Some called it a wonder of nature
Kore. Ydro. were formed in Corfu, Greece, during the autumn of 1993 by 15-year-old schoolmates Pantelis Dimitriadis, Giorgos Arvanitakis, Spiros Katagis and Teos Pairamidis (the last one was dropped right after the first cassette release, in 1994). Not many listeners appreciated their extravagance of unrefined, "no-fi" home recordings of trash aesthetics, but word about the group began to spread from mouth to mouth, with extra help from its peculiar "live appearances", "raw" video clips and humorous short "films". [You can find more information and plenty of material from the group's first era in the site's dedicated section.]
This first period of Kore. Ydro., now recanted in its biggest part, continued with some changes in the original line up of the band; Konstantinos Amygdalos joined in 1997 while Spiros Katagis quitted in 2000, after 7 years of inexhaustible output with the band. In 2001, pianist/bassist/multi-instrumentalist (and by that time only real Kore. Ydro. fan) Alexandros Makris took over, creating Kore. Ydro. ’s music core with Dimitriadis and marking a new era for the group, as this is illustrated in the self-produced official debut If All Ever Ended Here [An Ola Telionan Edo (Αν Όλα Τέλειωναν Εδώ)], released in March 2003 by the legendary greek independent label Wipe Out Records in 515 copies, receiving critical acclaim from the greek press. The free download-only mini album Seven Months Later [Efta Mines Meta (Εφτά Μήνες Μετά)] , including outtakes from the If All Ever Ended Here sessions as well as later recordings, followed seven months later. February 2004 saw the release of the first official Kore. Ydro. video (also produced by the group) for the song "Your Kindness" [I Kalossini Sou (Η Καλοσύνη Σου)], the highlight of If All Ever Ended Here.
August 2004 the group faced the biggest crisis of its history, reaching
the threshold of breaking-up. The intensity caused in the collaboration
of its two leading members (Dimitriadis and Makris)
was a natural result of organisational and other problems (military duties, financial difficulties, trouble
in finding permanent collaborators for live performances, poor commercial
acceptance of If All Ever Ended Here).
The second "proper" Kore. Ydro. album Cheap
Pop for the Elite [Ftini Pop ya tin Elit (Φτηνή ποπ για την Ελίτ)], a traditionally self-production
of sub-standard budget, was released in February 2006 under EMI's Capitol
label, in a successful occasion of DIY attitude and ambition. The record received enthusiastic reviews by the greek music press and unexpected commercial success, reaching #21 on the official greek album chart, while the first single/video (produced and directed by the group) "No More Affairs" [Ochi Pia Erotes (Όχι Πια Έρωτες)] became an unexpected hit.
During 2008 all the lately recruited members left or were gradually alienated from the group (Panagiotis Diamantis due to completion of his studies and his permanent departure from Corfu). Since then Kore. Ydro. continue as a duo again, (always and ever) with the assistance of the visual arts duo Arvanitakis-Amygdalos and the minor (in age only) drummer Fivos Anthis.
The third official Kore. Ydro. album The Whole Truth about the Children of '78 [Oli i Alithia ya ta Pedia tou '78 (Όλη η Αλήθεια για τα Παιδιά του '78)] was released in April 2009 on CD by Capitol/EMI. A collector’s double LP edition followed three months later, on the independent Inner Ear.
press release [PDF]