Formed in Budapest, Hungry back in 2004 by then-teenagers Tonyo Szabo (vocals and keyboards), Gergo Dorozsmai (drums), followed by Csaba Szabo (bass) and Migel Gyorgy (guitar), the Moog have developed a reputation in their homeland for blending synth pop, punk and art-rock with pop-elements and some of the traditional sounds of their country, and they’ve also developed a reputation for being pioneers as they were one of the first polar Hungarian acts to sing lyrics in English and to tour Western Europe and America – although they did initially face criticism by the Hungarian establishment.
However, this shouldn’t be surprising because once the Hungarian Communist rule collapsed in 1990, Western culture began to influence Hungarian youngsters – especially MTV, which was a huge thing for each of the members of the Moog. In fact, the band cites a number of popular Western artists as their influences including the Beatles, David Bowie, Blondie, the Smiths, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Giorgio Moroder, and more.
Unbound will be the first release from the Hungarian band in two years, and the album will reportedly mesh synth pop with Eurodisco in a way that feels pretty familiar to anyone who grew up listening to 80s synth pop; in fact, lead single and album title track, “The Unbound” bears a resemblance to Yaz and other synth pop acts, thanks to layers of huge synth chords cascading on the listener, but with lyrics delivered with a very dry, ironic wit. You don’t quite know if they’re joking or if you’ve missed a joke – and it still manages to be incredibly slick and danceable.