The Athens Underground Comes Alive at Night

And the soundtrack is revolutionary

7odd_album releaseparty

I was out with friends yesterday evening, stalking the backstreets of Athens in a neighbourhood I barely remembered existed; a little way from Omonoia square, etched by narrow streets, lined with tower blocks and just around the corner from Athens’ main food market, Varvakeios.

I was headed to Romantso, an old space that used to house the offices and printing floor of a magazine with the same name. Now a cultural hub dedicated to arts and the creative industry, Romantso is buzzing. And they stage some amazing gigs!

We were on our way to see, 7 odds, a band reviving the best of lo-fi garage and punk, who were throwing a launch party for their first album. It’s great to see such a dynamic group performing live. Underground they might be, but something tells me not for very long. So if you are into something a little raw, here is a special treat for you.

I confess I hadn’t heard 7 odds before last night, my friends were the fans and very happy to see them live. But sometimes you find the best things when you aren’t looking, and like my friends, I left Romantso that night proudly carrying a copy of their album.

7 odds album

As for the morning after? Well, today I am happily bouncing around the kitchen with an uproarious soundtrack, playing with dough and celebrating Greek Independence Day in a rather unusual way. By channeling the spirit of rebellion into… tsoureki dough! I will keep you posted on the recipe soon.

tsoureki dough

With love from Athens

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