Quimby is an alternative rock band that has become popular in the Hungarian music scene. They play in front of large crowds across the nation, especially at music festivals such as Sziget Festival. They have been together for over 15 years, and have released 7 studio albums and 1 live CD/DVD combo.
The industrial town of Duna?jv?ros had grown out from the village called Pentele which already hasn?t been wearing Stalin?s name and still hasn?t had a country-wide known football team when some local secondary school students founded a band called October which played covers. By the end of the school the band based on the Kiss brothers, (Tibor and Endre) has died early, so then the ways of some long-ago members crossed each other in rented flats of Budapest some years later.
1991 Saloon start - Jerrycan Dance
After the solid fluctuation of the band and several pub concerts in Pest, by 1993 the ?sixs? gang up (Tibor Kiss-song & guitar, Endre Kiss-guitar, Livius Varga-percussions & vocal, Tam?s Moln?r-saxophone, Ferenc Mikuli-bass guitar, ?kos Medve-drum) recorded the first work of the band, 'Sip of Story' that came out on cassette and had English lyrics. Of course, a year earlier, the band's actual first cassette entitled Up Side Down was made available, featuring English-language tunes like "sea," "stink," "I give you my shoes," "up side down," "never get by," and "policeman". At those times, those who experienced some of the more and more frequent concerts of Quimby could think of the chansons, cabarets and the world of Berthold Brecht?s songs from the period between the World Wars. One year after the publication of ?Sip Of Story?, the band which became one of the most successful club bands of Budapest, needed a member change; the elder Kiss-brother and a founder of the troupe, Endre, left the band. However, his place was not refilled by a guitarist but by a new young piano player, Szil?rd Balanyi who was born in Balatonf?red. With this new line-up the band started to record its new album called ?Jerrycan Dance? - in the legendary ?F?nix-studio?, which - in contrast with ?Sip Of Story? - came out on CD but in private edition. The ?Jerrycan Dance? is also in English and it contains a part of the main characteristics which are influencing the present Quimby, (but of course with new and new mutations): heavy, drastic moral, chansonic, epic intonated songs, expressive musical world, atmosphere and diction.
Language change - Majomtang?
In 1995 a Quimby concert was quite an event but in the Autumn of that year two key men of the band, Tibor Kiss and Livius Varga decided to travel to New York to get some fresh air. They spent 3 months there before coming home. After this short pause the band decided to write Hungarian songs only. By the summer of 1996 the new record of Quimby was finished: ?Majom-tang? (Monkey Tango) contains mostly Hungarian songs but there are also three English ones, moreover it is not only ambivalent because of the language but because of its slightly eclectic style as well: there are several features, folk songs of the habitual chanson-epic diction of Quimby, especially roma and Latin folk music, then reggae and psychedelic effects are incorporated to influence these. ?Majom-tang? is the renaissance of Quimby, which preserves the characteristics of the English-lingual Quimby which is the direct antecedent of their present style.
Breakthrough - Diligram
The fact that Quimby became a Hungarian-lingual band with ?Majom-tang? immediately started to rise their acquaintance and popularity by leaps and bounds again with Ferenc Gerdesits drummer since the record-making period. By that time the music band had been a relevant phenomena on the alternative stage but - if you like - actually the real reason is the appearance of ?Diligramm? in December 1997. 'Diligramm' (Loonygramme) is a complete work of a matured band. The lyrics of 'Majom-tang?' are cleared from redundant and oversymbolised elements, the mucisal palette got more colorful, the band found its own style. The CD is introduced by a hold video/hit "Once there was a time" and also by a memorable first night concert. Quimby lived gaily and performed on more and more concerts with bigger and bigger audiences, additionally in the spring of 1998 the Hungarian profession chose ?Diligramm? the album of the year.
