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MeQ - (A)Message
Beyond boundaries / Into modern sound
No expression could describe MeQ better than the above. MeQ (modern-e-quartet) are precisely what their name implies. The word "quartet" captures the thorough and extensive relationship the band members have with classical music. Meanwhile "modern" reveals their unfettered view to the future. Electronic roars and distorted (but also lyrical) vocals blend with underground melodies and sophisticated compositions. The result is a peculiar mixture which will satisfy not only electronic music fans but a wider spectrum of electric sound fans because of the tension and the energy which the compositions emit.
This atmosphere prevails throughout their selective live concerts. Because of this "tension" Malcom Brabant (BBC correspondent in Greece) made a tv documentary after their sold-out live appearence in Bios Club. The band's next success was a sold-out concert in Athens Concert Hall.
During 2012, the band (Costas Anastassopoulos - electric violin, vocals, electronics, Valia Tsiblakaki - synth, lead vocals, Marina Kolovou - electric cello, vocals, electronics, Pit Assbill - electronic drums, vocals) devoted to the recording of their second album which is entitled (A)Message and is released digitally by Passive Front Records since the 2nd of June 2013. Based on an idea and a text by Marios Tsangaris the band sets up a psychotropic - electronic tunnel of sounds which floats around a pivotal narration. The focal point is a society (not necessarily terrestrial) where time does not exist. Vanity, opportunism, a voracious thirst for power coexist but also collide with the feelings and the values of the characters in (A)Message.
Having a break from the recordings, in 2012 MeQ introduced a part of the project in Six d.o.g.s. Club using visual material (the second basic ingredient of their concerts). In 2013, a movie will be implemented, as a new project, reflecting all the sense and the dynamics the lyrics include.
The sound of (A)Message can be described as a steel tunnel of rhythm and hardcore aesthetic. Meanwhile the melody (in both vocals and music) is a parallel and powerful weapon of attraction. MeQ prefer to describe their sound as "lyrical based industrial" although (A)Message can certainly surprise more than the above characterization encompasses.
Passive Front Records info
VALIA TSIBLAKAKI - synth, lead vocals
MARINA KOLOVOU - electric cello,vocals,electronics
PIT ASSBILL- electronic drums, vocals
COSTAS ANASTASSOPOULOS - electric violin, vocals,electronics