Every kid knows LITTLE COW in Hungary. There is a very popular animation series with this little yellow cow figure. This was thought up and produced by László Kollár, LITTLE COW’s frontman and master mind. He also composed a few songs for the films, which became very popular. So he gathered some of Budapest’s best musicians and the band LITTLE COW (in Hungarian – ‘Kistehén’) was born. The group – as it is now – was formed in 2005 and that was also the year of the incredible Hungarian success of their song Cyber Boy. Thanks to this, they were invited to festivals, village days, town cultural celebrations and TV shows – and in the meantime have grown into a great live band. By 2006 they became one of Hungary’s most popular bands and have played major festivals and big cultural events.
Cyber Boy This song and its video clip made the band well known and popular in Hungary. The clip was distributed fast through e-mails and internet by fans. No commercial channels wanted to play the song (apparently, it was too alternative) or the clip (which cost about 1000 Euros to make), and it had zero marketing budget – but the whole country was singing the song all year. The album went ‘Gold’ in Hungary in August 2006. Cyber Boy broke the ringtone records and the clip became No. 1 on the video chart of Hungarian VIVA television. The song was eventually chosen by the audience as ‘Song of the year in Hungary’ at the Fonogram Awards.
One-Hit Band? – A new album A lot of people thought – even after the Cyber Boy clip – that LITTLE COW was just a bunch of crazy country boys making funny songs for fun. Many thought that the clip was a home video and success had just happened by chance – nobody really believed that these ‘funny guys’ are very good and serious musicians. But the band continued and have finished recording their new album – now as a ‘real’ band – and what songs! It seems that László is a real ‘hit-maker’. In the meantime their second beautiful clip, Virágok a réten was made together with members of the Gypsy band Romano Drom. People love this song and sing along to it at the concerts.
What kind of music? This isn’t so easy to tell. In Hungary the band calls it ‘cultural wedding sound’ – which sounds strange in English, as well as in Hungarian! They also refer to it as crazy listening. Another funny comparison is „Village Beatles“. LITTLE COW handle genres, rhythms as they wish – Gypsy, Balkan, rock, ska, pop, brass, dance rhythms are all mixed and matched. The music and the words are fun – simple, naive, but not light. And the songs just stay in your head. Timeless tunes between melancholy and joy. It’s time you get used to Hungarian.