Jü | This Is What Our Playground Sounds Now

Exciting eclectric act from Hungary soon to be on board: Jü

Local jazz/noise/experimental outfit 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.

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Haken | Love for the 80s

“I always think you’re only as good as your last record, so each time we thrive to have made something more powerful and polished.”

Haken have proven over three previous albums and two EPs that musically, they can do pretty much anything they set their minds to. With their latest release Affinity, and the addition of new bassist Conner Green, they have gone back to the synth-heavy progressive rock of the 80s and presented something that fans of Yes, Toto, Rush or Mike Oldfield will surely keep on repeat. Before their first ever Hungarian concert on April 5, we asked them a few questions.

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Alex Clare | Looking for what’s good

“Tail Of Lions is about mindfulness generally. It’s about figuring out how I can have self-control and stronger will power.”

London-born singer, songwriter and producer Alex Clare is one of those lucky people who will never be short of something startling to tell when the lights dim and true conversation really begins. He grew up listening to his father’s jazz records, was drawn to blues and soul (Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder), and eventually drum‘n’bass and UK garage. Although Clare took up the trumpet and drums as a youngster, he eventually placed an emphasis on guitar and songwriting, playing open-mike nights with original material. Since then every album is surrounded with soul-searching songwriting, his deep, rich voice and the most cutting-edge electronic sounds.

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Bong-Ra | A breakbeat instant szerelem volt

Slayer, drum and bass, breakcore, hiphop, jungle és metál: Bong-Ra
Slayer, drum and bass, breakcore, hiphop, jungle és metál: Bong-Ra

Jason Köhnen, művésznevén Bong-Ra utoljára öt éve remegtette meg az A38 Hajót súlyos breakbeatekből, Slayer- és Black Sabbath-remixekből, hiphopból, mutáns jungle-ből és még ezernyi másból összegyúrt hibrid tánczenéjével. Kísérletezőkedvét a fentebbieken túl jól mutatja az is, hogy az ő nevéhez köthető többek közt a doomjazz zenekar The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble vagy a Wormskull is, miközben az undergroundból kitörve olyan fesztiválokon szabadítja el a rá jellemző szónikus terrort, mint a Glastonbury vagy a Lowlands. November tizenkilencedikén pedig ismét megpróbálja majd elsüllyeszteni a hajót, ennek alkalmából beszélgettünk vele Donald Trumpról, halott művészekről, szociális aktivizmusról és még sok másról.

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Dillon | The older I get, the more I trust myself

Deeply personal, acoustic songs melted together with intelligent electronica: Dillon
Deeply personal, acoustic songs melted together with intelligent electronica: Dillon

Young, attractive, active in the bustling Berlin electro scene, signed to the always interesting Bpitch Control: Dillon, born Dominique Dillon de Byington sounds like Lykke Li lost in the shadows of Fever Ray’s haunted house or Hanne Hukkelberg pained by a heart crumbling to dust. Before her first Hungarian performance on November 2, we sat down for a chat with her.

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Moddi | Forbidden songs

Intimate and emotional, acoustic and minimal songs: Moddi
Intimate and emotional, acoustic and minimal songs: Moddi

Pål Moddi Knutsen, or simply Moddi as an artist, hail from the island of Senja in the north of Norway. Moddi plays several instruments such as guitar, accordion, piano and trumpet, and he started composing his own songs in the mid 00’s. On September 16, he will release Unsongs, a collection of songs that have, at one stage, been banned, censored or silenced. Which he will present to the Hungarian audience on September 26 at Gozsdu Manó Klub, organised by the A38 Ship. But before his concert, we sat down for a chat with him about globalisation, entertainment, cultures and much more.

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Marinah & Chicuelo | Biodiversity in music

When creativity breaks loose: Marinah & Chicuelo
When creativity breaks loose: Marinah & Chicuelo

Almost the complete line up of the Latin Grammy-award winner Ojos de Brujo band, the “urban flamenco” duo from Barcelona featuring a fantastic guitar virtuoso: this is Marinah & Chicuelo who released their fantastic album only a few weeks ago which they will present at the A38 for the Hungarian audience. Interview with singer Marina Abad!

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The Static Age | Open spaces, sharp edges and bright colors

Quietly political: The Static Age
Quietly political: The Static Age

Emerging from the idealistic side of punk rock and inspired by the last thirty years of alternative music, The Static Age have evolved their own sound — one that infuses melody, atmosphere, and a pulsating back beat to bring forth an unmistakable urgency and honesty in their songs. The unique weave of beautifully weathered vocals, textured guitars, and elegant keyboard melodies all sitting atop the backdrop of punchy, chorus-drenched bass and a layer of tempered drums is resulting in an emotionally resonant and danceable collection of songs that sounds like nothing else before it. You can make sure about it on July 8, when they’ll be playing with Grand Mexican Warlock at the A38 Ship. Which is why we sat down with guitarist-vocalist-founder Andrew Paley for a chat.

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Allah-Las | Melancholy and grittiness

Sands, the seas, the streets and cities of the golden state: Allah-Las
Sands, the seas, the streets and cities of the golden state: Allah-Las

Allah-Las is a Californian rock group formed in 2008 by former employees of the renowned music shop Amoeba Music. They are deserving successors to the Beach Boys, Byrds and Seeds. This quintet led by Miles Michaud exudes cool. They have a talent for taking inspiration from the sounds of the past and using them to produce hot new music, somewhere between rapid psychedelia and charming melody. And they all have great taste. After their eponymous first album released in 2012, the product of their escapades in the clubs of Los Angeles, they released the superb Worship The Sun in 2014, a selection of more experimental compositions. Allah-Las’s luminous, thoughtful surf-rock will take us on a musical journey to the ‘60s, bathed in sun with a sound that will have us dreaming of West Coast adventures. On June 29, they’ll be performing in Hungary for the first time at the A38 Ship, so we sat down for a chat with lead guitarist-vocalist Pedrum Siadatian.

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Boysetsfire | We aren’t getting any younger

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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