Musicians are boring and wankers.
We talked to Japanther backstage at Vienna’s Flex Café just before their show for Waves Vienna 2013, where they discussed their various artistic interests, playing “would you rather”, collaborating with other artists and their most recent EP.
One crappy cellphone picture of GIN GA, brut, Vienna, October 12
The presentation of the new album Yes / No can only be called a success. The gig was classic Gin Ga: energetic, strong drums, the wonderful violin and this time with a bit more synthie-pop sounds, which are very present on the upcoming record. The choice of venue couldn’t have been better, since I really love brut for concerts and Gin Ga just feel right there. As a regular visitor of Gin Ga gigs, many songs have been heard in some kind of form and it’s nice to see how the songs have developed. All the hits of the upcoming record were well presented and inbetween accompanied by some old classics. Especially the 30 minute encore made everybody dance and included one of my personal favourites No Limit.
The most fun and adorable parts of the concert were Alex Konrad fiddeling with and repeatedly breaking the microphone stand, him trying to take a nice crappy cellphone picture of the audience and of course the cute smiles/smirks he puts on while performing.
Chronic City feat. Florian Horwath - The Man Who
Chronic City have a strategy, and a history, and a network. The two producers from Vienna like to stay nameless, but even if you have no clue who they are, you can deduct from their list of collaborators and their PR approach that they must have a musical history or a music business related job, or both.
With just one single, they managed to play at this year’s Popfest and appear on the most recent FM4 Soundselection compilation. That might be a sign of outstanding quality or of networking skills, or both, ideally.
Beach Girls And The Monster - I Go Surfing
Our most recent Music Alliance Pact submission now also comes with a music video. This is still a free download and works great against autumn melancholia.
The Golden Rabbit - Farewell Tomorrow (Roquestar Remix)
As much as I like The Golden Rabbit, and like them even more for being Burgenlandish and thus bringing some life to a nearly dead or slightly embarrassing young scene down there, their electro indie comes close to the short-lived Nu Rave anno 2007 too often to be entirely appealing to my tastes. Roquestar’s remix gives them a more timeless wrapping.
Francis International Airport - Pitch Paired
Free download via the Siluh Soundcloud. The track became an FM4 hit despite its non-traditional song structure, and rightfully so. The first half is super catchy, the second one super hypnotical, and I can’t decide which one I like better. And if you haven’t got the album yet (why?) or aren’t a Spotify user (why?), you are strongly advised to download the track now.
This calls for a GIF dance party
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One crappy cellphone picture of WANDL at Waves Vienna 2013, 5 October, Pratersauna
The cool kids and The Gap tastemakers were all present, and I saw them nod their heads to each other in approval. Looks like we’re going to hear more of this act, and rightfully so; the EP Siluh just released is really promising.
The live implementation is still a bit awkward, and the tracks - none longer than a minute or two - seemed too short for club music, but regardless. It’s promising.
One crappy cellphone picture of Julian und der Fux, fluc Wanne, October 5th 2013
I found it deeply disturbing when Julian und der Fux broke character and greeted the audience in their normal, friendly voice and not the rough, kinda sexy, kinda grindig voice.
One crappy cellphone picture of Fuckhead, October 5th 2013, fluc
Fuckhead sound a bit like Daleks covering The Prodigy. Prodigy comparisons are probably very cheap but I don’t care because I don’t know how else to describe this concert. It started out as some guys in masks and underwear, with baguettes* tied to their heads turning around and around. Later there were epiphanies and handstands.
These are all not very helpful descriptions if you want to know if you should go to a Fuckhead show in the future and I’m sorry. I don’t really have the words for it but yes: Go to a Fuckhead show in the future.
*actually they were paper rolls but I initially thought they were baguettes
One crappy cellphone picture of KATE BOY at Waves Vienna 2013, 5 October, fluc_wanne
Kate Boy’s performance turned the 3rd evening of Waves around for me. After checking in at various locations prior to them, my mood had gone almost down the drains, but the band gave me new energy (the additional Spritzers also may have helped overcome my grumpiness).
The atmosphere at the gig was quite good and the venue was nicely filled. I particulary loved the powerful bassline and the singer’s dance moves, which made the show really worth watching.
One crappy cellphone picture of MMOTHS at Waves Vienna 2013, 5 October, Odeon
So earlier that Saturday on the delegates cruise, I’ve been told that this Irish boy was one of the have-to-see acts. Which is why I finished my pasta in 5 minutes and hurried over to Odeon theatre - and found myself quite disappointed. Unspectacular, repetitive - music that feels like to drown in the glut of ethereal, melancholic dream-pop electronica.
Also, what’s with that random band name? That kind of “th” is already hard enough to pronounce with our Austrian speech-organs, and the additional “m” is just killing me. Somebody please send me the correct pronounciation as audio file.
One crappy cellphone picture of CALAIS at Waves Vienna 2013, 5 October, Dogenhof
It’s hard to say whether I’ve seen David Reiterer with one of his bands (Likewise, Calais et al.) or Toph Taylor (Trouble Over Tokyo, SOHN) more often. This time, as both were playing at the same time, I opted for David - and it turned out to be just the right choice.
Besides a lovely-as-usual performance with stories about meeting the Petit Prince and drinking Nussgeist, the legendary Dogenhof once again proved to be one of the best Waves Vienna locations. The owner might not have perfected pouring beer over the 44 years she’s been working there, but it’s all forgiven when she sits down to tell stories about her life, her dog Ouzo, her Greek husband or her career as a singer - and leaves the beer for self-service in the meantime.
One crappy cellphone picture of Exclusive, Clubschiff, October 5th 2013
The Munich-based band Exclusive seem to really enjoy the whole being-in-a-band-experience, but they’re not really very good at making music. Their beats and melodies are OK but their lyrics are absolutely cringeworthy platitudes. I’d really have preferred it if they had not used words.
But who knows. They could become very successful in the next couple of years. Cringeworthy platitudes worked for people like Herbert Grönemeyer and they’re backed by a major label. I’ll just be the annoying person saying: “Exclusive? I hated them back when they played showcase festivals.”
One crappy cellphone picture of Cold Mailman, Flex Café, October 5th 2013
Cold Mailman are from Norway and judging from the five to ten people present at the show, audiences are a bit sick of cutesy Scandinavian indie pop. I, personally am very partial to most things
so I greatly enjoyed this concert.