We are officially halfway through May, and to get us through the latter portion of the month, I present to you our Weekly Featured Artist, Pregnant Whale Pain. I can confidently say that they are quite unlike anything I’ve heard before in my life. Hailing from Budapest, Hungary, Pregnant Whale Pain‘s music is such a diverse, distinct assortment of sounds and styles, I genuinely cannot think of any bands to compare them to. If I told you that they resembled a mixture of Norma Jean, Eskimo Callboy, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and a jazzy/blues quartet, you wouldn’t believe me, so you will honestly and truly just have to experience them for yourself.
About 20 seconds into the first song off their recent album, Blank, I was completely thrown off in the most comfortable way I’ve ever been while listening to any music. Ever. The band’s name hints at their unique creativity, and oddly enough, the music perfectly reflects it. If nothing else, they get an A+ for originality and singularity, especially in a world where genre lines are blurring dangerously close to one another. If you’re into the “noisecore”/distorted hardcore type of stuff that The Chariot always used to do, I would say that Pregnant Whale Pain is right up your alley…at least for a good chunk of it. Before you know it, they’re pulling some 80’s-hair-metal-meets-doom-metal riff and you have no idea what’s going to come next.
I, personally, love music like this because I like being caught off guard and surprised by artists with an eccentric yet talented flair. There’s no doubt that all of the musicians are skilled enough in their craft to make a musically-literate product, and prog fans will enjoy the off-time drumming and overall progressive song structures. They could be put on literally any kind of rock festival and fit in, if for no other reason than that they would generate enough sheer wonder and chaos to keep fans at their stage. With art, I think boundaries are always meant to be pushed, and I feel confident saying that Pregnant Whale Pain executed that notion in a way that many other musicians do not.
Pregnant Whale Pain guitarist, Balázs Lederer, gave us the meaning and influences behind his one-of-a-kind project:
We are an experimental metal band from Budapest, Hungary. PWP started out as the solo project of our singer Krisz Horváth who wrote and recorded our first, self-titled album, which was released in 2014. In the following years, Krisz was joined by the other members, Dániel Garamvölgyi and Balázs Lederer on the guitars, Lóránd Kiss behind the drums, Dániel Polgár on the bass, and our trumpet player Lőrinc Serfőző. We released a new EP called “Blank” in January 2017. We’re all about expressing ourselves honestly through music in a way that hasn’t been done before.
The top 5 most important influences on our sound are probably The Dillinger Escape Plan, Between The Buried And Me, Alice In Chains, Every Time I Die and Down. But there are sooo many more bands and artists that influenced us from all kinds of genres. We could go on and on about this. We’re inspired by many things, even outside of music, and our goal is to convert those impulses into a cohesive sound that feels like it’s our own.
There is a meaning behind the name, after all:
We didn’t want a cool band name. Whatever sounds cool today is going to sound really lame in a few years anyway. Pregnant Whale Pain is going to sound just as stupid 10 years from now as it does today. At least we know what to expect. Also we’re pretty heavy. So are whales. Especially pregnant ones.
Balázs describes Pregnant Whale Pain as “limitless”, aptly comparing their sound to “a beer flavored ice cream or an ice cream flavored beer”; essentially, something that you might find “weird” that “doesn’t make sense”, but is still appealing. I can’t say I disagree, Balázs.