ABOUT

The Callas is the tip of an artistic factory producing music, films, artworks, magazines, events, art shows initiated by the brothers Lakis & Aris Ionas.

- The Callas worked with Lee Ranaldo on a new album which will be released on early 2018 through Dirty Water Records USA.

- October 2017  solo show at Kustera Projects (Brooklyn, New York) showing new artworks.

Their latest two albums, “Am I Vertical?”  and “Half Kiss, Half Pain” (Inner Ear) were produced by Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Lydia Lunch, The Cramps).

“Oddly Thrilling” – 4/5 – MOJO

5/5 – Album of the week – ARTROCKER

“As multi-media artists and filmmakers, they approach music making from a very different perspective than the average musician and come up with some quite unexpected results. The sonic palette of the new album is diverse and exploratory, with songs that range in style from dreamy subversive pop to brutal post-punk skronk to deconstructed rebetiko.”
Jim Sclavunos

The band The Callas consists of Aris (guitar, vocals) and Lakis (bass, vocals) Ionas, Chrysanthi Tsoukala (drums, vocals) and Marilena Petridou (percussion).

In December 2016 they did a premiere of their new feature film “The Great Eastern” in which they co-wrote the soundtrack with Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth). The film will be screened in Thessaloniki IFF 2017.

In 2013 they released their first feature film “LUSTLANDS” (HAOS film) and it was premiered at the 7th Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival

The last few years they have played all over Europe including: Liverpool Psyche Festival (Liverpool UK), The Great Escape Festival (Brighton, UK), Indigenes Festival (France), Reeperbahn Festival (Hamburg, DE), Indietracks Festival (Derbyshire, UK), Artrocker Magazine (London,UK), Old Blue last (London, UK), The Windmill (London,UK), The Fly (London,UK), White Trash (Berlin), Club Fandango at The Monarch (London,UK), Barfly (London,UK), Alma Enterprises gallery (London,UK), Favela Chic (London, UK), Athens Biennial, Sala Apolo (Barcelona, ES), Espacio menos uno (Madrid, ES), Taktfrei fest (Berlin, DE), De Roode Bioscoop,(Amsterdam, Netherlands), Fieldgate Gallery (London, UK).

They have performed live in churches, galleries, flats, boats, mountains, toilets and with bands/artists such as Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ty Segall, Grinderman, Au Revoir Simone, You Say Party! We Say Die!, The Wedding Present and Television Personalities.

They have exhibited their artworks all over the world including Documenta 14 (Athens – Kassel), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Kustera Projects Red Hook (NYC), Family Business gallery (NYC), Dakis Joannou DESTE foundation (Athens), Faggionato Fine Art (London), Athens Biennial (Athens), Andreas Melas gallery (Athens), Yinka Shonibare Space (London), The Breeder gallery (Athens), ATOPOS cvc (Athens) etc.

“Am I Vertical?” Lp
“Rock ‘n’ Roll thick and heavy with a strong motorik backbone” – BrooklynVegan
“Disaster! Disaster! Disaster! It happens! So goes The Callas’ riotous chant over the dirgy, life-affirming garage rock stomp that is “Disaster.” – Noisey
“Sound Dense and deeply idiosyncratic with pronounced, Sonic youth / pixies – edged boy-girl vocal mood swings and propulsive guitars” – Mojo (****)
“An amazing performance by The Callas that was a cross between punk rock and Andy, Warhol’s Factory scene” Yinka Shonibare – THE INDEPENDENT
“The Callas spend the next 30 minutes pressing the reset button for your mind with the most significant contributions coming from a flawless drummer/bassist combo.” -
Liverpool Psych Fest. – GetInToThis

The last 10 years Lakis & Aris Ionas are publishing significant magazines for the Athenian underground music/art/film scene such as Velvet magazine and Lust magazine.
Their studio is one of the most active cultural spaces in Athens. Going by the name Velvet Room they are organizing art shows combined with music gigs and DJ sets involving some of the best new bands and artists in Athens.

