Just a few days before City Kids’ live performance in Athens, sharing the stage with LUCAS FOX, the first drummer of Motörhead, we spoke with their singer and bassist, Thanassis Sioulas.
Why don’t you introduce yourselves to our readers. Who are you, City Kids?
We came together as a band in mid 2017, Thanassis Sioulas (bass/vocals) and Christos Katselis (drums). Our first live performance was in June 2017 and since then 15 more gigs have followed, the most memorable of which in September 2018 at Motörheadbangers’ Ball as well as in April 2018, exactly 30 years after the first live performances of Motörhead in Athens.
The current line-up is: Thanassis Sioulas (bass/vocals), Costas Chorianopoulos (guitar) and Dimitris Rouvelas (drums). The three of us have collaborated before in any possible combination, so we are bound together in a long lasting friendship.
What made you decide to create this band?
City Kids were created due to our need to express our love and gratitude to the musical phenomenon called Motörhead. The idea was born during a live performance of funk music. Everything was so well-played and neat and the outcome was so clean-cut that we practically yawned to death instead of having a good time and grooving. Rock was missing. From that moment on, I felt that City Kids ought to be the band I myself would choose to see perform live on a night out. I want our live shows to include smoke, sweat, alcohol and danger. We had no other option but pay tribute to Motörhead, the band that shaped us both in terms of musical taste and as human beings. We had a lot of angst, I guess we still do.
You have given quite a lot of live performances, so you are a pretty active band. Are you active enough so as for us to expect that soon enough you will record your own authentic material?
This is something that we are definitely considering, however it is essential that our line-up is fixed and we cover together some more ground on stage. It is not our first priority for the time being.
How hard is it to make a name as an individual band after having started as a tribute band?
In several cases this has proved to be feasible. All you need is strong material, consistence, patience and persistence. Last but not least, one should try to leave behind the unavoidable comparison with the band that they initially paid tribute to.
There are several tribute bands abroad, while in Greece the corresponding number is rather small. Do you think that this can work at a large scale or is each project more of a personal thing?
The latter, I guess. Things are very different abroad, indeed. There are agents, offices etc, it’s nothing but business. There are tributes to anything imaginable, I actually came across a tribute even to Doro, just sayin’. Here in Greece this scene may be quite small, but because it is made up of musicians who are fans as well, the outcome is comparatively of higher quality.
How did you get in touch with the first drummer of Motörhead, Lucas Fox?
It all started at our gig at the Motörheadbangers’ Ball in September 2018. We were given the opportunity to perform for a large crowd coming from abroad so our name and fame became further known by word of mouth. One of the acquaintances we made that night made the suggestion to Lucas Fox and then to us. Of course we accepted with great pleasure, as we are very honored by the fact that this is the first time that he ever agrees to perform with a tribute band, despite all the offers he had in the past.
What should we expect from your gig on October 12th?
Rock and roll, alcohol, sweat and danger, as stated earlier. A setlist of more than 30 anthems, the first Motörhead live Lucas Fox participates in after the “Birthday Party” at Hammersmith in 1985, a truly rare opportunity to meet a founding member who is also looking forward to meeting the Greek fans and sharing his stories with them. All that, for a dirt cheap ticket.
Do you intend to communicate with other members of Motörhead?
We were thinking, given that our gig with Fox would be successful, to repeat it in 2020 with Larry Wallis as well. Unfortunately, this apparently cannot happen.
Which do you think is Motörhead’s best album and which are the 5 songs that are always included in your setlist?
If we have to limit ourselves to naming only one album, that would be “Overkill”. We ain’t talking about the absolute classics such as “Ace of Spades”, “Orgasmatron” etc, so the 5 songs that we’ll probably never leave out are: “Stone Dead Forever”, “Shine”, “Damage Case”, “Limb from Limb” and “Τhe Chase is better than the catch”.
Do you have a standard setlist or do you constantly try to include more songs?
It’s impossible to stick to one fixed setlist, that’s why he have a repertoire of 55-60 songs. Our setlist normally consists of super-classics, classics and “members only” for hard-core sworn fans, while we are into including some of the covers done by Motörhead or some of their collaborations with other artists (e.g. Please don’t touch, Shake your blood).
Any closing words?
We would like to thank you for your hospitality as well as for the interview, it was a pleasure! Listen to Motörhead and City Kids! Support true and honest efforts, keep your integrity. We love you!