“Anthony Kiedis' favourite Hungarian band”
Fans of Red Hot Chili Peppers will surely love the sound of The Qualitons.
The story goes as follows: in 2016, The Red Hot Chili Peppers held a concert in Budapest, Hungary. A few days before their gig, they were relaxing in their hotel room, when they heard some catchy tunes they couldn’t resist. It turned out that the hotel was just around the corner of an open-air venue where The Qualitons was playing. To the band’s greatest surprise, Singer Anthony Kiedis, drummer Chad Smith, bass guitarist Flea and guitarist Klinghoffer decided to drop by. They chilled out, listened to the concert and even asked the band for a CD after the show. This was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
The Qualitons started out as an instrumental jazz-funk act to fill a niche, as there were no bands back then in this genre. As all the member’s graduated at the Department of Jazz at the Franz Liszt Music Academy, they soon started to write their own songs. The tracks were inspired by the sound and energy of early rock, mod-beat and funk music of the '60s and ‘70s.
Their debut album "Panoramic Tymes" was released in 2010 by German funk-soul label Tramp Records and after some lineup changes it was followed by "Tomorrow's News" in 2014.
With their second album they took a garage rock direction with an emphasis on psychedelic rock, as well as elements from other genres such as '60s dance music and soul, building on solid guitar grooves with thoughtful vocal harmonies. On their recent single “Shallow”, the band has streamlined their garage rock style for a crossover indie audience.
Support and love has also been surrounding them on an international level. The band successfully toured Germany, Spain, France and Poland. They have appeared on radio playlists all over the world (including Australia, USA and Japan), have given interviews to several international magazines (including TimeOut Budapest and Enlace Funk in Spain) and showed up in various radio shows. They have also written and performed the scores for two independent Hungarian films.
Why “The Qualitons”?
The band was named after the living memory of the former Hungarian Recording Company „Qualiton” – a record label which existed from the late 50s up to the 70s. At the beginning, the band’s repertoire consisted of cover-versions of rare Hungarian 7″ singles.
How about 2018?
The Qualitons is kicking the year off with full power! In March they will be rocking the stage of SXSW in Austin, TX.
Hunor G. Szabó – vocal, guitar, drums
Ernő Hock – bass, vocal
Barna Szőke – guitar
Levente Boros – drums, vocal
Ádám Menyhei – keys, vocal