“Let the Machine Hallelujah” - 20th anniversary of the Ékszerelmére album.
Quimby will be releasing its millennium-turn marking and one of its best known albums, this year's 20th of Ékszerelmére in the fall. The nine-stop tour will begin in November, and during the tour, the band will not only play the songs on the album, but also bring back the mood of the party and create an online commemorative album with the audience.
The album, released in 1999, is not only one of the band's most significant albums, but also evokes the era when psychedelia and party music swirled everywhere and pulled people into clubs. And this age undoubtedly influenced His Love for his songs, both musically and in terms of theme. The turn of the millennium, when the eclipse darkened, featured Red Hot Chilli Peppers on Californication, Muse on Showbiz, humming europop, home DJ Palotai and Tilos DJs dictating the Fighters Club and the Matrix. And with the turn of the millennium, people are increasingly wondering how dominated machines will be if the index turns around in the late '90s. It was in this spirit that the Ékszerelmére album was born, and with it, 20 years later, Quimby brings the atmosphere of those parties back then. The tour will be hosted by saxophonist Sándor Tóth and DJ Bootsie, who will make sure that the audience feels comfortable again in 1999 with his set, and after the concerts he will be responsible for the party.
By this time, the music press had begun to name Quimby as the best live band, clubs were already full of their names and more and more they were staged at festivals. The Ékszerelmére album has been named by some domestic media as one of the best albums of the '90s, and in 2000 it was also nominated for the Fonogram Award. Musically, this is the time when Quimby's most striking tone has emerged, combining the power of lyricism, punk and rock and roll with country, psychedelia and imaginative, often surreal lyrics. This is the world that Nimrod Antal engraved with pictures into our heads with his clips from Android and Hallelujah videos.
"Where have you been at the turn of the millennium?", The band asks its fans a question, asking them to get into the past and share any Quimby-related memories, photos, objects or even newspaper clippings with them by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ékszerelmére 20 tour starts in Veszprém on November 8, will perform in Vecsés, Szeged, Székesfehérvár, Pécs, Törökszentmiklós, Zalaegerszeg and Sopron, and the tour closes on A38 on December 21.
The band plays a pulse-pumpin’ music completed with the lead singer; Tibor Kiss’s (singer, song writer, painter, guitarist) meaningful and richly visualized lyrics. When you listen to them, you can see paintings that come from the most hidden part of your mind. Virtually, you could paint the songs. Though their concerts are electrifying bursts of energy, they do it with ease and swagger, all the while involving you. Tibor Kiss has an unmistakable, emotional and sexy voice, he can lead you to your deepest emotions, only so that from there Livius Varga (co-writer, singer, percussion) can elevate you to ecstasy with his charismatic and explosive energy and rebellious songs. Unafraid of exploring new horizons, the band ignores the strict confines of popular music and explores new territories, where music tends to border analogous art forms. Don’t hesitate, just let the music speak for itself and you will be swept off your feet!
In over 25 years, Quimby has released 13 albums, two of which won the Hungarian album-of the-year Award. They also have numerous gold and platinum records. These releases are like fraternal twins: their parents are the same, but they bear only partial resemblance. From one album to the next we can feel different flavors, scents, forces and vectors—but the spirit and the energy are very much the same.
While you won’t find them anywhere else but on the Mainstage in every festival even the world-famous Sziget Festival, they also maintain a steady presence within the club and theatre scene. As one journalist put it: ’most people simply find its music and lyrics incredibly moving, and hard to resist.’ Some of the band’s songs have also become sound tracks in several Hungarian motion pictures, and they provided the music for two highly successful theatre productions, including an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s ’Twelfth Night; or, As You Like It,’ in which the band performed live on the theatre stage. Their ties with the theatrical world were further reinforced by their ’Teatrum’ concert series a tour of major theatres around Hungary, where they performed a specially adapted set. Quimby collaborated with several contemporary Hungarian poets as well. On the top of it all their songs inspired foreign performers to stage them.
Tibor Kiss: vocals, guitar
Livius Varga: vocals, percussion
Szilard Balanyi: keys, backing vocals, percussion
Dodi Karpati: trumpet, keys, backing vocals
Ferenc Mikuli: bass
Ferenc Gerdesits: drums, mandolin