Formed in Budapest, Hungary in 2004 by then-teenagers Tonyo Szabo (vox, keys), Gergo Dorozsmai (drums), and later Csaba Szabo (bass) and Miguel Gyorgy (guitar), The Moog blends synth-pop, punk, and art-rock with infectious pop elements. Led by baritone-voiced singer Tonyo Szabo, The Moog combines these alternative and pop leaning influences with the more unique sounds of their Eastern European origins.
Having initially faced criticism by the establishment of their native country, The Moog are pioneers to their homeland and one of the first popular Hungarian bands to sing in English and to tour Western Europe and America. Soviet rule prevented previous generations from being exposed to many of the artists that influenced The Moog. Though, once the Hungarian communist rule ended in 1990, Western influences quickly began to be part of the culture - MTV in particular being highly influential to the band members in The Moog.
As result, The Moog have been deeply influenced by such artists as The Beatles, David Bowie, Blondie, The Smiths, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Blur, Giorgio Moroder, Ramones, and Roxy Music. Since 2007, the band has toured Europe and America numerous times, including three appearances at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. The Moog are currently planning new concerts and tours in the US and Europe as well as Asia, and will soon be releasing more info on their upcoming EP and fourth release, produced by Mark Needham (Imagine Dragons, The Sounds, Fleetwood Mac).
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The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.