[Music] Hobo Blues Band – Hey Joe

Having spent a week in August during my 50th birthday celebration and being hosted by my friend, Béla, I was treated to some new Hungarian bands I had, up until this point, never heard of. One which stood out was the Hobo Blues Band.

The Hobo Blues Band (bio in Hungarian, so use a translator) were active between 1978 and 2011, and they took a lot of musical cues from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and, of course, Jimi Hendrix.

Their rendition of Hey Joe is very impressive, and I have to say, the lyrics sound very melodic in Hungarian.

[Music] The Durgas – Shut Down

It’s hard to believe a band which now sounds like a contemporary of Neil Young or other rock stars at their most reflective (and yes, that’s a compliment, as I still have a healthy respect for rock & roll music’s transformative powers) began their career as an utterly brutal agit-punk band, A Subtle Plague, whose first demo was produced by Beastie Boys legend Adam Yauch, if memory serves.

This particular song has a rather personal meaning explained to me by my dear friend and damn near older brother, Ekke. It’s perhaps too personal to get into here, but let’s say it’s a song based on the oldest of topics – love and loss.

The core members of The Durgas, Christopher and Benjii Simmersbach, have managed to maintain high music quality despite many personnel changes, genre changes, location changes and more. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting them, and of course, I wish them continued success. They’re good lads from a good, good family.

[Music] Silent Island – Rapa Nui EP


It’s been some time since we heard from our friend and Silent Island guitarist István Csarnogurszky, so when he told us he had a new EP out, we jumped at the chance to give it a listen.

It’s a shimmering as ever.  Relaxed, confident progressive rock instrumentals infused with a more modern post-rock feel.  There are elements of jazz fusion, albeit of a more smooth variety.

Another peach from István and crew!