The idea of this band came up from Kirk and BB while they were composing a song named ' Super Power Vein ' . When the guitar's parts were finished they teamed up with 2 more guys ( bass n' drums ) and 1 woman ( vocals ) . Then that idea became a band named ' Stoned Alice '. Stoned Alice though didn't last long leaving up Kirk, BB and Vaggos with no band. They still kept composing songs and recording ideas and tryied to make a new line up. In April of 2016 ( a new drummer ) Woodie joined the group and with Christina ( vocals ), Blackstone Puppets were finally formed.
April of 2016 was just the month that gave birth to this band. Two months later they have finished their very first song ' Super Power Vein ' which was followed by 2 other new songs, Forsaken and Stoned Alice
which was named after their first band attempt.
In July of 2016 they sent a recording of two songs from their rehearsal as a ' demo ' to join a Band Contest on 8th Street Mode Festival the biggest open air festival that is happening 9 years now in their town and also one of the biggest festivals in greece were more than 30.000 people are going every year. They were accepted as contestants and made a very good first live appearance and this made 'em to gain some attention.
In September of 2016 they got contacted by two other bands from Thessaloniki to join 'em and play live again on the Main Stage of the Eightball Club. In the meantime they were finishing the music parts of a new song
' Beer In My Veins '.
On October,23 they gained a very big applause on the Eightball Live Stage and they started to get the attention of even more people. Some days later a jurnalist name mr. Ioannis Negris came in contact with them to ask 'em if they wanted to join The Battle of The Bands 2016-2017. They accepted without thinkin' .
Some days later, for personal and very important reasons Christina had to leave town, so Blackstone Puppets got left with out vocals once more and they had already said "yes" for a new Live Performance for the next month.
Almost one month and a half later, on 4th of December happened 'The Battle Of The Bands - Leg 3' in which Blackstone Puppets were competing on the same stage with 4 other bands. Blackstone Puppets were the younger contestants, they got the 3rd place by people's votes and got acknowledgement by the other bands that they weren't expecting.
Until December and with only beeing active, as Blackstone Puppets, from the April of the same year, they achieved to perform live in a very big festival in which isn't easy to get in and play, their own Gig and got 3rd in another great contest for their Town and composed fully 4 songs. Things that happened very fast for them. Without a break they kept rehearsing to get ready to go in their Studio and record their first demo of 3 songs, so they could send it to participate in Schoolwave Festival 2017.
In January of 2017, they decided to go with Julie into the studio and record a demo of 2 songs and also to record it in the old school way, Live Recording, 'cause they had not the time they needed. On Friday 13/1/2017, Blackstone Puppets did their first Live Recorded Demo, at Valve Studios (Thessaloniki) which was mixed by Strutter ( Stratos, bassist of W.A.N.T.E.D ).
On April 18th, Blackstone Puppets celebrated their 1st year's anniversary day in a very special event at Silver Dollar, were they played live with Sleeping Bugs, 5M and their very good friends Core the Band (Crete). Also that day was their first live with their new lead singer Alice. Due to some personal reasons and some unavoidable circumstances Julie couldn't follow with the band so while the live was already coming and the audition for Schoolwave 2017 was near too, a new singer had to come and there was not much time to wait for and fortunately Alice fitted perfectly with the band 'cause of her craziness, her strong personality and vocals.
Kiriakos Arampatzoudis (Kirk)
Evaggelos Zikos (Vaggos)
Giorgos Mpimpikos (BB)
Christianna Tsaousidou (Alice)
Giorgos Portsakis (Woodie)