Budapest (band)

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Origin Leamington Spa, England
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1999–2006
Labels Sinnamon Records, Easy Street Music
Past members John Garrison
Chris Pemberton
Adrian Kelley
Matt Parker
Paul Possart
Mark Walworth

Budapest were a melancholic post-grunge rock band from Leamington Spa, England.

The band were formed in 1999 by John Garrison (vocals, guitar) with Adrian Kelley (bass), Mark Walworth (guitar), Paul Possart (drums) and Chris Pemberton (piano, keyboards). After recording the material for their first album, Too Blind to Hear, Walworth committed suicide. Although shocked by this event, the remaining members of the band (Walworth being replaced by lead guitar Matt Parker later on) carried on with the release of the album, in tribute to their deceased partner.[1][2][3] It appeared in September 2002 in UK, and was released in the United States in March 2004.

In 2003, the band played themselves in the two-part UK TV drama Final Demand for BBC One. The movie featured English actress Tamzin Outhwaite.[4][5]

In August 2003, the band played at Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, in Spain.[6]

The follow-up 2005 album, Head Towards The Dawn, (on which Garrison and Pemberton were the only remaining band players) was released in Spain only.

The band announced the end in the later part of 2006.

John Garrison went on to a solo career.


  • Too Blind To Hear (UK 2002, US 2004)
  1. Is This The Best It Gets
  2. Look You In The Eye
  3. Wake Up Call
  4. Life Gets In The Way
  5. Evade The Pain
  6. Censored Memories
  7. Further Away
  8. Save The Day
  9. Time
  10. Nothing New
  • Head Towards The Dawn (Spain 2004)
  1. Say Something Wonderful
  2. Get Me Home
  3. Walking On Water
  4. Clock Face
  5. Public Apology
  6. Visiting Time
  7. All This Time
  8. Oh Yeah
  9. Easy Water
  10. Pressure
  11. Something Somewhere
  12. For What It's Worth
  13. Questions


  1. ^ Crutchlow, Dayle (6 September 2002). "GO: THE LIMIT: Local guys look set for the bigtime". Coventry Evening Telegraph (Coventry, England: MGN Ltd, Coventry Newspapers). p. 30. 
  2. ^ Krochak, Gerry (21 February 2002). "Budapest triumphs through trials and tragedy". Leader Post (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada: Infomart, a division of Postmedia Network Inc). p. D1. 
  3. ^ Lewis, Nick (18 February 2002). "Budapest hit hard by guitarist's suicide". Calgary Herald (Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Infomart, a division of Postmedia Network Inc). p. E4. 
  4. ^ "Final Demand". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Dudman, Simon (17 April 2003). "Band's starring role in Tamzin's TV drama; Musicians who have won critical acclaim in UK, Europe and US land three-album deal". Coventry Evening Telegraph (Coventry, England: MGN Ltd, Coventry Newspapers). p. 3. 
  6. ^ Dudman, Simon (19 July 2003). "Band takes top spot in the sun; Budapest to play in Europe's Biggest Music Festival". Coventry Evening Telegraph (Coventry, England: MGN Ltd, Coventry Newspapers). p. 2. 

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