Raining Pleasure is a four-piece band that hails from Patra, the biggest town in southern Greece. Having recorded their first demo in the early nineties, Raining Pleasure quickly became the Greek indie scene’s best-kept secret.
Their debut album ´Memory Comes Back´ (1996) was released for the respected indie label Lazy Dog and received enthusiastic reviews upon release as did its follow up, ´Nostalgia´, released in late 1998.
In December 2001 Raining Pleasure’s major label debut ‘Flood’ was released to critical acclaim. The album spawned three massive airplay hits in Greece, the biggest of which ‘Fake’ has become a pop and rock radio staple, after successfully being used in TV spots for Greece´s leading telecommunications company. ‘Fake’ was followed by the hits ‘Capricorn’ and ‘Only Through You’.
The buzz surrounding the group is fantastic and has taken many by surprise. In Rock N Roll Magazine 2002 readers’ poll the group was voted best Greek rock act of all time, a humbling vote of confidence for an act that has been around for just over 5 years.
Raining Pleasure have been one of the hottest tickets across Greece for four summers running, having shared festival stages with The Cure, The Pixies, The Dandy Warhols and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club among others and having sold out theatres across the country.
Their major label debut album, ‘Flood’, performed exceptionally well on the charts, spending 15 weeks on the international chart where it peaked at No.1 before chart regulations necessitated the album´s move to the local repertoire chart where it peaked at No.5 ( an astonishing and unprecedented feat for a Greek act performing in English). The album spent well over a year on the Top 40 Artist Album Charts and has been certified Gold.
2004: The group’s album ‘Forwards & Backwards’, is introduced by the double A-side single ‘World’/‘Identical Twins’. On ‘Identical Twins’ esteemed vocalist Elly Paspala contributes a vocal track of rare beauty. Both songs became airplay hits.
In March the band’s cover of ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen’ featured in the successful Greek film ‘Hardcore’, began climbing the airplay charts where it will remain for over six months. In September the group scores another hit with album track ‘Love Me, Love Me, Love Me’, which is still used in TV spots for a very well established beverage. The track’s video clip was awarded the 1st prize in Cologne’s “Music Store” video contest in October 2005.
Winter 2004: The band embarks on its first tour of Germany and enters the studio to record a new version of the classic album by Manos Hadjidakis and the New York Rock N Roll Ensemble, ‘Reflections’.
‘Reflections’ is released to immediate critical acclaim. The album was introduced to media at a concert at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Athens. The album has been in the Top 10 since release and has been certified Gold in winter 2005.
In March 2006 the band was awarded the best alternative group of 2005 in the ‘Arion 2006’ music awards.
In July 2007 the groovy rock single 'Love was just a girl' is being released with the Coca-Cola Soundwave Compilation, also as part of the group's new crazy music approach.
Their latest album 'Who's gonna tell Juliet?' is released in December 2007 in Greece on their new indie label Celesta Records. It is a unique and unusual alternative pop record, described as a fervent guitar driven pop gem with strong melodies, smart lyrics and compelling vocals.
Vassilikos: Guitars, Vocals
X - Jeremy: Guitars
Sak: Bass, Synths
Who's gonna tell Juliet? - 2007
Reflections - 2006
Blue Note - EMI
Forwards + Backwards - 2004
Flood- [coming of a] Great Quantity Of Water - 2001
Capricorn EP - 2001
Nostalgia - 1998
Memory Comes Back - 1996
Winters Of Waiting EP - 1996
You are not young anymore
Love was just a girl
Who's gonna tell Juliet
God is pregnant
The World (May God forgive me)
A Ring (Forwards + Backwards)
Song of the wolf
All this beauty
Before the flood
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"Greek band Raining Pleasure is to step into other European territories next year with its latest re..."Greek band Raining Pleasure is to step into other European territories next year with its latest release, Flood (Chrysalis). To date, it has sold 15.000 units in Greece, topping local charts for weeks. The 12 track album, produced by Athens-based studio wizard Coti K, has won airplay on diverse radio stations with its catchy, crossover pop and well-articulated English lyrics."
Most popular album in Greece
"Flood" was voted as the most popular album by the readers of 'Pop&Rock' magazine in year 2003.
Top band from Greece arouse enthousiasm in the crowd
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"..in the full packed main stage room, the audience got amazed by the Greek boys as the southern tem..."..in the full packed main stage room, the audience got amazed by the Greek boys as the southern temperament was also infiltrated in their music,.."
Raining Pleasure comes flooding into town
First big show iin Athens for pop-rock band after their major debut album
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