Panagiotis Melidis started writing music under the moniker Larry Gus ([larigas], greek for larynx) in 2006, after his previous band, the bass and drums duo Ginger, parted ways. Initially his music combined sample-based constructions and psychedelic pop melodies, merged into an infinitely dense amount of layers and polyrhythms. He soon became known for his energetic and chaotically improvised live performances which involve intricate layerings of vocals, drums and electronics along with lively stage banter.
In October 2015 he released on DFA his latest album, “I Need New Eyes” (a title inspired by a Marcel Proust misquotation), moving slowly out of his sample-based roots and using clearer songwriting structures as his starting point, he stares intensively into his obsessions, insecurities, anxieties and inadequacies, namely failure, humiliation, subservience, submission, and comparisons with other musicians’ careers, always through the prism of a provincial outsider.
Something that might sound as an oxymoron considering his career so far: he has toured in the US with Cut Copy, he is a Red Bull Music Academy alumni (Tokyo 2014) and a current member of DFA records. Not to mention he returns for a second year in a row on Reworks for the RBMA stage on Saturday September 17th.