Uploaded tonight is the very first radio interview with members of The Mob after the band had reformed late on in 2010 ready for The Mob’s first performance in April 2011.
The radio interview was conducted on The Mob’s very first overseas visit (since the reformation) in a small studio in the Greek capital of Athens on February 17th 2012.
Around a week prior to The Mob’s visit to Greece troubles occurred on the streets of Athens.
On the 10th February 2012 Greece had just hours to approve a plan to save another three hundred and fifty million Euros or face defaulting on its debt and being booted out of the single currency.
As rioters clashed with police in Athens over fresh austerity measures, including cuts to the minimum wage, EU leaders from the other sixteen Eurozone states asked Greece to make the extra savings and pass the cuts through a restive parliament – or it would not receive a hundred and thirty billion euro bailout.
The Greek coalition Government had to approve the draft bill and face ‘life under the German jackboot’ otherwise it would default on its debt costing the nation its place in the Eurozone.
Meanwhile, up to seven thousand protesters of all ages took to the streets some throwing petrol bombs and rocks at riot police who responded with tear gas.
Youths in hoods and gas masks used sledgehammers to smash marble paving slabs in the capital’s main Syntagma Square and hurled the debris at police.
On the streets of Greece, the mood was grim, after two years of severe income losses, repeated tax hikes and retirement age increases that failed to signally improve the country’s finances. Unemployment is at a record high of twenty one per cent – with more than a million people out of work – while the economy was in its fifth year of recession.
Timing is everything, and it was during this flashpoint and the volatile repercussions the week afterwards that the members of The Mob were to perform at gigs, firstly in Thessaloniki on February 15th, followed by two performances in Athens on February 17th & 18th both promoted by Six D.O.G.S.
Prior to the first Athens gig all the members of The Mob were interviewed on the Red Leftside Radio station in Athens.
The members of the band discuss various issues with the hosts of the show in a seemingly nice relaxing way. The band members also introduce songs by The Mob throughout the radio broadcast.
Being set and broadcast in Greece an interpreter was present to translate what one of the hosts had asked and what one of the band members had answered so you will hear some Greek all through the interview. Also you will hear various jingles and I think the odd advert in Greek!
I have had the audio of this eighty minute interview with The Mob ever since it was actually broadcast on that February day from Athens in 2012. Everything is in there, nothing taken out (including the jingles etc).
It has taken an age to place up on KYPP as I had completely forgot I had the audio on my hard drive!
Sometime next week I am placing up two radio broadcast links courtesy of the KAOS radio station in Texas. Last week the radio station broadcast a two hour special on Kill Your Pet Puppy, followed a day or two later by a two hour special on All The Madmen records. I am awaiting some history of the KAOS radio set-up to be written out by the host of those two special broadcasts, Dave Also, prior to placing these two links up onto KYPP.
It was these two recent radio broadcasts that I listened to last week that reminded me that I still had the audio of this Greek radio broadcast!
Anyway, even if the Greek radio broadcast is over a year and a half late it is still worthy of a listen.
The Greek radio broadcast is split up into four twenty minute chunks.
Since this first overseas trip to Greece The Mob have been performing in many other countries including some of the states in America, Canada, Spain, France, Poland, Ireland and Italy amongst several others that I can not remember at present!
The photographs of members of The Mob relaxing in Athens are courtesy of Tess Wilson, the photographs of the buildings are from Mark Wilsons collection. Finally the live photographs of The Mob in Athens are courtesy of A Katsarou. Thank you to those kindly folk in advance.