AWS (band)

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AWS
A Dal 2018 AWS 2018-02-17.jpg
AWS in 2018
Background information
OriginBudakeszi, Hungary
Genres
Years active2006–present
LabelsEDGE Records
MembersBence Brucker
Dániel Kökényes
Örs Siklósi
Áron Veress
Soma Schiszler
Past membersMarcell Varga
Gergő Varga
Bence Petrik
Ákos Illisz

AWS (pronounced ah-vi-esh) is a Hungarian metal and post-hardcore band formed in 2006 by Bence Brucker, Dániel Kökényes, Örs Siklósi, and Áron Veress. The band's name is often humorously explained as an acronym for a random phrase. Their music is characterized by diversity, powerful performances, and sudden changes, which utilizes metal, psychedelic rock, alternative and post-rock styles. Up to now, they have released four studio albums, one live album and fourteen video clips. Their music videos often have juxtapositions of images of violence and celebrities in order to bring light to problems that the world faces, exhibiting what they call being "anti-celebrity".[1] They represented Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, with the song Viszlát nyár.[2]

Career[edit]

The band visited the Eurovision Spain PreParty in Madrid (April 2018)

Since the formation of their band, they have played in festivals such as Sziget Festival in 2010[3] and have even toured beyond Hungary in places such as Austria, England, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovenia, and Spain. They won the MTV Brand award for New Winning Band.[4] They have toured with Blind Myself.

On 6 December 2017, it was announced that AWS would compete in A Dal 2018, the Hungarian national selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.[5] Their song Viszlat Nyár (Goodbye Summer) won the competition and as a result, represented Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.[6] They qualified from the 2nd semifinal, and ended in 21st place in the final with 93 points.

During their stint at Eurovision Song Contest it was announced that AWS were invited to play at Wacken Open Air in August 2018.[7][8] In October the same year AWS released their fourth full-length studio record called Fekete Részem which charted at no. 2 at Hungarian Albums Charts a week later.

Musical style[edit]

According to an interview with the German-language Hungarian newspaper Budapester Zeitung the musicians came in contact with rock and metal music during their childhoods. Bands like Nirvana, Metallica and several Hungarian metal bands were the first ones they listened to. The musicians name groups like Linkin Park, Pantera, System of a Down, and Korn as well as Hungarian acts like Superbutt, Subscribe and Isten Háta Mögött as their personal musical influences.[9]

The band's lyrics on their debut record Fata Morgana were mostly written in English but they decided to write song lyrics in Hungarian for future songs. For Fata Morgana, the band wrote the lyrics in Hungarian first and later translated them into English. The lyrical themes deal with personal experiences as well as societal and economic themes.[9]

Their sound was attested to have catchy melodies, a clear Hungarian character, vocal harmonies and a decent groove which takes away the emo influences the band uses. Some songs were described to be mass appealing, modern metal.[10]

Discography[edit]

AWS's logo

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title
(Details)
Peak positions[11]
HUN[a]
2011 Fata Morgana
* Label: EDGE Records
* Released: April 25, 2011
* Format: CD, DL
27[b]
(1 w)
2014 Égésföld
* Label: EDGE Records
* Released: April 7, 2014
* Format: CD, DL
6[c]
(2 w)
2016 Kint a vizből
* Label: EDGE Records
* Released: September 5, 2016
* Format: CD, DL
7[d]
(2 w)
2018 Fekete részem
* Label: EDGE Records
* Released: October 1, 2018
* Format: CD, DL
2
(3 w)

Live albums[edit]

Year Title
(Details)
Peak positions[12]
HUN[e]
2018 Madách
* Label: EDGE Records
* Released: December 24, 2018
* Format: CD, DVD, DL
9

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Világposztolás

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
HUN
Takard el 2011 Fata Morgana
Válaszút 2012 Égésföld
Világposztolás
Ha nem tűnsz el 2013
Nem fáj 2014
Te is félsz 2015 Kint a vízből
Hajnali járat 2016
Viszlát nyár 2017 1[13] Fekete Részem
Hol voltál? 2018 30[14]
X/0
Fekete Részem
Még Lélegzem 2019

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Hungarian Albums Chart doesn't have a personal artist archive, only a overall chart rankings archive instead. If you want look up on how long an song or an album lasted in the Charts you have to check it manually.
  2. ^ The album charted in the week of October 18, 2018.
  3. ^ The album reached its peak position on April 13, 2014 and re-entered the charts at no 21 on October 18, 2018.
  4. ^ The album reached its peak position on September 9, 2016 and re-entered the charts at no 20 on October 18, 2018.
  5. ^ The Hungarian Albums Chart doesn't have a personal artist archive, only a overall chart rankings archive instead. If you want look up on how long an song or an album lasted in the Charts you have to check it manually.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AWS: Talán segítünk gondolatot ébreszteni! [interjú]" (in Hungarian). Antropos.hu. 11 October 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  2. ^ AWS - Viszlát Nyár - Hungary - Official Music Video - Eurovision 2018. Official Eurovision Song Contest on YouTube. Published 9 March 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Sziget 2010 line-up". Sziget News. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Új formációk, új lehetőségek a Dal 2018-ban" (in Hungarian). Mediaklikk.hu. 2017-12-15. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Új zsűritagokkal és műsorvezetőkkel jön a Dal 2018" (in Hungarian). Híradó. 2017-12-06. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  6. ^ Mercereau, Damien (9 March 2018). "Eurovision 2018 : le rock musclé du groupe AWS pour la Hongrie" (in French). Le Figaro. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  7. ^ Frank Jaeger: Powermetal.de [de]: AWS wird in Wacken spielen und heute Abend im TV - mitwählen! (German)
  8. ^ Jan Feddersen: Taz.de: 63. Eurovision Song Contest in Lissabon – Engtanz und Extensions (German)
  9. ^ a b Härtzsch, Bianca (2018-04-19). "Interview mit den Mitgliedern des ESC-Kandidaten AWS: Ein großer Moment für Ungarns Metal-Szene" (in German). Budapester Zeitung. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  10. ^ Backes, Björn (2018-10-15). "Nett und brav: Der ESC-Vertreter Ungarns" (in German). Powermetal.de [de]. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  11. ^ Charts: HUN
  12. ^ Charts: HUN
  13. ^ http://zene.slagerlistak.hu/single-track-top-40-lista/2018/20
  14. ^ "Single (track) Top 40 lista - Hivatalos magyar slágerlisták". zene.slagerlistak.hu.


Preceded by
Joci Pápai
with "Origo"
Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest
2018
Succeeded by
Joci Pápai
with "Az én apám"