T.O.P. Interview: Tendts (FWF Records, GR)

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Tendts live photo by Tales of Psychofonia

  “Cheap Poetry” is like a male orgasm, lasts only for a few seconds ….

Tendts and lights, Tendts and tales, Tendts and dreams, Tendts and melancolic beats, Tends with love… from Thessaloniki. Our today’s T.O.P. interview travels to the beautiful city of Thessaloniki and Tendts disclosure interesting details about themselves through a  heartfelt enjoyable and real interview for Tales of Psychofonia. We are more than happy to share it with you.

We would urge you to read their words  whilst listening their “Cheap Poetry” LP which was one of the reasons for this post.  Tendts are able to magically transfer you to another dimensions transforming Cinderellas to classy  ladies and frogs to princes, even if it is just for a while…

We introduce you to….. Tendts!


TOP:  Why “Tendts”?    

T: Cause of that stupid, filthy, rusty tent outside our studio -and our obsession with change and redefinition of course.


TOP: What is the  message delivered by your sound?

T:  “I’m a bitch, I’m a lover, I’m a child, I’m a mother 

I’m a sinner, I’m a saint, I do not feel ashamed
I’m your hell, I’m your dream, I’m nothing in between
You know you wouldn’t want it any other way.”

TOP:  What type of hardware do you normally use on your live acts?  

T: We usually use a Roland Sp505, a couple midi keyboards, an Alesis drumpad, a floor tom, a Korg Kaoss Pad, laptops, an electric guitar, four to five guitar pedals, a Behringer console and lots of cables to connect and power all this mess.

 TOP: Any influences?

T: Joy Division, Talking Heads, Four- tet, Panda Bear, Animal Collective, Chemical Brothers, Brian Eno, David Bowie, Orbital, Caribou, Alien Sex fiend, Claude Debussy, Sex Gang Children, Cinema Strange, Happy Mondays, Bauhaus, Antzela Dimitriou, Aneta Marmarinou, Ta Paidia tou Peiraia, VIPS, Kostas Haritodiplomenos, George Alkeos, Giannis Parios, Karlota and last but not least Lampis Livieratos.

TOP: What was the most unforgettable live performance and why?

T: We had some pretty memorable ones like the one with Death in Vegas or a couple festivals but we have to say that the most unforgettable has to be the one in Hamburg with the Project Mooncircle family. It had everything! A roadtrip, great pizza and to top it all the amazing sound-system of the Mojo Club plus an awesome crowd!

TOP:  What are you up to next? any future plans?

T: Few gigs here and there to promote our album. At the same time we will try to gather all the raw material and samples that are hidden in our hard drives and try to focus in making a release.

TOP: How do you perceive the electronic music scene both in your own city and in Greece?

T: The electronic music scene in Thessaloniki and in Greece in general is growin’ and getting stronger! That’s definitely a good thing! But one of the things we also find absolutely great is that bands now try to experiment more with electronics and the nature of “how electronic music works” in both terms of synthesis/studio and vibe/live! One band that has nailed this part -and we are patiently waiting to hear their new stuff- is Mary’s Flower Superhead.

TOP: Is there any place, stage, festival you have dreamt to perform at? 

T: Sure thing! As far as festivals concerned we would love to play at “Field Day”. Now for places and/or locations a tour around the globe wouldn’t be bad! Hehehe 🙂

TOP: What is the tale behind your debut album Cheap Poetry, an album that makes us feel in love every time we listen to it…

T: This album basically is layers and layers of sounds stacked up on top of each other showered with nostalgia and memories and at the top you have our bitter/sweet feelings laying there. Those feelings are responsible for the sickness that you may feel in your stomach as you return home during a weekend full of sun and joy.

Its not a bad thing that you return home, it is a bad thing though that you must return to your job, that you have to confront the fucking ugly face of your boss, the stress, the stupid decisions that you have to make during your regular day. Well, “Cheap Poetry” is so cheap that will (maybe) make you feel good but only for a few minutes, it will not last forever. “Cheap Poetry” is like a male orgasm, lasts only for a few seconds (laughs!) …. Sometimes you ‘d be wishing to be a woman so you could have multiple orgasms instead! ( Maybe that is our next endeavor’s concept! )

TOP: Will you share us with us an album you both like and you consider it can work as mind and soul healer?

T: “Talking Heads – Remain in Light”. This is THE album that makes both the booty and the soul move!

Thanks for the call Tales of Psychofonia!


Thank you Tendts!

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