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.
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.