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.
There are bands that prefer the 20+ line-up such as The Polyphonic Spree, and there are the ones that feel sufficient enough with only two members. You have to argue less, there are fewer creative differences, you don’t have to divide the salary that much – lots of advantages. Consisting of members Sam France and Jonathan Rado, Foxygen is yet another band that proves the justification of the duo format.
Ryley Walker is the reincarnation of the true American guitar player. That’s as much a testament to his roving, rambling ways, or the fact that his Guild D-35 guitar has endured a few stints in the pawnshop. Last year, he showed us what he is capable of as a solo artist, and on August 4th, he is back as the frontman of his band to present his new psychedelic Americana record, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung. But before the blast, he also answered our questions.
When you think of Athens, Georgia from a musical point of view, the first band that comes to mind is obviously R.E.M. Now that the legendary alt-rockers operate no longer, it is Of Montreal that counts as the number one existing band of the city. Led by Kevin Barnes, the experimental five-piece has released 14 albums so far, the latest of which is 2016’s Innocence Reaches. The band is presenting its new material and older psychedelic gems aboard the A38 on July 17.
A stunning synthesis of classic soul and rock and roll, Vintage Trouble from Los Angeles fire oldschool style into modernity with energy and attitude. Just like their name suggests, the sound is vintage and the personalities are rough – as if The Rolling Stones were fronted by Sam Cooke. Before their first ever Hungarian concert, we sat down for a chat with the live-wired, straight-shooting, dirty mouthed pelvis pushing four-man blues band.
Suicide Silence are unstoppable: their throat-ripping and bone-smashing take on deathcore is unmatchable, and even after the tragic loss of their iconic frontman, Mitch Lucker, they stood up and continued – with All Shall Perish’s Eddie Hermida behind the microphone. Their second offering with him is a self-titled album, which moves away from their usual sound, touching on genres like nu-metal, clean singing and radio rock. A bold move? Surely. But as we’ve already said, the band is unstoppable and they do as they please. Here’s what Eddie commented on all these.
A38 Ship’s very own synthwave party series, Demogorgon, closes the spring season with an exclusive line-up, featuring Das Mörtal, who worked on the soundtrack of Hotline Miami II; Dan Terminus, known for his hard-charging beats and chainsaw analog synth basslines; Perturbator-collaborator Tommy ’86, a rising star of the genre and Reznyck, whose sound has been described as „outrun electro on steroids”.
Local jazz/noise/experimental outfit Jü plays the music of rapture, blending elements of noise rock, psychedelia and even some folk as well. The trio’s name is more and more well-known on the local scene, and it is not by chance that they were chosen as the support act for the A38 concert of Elliott Sharp. We sat down with drummer András Halmos for a chat.