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Dunaújváros, Hungary (1991 – present)

Quimby has its root in one of the biggest industrial cities of western Hungary. The band members met during their high school years in Dunaújváros, Hungary at the end of the eighties and played covers of their favorite artists under the moniker October. After they fled from the city and the school, the band went on a short term hiatus until 1991 when they reunited in Budapest, where Quimby actually formed.

Members are: Balanyi Szilárd (piano, backing vocals), Gerdesits Ferenc (drums), Kárpáti József (trumpet), Kiss Tibor (guitar, vocals, lyrics), Mikuli Ferenc (bass), Varga Líviusz (percussion, rap, lyrics).

More important ex-members are: Kiss Endre (guitars), Medve Ákos (drums), Molnár Tamás (saxophone).

The first stable line-up released their first studio album in 1993 entitled “Sip of Story” on MC (private edition), which was inspired by artists like Tom Waits and Nick Cave. The band wrote their songs in English and had a unique approach to music, containing elements of blues, chansons and even moods familiar from Bertold Brecht songs.

After releasing another English language album, the chansonic and epic “Jerrycan dance” (in private edition), the band’s two key figures, Tibor Kiss lead and Líviusz Varga took an inspiring 3 months long New York trip. However, their eclecticly rocking studio album “Majom-tangó” (Monkey tango) made right after was finally composed of songs predominantly in Hungarian. It earned a hungarian prize of best new group, revoked later, for Quimby having had an album in private edition.


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