Stefan Hantel, a.k.a. Shantel is one of the most unique artist on the German scene – he and his band plays Balkan-flavored electronic scene. They have played in Hungary several times, but it is always a pleasure for us to welcome them back. Prior to their next concert on the A38, we asked Stefan about the early days, his favorite Balkan artists, Bukovina and even his plans to run for the mayor of Frankfurt next year.
Last December, Public Service Broadcasting gave their first ever Hungarian concert when they opened for Editors. This time they’re coming back as a headlining act, which is great news because we can finally witness a longer set from them. Also since that gig, the London trio released their third longplayer Every Valley – an album which touches on the subject of Welsh coalmining. Not a very rock-and-roll topic, you might think, but PSB pulled off the task masterfully.
No matter how many times they have been here, we are always super-excited to welcome them again. They were formed in Ljubljana 37 years ago, they first played in Hungary in 1983, they have visited the A38 three times, they were the first European band to play in North Korea, and this year they released their latest album Also Sprach Zarathustra. Before their 4th concert on the Ship, we asked the guys in Laibach a few questions about the new songs, Stanley Kubrick, Rammstein, Iron Sky and both Koreas.
First of all, if anyone still has any doubts – Lola Marsh is not a person’s name. It’s a band from Tel Aviv, led by singer Yael Shoshana Cohen and guitarist-keyboardist-songwriter Gil Landau. The indie-folk/dream-pop outfit is returning to Hungary two months after their memorable set at this year’s Sziget Festival. The band released their long-awaited debut album Remember Roses this June, and their gig on the A38 is one of the most anticipated events this fall.
András Áron, known as Apey has a very unique approach to songwriting and lyrics; he is more like a storyteller, a Hungarian Neil Young. When he’s not working for his other bands – Trillion and Apey & The Pea – he writes slow-burning ballads on his acoustic guitar. After last year’s Foxes, he put together the follow-up, Stranger, which he will perform in it’s entirety on October 21 at A38 Ship.
‘We are the ones that your parents always warned you of’, could be the motto of Georgia flower punk / garage rock outfit Black Lips. Cole Alexander and co. are well-known for their infamous provocative behavior on stage, so if you go to their show, you might expect the unexpected.
Three years after Hard Believer, UK-born, Berlin-based singer-songwriter musician Fin Greenall and his band Fink are back with their sixth studio album titled Resurgam, on which they sound more fearless than ever. Recorded with ground-breaking producer Flood (PJ Harvey, U2, Foals, Warpaint, The Killers) at his Assault & Battery studios in North London, it is a collection of whole-hearted, soulful and irrepressible songs that old fans will surely find as appealing as those who are only discovering the band now.
Imagine this: Django sacrifices a goat on stage while intimidating slave chants roar and screeching guitar riffs burn in the background. Then the rhythmic chain rattling evoking a satanic summoning makes way for the eerily familiar melodies of Norwegian black metal. While it might sound strange or even over-the-top, believe us: Manuel Gagneux’s Zeal & Ardor is exactly like that and he doesn’t joke when he invites you to the transcendent, transfiguring satanic spirituals that will tear apart the souls of those who dare to descend into the belly of A38 Ship on September 27.
There are tons of bands that have the word ‘beach’ in their names. The Beach Boys, Beach House, Beach Slang, Menace Beach… And there’s Beach Fossils. Frontman Dustin Payseur chose the name sort of randomly, and now he regrets it a bit, but the fans definitely aren’t bothered by it, especially as long as the band keeps on making great music.
Organised for the second time between September 1-3, Dunapest awaits everyone with all kinds of programmes, each of them related to the Danube somehow – because of the theme or because they take place on a floating venue, like PONTOON, Kabin or the A38 Ship. On the latter, you can catch the Romanian Satellites, the Finnish View, the Austrian Hunger or local favourites like Ivan & The Parazol, Meteo or RedRed.