Υvridio – LaBradoodle EP
Thessaloniki-based trio Υvridio is queering up the post punk on their debut four-song EP.
If pushed, I would have to describe this band from Thessaloniki as primarily post punk or early ’80s indie-influenced with some elements of an early punk sound. The sort of thing that John Peel would have been all over. Stripped back, chorus effects, angular riffs, a little discordant guitar picking and repetitions that build up. I’m hearing a bit of early Banshees in the guitar and drums when things really get going.
If you mashed up the aggression of Siouxsie & the Banshees with the playfulness of Altered Images and the quirkiness of Sugarcubes you might end up with something like this. For the younger reader, I guess you could suggest a Washington, DC “revolution summer” influence but I think it harks back to the bands that influenced that sound more.
The lyrics can be a little cryptic, using metaphor and poetry leaving some ambiguity for the listener to untangle. “Bradoodle” is partly about identity politics but I was left confused as to whether they thought this was a good or bad thing. I’ve seen identity politics do some damage to progressive movements sewing division and simultaneously it has strengthened right-wing and nationalist groups. When Υvridio sing “Spit on their assumptions” this could be a rallying cry to equally adopt or reject labels. Whichever is it, I felt more strongly they were saying it doesn’t matter what label people use, don’t obsess on words, get on and live your life.
Second track, “Oh No” appears to be a “fuck you” rejection of hipster venues and capitalist behaviours, but I could be wrong. The guitar on “Stress”, with lyrics in Greek, also juggles a little of East Bay Ray with (Banshee) John McKay.
There is a song writing pattern on this EP: start quiet or slow, build up into a crescendo with frantic energy then back to quiet and do it all over again. The exception is “Jar” which starts off noisy, then goes quiet, but returns to noisy again. If post punk is your thing you’ll probably love this.