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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 April 2015
18 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 11 APRIL 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM The Good Son BY ALEXANDRA MANATAKIS Sienna Wild insinuates more than just a fiery spirit, but a sound which reflects the band's confidence and stability in knowing their own sound and playing it well. As Melbourne-bornand-bred Triple J Unearthed contestants garner consistent success, it is time for Greek Australians to spark innovative excitement across the community, to support the young musicians of Sienna Wild, two of whom are Greek. Louis Goutos and Jonathan Giokas are two of the band's three members, the third being talented drummer Jason Edwards. Louis Goutos is the band's lead vocalist and bass guitarist, and Jonathan Giokas plays the guitar. With the Goutos family hailing from Peloponniso and Athens, and the Giakos family from Thessaloniki and Peloponniso, their heritage Greek band members Louis Gatos (L) and Jon Giakos (R) perfoming live at the Sienna Wild album launch in 2014. has been more than an important influence. Lead vocalist Louis Gatos describes his ties to Greek music as continually prominent and an influence which has shaped his musical understanding. "Personally, Greek music was some of the first music I ever heard and having Greek musicians in my family felt like I grew up predominantly around Greek music and Greek culture." Furthermore, Gatos states that "Greek music is something that will always be with Jon and I, even though we are not playing it currently, it never leaves you". The band began back in 2006, stemming from a long-time, shared passion for music between the members. Sienna Wild have since had major success on all fronts. Personally as a band, Sienna Wild feels that its songwriting is a particular skill that has grown immensely since the band's formation. "As a band that has never done covers, our songwriting has developed naturally and has come a long way." lead vocalist Louis tells Neos Kosmos. Furthermore, the band feels as if years of practice have led to a true understanding of their sound. "Once we started playing live and really gigging heavily we realised we had something that people loved hearing and we loved playing. After our mate Jason Edwards joined the band on drums in 2013, our sound flourished and we became better musicians all round." Musical growth led the band to the creation of their first THEODORA MAIOS Greek elegance meets Australian courtesy in the face of Elena Carapetis, an exceptionally talented and creative actress who, since childhood, was aware that art and theatre would escort her throughout her life journey. Constantly immersed in theatre and creative writing, the award-winning Greek Australian actress makes her debut in writing, presenting her first theatrical play The Good Son, which strives to tell a challenging and diverse story whilst looking into human relationships. The play revolves around the life of a young man, who is tortured by his loyalty towards his mother, proving fatal for his personal life. The man is trapped between the physis of the relationship with his mother and his love for a fragile young woman. When asked whether she leans towards acting or creative writing as a preference, Elena admits that she feels like she is being “unfaithful” to acting, but her need to express her thoughts and experiences is overpowering. "It's almost like you are asking me to choose my favourite child and admit loving one more than the other," Elena Carapetis tells Neos Kosmos. "I am unable to focus on one only. To me they are both equal." It took her six years to complete her play and to feel ready to present her work on stage. "I have written a play about a very specific world I know, but I don't see this as a Greek play," she explains. "This is my version of an Australian tragedy. "It's the result of being told Greek myths and learning about Ray Lawler at school. It collides everyday people with Medea, if she lived in Australia in the early 21st century," she admits. Elena still reflects on the day her close friend and award-wining director, Corey McMahon, offered to direct The Good Son. Manda Webber is also part of this production, while Jason Sweeney and Ben Flett are responsible for the music composition and engaging lighting respectively. Sienna Wild unleashing fiery spirit in Australian indie rock Sienna Wild perfoming live at their album launch in 2014. eponymous album. Whilst hitting up major music venues across Melbourne to support well-known artists at gigs, they also took to Sing Sing studios as well to create their first single You Got What You Wanted in 2013, and selftitled album in 2014. The band describes the album as a profound experience. "It was profound for us because it showed faith in our own matieral. Plus it was really a dream come true." The album was launched in April 2014 at Ding Dong Lounge in Melbourne. Hosting an audio aesthetic very close to the likes of Kings of Leon and the Arctic Monkeys, Sienna Wild is on the frontier of Australian indie rock and roll, and their sound combines the best of their rock influences, including the Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin and the Beatles. Thus, their aesthetic is an aural blend of classic and modern influences, all bound by an endless grounded friendship between the band members. In an industry of neverending talent, taking the first few steps to major global success can be somewhat difficult. It is now time for the Greek Australian community to recognise the contribution of Sienna Wild to the presence of Greeks in Australian music, and even further to the presence of Greeks in Australian rock and roll, as they make a prominent names for themselves, their culture and their country.
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