The Moog

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The Moog
Origin Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2004-present
Labels MuSick Recordings,  United States
Website www.moog.hu
Members Tamás Szabó
Gergő Dorozsmai
Gergő György
Csaba Szabó
Past members Ádám Bajor

The Moog are an Hungarian indie rock band based in Budapest, Hungary formed in 2004. The group is noted for being the first in the region to be signed to an American record label.[1] The band consists of members Tamás (a.k.a. Tonyó) Szabó (vocals, keyboard), Gergő Dorozsmai (drums, percussion), Ádám Bajor (guitar), Gergő (a.k.a. Miguel) György (guitar) and Csaba Szabó (bass guitar). The Moog have been compared to bands The Strokes and The Hives[2] and dubbed "Hungary’s hottest new export".[3][4]

History[edit]

Gergő Dorozsmai, Ádi Bajor and Tonyó Szabó were friends and classmates who spent their early years performing covers of Nirvana, Led Zeppelin and Placebo as well writing original compositions. In 2004, the three decided to take their material and become a serious band. After meeting Csabi Szabó at a bar, they group discovered their mutual tastes in music and adopted him into the band. Csabi had not developed any skill with bass guitar, but quickly learned from being enthused by the band. Miguel György, an established Hungarian guitarist, was offered a position and joined out of interest.[5]

The Moog name is a tribute to a bar the group attended when they were 18 years of age. Moog Music allowed use of the name for the band on the condition that they precede it with "The". Keyboardist and singer Tonyo Szabo also noted that "they gave us a synthesizer, so we use it now."[6]

Sold for Tomorrow[edit]

Main article: Sold for Tomorrow

The band's debut album, Sold for Tomorrow was recorded in Budapest, Hungary at Tom-Tom Studios. It was mixed by Jack Endino (renowned for his work on Nirvana's Bleach) at Electrokitty in Seattle and mastered in Los Angeles with Dave Schultz. The album is said to be inspired by sixties rock and roll bands The Beatles, The Beach Boys as well as late seventies punk rock acts Ramones and Blondie.[5] Sold for Tomorrow was first released on April 10, 2007. The accompanying single was "I Like You". The single was followed by songs such as "Everybody Wants" and "Survive". In addition, the song "I Like You" was played on the American TV series ER and on MtvU. In 2007 The Moog played for the first time in the United States in San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Bellingham, Hollywood and Las Vegas. The Moog was nominated for Best Hungarian Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007. In 2008 they returned to the United States to play some shows with The Reverse. In the same year they played on their first European tour starting in Cologne, then in Potsdam, Berlin, London, and Madrid.

Razzmatazz Orfeum[edit]

Main article: Razzmatazz Orfeum

The band's second album Razzmatazz Orfeum[7][8] (2009) was recorded in Seattle with producer Geoff Ott (Pearl Jam, Queens Of The Stone Age, Mark Lanegan) and offers the listener something quite uncommon in this day and age: the immersion of a total album experience. The first single from Razzmatazz Orfeum is You Raised A Vampire and was released on colored vinyl 7" with stunning artwork by Gris Grimly. The 7" also includes a B-side cover (recorded in Budapest, Citysound studio, recording engineer Marton Palinkas, mixed and mastered in Seattle by Geoff Ott ) of the Bauhaus classic The Passion of Lovers featuring Bauhaus and Love & Rockets bassist/vocalist David J, who became a fan of The Moog after seeing them perform in Los Angeles in 2008. The video for You Raised A Vampire, was shot in Budapest. The Moog presented their album at the Merlin Theatre in Budapest, Hungary. In 2009 two songs from Razzmatazz Orfeum was selected for the American series called Greek. In addition, the band's song entitled Joyclad Armies was chosen for the video game called NBA 2K10. The album Razzmatazz Orfeum's second single When I See You and its video, by director Anthony Garth (who shot the White Stripes' clips for We Are Going to Be Friends and Hotel Yorba) received a great amount of airplay in all major US music video outlets, including FUSE and MTV (a favorite at Subterranean). In April 2010 The Moog returned to the US with shows in San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Scottsdale, Austin and Atlanta.

Seasons in the Underground[edit]

In the spring of 2012 The Moog released their third studio album entitled Seasons in the Underground. The album was produced by Ken Scott, the legendary producer of David Bowie, in Seattle, United States.

On 25 February 2012 The Moog presented their third record to the Hungarian fans (with fellow band Amber Smith) at the Akvárium klub in Budapest, Hungary. In 2012 The Moog headed for the United States to play at the SXSW,[9] then at The Mix, San Antonio, Texas with David Lane. In May 2012 The Moog played at the Viper Room in West Hollywood, California. In September 2012 The Moog played at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, California, at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colorado, and at the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado with new-wave punk band B-52s in The United States.

