The Callas


Photo by Angelos Kaltsis

The Callas is the tip of an artistic factory initiated by the brothers Lakis & Aris Ionas (MA Chelsea College of Art).
Their new album, “Am I Vertical?”, produced by Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Grinderman, Sonic Youth, Lydia Lunch, The Cramps) was released in November 2013 by Inner Ear.
Over the last few years The Callas have played at: Family Business (NYC), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), The Great Escape Festival (Brighton, UK), Indietracks Festival (Derbyshire, UK), Artrocker Magazine (London), Old Blue Last (London), The Windmill (London), The Fly (London), Club Fandango at The Monarch (London), Barfly (London), Alma Enterprises gallery (London), Favela Chic (London, UK), Sala Apolo (Barcelona), Espacio Menos Uno (Madrid), Taktfrei fest (Berlin), De Roode Bioscoop (Amsterdam), Fieldgate Gallery (London).
They have performed live in churches, flats, boats, galleries, mountains, toilets, museums and with bands such as Grinderman, Paws, Au Revoir Simone, You Say Party! We Say Die!, The Wedding Present, Television Personalities, Stereo Total, She Keeps Bees and The Victorian English Gentlemens Club.
The Callas’ music project members are: Aris Ionas (guitar & vocals), Lakis Ionas, (bass & vocals), Chrysanthi Tsoukala (guitar & vocals) and Marilena Petridou (drums).
Lakis & Aris Ionas have exhibited their artworks at Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Family Business gallery (NYC), DESTE Foundation for contemporary art (Athens), Faggionato Fine Art (London), Athens Biennale (Athens), AMP gallery (Athens), Yinka Shonibare Space (London), The Breeder gallery (Athens), ATOPOS cvc (Athens) etc.
In 2013 they finished their first feature film LUSTLANDS (HAOS film).
of “Objekt”LP (2011) – UK release (distribution by Cargo):
ARTROCKER – 5/5, “a blindingly good record”
UNCUT – “there s no arguing with their ear for a punk pop hook”
BBC 6 – Steve Lamacq – “ferocious”
WIRE – “best sleeves received”

of “Am I Vertical?” (2013)
MOJO – “Oddly Thrilling”, 4/5
THE BIG ISSUE – “I Wonder” is the come back song that the Pixies should have written” 4/5
BROOKLYN VEGAN – “rock ‘n’ roll thick and heavy with a strong motorik backbone”
MUZZART – “…with no doubt one of the albums of the year…”
NOISEY (music by VICE) – “…taut, Krautrock grooves and hypnotic, scuzzed-up guitar lines…”

of their live performances:
“An amazing performance by The Callas that was a cross between punk rock and Andy Warhol’s Factory scene” Yinka Shonibare – THE INDEPENDENT
“If ever the word Cult described a band then it’s The Callas” Daniel Treacy (Television Personalities)
“Their music was a blend of fuzzed-out improv and perky punk-pop songs with a melancholic edge.” Jim Sclavunos