2021 was our 25th Anniversary Year, and we were looking forward to good times with Hello 21.
We wanted to play gigs again, and hoped the pandemic would finally end and things would return to normal.
While we were spending our time in lockdown digging up old photos from our past to celebrate the anniversary, our old singer Michael was languishing in a Chinese prison cell, where he was held on bogus spying charges. We were following his ordeal for over two years, hoping he’d be released finally, but in March he had his trial and it was clear that unless a compromise was reached in the following months, he’d stay in prison for a very long time. Time was running out, and we thought we had to do whatever we could as a band to help his cause.
By June, the song “The Plane To Toronto” was born. We recorded it and released a lyric video. We got significant media attention in Hungary and Canada and the overwhelmingly positive feedback inspired us to take this a step further, and in August we put together a collaboration music video with people around the world standing up united for Michael’s release.
A month later, Michael was released. He was listening to the song on the way back from the airport and called it the soundtrack of his liberation. This was the most defining moment of our 25-year career.
Although the pandemic nightmare is still not over, we did get to play 3 really good gigs this year (the one in Instant was maybe our best gig ever) and our song Christmas Is Canceled was featured in the horror comedy Black Friday (featuring Bruce Campbell of Evil Dead fame).
Our 2021 Spotify stats have been even more impressive than last year, it’s mind-blowing that over 80K people in 104 countries have listened to our songs.
Keep on listening to them in 2022 as well! Happy New Year!
2020 has been the worst year ever for most people, and we’re no exception. But while on a personal level we had to deal with nasty health issues, job loss and isolation, as a band we did pretty well despite the circumstances.
We released an album after 3 years. Trolls In Suits is our best album so far, it includes 5 songs out of our all-time Spotify Top 10. Speaking of Spotify, we’ve had more than twice as many streams this year than in 2019, and we also did remarkably better on YouTube.
We’ve brought out 5 videos this year, including a really cool official music video for Nightbreed, and our first-ever community collaboration effort for Hello 21, which turned out fantastic.
We’ve also managed to record a punk cover song for a Yacht Rock compilation to be released on Cleopatra Records in the USA next year.
We only played one gig this year (in Budapest), but at least that was a good one. Let’s hope life gets back to normal soon, and we can play live again.
2018 was a turbulent year, and our drummer troubles continued in 2019. By March, we had to realize that another change was necessary. We were in a tough situation with a strict deadline to record 2 songs for Cleopatra Records and get ready for important gigs. Luckily, Danny came to the rescue and he even turned out to be able to book gigs, which was a much needed superpower in this band.
In August, we released Come Back Joe Strummer, a fundraiser song for the Joe Strummer Foundation, who even shared the song on their website.
2018 has turned quite good despite being our most turbulent year ever. After 18 years, we had to change drummer. Twice. But we survived. (See more about this here.)
We’ve released 4 new songs. We shot an official video for Happy New Year (see below), while Paranoia, Panic, Propaganda and Need Your Brain got mash-up videos. (Green Light, Blue Lambo will get a video too, don’t worry, we just need to catch up.)
Paranoia, Panic, Propaganda has made it to two official Spotify playlists, New Punk Tracks and Punk Unleashed. Our songs got airplay on punk and alternative radio shows in Germany, Spain, the UK and Canada. The Hungarian version of Creepy Stalker has been played in rotation on Budapest-based radio station Magyar FM.
We played 9 gigs this year with 3 different drummers. We returned to Munich in December and played the best venues in Budapest, including playing to a crowd of over 1,000 people supporting major indie act Péterfy Bori & Love Band at Budapest’s Barba Negra club.
We already have some shows booked for 2019, as well as more new songs to record that will eventually be released together with recent tracks as our 5th album. Stay with us! Happy New Year!
A lot of good things happened to us in 2017, here’s a brief summary.
We came out with 6 new songs this year. Endless Halloween was featured on Cleopatra Records’ Punk Rock Halloween compilation alongside bands like the Dwarves, Reel Big Fish, UK Subs, Vibrators, Calabrese, Guttermouth and many others. This release means a lot to us. (We were also part of Cleopatra’s Punk Rock Christmas comp in 2015, but that was not an original song but a Cheap Trick cover – which has gathered 18K plays on Spotify since then.)
Sid & Nancy Do NYC got featured on Spotify’s official New Punk Tracks playlist among the most important punk releases of August.
The video of Happy Birthday, which we released the year before, exploded on YouTube in 2017, getting over half a million views and becoming our most viewed video. (Never underestimate the power of tits!) Continue reading →