EZ Basic

EZ Basic

 Budapest, Budapest, HUN
BandAlternativePop

EZ Basic are an indie pop band based in Budapest, Hungary formed in 2004. The group started out as an experimental bedroom project in 2000 and is now noted for being one of the most eclectic pop bands on the Hungarian indie music scene.

Biography

EZ Basic was formed by Árpi Szarvas and Dénes Pesztalics. Their primary aim was to mix electronic and instrumental music but it was indie pop, post-punk and American girlie pop melodies from the 1960's that left their marks on EZ Basic's sound. On one hand, the name EZ Basic refers to early 1980's computers/electronics, on the other hand, to DIY punk ethics: “easy basic” as “learn three chords and form a band”.

Their early home demos recorded between 1999-2003 reflected an experimental approach to music making, bringing Primal Scream, Suicide, Broadcast, Sonic Youth, The Jesus & Mary Chain, New Order, early shoegaze bands and electronic beats from the mid-90's to mind. In the same year they began a series of gigs in Budapest, but the 2-piece had soon found themselves playing packed gigs outside Budapest as well.

It was not until 2005 when András joined EZ Basic on drums that their sound has moved into a more pop-orientated sound: previously backed by a drum machine and weird noises, the trio had become a powerful live band sometimes riding the waves of wall of sound and delivering delicate but cynical pop melodies. In the same year EZ Basic was on the bill at Sziget Festival (one of Europe’s biggest festivals), at Alan McGee's Death Disco and also played in Germany, Poland and Slovakia.

Their debut album (entitled Hocus Focus) was recorded in only 6 days, and was released on 01.11.2007. Two years later, during the Summer of 2009 EZ Basic have completed their second album (Hello Heavy) with producer George Shilling which was released on 03.03.2010 on EMI Music Services/Twelvetones label.
EZ Basic supported Placebo 0n 15.09.2010. in Budapest Sports Arena

Discography

Albums

* Hello Heavy (2010)
* Hocus Focus (2007)

EPs:

*EZ to Say (2007)