The Buddha Pests' biography :
Lennon, Jagger, Cobain the most successful bands have a prominent leader, a characteristic enigma, the ego at the forefront, who’s driving force of ambition catapults the band. All bands need this person it keeps the band from going stagnant, it keeps the band in order!
Last week I had the pleasure to have a chat with lead singer/guitarist and leader of promising psychedelic rock band The Buddha Pests,
Peter Derzbach is the one constant from a band that started playing gigs on the London circuit in 2006. that prominent front-man has kept this band alive through several band changes. Peter is more than happy now with the current line-up which has been together for almost two years and the plans they have, tells me this line-up is The Buddha Pests to move them into people consciousness.
Hungarian born Peter is Joined by Italian born, Alessandro (lead Guitar) and Nicola (Bass) friends, who were both recruited through an online advertisement and Spanish born Johnathan (Drums) who’s fate was drawn to the band in a chance meeting on the High-street with Alessandro where he happened to ask if he knows of any bands looking for a drummer? Coincidentally Alessandro knew of one The Buddha Pests.
A very continental line-up that helps bring different directions of music, this mixed with different personalities adding even more intense layers. For example, Alessandro is a devoted vegan that produces delicious vegan recipes for the band, Nicola a Barista at The Coffee Tree in Camden Town, makes what Peter describes as the best coffee in London and Jonathan not only a drummer but a DJ and loves hip-hop and rap music.
The Buddha Pests have two great albums available, two very different albums but with correlating dark, mysterious, hazy sounds with a cryptic and strong vocal front. it’s no surprising influences range to literature concealed with despair and questioning of life. The Buddha Pests first album ‘Excluded from the Cemetery’ takes its name from track on the album that Peter based around the same named Novel by Peter Marshall, a hard-to-find novel in the UK but very popular in Hungary.
The Buddha Pests produce music you disappear into, draped with a poetical backdrop of lyrics, each song is like droplets of rain through a mist during a heatwave, so much going on, with each element creating its own emotion. You can certainly hear traces of Nick Cave and Velvet Underground especially within the lyrics, the sound certainly blends into the 70s psychedelic era and more recent sounds reminded me of the band Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster.
The music portrays stories, the poetry of a dark soul the visionary Peter, which no surprise produced some of the band’s videos and behind the forthcoming documentary, a gifted mind that is ambitious and forward thinking. This produces some of the most ingenuity beautiful music.
The band have a busy 2022, starting with the release of ‘Temporal Abyss’ as an acoustic version, a stripped back version of a fan favorite from the second album ‘Alone Ignored No Trouble’. followed by release new track ‘She Doesn’t Bother’ mixed and mastered by Nicola, who while not making coffee or playing Bass is an amazing sound-man, closely followed by a documentary in Feb/March hopefully paving the way for a third album.
You can find both Buddha Pests albums ‘Excluded from The Cemetery’ and ‘Alone Ignored No Trouble’ on Spotify, go follow them on Instagram @thebuddhapests and their YouTube Channel to insure you are kept updated on the busy year ahead.