“Looking back over the past five years, it seems like a minute where I’m sitting on a propeller plane during turbulence, the chips bags and other merchandise products are flying in the air like colourful Tetris pieces as they land on top of each other in the wrong order so every second is game over and a new game starts, I play with my life again. What’s even worse is that while I was sitting on this plane, a series of events – incomprehensible to common sense – shook the world. Writing this album exorcised my demons, my monsters. Now they shine on without me in these songs. It’s time for the world to get up from the floor, sew its split pockets together and shut off the seemingly inexhaustible shit-tap with its trembling, withered hands. ” – says Szabolcs Czeglédi, the frontman, about his band’s new album: Now Let The Monsters Shine.
After a long break, Run Over Dogs, the four-piece rock band from Budapest, is returning with a brutally honest new album. The tracks were born as a result of an intense creative process during the quarantine and bring an unusual, exciting new sound with very intimate, personal lyrics. The band hasn’t been active for some time now, and earlier the singer-songwriter has spoken out about not finding his place on the stage in the last three years whilst he has also lost his self-confidence as a composer. The return to songwriting was brought to him by the epidemic: “I got stuck in the room for weeks, sometimes I walked in random forests and for the first time in my life I’ve been thinking soberly and realistically about what had happened to me in the last 30 years. I felt much stronger after composing the songs, I became addicted to writing for weeks and it might even be perceptible that the last songs were written by a more balanced person than the ones before. After each recorded track, I felt like I was taking a brick out of my bag and walking home more and more lightly from the studio.” – said Szabolcs Czeglédi about the album, that is conceptually structured to song by song take the listener through the intense creative process and the path that leads from the noisy chaos to the relief.
The conforms of the previous years and albums began to fade from the band’s work, so Run Over Dogs brought new sounds and a new musical direction with ‘Now Let The Monsters Shine’. The album was made in the RH studio – that is also the rehearsal room of the band – so the calming work pace and environment were ensured. Moreover, Máté Gál, the band’s bassist and the album’s sound engineer, in order to create the disturbing atmosphere of the album, spent a lot of time experimenting with the extraordinary sounds. Nóvé Soma, the producer of the lp, has a prominent role in the orchestration, the dramaturgy and the structure of the songs, and he also brought a new approach with striving for perfection in all details, which was less typical of the band before. The singer-songwriter summarizes it this way: “I feel like this time we’ve been able to track and complement our music with peculiar acoustic effects, in many cases disturbing noises, that best reflect on the troubled mood of the frozen moment in time that is described by the lyrics, but the structural and dramaturgical consistency in several places dissolves this anxious mood, then gives it room again. ”