By Harriet Kaplan
Vocalist and former contestant on The Voice in Greece, who made it all the way to the live shows, Electra Barakos is the front woman of ELECTRA and was raised in Athens.The band recently performed at Lucky Strikes in Hollywood, CA. The vivacious curly haired, blonde singer possesses a multi-octave range could easily scale the heady stratosphere of opera. Instead, she had found a home/niche in the world of pop/rock/heavy metal and is staking her mighty claim there along with her band that is as fierce and distinctive including guitarist Hyland Church, bassist Yanni Barakos and Dan Welby on drums. Striking a number of assorted stock rock/mock poses onstage in various combinations, the unit goes beyond the surface bravado and image of bluster.
The supporting unit really delivered the goods with tasty accompaniment and expert musicianship providing out-of-the ordinarily, thunderous leads on guitar and a solid and sturdy bottom on drums and unique bass lines. Prowling the stage, Electra is an engaging presence and commands the stage. She encourages audience participation and talking between songs to get the crowd pumped up. She belts out the original material with gusto and confidence giving it her all. Electra is clearly a seasoned pro. The time in the spotlight has served her and the band well honing their chops along the way and becoming a strong force on the rock circuit. They have played all around Hollywood in clubs like Whiskey, Viper, Club Nokia and Canyon Club.
ELECTRA has shared the stage with many well-known bands such as Lita Ford, Missing Persons, Berlin, Great White, War, The Tubes, TSOL and was also part of the Sunset Strip Music Festival in 2010 and 2011 along with Slash, Neon Trees, Smashing Pumpkins, Motley Crue, Bush and Public Enemy. Electra and her band released their first album, “These Times” in August. They played 10 songs including “Tomorrow’s Not There” and the album title track, “These Times.” Electra has described the new songs as “personal and heartfelt.” Also two covers were performed: the reimagined amped-up rock version of the disco classic “You Should Be Dancing” and the seminal Led Zeppelin nugget, “Whole Lotta Love.” On the former, Barakos got everyone into act handing out tambourines to shake for motivated, enthusiastic and adoring throng at fans standing at the front of the stage. The latter concluded the sweat-soaked, passionate and balls-to-the-wall finale that left concertgoers applauding and cheering for more.
Photos by Nicole Lemberg