“Anthony Kiedis' favourite Hungarian band”
Fans of Red Hot Chili Peppers will surely love the sounds of The Qualitons.
The story goes as follows: In 2016 a few days before their gig, RHCP was relaxing in their hotel room in Budapest when they heard some catchy tunes they couldn’t resist. It turned out that the hotel was just around the corner from an open-air venue where The Qualitons were playing. To the band’s greatest surprise, Anthony Kiedis, and company decided to drop by and asked for a CD after the show. Thus began a beautiful friendship.
Budapest based band, The Qualitons is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Catchy, energetic, psychedelic rock inspired by the sounds of mod-beat and funk music of the 60s and 70s.
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 members 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, beat and funk music.
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.
The first two albums are now followed by the brand new third one, called ‘Echoes Calling’. With the new musical material the band is off to pastures new. The tracks are longer, made of several parts, the sounds are bolder and more progressive. It all adds up to the band's characteristic trait, the rich vocal harmonies building on solid guitar grooves.
With a recently recorded live session at the legendary KEXP radio in Seattle, USA and several gigs around Europe, the band has been building international reputation for their shows and the unique vibe that describes them. 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) They have also written and performed the scores for two independent Hungarian films. In 2018 they played at SXSW Texas, Austin to lots of positive feedback.
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 2019?
The Qualitons kicked the year off with full power! In March they recorded a live session in the legendary KEXP studio in Seattle, USA. The video was released in July and is receiving lots of positive feedback. An EP is also on its way, it will contain the popular "Zöld sárga" song the band performed at KEXP first. The EP's planned release date is November. In the meantime the band is focusing on their international career with full forces.
Hunor G. Szabó – vocal, guitar, drums
Ernő Hock – bass, vocal
Barna Szőke – guitar
Levente Boros – drums, vocal
Ádám Menyhei – keys, vocal