Phase (band)

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Phase
Phase Jan2011.jpg
Phase in front of the Gate of Qasr al-Heir al-Gharbi
Background information
Origin Larissa, Greece
Genres Progressive metal (early), alternative rock, progressive rock, psychedelic rock
Years active 2003–present
Labels BackStage Records
Website www.phase.gr
Members Thanos Grigoriou
Damos Harharidis
Vasilis Liapis
Marco Volpe
Notable instruments
Accordion, Baglama, Baglamas, Oud, Saz, Tabla, Doumbek, irish bouzouki, Flute

Phase /fz/ is a UK-based rock band formed in Larissa, Greece in 2003. It was founded by Thanos Grigoriou, who was performing and recording with various members until the line-up was completed in 2011, with the addition of Damos Harharidis and Vasilis Liapis.[1] They debuted with their digital single Perdition under Microsoft’s "Playlist Seven" co-promotion campaign for the release of Windows 7,[2][3] which was followed by two full-length albums In Consequence and the Wait.

History[edit]

Formation (2003;2008)[edit]

Phase was formed in 2003 and played intermittently until 2008 when they began recording their album In Consequence and performed at concerts.[4] Soon after they had a functional line up they recorded Perdition which was the very first track Phase ever recorded to be later a part of Microsoft's Playlist 7 campaign.

Response[edit]

Phase has been the subject of several alternative rock publications and has generally been well received by its critics.[5] They have had interviews in various magazines and radiostations[6] and have received praise for their shows.[7]

The band entered Billboard's "uncharted" having as highest position #42,[8] while they charted on #12 of the fastest rising acts powered by the week of 23 June 2012.[9][10]

Tom Robinson of the BBC has noticed their second record and has given them airplay on his radioshow.[11][12]

Collaborations[edit]

The band has shared stages with various artists some of which had some evident impact on their style like Anneke van Giersbergen, Danny Cavanagh, Sivert Høyem (ex-Mardugada), Jeff Martin (The Tea Party), The Twillight Sad, Antimatter and more.[13]

Duncan Patterson (Alternative 4, ex-Antimatter), better known from his involvement with the British rock band Anathema, has contributed on Phase's first record, In Consequence.[14][15][16]

Alexis Marcou is a longtime friend of the band and has contributed in various of their artworks.[17]

Touring[edit]

Phase has performed and is still into performing a considerable number of shows without any major management supporting them, in and out of their territory's borders, and they are said to be the second international rock act, after the Gorillaz, ever to play in Syria (Damascus, 7 January 2011).[18][19][20]

Concert tours[edit]

Duration Concert tour Regions Line ups Supporting releases
Dec 2008 – Feb 2010 Road to Perdition Greece Thanos Grigoriou, Alex Arnaoutoglou, Chris Gioldasis, Dinos Athanaselos, Dimitris Lytras Perdition
March 2010 – Sep 2013 In Tour Sequence Europe, Middle East Thanos Grigoriou, Damos Harharidis, Vasilis Liapis, Marios Papakostas, Alex Arnaoutoglou, Dimitris Athanaselos, Mike Maroulis, Dimitris Lytras, Dinos Athanaselos, Thanos Kandylas In Consequence
Oct 2013 - Feb 2015 Waiting Around Tour UK, Europe Thanos Grigoriou, Damos Harharidis, Vasilis Liapis, Marios Papakostas, Mike Maroulis, Fardin Esfandiari, Adam Schindler Amethyst, The Wait, Point of You
May 2015 – Aug 2015 Tour Unseen UK Thanos Grigoriou, Vasilis Liapis, Fardin Esfandiari, Adam Schindler Dream Unseen

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Musical style, genre and influence[edit]

Phase have been stated by reviewers and critics to play within the genres of alternative rock, Psychedelic rock, alternative metal, progressive punk, post punk, goth rock, post-grunge, space rock, and electro rock.[21] The band takes influence from a variety of artists and musical traditions and they often cite Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Rainbow, Bruce Dickinson, the Beatles, David Bowie, Massive Attack, Loreena McKennitt, Rock and Metal Music, Greek Rebetiko and so on, while the bands they are mostly compared to are: Alice in Chains, Nirvana, The Tea Party, Anathema, Porcupine Tree and more [22][23] [24]

Charitable activity[edit]

Phase has made known their sensibilities to the public with actions like helping various charities throughout the past years and supported different important social causes.

On the beginning of 2016 marking five years since their gig in Damascus, they launched a fundraising campaign dedicated to Syrian families who were affected by the political crisis in the country.[25]

To benefit Farplace Animal Rescue on 15 May 2016, Phase performed the frames of NevFest Festival at Sunderland Stadium of Light.[26]

Amongst the most recent philanthropic activities of the band in 2016 was an acoustic show on 10 September in Middlesbrough all the profits from which went to ‘the Children North-East charity’.[27]

Members[edit]

Timeline[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Phase | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  2. ^ Friend, Musician's. "Artist Interview: Making Music with iOS Gear | The HUB". The HUB from Musician's Friend. Retrieved 2017-04-03. 
  3. ^ Phase (2015-04-26). "Phase Back on Track #2 ~ Perdition". Phaseship - The Phase Archives. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  4. ^ Phase Official, retrieved 8 February 2011 
  5. ^ "Phase Interview", Hard City, retrieved 9 September 2011 
  6. ^ "Phase Phone Interview", Rock Overdose, retrieved 28 May 2012 
  7. ^ Phase on Artfools
  8. ^ "Billboard Ucharted week of November 9th 2013", Billboard, retrieved 25 January 2015 
  9. ^ Billboard.com Chart Archive
  10. ^ Smith, Danyel (ed.). "Social/streaming - Phase". Billboard magazine. 124 (21): 36. ISSN 0006-2510. OCLC 732913734. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Phase - New Songs, Playlists & Latest News - BBC Music". BBC. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  12. ^ "BBC Mixtape: 25 Aug 2014". Fresh On The Net. 2014-08-24. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  13. ^ "Phase Gigography, Tour History & Past Concerts – Songkick". www.songkick.com. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  14. ^ Thanos Grigoriou on RockLive Bulgaria, retrieved 29 May 2012 
  15. ^ Duncan Patterson Official Blog, retrieved 8 February 2011 
  16. ^ Rocking Gr, retrieved 29 May 2012 
  17. ^ "Alexis Marcou". alexismarcou.com. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  18. ^ Facebook Event Phase in Syria
  19. ^ Phase in Syria Last.fm
  20. ^ "Phase Setlists". Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  21. ^ Phase musical genre tags
  22. ^ I am tuned up
  23. ^ James Christopher Monger, "Phase's Biography by James Moger", AllMusic, retrieved 15 June 2015 
  24. ^ All about the rock UK
  25. ^ "Οι Phase διοργανώνουν καμπάνια με t-shirt προς όφελος του Syria Relief". Rocking.gr. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  26. ^ "Nevfest 15th May 2016". issuu. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  27. ^ "Dates and Updates | Phase". Phase. 2016-08-14. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  28. ^ Phase lineup on Musicbrainz.org

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