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Mr. Trickster: The End of an Era (2021)

Chris is a singer, songwriter who draws inspiration from any and everything and openly shows his contempt for what’s left of what you call music industry. Born in Larisa, Greece to a high school teacher mother and a primary school teacher father. Credits his father for introducing him to great artists who would go on to influence his sound. His father would play vinyl records of Camel, Wishbone Ash, Genesis, Queen, Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Sting and many others, leaving a young Chris hungry to hear more, discovering a deep connection to melody, chord progressions, raw emotion and the true artistic spirit of these fantastic artists. Eventually the self-taught artist found his own way of writing his first original compositions. Singers like Kate Bush, Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, Freddy Mercury, Phil Collins and Mike Patton paved the way and really got him into singing. Currently working on an EP record which will be released in October 2021. The first single is ‘The End of an Era’ released in July 23, an angry song against labels and music companies who don’t care about raw talent, true artistry and honesty in music anymore.

Mr. Trickster explores life and the illusory, consumerist system we live in through a powerful anthem spanning 6 minutes of profound lyrics and engaging music. “The End of an Era” stays true to the norm-defying alternative rock spirit to the very end, and makes for a unique listening experience where everything wrong about society is told through distorted riffs and driven drums, and occasional waves of calm and optimism. Dynamic vocals and ever-changing guitar punctuates the song into well-executed sections that each tell a story about life.

The intro’s drum fills and chords incite curiosity within the listener, and the song blossoms into an apocalyptic musical treatise on a corrupt system of consumerism. Then, a pleasant moment of serenity appears past the one minute mark as the speaker reminisces about happy times.

“I used to lean on the windowsill in my parents’ house
Oh the sunlight gleam, I was so happy
But now I’m always swept away by the music
And luckily forget where I am…”

However, we are quickly “swept away by the music” as drums kick in and we transition into another musical riot. A criticism of the monotonous, uninspired norm and people’s sheepish obedience.

“A formula that is designed to sell not inspire
There’s no substance but just unnatural and fabricated motives
No wonder why you cannot do without your training wheels
We know you’re useless and you have nothing else to say
To the masses
You hypnotize”

The song depicts a system riddled with problems. However, the ensuing section instills hope and the idea that things will change one day.. This is done through another part of calmer guitar and vocals, and the reminder that “One day this thing they built, it will collapse.” Thus, the song once again builds momentum until it reaches an explosive breakdown and ends on a guitar chord, as the song expresses the artist’s disdain for music labels through this colorless system.

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