Death Metal Always Takes a Backseat to the Quiet Storm...

Awoke in a sweat, lying on a mattress on the red carpeted floor of Balazs Pandi's bedroom, surrounded by vintage Pharaoh Sanders vinyl and posters documenting every anti-musical event to have lurched through Budapest in the last decade. Spring has definitely arrived in Hungary, and I went to sleep dressed for a blizzard. (Balazs lives with his family in a near-palatial three-story spread on a suburban side street that could easily be mistaken for Anytown, USA. His dad's pitbull was a stunner.) Our set for the previous evening's Mediawave Festival was, from our perspective, the least satisfying of the tour. We couldn't hear anything from the stage, and as a result our performance resembled an ancient rite of flailing asymmetry. Of course, the Győr audience, which sat cowering behind a phalanx of beer-strewn tables, loved it. We were bummed on the drive to the capital, at least until Dennis put Kanye's Graduation in the CD player. Tensions quickly eased...

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