Punk rock bands that inspired us: The Ramones

This is gonna be a series of posts about punk rock bands that inspired us throughout the years. Who else could we start with if not the Ramones?
The Ramones were the first punk band ever, starting out in Queens, New York as early as 1974, and the mastermind was a Hungarian guy (Tommy Ramone). They influenced the whole ’77 British punk scene. (Sid Vicious always wanted to be Dee Dee, but he kinda overacted his role.) They were a major influence on every decent punk rock band ever since. That includes Bankrupt as well. It’s not just that we have songs like Listen or Cinderella which are obviously indebted to the Ramones, but we even wrote a tribute song to them, Farewell To The Cretins. Continue reading

Hungarian punk rock bands we like

There’s a handful of local punk rock bands we dig, cos we have things in common. They play good music and fun to hang around with. Here’s the list:

Rotten Tomatoes: These guys play energetic melodic punk rock with influences like Rancid, the Misfits or Therapy? They sing both in Hungarian and English. (We prefer the English versions of their songs, they sound better.) They are booking gigs for foreign punk bands, (like we used to until we had enough) and they have the right punk rock attitude, which is quite rare down here. We have played with them 3 times already and we’re gonna play with them in October again. Continue reading

Death of the promo CD

The evolution of music formats has made CDs obsolete. One of the main reasons bands are still releasing CDs is that they need it for promotion. And that’s because the majority of reviewers and promoters still don’t accept submissions in digital format. Bandwidth is no longer a problem, you can download even albums encoded in high resolution formats within seconds. Sure, they don’t want to receive huge attachments in e-mail, but there’s the likes of yousendit.com as a solution for sending large files, or even slicker options, like the download code functionality on Bandcamp or Soundcloud, a service developed exactly for this purpose. Continue reading

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