Have you ever been in a situation where someone asked you to name your favorite rock band from Budapest, Hungary and you didn’t know what to say? I could imagine most people have this problem unless you actually live in or close by Budapest. The point I’m getting at is that I have a solution for you and it involves Zoltan Kovary (vocals/guitar), Pete Locke (guitar), Adam Ilias (bass) and Zoltan Cs. Szabo (drums). The four-piece band from Budapest, Hungary called The Trousers rock out better than most bands from the west and show that on their latest release Mother of Illusion.
The band has the perfect amount of swag, attitude and spirit that has all but been lost amongst mainstream pop/rock. The Trousers harken back to days of old and revive the ghosts of bands like The Stooges, AC/DC and The Buzzcocks. The band is loose, never too serious and realizes the rock is supposed to be fun. Mother of Illusion is a party album, an album you listen to after you have a long day at work or to start your day off with. It works on most occasions except perhaps funerals but you get where I’m going with this.
Speaking of funerals, the first song “Buckley Funeral Home” is a rejuvenating dose of distorted guitar, drums and bass. I was humming along before I knew the lyrics and easily embraced the band’s aesthetics. The band continues to rock out with “Gunslinger” which is swampy guitar rock. I heard a bit of Radar Love on this one. The verse hangs low with bass and tom drums but the chorus explodes when the guitar comes and the vocalist belts, “and you’re doing alright.”
The band goes between The Rolling Stones and AC/DC on “Hysterical Route” while “Break Your Mind” veers towards a mix of garage and ‘70s punk rock. As the album progresses the rest of the songs don’t deviate much from the energy and style of the first four songs. The band never goes acoustic and rocks out on all ten songs.
The songs on Mother of Illusion are often anthemic and sometimes memorable. If you combine that with the excellent production that Mother of Illusion has then you have a winning combination in my book.
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