Mature band - ?kszerelm?re
It is not surprising that the new record called '?kszerelm?re' was highly anticipated even before it was released in November 1999. Producing the record proved a little adventurous when early in that year Livius lost the test tape which contained the ideas of new songs while he was traveling on the tram line 4-6 in Budapest. It can be stated that ??kszerelm?re? is even more mature and composed than the previous album. The music is strict but playful, uniform but discursive, realistic but ascendent, traditionalist. While the band bravely uses the implementations of modern music, the lyrics are cruel and ironic, furthermore stories and even verbal psychedelia are present. After the recording of ??kszerelm?re? the band released Tam?s Moln?r (saxophone), and after a long search his place was filled by the trumpet and piano player from the one-time music band 'Andersen', J?zsef K?rp?ti. The band stepped on stage at that year's Sziget Festival in this form.
Morzs?k & K?osz Amigos
During this period the band performed on festival concerts both in Hungary and abroad, even involving a mini-tour in Germany. Then in the spring of 2001 Quimby appeared with an irregular sound work. The new album called ?Morzs?k ?s szil?nkok? (Crumbs and Splinters) was published. It also contained remixes which were not created by well-known Hungarian remixers but by unknown, young, talented people - together with concert records of older songs and another kind attempt versions of them, as Tibor Kiss singer said 'with a sort of continuous modality like a film, building up by each other one after the other'.
2002. The album called ?K?osz amigos? (Chaos Amigos) - which is a talkative title - did not cause disappointment. The music is the musical and lyrical impression of a troubled, intensive, vibrating, sensitive, dynamic, tragic, humorous, often tragicomic world. It may even be considered as a musical-lyrical adventure with ?K?osz amigos? on the awry part of the visible world and 'the answer is a lemon'. This album containing 10 songs in 43 minutes was the most laconic work of Quimby, but in this case the playtime - which reminds one of a bakelite album - is inversionally commensurable with the exciting moment of the music. ?K?osz amigos? is a colorful, exciting and amusing musical roller-coaster; it even proves that it is possible to write the kind of memorable songs that do not become boring after a time and the only reason why they cannot be called hits is that this word means something else in Hungary. The album is the already known musical universum of Quimby from a new point of view. The album contains Spanish-like chansons of which listeners can find at least one on each album ? stiff rhythm, suspect guitarplays, agile and bop songs but there are also fancy, moderate, slow song and specific rap, even sayings from childhood. To attain the impression they use character drum, percussion instruments, guitar, bass, keyboard instrument, sleekly used mixed modern electronics and last but not least trumpet by the debut member of the band, J?zsef K?rp?ti.
The new album still gave concerts in Hungary but a few months later it seemed that Tibor Kiss, the frontman needed a longer pneumatic and physical recreation and relaxation, so the band decided to have a longer pause. The pause - the duration of which wasn?t determined before - lasted until 2004. After an intensive probation period and a secret, heartwarning returning concert, Quimby blew into the domestic public music life once again with enormous power. Exaggerated concerts were held with full-houses in Budapest and in other regions, along with a successful Night-invasion concert in Spring 2004 and appearances at big summer festivals and at the Sziget Festival. The band continued from where they stopped and were said to be in good shape. It is claimed indeed that Quimby has never been better before. The new album came out in October 2005.
Kil?gz?s, Family tuged?r
The album called ?Kil?gz?s? (Exhalation) became the most important work in the band's history and may be described as an eased restart or deep sigh. It is an interesting milestone because it opened an era not just from the art point of view but from a practical perspective as well - additionally it was also closer in period a little. Memories from a previous phase are presented in a new context, in a re-evaluated form. Tibor Kiss doesn?t mince now, there is no nostalgy, no truth of life but ? a bit drastically ? only the music with its ironic, emotional, expressive style that verbally kills the past.
In 2006 the band was 15 years old. Quimby celebrated this special jubilee by publishing a winnowing record and DVD, which is a special, subjective compilation, called ?Family tuged?r?. They also gave a double concert in the Katona J?zsef Theatre, another memorable one in the Pet?fi Csarnok and the most prominent concert on 1 January 2007, called 'Magic music'.
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