After shooting their postcard in Óbidos — a coastal Portuguese town known for its medieval architecture — the boys of AWS finally joined the Eurovision 2018 promo circuit at Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam.
The Hungarian post-hardcore group brought the house down as they performed “Viszlát Nyár” at AFAS Live, proving that metal can be mainstream when delivered with charisma and a message.
Prior to that the band spoke with our William Lee Adams about being, in their words, the black sheep of the contest, their genre and why it’s important to talk about death. Bassist Soma also wants you to know that “sadly” he wasn’t drunk during their recent reaction video to all 43 Eurovision songs, filmed for wiwibloggs.
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Frontman Örs told us that their song is about dealing with the loss of a loved one — in this case, his father. In Hungarian culture death is a taboo subject and they think that “if you talk about it, you’ll live a better and happier life”.
Counter to what many may think, he added that metal is actually an emotional style of music, where artists are truly honest. Writing down their emotions and problems in the lyrics helps them vent. “That’s what metal is all about,” he says.
After confirming that they’ll do the backing vocals themselves, drummer Aron explained that the song wasn’t written especially for Eurovision. Instead it was just a song they had ready around the same time A Dal submissions were closing. Then the whole thing just happened.
They also talked about their appearance. Aron said that he wears surf shorts because they let him play the drums more freely. And Örs explained that his habit of performing barefoot has roots in his childhood memories of roaming the woods as a scout. He’s always hated putting shoes on.
Later that night at the show, they took Amsterdam by surprise and earned some of the biggest applause of the night for their powerhouse metal performance. It reached its climax when Örs jumped into the crowd, where he performed much of the song. Meanwhile the band continued to rock on on stage.
After the show the waters weren’t still for long, as the group has now released the English version of their entry, accompanied by a lyric video. The meaning and message of the lyrics come through well in English — and it doesn’t sound nearly as forced compared with other translations at Eurovision.
But don’t worry: the band has confirmed that they will perform the Hungarian version in Lisbon.
You can read their statement below.
Do you think “Viszlát Nyár” will do well in Lisbon? And do you like the English version? Sound off in the comments below!