Aurora (11)

Aurora (11)

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Aurora Cirkáló was founded in Győr (Hungary) by the young local Punks “Vigi” (guitar vocals), “Galacs” (bass), “Polyák” (drums) and “Dayer” (vocals). This was in 1983, at the height of the Hungarian Punk blast, a period in which a Punk gig caused big agitation, occasionally by starting riots.

“We started criticizing the Soviet Army a little bit too early. It wasn’t really a surprise when the authorities sent us for a trial because of anticommunist lyrics. Our original singer “Dauer” had to spend two years in prison because according to the authorities he had chosen a the “wrong words”, Vigi reminds of the old, “romantic” days.

Other Punks didn’t have as much luck as Aurora: Two members of the best Hungarian punk band ever called “C.P.G.” were found guilty and sent to prison for two years because of making jokes about communists. After having stayed in prison the members of “C.P.G.” had to leave Hungary and so did the Aurora’s former singer “Dauer”. Therefore “Aurora” needed a new vocalist and found it in the attractive blond female singer called “Kriszta”, but she also left the band after a very short time. “She was a very wild and fascinating person on stage, but she didn’t take her job as seriously as we did.” Said Vigi; “So that finally I had to sing because we couldn’t find any suitable substitute for her. Since then we have playing as a trio."

Some unreleased songs on the “Best Of” compilation are taken from this period like “Kis Kurva”.

Between 1984 and 1988 the band was playing under false names in order not to attract the attention of the “old friends”, the Hungarian Secret Service. At this time the band caught the attention of some Austrian Punks who invited “Aurora” to play in Vienna. This was the first time the band played a concert outside Eastern Europe.

“Aurora” became a regular and famous guest in Vienna and went on their first big W-Germany tour in 1988 with the help of some German friends. The money they made on tour was spent on recording their first self-titled EP in W-Germany. Under the assistance Hardly Heinlin and released on the German label “Empty Records”. “At this time it was nearly impossible to record in state-controlled studios in Hungary”, Vigi said; “Our debut EP may sound a little bit strong and brutal because we recorded it live in the studio, but we prefer this kind of full sound and we like it’s atmosphere, its feeling.”

The EP wasn’t very successful in contrast to their first album, the legendary “Viszlát Iván” (Goodbye Ivan)-LP which was released in 1989. The release of this record coincided with the departure of the Soviet troops from Hungary after 40 years of occupation. On account of the uncompromising lyrics, the simple but well-crafted music and the perfect timing of the release of the record it became a huge success: more than 20.000 copies were sold, probably the best-selling release ever in Eastern Europe. “We just couldn’t believe it” Vigi said; “So many people came to our gigs. We felt like someone changed our rubber boots into ballet shoes.”

“Viszlát Iván” was highly acclaimed in US 'zines like the “Maximumrockandroll”, Suburban Voice” and “Flipside”. It was supposed to be licensed by an US label, but in the end the idea wasn’t realised.

After “Goodbye Ivan” there was a longer break. The following album, “Előre Kurvák, Gengszterek” (Forward Prostitutes, Gangsters / Prostitues, Gangsters Go Ahead) was released after three years of hard work and it ever surpassed the “Goodbye Ivan” LP, especially because its fantastic producing and engineering. The “Gangsters” – CD was also released on “Hulk Räckorz”, Germany. “Mindhalálig Punk” (Punk Forever) was the title of the split CD with their German friends WIZO in 1994.

In the mid 90’s “Aurora” wanted to reach out a bigger audience by making some “Rock” records such as “Fel Támadás” (Get Up Attack) and “Keserű Cukor” (Bitter Sugar). But in 1996 they decided to return to their original Punk style. The new album “Nincs Karácsony” (No X-mas) was nominated as “Punk album of the year” in Hungary. The hyper-melodicas well as strong songs reminded the listener of “Aurora” best years. The highlight of the CD was the excellent trumpet-playing by the band’s new member “Qka” which was even more spectacular on the 1997’s follow-up album “Illegális Bál” (Illegal Party/Ball).

