Electra is a local Los Angeles rock-pop band that is getting ready to release their debut album, These Times. With 2 EP’s out, Electra is set and ready to conquer the USA once their debut album is released January 2015. I was given the opportunity to check out Electra and even interview frontwoman Electra Barakos which is included right after the review. On this night, the legendary House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California gave independent artists/bands an opportunity to shine on November 21st, 2014.
Being that this was an independent artist show, I wasn’t surprised to see that balcony area was closed off due to lack of attendees and to keep people on the bottom floor so they’re closer to the artist instead of being scattered and leaving large empty areas everywhere. At 11:05pm, the Greek/American rock-pop band, Electra, came on stage for their chance to prove themselves. I had no knowledge of this band so I watched them with an open mind. With their opening song alone, I was amazed at how much of a rock sound they had. Electra has a very good rock sound to her voice which sounds similar to other artists like P!nk. Guitarist Hyland Church played riffs that sounded like classic rock which added to their rock sound and you just wanted to rock out. The part I liked the most was Electra’s vocal range. While she sang in her regular rock voice, she also has an opera-like singing style and at one point in between songs, she sang in her opera voice which literally made my ears stand up because it reminded me of my favorite female metal singer, Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish). With their new album coming out, Electra played mostly songs from that new album including the lead single, Tomorrow’s Not There. They also played 2 cover songs which fit nicely for people that would’ve wanted songs that they were at least familiar with. The first cover they did was The Bee Gees’ You Should Be Dancing. Before they started, Electra tossed a bunch of tambourines out to the crowd for them to you use and dance with. They did a nice job on the cover; it had a rock vibe to it but you still knew the lyrics and sang and danced away. More than halfway through the show, Electra announced that her big announcement was that next week, she was flying back to her hometown of Athens, Greece because she will be on The Voice to which the crowd congratulated her. After this, I found myself on the front of the stage so I could truly enjoy the show and rock out along with everyone else. The band itself had a great stage presence. Electra was all over stage, jumping, and flipping her hair. Guitarist Hyland Church was also all over the stage and strumming his guitar like a classic rocker. Drummer Dan Welby was pounding away on the drums like a true rocker and madman. Bassist Yanni Barakos was laying down some heavy and groovy bass playing. For the end of the show, Electra played a cover of Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love. It was an interesting song to be played because it was Led Zeppelin with a modern rock twist. Still, the band did a great job on it and the crowd as well as myself sang along which made it all the better. Electra did a fantastic job on this night and they will no doubt take the USA by storm and I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw them opening for some of my favorite rock bands in the near future.
Check out the interview I did with frontwoman, Electra Barakos:
CC: You have your new album coming out; can you tell me a little about the album?
Electra: Sure. Well, the new album is called These Times and it’s actually taken out of the title track also called These Times. It was actually funded by a very successful kickstarter campaign that we had on June 2013, that’s when it was completed and it raised over $22,000. We basically raised $7,000 more than our original goal and that’s basically what funded the album and we had the opportunity to record with producer Mike Plotnikoff (Halestorm, Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson). So, it’s been a long process, but I’m very excited to finally get it out and it’s supposed to be released early 2015, most likely January.
CC: How does it feel to be going on tour?
Electra: Well, touring has been very interesting I should say for an independent artist because it’s really actually tough to fund it, to get out to all the clubs, to be able travel and everything is on your own basically. We’ve been to Arizona and Las Vegas. Once the new album comes out, that’s the whole goal, to travel across the United States and try to expose ourselves out there, but I love it. It’s exhausting, but it’s a lot of fun.
CC: What are you looking forward to tonight?
Electra: To play at this stage. I have actually never played at the House of Blues and I’m really excited to play and especially the main stage. We actually also are debuting a new song today in which my brother, who’s also a DJ, his name is Andy Barracuda, that his DJ name and we’re collaborating with him on this song so he will be joining us on stage for the first time ever so I’m really excited about that. There’s also a big announcement to be made, but it has to stay kinda confidential within the premises of whoever is here [laughs]. So yeah, it’s gonna be a fun and exciting night.
CC: Do you have a favorite song you like to perform live?
Electra: I think my single Tomorrow’s Not There. That’s on the new album, but its already been released and it’s on iTunes, we actually did a music video for it as well. Well that song I feel because it’s probably the one song that everybody kinda knows now so everybody gets involved and they do the “Hey’s” with me so I really do like singing that song.
CC: What are some of your favorite bands/artists?
Electra: I am a HUGE fan of Muse. I’d die for Muse [laughs]. I love them; I’ve seen them like several times. They’re a huge inspiration and I really do like them. Female-wise, I drift towards the likings of P!nk and Adele, you know the from the current stuff. But, I’m a huge Muse fan. That’s really all my iPod has [laughs], every album.
CC: What are you hoping to accomplish in the future?
Electra: I’d love to tour the world. I’d love to go to Europe, go to Asia, and be able to inspire with my music. It sounds very cliché, but it really is the truth. I love doing what I do, I love entertaining people and I love when they respond with such happiness and love and everything. For me, it’s just about getting myself out to a bigger mass and being able to receive all that love and give it back in any way that I can.
CC: Who are your musical influences?
Electra: It’s probably laced down on the whole favorite band thing. Umm, Muse, P!nk, Led Zeppelin. I think that’s it, influence-wise.
CC: What bands/artists are you hoping to play with?
Electra: Should I say Muse again? [laughs]. I mean, it would be awesome to open up for them, to open up for P!ink. I mean, all of that, you know, my favorite bands also become my dream of that would be awesome to be able to open for them or collaborate in some way or another.
CC: When not touring, what do you do in your spare time?
Electra: Spare time? That is what? [laughs]. I really don’t even have spare time. I actually am a voice teacher so I teach voice seven days a week. I have my own music school; it’s called Soundcheck Music School in Canoga Park (California). We teach voice, guitar, drums, keys, bass. I write, just writing and constantly on the go and promoting and trying to do everything. All in one.
CC: What is the most exciting thing when performing on stage?
Electra: I think, umm, the crowd. The audience. If it wasn’t for the audience, I wouldn’t be there. You know, everything I do, I owe it to them. The fact that I’m here on the main stage at the House of Blues is because of my fans and because they gave me this chance. So, for me, that’s the most exciting thing. To see the familiar and unfamiliar faces, I love seeing that. You know, so yeah, that’s the best. If I was performing for nobody, it wouldn’t be that exciting.
Check out Electra‘s lead single from their upcoming debut album, These Times:
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