“Freaktown, the trio’s sophomore album is a powerful and confident effort which is perfectly balanced between their psychedelic guitars and their modern experimental side. Play it loud and before you know it, you’ll get lost in their layered textures, lyrical themes and tripped-out sound.”
Music & Riots Magazine
“England hasn’t seen anything that cool since 2007… They play suave, confident garage rock in vein of The Kills or Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, only, you know, cooler.” The Quietus
“Their thunderous guitars, reverb-drenched bass, and earth-quaking percussion will either leave you breathless or uttering an emphatic “DAMN!” once the song ends. This maelstrom of heavy psychedelic licks grabs you by the collar and never lets go.” The Revue
“Is a total trip through spacey guitar effects, distortion-drenched vocals, and demonic surf-rock melodies.” Brooklyn Vegan
“Freaktown”, the sophomore full-length album from Athens, Greece psych-rock outfit A Victim Of Society, is out today on Inner Ear Records. The follow-up to 2014’s “Distractions” is the group’s first release since Pantelis Karasevdas (drums) joined the duo team of Vagelis Makris (vocals, guitars), Fotis Ntouskas (guitar).
“Freaktown” is the lovechild of A Victim Of Society. The sound of rock psychedelia, that the duo used to have, met new band member, Padelis, and his drum kit and together they pushed everything into high gear. The result is “Freaktown”, eight songs full of psychedelic guitars and primal beats recorded with respect to the bands’ live performance and sound.
The album is focused on what happened when the three of them started playing together. The songs that they composed are the soundtrack of all the things they talked about and the things they talked about are found in the lyrics of these songs. They worked on electronic beats, drums, guitars and bass synths and turned them into eight living things. They played every song live, over and over again, in the same obsessive order, until each one of them was alive and ready to be captured in the studio. “Freaktown” is all of these elements together, locked, in the form the band gave them.
A Victim Of Society as two-guitar duo formed in Athens in 2011 at National Technical University, where they were completing a degree in Computer Engineering science. Their first release was a DIY 6 track cassette.
In 2011 they released a 7″inch EP via Sweet Mistake Productions/Fractal Press and the same year their track “You’re Gonna Hate Me” was included in the compilation “Reverb Conspiracy vol. 1” released from Fuzz Club Records in collaboration with Austin Psych Festival.
The band’s boundless energy on stage didn’t go unnoticed and they were chosen to open gigs for bands such as The Black Angels, Moon Duo, Dirty Beaches and Disappears. Their long-awaited debut album, Distractions, was released via Inner Ear in April 2014.
In 2015 Pantelis Karasevdas (drums) joined the band after a nearly one-year absence while Fotis and Vagelis did their military service. Six years on from project’s inception, their music remains dark and bass-driven, combining uncannily alluring melodies with raspy vocals buried beneath noise and distortion-drenched filters.