THE INNER MYSTIQUES – \”You Can\’t Turn That On Me\” (unreleased demo) November 2000
When The Sound Explosion broke up in the late 90s some members (including John Alexopoulos, who sent me this CDR titled \”Get Mystified!\”) formed a new group with former musicians from The Walking Screams and The Outta Sites. They lasted just over a year and recorded a handful of demo numbers that never emerged on any discs. The demo recordings date from November 2000, there are ten original songs plus two spoken parts that appear to be extracts from some long forgotten American B-Movie. In my opinion it would have been a worthy album release with some studio tinkering here and there.
John was interviewed in Greek fanzine \”Lost In Tyme\” Issue #01 and here\’s what he said about his short lived band The Inner Mystiques.
Periklis: After The Sound Explosion you formed a new group, The Inner Mystiques. With The Inner Mystiques you didn\’t have any record releases but you wrote some fantastic songs and we also have the memories of a live show with The Fuzztones. When did you form The Inner Mystiques and what made you form a new band? Any deprivation syndrome?
John: After the break-up of The Sound Explosion and for a couple of years, I didn\’t want to form a new band, however, The Inner Mystiques began in early 2000 when my pal George Rigas from The Walking Screams, who had at the time broken up as well, we both decided to start jamming and playing classic garage standards. I dusted off my Vox guitar, George took his bass from his case and with the addition of Stathis on drums, who was also an ex-Walking Scream, and Paul on the farfisa organ, who had played before in various garage bands, we started playing. The band lasted for something like a year. In December 2000, George had to quit the band, due to lack of free time, and another ex-Walking Scream, Lefteris took his place until the Spring of 2001, when we finally broke up.
Periklis: The sound of this band was 60s with more beat elements and reminded me of the last period of The Sound Explosion. Tell me about the music of The Inner Mystiques.
John: I don\’t think there\’s a certain musical connection between the bands. Actually I think the sound of The Inner Mystiques was quite different to that of The Sound Explosion and The Walking Screams. It was like a merging of musical tastes, all in the \’garage\’ music field, like we played fuzz punkers, garage beat songs, folk punkers, some minor key stuff, you name it. So it was just garage music after all, but in a different vein compared to our previous bands.
Periklis: Besides the live show with The Fuzztones did you perform any other live gigs?
John: No. we didn\’t do any more shows. Just after that gig, opening for The Fuzztones, in their first show in Greece for ten years, we broke up.
Periklis: What was the fans reaction for the new band?
John: I think the reaction was quite positive. Every garage fan wants to see new bands forming and playing in their town.
Periklis: The Inner Mystiques had no record releases. Did you have any contact with record labels?
John: We never really had the chance to record something because the band had a really short life. We were together for something like a year, but only in the last six months or so were we serious about it. After that show there was talk with a couple of labels, but we broke up. There are some songs which were recorded roughly and live in a rehearsal with two mics. We did this with the first line-up in November 2000.