OBJEKT LP (2011) – UK release (distribution by Cargo)
ARTROCKER – 5/5, “a blidingly good record”
UNCUT – “there s no arguing with their ear for a punk pop hook”
BBC 6 – Steve Lamacq – “ferocious”
WIRE – best sleeves received

“If ever the word Cult described a band then it’s The Callas”
Daniel Treacy (Television Personalities)
Art & Music magazine, UK (www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/artandmusic)

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Releases

2016

HALF KISS HALF PAIN, INNER EAR (CD, LP, DIGITAL)

2014
AM I VERTICAL?, INNER EAR (CD, LP, DIGITAL)
2011
THE GIRL AND THE GUN / BAG OF MEAT, SPLIT FLEXI SINGLE W/ THE VICTORIAN ENGLISH GENTLEMENS CLUB, THIS IS FAKE DIY RECORDS, LONDON UK
2011
OBJEKT, LP VINYL, VELVET/BANTHA
2010
INDIETRACKS FESTIVAL COMPILATION – THE WRONG SONG
2009
THE CALLAS, ALBUM CD, SELF RELEASED/BANTHA
2008
LIPSTICK, 7” SINGLE-CATALOGUE FOR THE LIPSTICK SHOW ON AMP GALLERY
2007
DIY OR DIE, ALBUM CD, SELF RELEASED
2004-2007
SEVERAL D.I.Y. CDR – ARTWORKS RECORDED ON ANALOGUE 4 TRACK RECORDER

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Shows

2015

Dirty Linen – Family Business – curated by Myriam Ben Salah

Velvet Room – Athens, GR

2013
Lustlands (HAOS film) – 7th Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival

Thrills and Chills – CAN gallery – curated by Daily Lazy & Christina Androulidaki

“If sports is the brother of labor, then art is the cousin of unemployment” – curated by Panos Papadopoulos & Nino Stezl

Kypseli Fanzine – Remap KM

Lustlands vol. II – curated by Nadja Argyropoulou & The Callas

Family Business gallery – NYC – Lustlands

Palais de Tokyo – Paris – Hell As pavillion curated by Nadja Argyropoulou

2012

Lustlands, curated by Nadja Argyropoulou and L&A Ionas, Thermissia, Greece

Parnassos, curated by Stefan Bidner, Athens, Greece

The New Disorder, curated by Michael Bevilacqua & Katerina Nikou, Ileana Tounta, Athens, Greece

2011

Peepee, curated by V. Zidianakis, Atopos cvc, Athens, Greece (solo)
Nτέρτι Humanism, curated by Nadja Argyropoulou, Faggionato Fine Art, London, UK
Η Σύγχρονη Ελληνίδα, curated by Marina Fokidis, The Hub, Athens, Greece

2010
BYOB, curated by Angelo Plessas, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens, Greece
Cabinet Of Miracles, curated by C. Marinos and P. Kosmadaki, Zone D, Athens, Greece
New Life, curated by Rallou Panagiotou, flat show, Glasgow, UK
Happy End, curated by basement art projects, Yinka Shonibare space, London, UK
Visionaire, artwork for Visionaire magazine calendar, New York, USA

2009
Heaven, 2nd Athens Biennial, curated by Chus Martinez, Athens, Greece
Fuck Your God Performance, 2nd Athens Biennial, curated by D. Papaioannou – Z. Xagoraris, Athens, Greece

2008
The Callas – Lipstick, AMP Gallery, Athens, Greece (solo show)

2007
My Still Life as a Personal Object, Alma Enterprises Gallery, curated by Yu-Chen Wang, London, UK
Destroy Athens, 1st Athens Biennial, Athens, Greece
Part Time Punks, curated by The Callas, DESTE foundation (the project was selected by DESTE Foundation in collaboration with Deitch Projects and The Wrong Gallery), Athens, Greece
I Synchroni Elliniki Skini, Art Athina, curated by N. Argyropoulou, Athens, Greece
The Callas live at Resonance FM, London, UK
New Life and the Dream Garden, Fieldgate Gallery, curated by Yu-Chen Wang, London, UK

2006
What remains is future, curated by N. Argyropoulou, Patras, Greece
Contemporary Traditions, Bios, Athens, Greece

2005
Sequence, de Roode Bioscoop, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2004
Manderley, curated by X. Kalpaktsoglou, Astoria Hotel, Thessaloniki, Greece
The Callas – Superman Died Yesterday, The Breeder Gallery, Athens Greece (solo)

2003
Euroscreen at PAN Kunst Forum, Emmerich, Germany
11th Biennale of Young Artists of Europe and the Mediterranean, Athens, Greece
Charlie’s place, Annely Juda Fine Art, London, UK