Lakis (b. 1974) & Aris (b. 1975) Ionas / The Callas

The Callas collaborated on songs and aesthetics with Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) on a new album which was released in late 2018.
The Callas with Lee Ranaldo – “Trouble and Desire” (LP, CD, Digital)
(Dirty Water Records London / Inner Ear)

Their previous two albums, «Am I Vertical?” and “Half Kiss, Half Pain» were produced by Jim Sclavunos. Their song “Anger” was selected by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds for their MOJO magazine CD compilation.

Art shows: Documenta 14 (Athens – Kassel), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Family Business gallery (New York), Kustera Projects gallery (New York), DESTE foundation (Athens), Athens Biennial (Athens), Andreas Melas gallery (Athens), Yinka Shonibare Space (London), The Breeder gallery (Athens), ATOPOS cvc (Athens) etc.

Recent music press:
“Rock ‘n’ Roll thick and heavy with a strong motorik backbone” – BROOKLYN VEGAN
“Disaster! Disaster! Disaster! It happens! So goes The Callas’ riotous chant over the dirgy, life-affirming garage rock stomp that is “Disaster.” – NOISEY
“Oddly Thrilling!” – MOJO (****)
5/5 – Album of the week – ARTROCKER
“It’s Sunday I’m Bleeding” – song of the day / KEXP Radio
“An amazing performance by The Callas that was a cross between punk rock and Andy Warhol’s Factory scene” – THE INDEPENDENT

“As multi-media artists and filmmakers, they approach music making from a very different perspective than the average musician and come up with some quite unexpected results. The sonic palette of the new album is diverse and exploratory, with songs that range in style from dreamy subversive pop to brutal post-punk skronk to deconstructed rebetiko.”
Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds).

They have performed live in churches, galleries, flats, museums, boats, mountains, toilets and festivals like Liverpool Psyche Festival (Liverpool UK), The Great Escape Festival (Brighton, UK), Indigenes Festival (Nantes, France), Reeperbahn Festival (Hamburg, DE) and with bands/artists such as Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ty Segall and Grinderman.

The Callas is the tip of an artistic squad producing music, artworks, films, magazines, art shows, initiated by the brothers Lakis & Aris Ionas.
The last 10 years Lakis & Aris Ionas / The Callas have been publishing significant magazines for the Athenian (Greece) underground music/art/film scene such as Velvet magazine and Lust magazine. Their studio is one of the most active cultural spaces in Athens. Going by the name Velvet Room they are organizing art shows combined with music gigs and DJ sets involving some of the best new bands and artists in Athens.
Aris – vocals / guitar, Lakis – bass / vocals, Chrisanthy – drums / vocals, Chris – guitar

“It’s a real cool record. There is this special kind of chemistry in the band”
Thurston Moore

video links

The Callas with Lee Ranaldo – Trouble and Desire

The Callas with Lee Ranaldo – Μελανιά (Bruise)

The Callas – Disaster

The Callas – Am I Vertical?


The Callas with Lee Ranaldo – Trouble and Desire