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.

Read more

Xixa | Straight Outta Tucson

Tucson’s mystical psychedelic-cumbia-rock band led by Giant Sand members Brian Lopez and Gabriel Sullivan wanders far and wide, into the psychedelia of Amazon backwaters, the bumping grind of chicha, quirky electronics and West African desert blues (Imarhan’s and Tamashek rock legend Tinariwen’s Sadam Iyad Imarhan collaborated with Xixa to write “World Goes Away”.) You can experience it for the first time in Hungary on March 26, when they’ll perform at Dürer Kert, together with Psycho Mutants.

Read more

Cleo T | Absolution is always present

“Cleo T sings the way Marlene Dietrich would have sung if she had had to live with Hitler in the Bavarian moors.”

Just like in recent years, the closing event of the Frankofón Festival will be held on the A38 Ship. After Acid Arab, Elodie Frege and Perturbator (who is going to return in April), one of the most many-sided female singers from Paris, Cleo T is taking the stage of the Ship for a concert that is part of this event series. Ethereal folk, cabaret noir, French chanson and Balkan beats: this list is seemingly disjointed, but you needn’t worry – Cleo will interlace and explain everything.

Read more

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.

Read more

Mélanie Pain | Experimental and theatrical

Her new album Parachute, will debut on A38 Ship in February

Mélanie Pain is best known as the lead singer of the French band Nouvelle Vague, who seduce millions around the world with their breathy renditions of 80s pop songs. But the multiinstrumentalist singer-songwriter also has her own solo career, which functions as an outlet for some of the most charming pop hooks and confessional chansons you’ll ever hear. So it’s not a surprise that when she’s performing in Budapest, it’s always at a concert hall that is crowded with fans and music lovers – February 4 won’t be an exception.

Read more

Touché Amoré | As honest as possible

Unrelenting honesty: Touché Amoré

Los Angeles artful indie post-hardcore band Touché Amoré return to Budapest on February 5 to present the biggest, boldest, and most artistic album of their career to their local followers. Stage Four is harrowing and unrelenting, a glowing testament to their melodicism, honesty, and unconditional empathy. Before them, Angel Du$t, a band formed by the members of Trapped Under Ice, Mindset and Turnstile will rock out.

Read more

A38 Rocks

On the A38 Ship, amps can sound so loud they shake the ship – and during its nearly one and a half decade long history, it has happened a number of times, and history will repeat itself in February. The upcoming concerts of bands like Touché Amoré, The Dillinger Escape Plan or Firewind promise some of the most memorable moshpits, crowdsurfings and fistpumpings that ever took place here. Rock out with your boat!

Read more

OG Maco | Child Of The Rage

Get Lit!

Bringing the slurry, slanted sound of Mystikal into the age of cloud-rap, Atlanta rapper OG Maco burst on the scene in 2014 with the single U Guessed It – which teleported him to XXL Magazine’s 2015 Freshman Class list. Since then, Atlanta’s latest icon has collaborated with Skrillex, 2 Chainz, Migos and Diplo, and released more than a dozen projects of varying lengths, not to mention that he signed to Quality Control Music. Before we get lit in January, we rolled one and dived into his career.

Read more

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.

Read more

The Subways | Hungarian fans will go crazy for us

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.

Read more