:

friday 19th april at zero. doors open 9pm. it’s FREE to get in so no excuses…

be there…you know you want to.

photography & design: Vishy Moghan © 2007

Man, were we on!

Before the storm, Bad Mathematics gig, Afaneis, 14 Koletti Street, Athens, 02.03.2013
Before the storm, Bad Mathematics gig, Afaneis, 14 Koletti Street, Athens, 02.03.2013

Yes what else can we say. A kick ass gig of the sort that will become legendary in the annals of Bad Mathematics.

Afaneis Rocked to its foundations last night. The crowd was major, the dancing uninhibited. It’s good to know that we can still rock the shit out of people, and even playing a set as heavy as last night that we can still get the groove on in our dotage.

ROCK ON indeed! Love to all the tumultuous people that came and helped make last night a roaring carnival.

Lamia 07.04.2012

Yes. The Lamia gig is on and getting rapidly closer. Oh lordy!!! Will those naughty BMs be ready in time? Will they find where to leave their children? Will they remember their songs? Will they be scared of doing a live after such a long break? Will they freeze on stage and fuck it all up?

"All Is Forgiven", Lamia 07.04.2012

Well who knows! We’re game anyway… So rehearsals are hotter than they have been for quite some time. And now we’re committed and as any of you people who know us will remember BAD MATHEMATICS ARE NOTHING IF NOT COMMITTED!!! Right?

autopsy of a gig


the gig came and went way too fast and i have left it for a few days, as usual, to comment on it. i hate to write anything about what went down straight away. i’m usually too caught up in the emotion and adrenaline of the night to be coherent. i also don’t want to do an autopsy, as the title suggests, because it’s not particularly constructive to obsess over what could have been or should have been.

i’m happy about what we did and i think everyone who made it had fun and that’s what counts.

which brings me to my gripe…

why so few people ? our lovely friends and fans, who wade through hell and high water to get to many of our gigs (if not all, amazingly enough), are fabulous. i am still amazed by the strength of their support and i thank you for making it all worth it. other people had very good reasons why they couldn’t make it. and this rant is not about them.

what i am utterly pissed off about is that not one person came to after dark on the off chance of seeing a good band. i know we were competing against european music day (free concerts in virtually every main square in town) and it’s june and people are almost pathological about going inside in the summer but really…

is it too much to ask for a venue to actually advertise bands ? i don’t just mean us. i mean send out listings to magazines/newspapers/online. when i was touring years ago, our publicity department (one person) used to send out the press release and venues themselves would flood the city with advertising. isn’t it in the interests of the venue to get punters in? we do a pretty good job of selling ourselves about the place but i strongly believe that the reason why good bands fail here is because they are totally unsupported. venues judge you on who you can personally drag into your gig. i felt like saturday was a prime example. we were (probably) invited because it was a difficult night. if we’d got a big crowd there, we might have been given more saturdays in the future. right now, i think it’s more a case of “well, you didn’t get people there last time, so why should i put you on again. i’ll give you wednesday (a notoriously slow night).

i’m not asking for anything than i would expect any business person to do. it’s not like many venues are thriving! there are hardly any left.

but i don’t want to feel used. to fill in for your popular cover bands. or to bring in a few punters on a difficult night. or to be blamed for not succeeding, having worked hard to get a gig together.

i know we’re not cool. we’re not the next big five minute wonder. our music demands a little work on your part. you can’t just come to our gigs and have a few drinks, nod your head and feel like you had a brilliant night. we want to make you think. to listen to the words. to feel those moments when it feels like you’re going to fall off a cliff but somehow you don’t. but if you do, it’s into a thrilling freefall. our music is not for kids… or sheep.

having said that, we know how to have a fucking great time.

rant over for now.

we have to come up with new strategies. obviously free porn wasn’t enough to get people through the door… 😀

important notice: time change

the gig gods have struck again. as you know, we have a gig tonight (at after dark) and the management™ produced the pornography poster. on that poster, it says “doors open 9.30pm”. however, unbeknownst to us, on saturdays the venue opens the doors at 10pm and the gig will not start until 12.

anyone planning to be there when the doors open are, of course, more than welcome to do so but be warned… there will be two hours before we get onstage.

to all you fashionably late, cool people, ignore this notice and come at your usual late hour.

to all you terribly uncool people like me, come along anyway and we’ll hang out.

see you later

cool to be uncool

apart from it being very cool to be uncool, here is another spectacular reason for you to make it to the gig tomorrow (saturday 19th june 2010 at after dark)…

it will be air-conditioned heaven and a welcome relief from the heatwave that has descended on greece. i know, i know… you’re currently flopping about at home, sweating like a world cup footballer and thinking that you will never be able to move more than two inches away from your fan and that bucket of ice-cubes. the good news is that, in the interests of doing our bit for global warming, the venue we are playing at is deliciously cold. last time we played there in the summer, i actually had to ask them to turn the air-conditioning down a bit because i was freezing my tits off.

as with all bad mathematics gigs, we are battling against various factors to get people through the doors tomorrow. a heatwave, the effing football and now we find out that it’s the european music weekend, with free concerts all over the city in local squares.

no wonder we were invited to play! we’re probably the only band in athens that can guarantee a gaggle of hard-drinking, rowdy wasters, even when confronted by this tidal wave of alternative events.

so let’s prove that we have pulling power, my adorable readers (all three of you now!). on with the bikinis (suggestions for boys over here. warning: not for the faint-hearted) and head down to after dark… where the drinks are cool and the music is cooler (in an uncool kind of way).

naked

there has been much chatter and nonsense, on our facebook pages and here on the blog, about pornography, nakedness and general ill-behaviour in the bad mathematics empire. i would just like to make it clear that while some of this activity might be permissible and actually enjoyable in the privacy of one’s home, it is not something that is encouraged or participated in by myself. as i have noted in the past couple of weeks, the management™ had to employ a certain ms. slut to participate in their “artwork” because they knew i wouldn’t.

and now there is talk of nakedness on stage and even amongst some potential audience members. let me be clear… if clothing is removed at the gig (saturday 19th june at after dark), i will remove myself from the stage.

i hear you all screaming “prude” but i have my reasons. i refuse to be upstaged by a heaving mass of naked loveliness. what chance do i have to be looked at and adored if everyone ‘s attention is on our gorgeous fans ?

so, come to the gig (we will be partying until late with dj.kosta). and keep your clothes on until you get home.

the only naked things allowed at our gigs are my feet.

thank you.