It quickly became clear that the young band had created something special, as word spread throughout the UK music industry and bootleg copies of the bands rehearsals were seized by numerous A&R executives. Early gigs were attended by a host of record companies and assorted faces including Steve Lamacq, Feeder and Ocean Colour Scene. Amazingly in the spring of 2000, after only a handful of gigs, Budapest signed a three album deal with independent label, Easy Street Music.
Work immediately started on recording their debut album with producer Dave Creffield, famed for his work on Embrace’s debut album, and engineer Markus Dravs, most well known for his work with Bjork. What materialised in October 2001, was a piece of work that blended the band's love for classic English songwriting, ala Talk Talk, and contemporary melancholic soundscapes ala REM and Radiohead. More importantly it sounded intense, fresh and destined to matter.
Unfortunately the emotional toll exerted during the recording process, mixed with the dark undercurrents associated with the album, were to leave a definable mark on the band. Tragically, guitarist Mark Walworth committed suicide during the final mastering of the album.
Mat Parker, a friend of the bands’, and a talented songwriter in his own right, subsequently took over lead guitar duties. Long-time live keyboardist Chris Pemberton also became a full-time member of the band, completing Budapest’s line-up.
Already critical acclaim for the album, entitled 'Too Blind To Hear' has been unprecedented, leading immediately to offers for the band in the US, Japan, North America & much of Europe.
Budapest recently completed a month long tour of Canada, which included the band receiving extensive TV and radio exposure, as well as a unanimously rapturous response from the Canadian press. Their return to the UK saw them guest with Remy Zero at The Garage.
Summer 2002 sees the album released in the UK with expectations high due to Radio 1 having already played the sublime track 'Is This The Best It Gets' and the band set to play future high profile gigs.