“This album is a result of many efforts and has been recorded in Budapest, Los Angeles, Big Island, and San Francisco,” Christopher said.
In only two days, the band recorded the basic tracks of the album with the help of young students ages 13 to 18 who learned the art of record engineering, supervised by The Durgas’ recording friend. The only problem was the children could only speak Hungarian.
“It was kind of hard because after recording we put our thumbs up to see if it was good, and they thought it meant ‘turn up the volume,’” Christopher explained with a laugh. “But the irony is that this is what makes the album so good.”
Patrick, the brother who lives with his family in Waimea and chooses to not to tour with his brothers, was sent the recording via “new technology,” AKA “Dropbox.”
“It’s a lot cheaper to record here (in Hawaii) than to get a plane ticket,” Patrick said. “I played my guitar over their tracks, and sent it back to them. I’m amazed at the results.”
The cover of the CD has an interesting photo from the Ukraine and the title for the album was already chosen from one of their songs, “Digging in the Fire.”
“These were amazing photos that started out as selfies and became acute photos from the demonstrations that became more intense in the Ukraine,” said Christopher. “One of the photos really stood out and embodied the title of the album. We contacted the student who took it and he let us use the photo as a cover.”
For decades, The Durgas have volunteered on projects bringing their music and energy to areas of conflict. They have done several tours of the Burma border playing for refugee and migrant children, have performed in Kosovo, Bosnia and areas around the world.
“Send The Wind” was written for the feature documentary “Into The Current”. It is a song describing the need to Peace.