EgoLegio: ska sucks and punk is dumb!

Egolegio is an eclectic band from Budapest, Hungary: their style is a collage of punk and ska riffs blasting a mess of Spanish, Hungarian and English lyrics!

Hi EgoLegio. Can you please introduce your band to our readers?

EgoLegio is a four piece band from Budapest, Hungary. We like mixing styles like ska, metal, reggae, punkrock, hip-hop, latin and hardcore… so that no one can realize we can’t play any of these professionally 🙂 I’m Just kiding. The truth is that we are into many types of music, that’s why we mix them. The band is formed by four individuals with different personalities, different music preferences, and we try to bring these discrepancies into a complex yet integrated experience. For instance we write our lyrics in Spanish, Hungarian and English languages.

Where did you get inspiration for your music?

We create the music what we like, we just don’t care about musical trends. For example once I came up with an idea of making a hip-hop song and the band could work that out pretty cool. At our rehearsals we shape each of our songs until everyone is glad with what we have. Our lyrics are about human feelings and society problems.

Which artists have influenced your style & sound, if any?

I like the experimental sounds of Sublime (not the current Sublime), or the heavy guitar tones of Municipal Waste or let’s say the clean guitar sound of The Skoidats. But our music is influenced by so many styles that I barely can list them all. My Holy Trinity is Rancid, NOFX and The Misfits. Bálint, our solo guitarist, is more like a classic rock-headed guy; Feri is the drummer so he just doesn’t care about sounding (hahaha); and Attila is our bass player sooooo what kinda sound preferences should we expect from him… 😀


What’s the best live act in your city? Tell us something about it.

Budapest is a cool city but sadly I think it’s not designed for music with real instruments. Consequently, as we are not interested in electronic music, I’m afraid we cannot tell you the answer. 😀

Do you plan to have a tour in the next future? Tell us something about it.

We are great friends with the German band La Familia they are wonderful people and they have repeatedly invited us to join them on their European tours. So besides Hungary, we performed in countries like Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, the Netherlands. We would like this tradition to be continued, this year maybe we can arrange a tour throughout the Mediterranean. It’s sad (but in the same time very cool too) to experience that in other European countries people are more open-minded and receptive towards amateur bands like us than in our homeland.

What’s the best live music show you’ve seen recently?

I’m a proud daddy of a five-month-old baby daughter, so personally I don’t really have time or enough strength to go and see a live music show. 😀
Our drummer is in the same situation, his son is 5 years old, so I suppose they watch shows for kids. 😀
Our youngest band mate, Bálint likes to go to some rock and jazz gigs.
Attila, the singer and bass player is not the type who goes out for concerts, I think the last gig he attended was a Manu Chao show one year ago or so.

Tell us something about your best and your worst memory on the road.

I don’t think we ever had bad memories from our tours. 😀
Last time Attila lost one of his teeth, we drew a mustache and party-eyebrows on his face. Once a couple of our German mates had traveled more than 100 kms just to see us performing live, because they had very good memories of the concert we previously gave in their town a year before. And it’s always a fantastic thing if people are dancing on your music especially when they don’t even understand a single word from the lyrics. 😀 Music really is an international language.

What do you think of

It’s a great thing to bring bands, bookers and venues together. There are so many groups on social networking sites with the aim of organizing live gigs for awesome amateur bands but in my opinion the feedbacks are not so positive: it looks like everybody wants to join these initiatives, but no-one can really help if a group does need help to find a venue where to perform. So I really hope your community is something else. We will see, we are still fresh meat on this market. 😀