Stefan Hantel, a.k.a. Shantel is one of the most unique artist on the German scene – he and his band plays Balkan-flavored electronic scene. They have played in Hungary several times, but it is always a pleasure for us to welcome them back. Prior to their next concert on the A38, we asked Stefan about the early days, his favorite Balkan artists, Bukovina and even his plans to run for the mayor of Frankfurt next year.
No matter how many times they have been here, we are always super-excited to welcome them again. They were formed in Ljubljana 37 years ago, they first played in Hungary in 1983, they have visited the A38 three times, they were the first European band to play in North Korea, and this year they released their latest album Also Sprach Zarathustra. Before their 4th concert on the Ship, we asked the guys in Laibach a few questions about the new songs, Stanley Kubrick, Rammstein, Iron Sky and both Koreas.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Nika Roza Danilova aka Zola Jesus performed on the A38 Ship three years ago and on March 18 she is back to present her newest album, Taiga. With Taiga, she re-discovered her roots (a cappella singing, for example) and took a step towards a poppier, yet still mesmerising sound. As she said to us, even if you were there at her gig three years ago, you can’t predict what her new live show will look and sound like. (Read here the Hungarian version)
The duo of Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner aka The Raveonettes already played at the A38 Ship two years ago – and all the people who were there swear that show was one hell of a rock ‘n’ roll ride. Since then, the band has released their newest album, Pe’ahi last year – and their newest tour reaches the A38 Ship again, on January 24. Cose two-part vocal harmonies inspired by The Everly Brothers coupled with hard-edged electric guitar overlaid with liberal doses of noise, very similar to The Jesus and Mary Chain, 50s rock and roll, a bit of The Cure, a bit of Velvet Underground. Before the concert, we’ve sat down for a chat with one half of the duo, Sune Rose Wagner (right side of the picture).
Lydia Lunch, one of the leading figures of the New York No Wave scene is back in Budapest with her Big Sexy Noise. Last year Lydia Lunch performed on the A38 Ship with her reminiscent project Retrovirus, now she is backed by the Gallon Drunk’s frontman James Johnston and the drummer Ian White. We interviewed Lydia about living, art, actual political issues and future plans.
The fabulous singer of Nouvelle Vague, Mélanie Pain on returns to the A38 Ship on the thirteenth of December to stun her audience – again. But she will also perform with one of the biggest Hungarian rock ‘n’ roll stars, Kiss Tibi, Quimby’s singer and Budapest Bár, a band specialised in modernising the Hungarian chansons of the 30s and 40s. Before this special meeting of cultures and generations, we asked Mélanie about his The Smiths-addiction, peforming in Budapest and about the differences of being in Nouvelle Vague and being a solo artist.