Come With Reverse
IT START WITH
An Endless Passion for Music
The three musicians of Thessaloniki’s band Come With Reverse forge a powerful and captivating sound that cannot be easily classified.
Dark Alternative might be the best approximation of their work, which is influenced by many genres, including traditional-ethnic music of several countries nearby their bohemian home city of Thessaloniki, Greece. Intertwined within their dark aesthetic is their genuine nod to the Gothic rock tradition, their music certainly appealing to fans of The Sisters of Mercy and Fields of the Nephilim. (They shared the bill with Salvation AMP in Finland and opened for Inkubbus Sukkubus at their first gig in Athens, 2012). Dark Post-Punk? For sure. “Driving established harmonies into the dark reverse” is how the classically-trained guys, all, characterized their sound (and named their band) back in 2010. Come With Reverse has a visibly unique musicality, one that is fed by desire for continual exploration (and distinct talent).
The wild, interwoven synths of Passalides, such as those in “Lust Pace,” shine in the songs from “Composing Serenity” (Mislealia, 2015). Not to mention Leivadas’ powerful and dissonant guitar, mesmerizing electro mandolin (“Imeros”) and sparse well-used bass interlocking with the refreshing drums of Lykesas (which, despite, are always seemingly doing exactly what is needed in any given complexity of the very original music). “Lust Pace” is one of their strongest, if for no other reason than the rock power-chord beginning and tonal modulation to its chorus. This album’s title song is equally awe-ing, beginning with a potently rare Greek-spoken intro by Leivadas. (Come With Reverse’s pieces, mutually-composed, are in English.) It then variously disintegrates and erupts into utter-whispered threats to jangly (then beautiful, then back) guitars artfully mixed. (The recording, mix and master for both albums was by sound engineer Sotiris Noukas at Underground Studios in their northern Greek city of Thessaloniki.)
The way-deep emotion-laden vocals of Petros Leivadas aren’t goth-postured– his is a voice unmatched in that and other music spheres. One listen to their namesake song from the first album or their exclusive single-release cover of Sinatra’s “My Way” should dispel any doubt. The latter, as well as so many of Reverse’s original works, show the incredible arrangements and touches of Alex Passalides on synths, adding dark electronica as well as dark modern classical to the list of genres intertwined in their music. (Just listen to the keys supporting “Mandolism.”) Alex Lykesas on drums shows the rhythmic dynamism of a schooled player whose family background and training is also in Greek dance. His parts on so many songs include intricate interplay and subtle touches that come to the ear’s forefront. Excellent experimental indie- dark marks the handful of songs from this band’s first album, from the wow-ing vocal abyss in “Vanity” to the exquisite sound of the German-sung, Cave-like “Retour An Dich.” Theirs has only the occasional nod to the current-day political realities of Greece (for example the biting “Democracy”) as most of Come With Reverse’s material comes from a place of introspection, with lyrics of obscurely effective sentiments.
An evolution, as it should be, from their first album, “Composing Serenity” has some surprises toward the end that could be considered by some to be their strongest stuff– organically combining Greek and Turkish musical elements with fascinating echoes (as in their their exclusive single “Decay”) of both EDM and ballsy rock. “Crawling In a Wire,” first released as an exclusive single and with accompanying must-see video shot at Athen’s Ghost House club, is both testament to the band’s rock core and emblem of their more exotic current turns. “Your Delight” is perhaps the hidden gem– beginning with lovely-timbred Mediterranean guitar, the dynamics change to bare-whispers to simple bass to finally the hammered-out edgy-twisted melody line underneath “give me your pain, your delight… unleash my spirit.” The misterioso is thrown off in the album’s twelfth and final song, “Yanli Tamburism,” a spirited, crazed unleash of all elements, classical and Greek and Balkan and dark and post-punk. This is a group of true artists who can really play– and that have much more to offer on future releases, of which they are already at work.