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Hungarian indie is the indie music scene of Hungary. It is often associated with bands like Amber Smith,[1] The Moog,[2] EZ Basic[3] and The KOLIN,[4] who gained international success.

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

The Puzzle, one of the early birds of the Hungarian indie generation

The early 2000s was the revival of the indie music scene all over the world which obviously affected Hungary as well. One of the earliest Hungarian band playing indie rock were The Puzzle from Kaposvár. They were the first band whose record, entitled Dream Your Life, was released by an international label, PolyGram in 2000.

Successes[edit]

Amber Smith are one of the most popular and successful indie bands from Hungary

On 10 March 2006, Amber Smith's third studio album, RePRINT, was released by the German Kalinkaland Records.[5][6] The album included the song Hello Sun which brought the band international recognition.

The Moog's Sold for Tomorrow became an iconic album of the Hungarian indie scene

On 10 April 2007, The Moog's first full-length studio album Sold for Tomorrow was released by the American label MuSick.[7][8] The song I Like You brought international success for the band.

On 18 February 2008, Amber Smith's fourth studio album was released entitled Introspective. The album included songs like Introspective, Select All/Delete All, and Coded.[9]

On 21 July 2009, The Moog's second studio album was released entitled Razzmatazz Orfeum.[10][11] The first single, You Raised A Vampire, was released in colored vinyl 7" with stunning artwork by Gris Grimly. The 7" also includes a B-side cover of the Bauhaus classic The Passion Of Lovers featuring Bauhaus/Love and Rockets bassist/vocalist David J, who became a fan of the band after seeing them perform in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California in 2008. The video for You Raised A Vampire was shot in the same gothic building where the first Underworld movie was made in Budapest, Hungary where.

The 2010s saw the emergence of new indie bands such as Carbovaris[12] and Bastiaan,[13] which is the side-project of The Moog singer Tamás Szabó.

Decline[edit]

The decline of the Hungarian indie started in the 2010s, although the most notable bands such as Amber Smith, The Moog and EZ Basic did not disband. From the 2010s two new bands, Carbovaris and Fran Palermo, started to take over the Hungarian indie scene, however, with moderate success. These bands did not attract such a big audience as Amber Smith or The Moog could in the mid 2000s. The decline can also be attributed to the fact that Imre Poniklo, singer-guitarist of Amber Smith, started several projects in the 2010s, such as The Poster Boy, SALT III., and Krapulax & Bellepomme. Therefore, one of the most important bands did not play at concerts which lower their popularity. In addition, the Indie rock genre also experienced a decline all over the world which obviously had an impact on the Hungarian indie scene.

On 10 April 2012 The Moog released their third studio album entitled Seasons in the Underground produced by Ken Scott[14][15][16] followed by US tour with bands like B-52s and David Lane.[17] The Moog concentrated on their US carrier with moderate success.

On 21 April 2012 Amber Smith released their fifth studio album entitled Amber Smith.[18] Although Poniklo claimed that this record is one of the best ones among the previous releases, the band did not achieve those sorts of successes as with the previous records.

On 29 November 2013, Amber Smith released their EP entitled Another Way including two new songs: Another Way and Merciful Sea.

Notable Hungarian indie bands and artists[edit]

Notables Hungarian indie records[edit]

Band Record Released Reviews Label/Release Producer(s)
The Puzzle Dream Your Life 01/02/2000 PolyGram
Supersonic Salty Feeling (Called Love) 2002
Supersonic Diving In Mad Seas 2003 [19][20] self-released Supersonic
Amber Smith rePRINT 10/03/2006 [21][22][23][24][25] Kalinkaland Records Robin Guthrie
The Moog Sold for Tomorrow 2007 [26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33][34] MuSick Records Jack Endino
EZ Basic Hocus Focus 01/11/2007 [35][36] self-released Szabolcs Puha
Amber Smith Introspective 18/02/2008 [37][38][39][40][41][42][43] self-released Chris Brown
Jacked Stop The Show 2008 [44] Universal Records Jacked
The Moog Razzmatazz Orfeum 2009 [45][46][47][48][49][50][51][52][53] MuSick Records Geoff Ott
Supersonic Elite Properties 2009 [54][55]
EZ Basic Hello Heavy 01/03/2010 [56][57] Twelvetones Records George Schilling
Bastiaan Kissing A Stranger 2012 [58] self-released Zoltán Takács
Amber Smith Amber Smith 21/02/2012 [59][60][61] Kalinkaland Records
The Moog Seasons in the Underground 2012 [62][63][64][65][66] MuSick Records Ken Scott
The Poster Boy Things We Had Time For 19/01/2012 [67][68][69] self-released György Ligeti
EZ Basic Memories of Spring 11/04/2012 [70][71]
The Poster Boy Melody 14/07/2012 [72][73][74][75][76][77][78] Firestation Records György Ligeti
Dawnstar Saturnine Valentines 19/05/2013 Dávid Schram
EZ Basic New Lines 01/09/2013 Szabolcs Puha
The Poster Boy Bonjour, c'est Pop deux 28/10/2013 György Ligeti
Amber Smith Another Way 29/11/2013 György Ligeti

Trivia[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "The Kolin Official Website". kolinmusic.com. 1 February 2012. 
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