Boysetsfire | We aren’t getting any younger

Interview with vocalist Nathan Gray
Post-hardcore veterans: Boysetsfire
Post-hardcore veterans: Boysetsfire

Boysetsfire is not just any band, and its fans are not just any fans. Boysetsfire is perhaps the most successful example of how an uncompromising heartcore sound, an irrepressible will and unbeatable stamina can move mountains and mobilize the masses. Their sound is characterized by the anger and intensity of post-hardcore, combined with catchy hooks, making them unique in their native hardcore-punk scene. After two decades of going strong, the members recently announced that after the current Boysetsfire tour – which will reach Budapest on June 28 -, they’ll take an extended break with the band. Why? We’ve asked the same from vocalist-founder Nathan Gray – and talked about other topics too.

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Kvelertak | Doing something new

Interview with singer Erlend Hjelvik
Black 'n' roll from Norway: Kvelertak
Black ‘n’ roll from Norway: Kvelertak

With their newest album, Nattesferd – which they’ll present to the Hungarian headbangers on June 23 -, Norwegian metal band Kvelertak found the unlikely meeting spot between black metal blast beats and the anthemic power of Van Halen and Judas Priest. Recorded with Nick Terry instead of Converge-guitarist Kurt Ballou, it is as close to the ferociousness of their live shows as a studio album can get. But what inspired it? Did their songwriting methods change with it? And what kind of memories do they have from their previous Hungarian concerts? Singer Erlend Hjelvik answered our questions.

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Therapy? | I’m a big fan of Béla Tarr and Mihály Víg

Interview with frontman-guitarist-vocalist Andy Cairns
Always fresh, renewed and unpredictable: Therapy?
Always fresh, renewed and unpredictable: Therapy?

Therapy? is one of the most uncompromising, creative and individualistic bands of their generation and with their newest album, Disquiet, they’ve – again – extended this proud legacy. In support of their fourteenth studio album, the trio returns to Budapest, but before that, frontman-guitarist-vocalist Andy Cairns answered our questions.

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Snavs | 2015 has been a big year for me

Monstercat's newest dancefloor dominator: Snavs
Monstercat’s newest dancefloor dominator: Snavs

Snavs (meaning grit or dirt in Danish) is a half-hysterical hybrid of bass and instrumental hip hop with plenty of cheap, canned beats, remixes of remixes, skizo-rhythms and distorted synths. The promising Dutch DJ, producer and beat welder took his time and answered our questions before aimed at the A38 Ship with his bass cannon.

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The Subways | Hungarian fans will go crazy for us

Interview with the band’s bassist-vocalist, Charlotte Cooper
Photographer: Greig Clifford
Photographer: Greig Clifford

The Subways have been a force of nature in rock for a decade now. With a youthful exuberance in all that they do and universal tales of love, loss and breaking free, their new self-titled record may well just be the full realisation of all that they’re capable of – and on December 10, they’ll showcase it to their Hungarian fans. We’ve sat down for a chat with bassist-vocalist Charlotte Cooper to talk about their previous concerts in Budapest, self-producing their latest record and a lot more.

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Editors | A Cross Section of Every Single One of Us

An interview with founding member-drummer Edward Lay
Synth-heavy, haunting slow-burn epics: Editors
Synth-heavy, haunting slow-burn epics: Editors

Editors went from Interpol-esque post-punk act to a new wave/synth-pop band, heavily influenced by the 80s. Their newest album, In Dream, released this fall is full of haunting slow-burn epics, that build with Kubrick-ian intensity. But before their live performance grabs you by the throat on December 8 at Barba Negra Music Club, we asked their drummer, Edward Lay about changes in the lineup, self-producing their record and Hungarian festivals.

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Carpenter Brut | I wanted to listen to something that did not exist

Lazerpunk’s interview with the French retrowave-master
Heavy French Touch: Carpenter Brut

At first glance, Carpenter Brut‘s influences are 80s TV shows, B-movies loaded with synthesizer music. Listening to his home made EPs, however, one would rather bet on a black metal background, a crush for Dario Argento and a force-fed religious education. This would explain his satanic mood, his passion for kitsch sounds and his adoration for all kinds of enjoyment. Whatever his influences, Carpenter Brut does not lack the talent to create in-your-face vintage killer tracks, as you will experience it on September 11 at the A38 Ship. Before his devastating show, he sat down for a chat with the Hungarian synthwave-producer, Lazerpunk – who will open for him together with Quixotic – to discuss inspirations, future plans and a lot more.

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The Glitch Mob I Everyone feels included

Interview with the glitch-hop trio
Rockstar-electronica: The Glitch Mob
Rockstar-electronica: The Glitch Mob

One of the greatest and most bombasticly staged acts of rockstar-electronica, the Glitch Mob returnes after four years to the A38 Ship on June 24! The Los Angeles based producer-trio will give its only club gig at ours on their usual summer European tour. Before blowing the ship’s roof off, we’ve asked them about their relationship with their fans, about their D.I.Y.-philosophy and about a lot more.

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Little Boots | Songwriting Is My First Love

Interview with the British electropop diva
Little Boots
Electropop elegance with loosy privacy: Little Boots

One of the most impersonal British performers, Little Boots melting together electropop elegance with loosy privacy is coming to Hungary for the third time. First she performed as a DJ, then had a huge festival performance at Sziget Festival and on 23 April she will present her forthcoming third album at A38 Ship within the frames of a perfect club concert as part of the Budapest Spring Festival.

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Gemma Ray | I Just Keep My Eyes and Mind Open

Interview with the pop noir singer-songwriter before her Budapest gig
Gemma Ray
Photo: Steve Gullick

Born in England, living in Berlin, Gemma Ray is one of the most suggestive singer-songwriters of the European scene. Mixing elements of blues, art-pop, girl-pop, folk, gloomy film-soundtracks, “pop noir”, she’s just like a never seen actress from a Lynch- or Tarantino-movie. A38 Ship welcomes Gemma Ray on March 11 in the intimate exhibition space of the Ship. (Read here the Hungarian version)

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