The band is active.

Line-up:
János Demeter (Dauer) – vocals (1982)
Attila Polyák – drums (1982–1993)
János Pozsgay (Galacs) – bass guitar, vocals (1982-2011)
Kriszta Botos – vocals (1983–1984)
Blinker – drums (1993–1999)
Csaba Matula – rhythm guitar (2002–2003)
Zoltán Kovács (Kiskovács) – drums (1999–2008)

Current line-up:
László Víg (Vigi) – lead guitar, vocals (1982-)
Szabolcs Goreczky (Kisbé, Békis) – bass guitar, trumpet, rhythm guitar, vocals (1999-)
Norbert Víg (Kisróra) - drums (2008-)
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Aurora (11) Discography Tracks

Albums

none Aurora (11) Aurora(Cass, MiniAlbum, Promo) Not On Label (Aurora (11) Self-released) none Hungary 1987 Sell This Version
none Auróra Cirkáló* Demo 1987(Cass) Not On Label (Aurora (11) Self-released) none Hungary 1987 Sell This Version
Aurora (11) Viszlát Iván (Album) Aurora Records (5) Hungary 1989 Sell This Version
Aurora (11) Előre Kurvák, Gengszerek (Album) Fekete Lyuk Hangja Hungary 1992 Sell This Version
Aurora (11) FelTámadás (Album) K & E Records Hungary 1993 Sell This Version
Aurora (11) Keserű Cukor (Album) K & E Records, Aurora Records (5) Hungary 1995 Sell This Version
Aurora (11) Nincs Karácsony (Album) Aurora Records (5) Hungary 1996 Sell This Version
Aurora (11) Illegális Bál (Album) Aurora Records (5) Hungary 1997 Sell This Version
Aurora (11) Balkán Express (Album) Aurora Records (5) Hungary 1999 Sell This Version
Aurora (11) A Rezervátum Mélyén (Album) Aurora Records (5) Hungary 2002 Sell This Version
Aurora (11) Meddig Tart? (Album) Aurora Records (5) Hungary 2004 Sell This Version
A14 Aurora (11) Tűréshatáron Túl(CD, Album) Aurora Records (5) A14 Hungary 2008 Sell This Version
EDGECD 182, EDGECD182 Aurora (11) Még Nem Ez A Tréfa Vége(CD, Album) EDGE Records (6), EDGE Records (6) EDGECD 182, EDGECD182 Hungary 2013 Sell This Version
EDGECD 198, EDGECD198 Aurora (11) Őrült Világ (30 Éves Jubileumi Koncert + 3 Új Dal)(CD, Album) EDGE Records (6), EDGE Records (6) EDGECD 198, EDGECD198 Hungary 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MT-069 Aurora (11) Aurora(7") Empty Records MT-069 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
Aurora (11) 1988 (EP) Fekete Lyuk Hangja Hungary 1991 Sell This Version

Compilations

Aurora (11) / Wizo Aurora (11) / Wizo - Mindhalálig Punk! (Comp) LMS Records Hungary 1994 Sell This Version
Aurora (11) Válogatás 1983-1999 (Comp) Aurora Records (5) Hungary 1999 Sell This Version
Antikörper / Aurora (11) Antikörper / Aurora (11) - Rúkenstrúrcli In Kukenstrasse (Comp) K-Klangträger Germany 1999 Sell This Version
HULK 292 Aurora (11) Compilation 1983-1999(CD, Comp) Hulk Räckorz HULK 292 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
EDGECD 172 Aurora (11) Esszencia 1983-2012(2xCD, Comp) Edge Records (6) EDGECD 172 Hungary 2012 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none Auróra Cirkáló* Demo 1984(Cass, S/Sided) Not On Label (Aurora (11) Self-released) none Hungary 1984 Sell This Version
none Auróra Cirkáló* Demo 1985(Cass, S/Sided) Not On Label (Aurora (11) Self-released) none Hungary 1985 Sell This Version

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