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A Dirty Dozen with ANNA PAPATHANASIOU from PUTA VOLCANO – March 2020

| 13 March 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Greek hard rock, post-grunge, desert quartet PUTA VOLCANO has revealed the first video, “Black Box,” from their upcoming album, AMMA. Lyrically “Black Box” challenges the constant struggle to become something more, against all odds and against adversity. The song’s video provides a visualization of this struggle. PUTA VOLCANO has been building up their legacy and fanbase, one gig, one album, one song at the time. Already-acknowledged in the Greek heavy rock scene, the band formed in 2012, releasing their debut EP Represent Victory Below Eye. PUTA VOLCANO’s debut full-length, The Sun (2015), was recognized as a fresh and inspiring offering, and soon after the band started gigging regularly, including 2015’s Rockwave Festival in Athens, alongside The Black Keys and 1000mods.” We get singer Anna to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Well you will have to give it a good listen and let us know, it is a grower, not a wower, so there is plenty of stuff to discover in there.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

My mother’s piano on the corner of our living room. And i believe it worked somehow like that for the rest of the guys as well. We were musicians, we just had to practice a lot just to be bearable and convince people around us for it.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Plenty of them. Nirvana, Tool, Radiohead, Nina Simone, Motorhead, John Cage, birds singing under the morning sun. Everything. Oh and of course Michael Jackson and the Beatles.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

That is unfair, cannot categorize them.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Billie Elish and Kendrick Lamar, because they have the coolness and cool outfits we lack.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Well we cannot cringe with fans, they make our day. I would describe it as several sounds in a raw with some distortion and some female vocals sounding a bit male. I would also try to convince people that we look really hot so that they would come and see us in person. We are really nice chaps.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Steve is a chef so when it comes to food he is in charge. The drinks would be on Bookies. There is no room for an acoustic guitar anywhere in our chilling sessions but Alex would be the one coming up with riffs that would then evolve into new material. I myself sing along with myself mostly in the car to the Bohemian rhapsody making all the funny little sounds you can imagine.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

Alice in Chains this past summer where we shared the same stage and got to watch them on stage right behind their amps. We felt like school kids.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

The exhaustion after a gig. You get to sleep like an over-sized baby. We all follow our individual dreams in terms of careers, i myself am a visual artist for instance, so i am bound to the creative process.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

The tiring question is how did you come up with the name of the band. And the one we are craving for would be if we have a lucky piece of underwear for recordings and gigs. We might, who knows.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

It might sound a bit cheesy but no. No reason to linger in the past. Plus we have learned a great lot from our missteps.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Led Zeppelin IV, it’s the epitome of a rock band and that album was really something. Don’t you think?





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