On 13 July 2012, Ádám Bajor announced his farewell from the band on his Facebook profile. The reasons have not been revealed by neither parties since then. Bajor will concentrate on his other band called Haunebu.

In November 2012 The Moog released their second video entitled I Wanna Take You To Paris featuring actor Robert Romanus (known as Mike Damone from the Fast Times at Ridgemont High) from the album Seasons in the Underground. The video was directed by Tamás Szabó and Art Bourasseau, while it was photographed by Vince Sweeney and edited by Michael Kuge.

In November the band announced some new concert dated on their Facebook profile including Lowbrow Palace in El Paso, Texas, at the Boeshakers in San Angelo, Texas, at the ND in Austin, Texas and at the Shoeshine Charley's Big Top Lounge in Houston, Texas. On 27 November 2012 the band return to East Coast hitting Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, on 28 November in New York City at the Pianos, and on 29 November in Boston.

On 13 December 2012, The Moog announced on their Facebook profile that they are working on a new song in the U.S. for 2013 release.

In January 2013 The Moog returned to the United States to play on 8 February at the Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, California and on 9 February at the Majestic Ventura Theatre in Ventura, California with the B-52's.

On 11 December 2014, the Moog posted a short note that on their Facebook page their upcoming single was mixed by Mark Needham.

Side projects[edit]

Bastiaan[edit]

The Moog singer Tamás Szabó formed Bastiaan with former Jacked singer Tamás Morocz (guitars and vocals), Márton Hó (bass), and Michael Zwecker (drums from The Poster Boy). They are mixing various strands of pop, rock and synthetised sounds into listenable tunes. On 22 February 2012, They released their first EP entitled Kissing A Stranger, which is available on Bandcamp for free download. The EP includes four songs (World Doesn't Answer, Another Ulysses, New Dawn, and Hidden Beach). [10][11]

Nibiru[edit]

Tamás Szabó formed Nibiru with Márk Lechner from Polar Dear. Their first EP was released on 13 May 2013 containing three songs: I'm In Love, Yes, and You Do The Same.[12][13]

Gustave Tiger[edit]

In 2013 Gergő Dorozsmai and Csaba Szabó formed Gustave Tiger. They hrecruited Péter Mezősi as the drummer for the band, while Dorozsmai sings and Szabó plays the bass. Their first album, Mitanni Mares, was released on 24 September 2013 including seven songs which were recorded at the Tom-tom studios in Budapest, Hungary. [14][15] The lyrics were written by Dorozsmai and Szabó. For the song Countess Bathory the band hired Erika Szurcsik as a singer. The band made the album available for free download on their bandcamp site. [16]

Band members[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

The Moog discography
Releases
Studio albums 3
Singles 1
Music videos 6
Albums
Singles
  • You Raised The Vampire (2009)

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2007 "I Like You" Dávid Vígh
2008 Everybody Wants Áron Veszejes
2009 You Raised The Vampire Áron Veszejes
2009 When I See You Anthony Garth
2012 Seasons Change In The Underground Áron Szabó
2012 I Wanna Take you to Paris Tamás Szabó and Art Bourasseu

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Moog Emerges from Hungary's First MTV Generation marqueemag.com. Retrieved on June 22, 2007.
  2. ^ The Moog at Hip Video Promo. Retrieved on July 12, 2007.
  3. ^ New Releases February 2007 (PDF) allegro-music.com. Retrieved on July 12, 2007.
  4. ^ The Moog: Sold for Tomorrow review PopMatters. Retrieved on July 12, 2007.
  5. ^ a b The Moog Biography moog.hu. Retrieved on July 12, 2007.
  6. ^ Ladies and Gentlemen, The Moog (March 29, 2007) Metro. Retrieved on June 22, 2007.
  7. ^ "The Moog - Razzmatazz Orfeum". The Red Alert. 15 May 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2009. 
  8. ^ "The Moog - Razzmatazz Orfeum". Indieball. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 2 June 2009. 
  9. ^ "The Moog at the SXSW". SXSW. 15 April 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Bastiaan: World Doesn't Answer". recorder.blog.hu. 22 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Bastiaan on Bandcamp". Bandcamp. 22 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Nibiru". langologitarok.blog.hu. 13 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Nibiru". recorder.blog.hu. 13 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "EP premier! Gustave Tiger - Mitanni Mares". recorder.blog.hu. 24 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Szerettünk volna jól kinézni - Gustave Tiger klippremier". quart.hu. 18 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "Gustave Tiger - Mitanni Mares". Bandcamp. 24 September 2013. 

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