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.
One crappy cellphone picture of GIN GA at Waves Vienna 2013, Delegates cruise to Waves Bratislava, 5 October, Admiral Tegetthoff
Nothing against the usual Gin Ga live bassist, or the Starsailor guy that plays on their records, but I really enjoy Gin Ga most when Fijuka’s Judith joins them on stage. I think all of us have a little bit of a girl crush on her.
There was just one thing about the Bratislava trip that annoyed me endlessly. While nearly everyone managed to queue fairly while waiting for the busses back to Vienna, two people jumped the queue like it was their fucking right. Everyone else in a hurry took the train instead, but not the boss of Monkey Music and his partner the FM4 boss.
Way to go you guys! Please retire soon!
One crappy Instagram photo of THE BETH EDGES at Waves Vienna 2013, Delegates cruise to Bratislava, 5 October, Admiral Tegetthoff
11.30 AM is a weird time for a gig, but nevertheless even then seeing the Beth Edges is fun. Especially if it’s on a boat, on the way to Waves Bratislava.
One crappy cellphone picture of MOZES AND THE FIRSTBORN at Waves Vienna 2013, 4 October, Fluc
Go see this band. Do it! Don’t let them talk to your girlfriends afterwards!
One crappy cellphone picture of MARLA BLUMENBLATT at Waves Vienna 2013 / Wunderbar - German bands on board, 4 October, MS Schlögen
The greatest thing about a Waves Vienna press accreditation - besides the Belgian beer and Slovenian wine receptions - are the boat cruises you get to be on.
Mainly because being on a boat is awesome. But also because you get to discover bands you wouldn’t otherwise have cared for.
I especially enjoyed ROOSEVELT - so much that I forgot to take a picture - but MARLA BLUMENBLATT was also great. What a voice! What a skirt!
Gin Ga - No Limit (Sesiones Ligeras 54)
Indie boys choir Gin Ga once again cover the 90’s hit No Limit. if I remember correctly, Gin Ga said at the Popfest that the track’s originators were not OK with their version, and if that is true, what is wrong with them?
One extraordinarily drunk crappy cellphone picture of A.G.TRIO at Waves Vienna 2013, 3 October, fluc_wanne
This is the memo that I typed into my phone during the A.G.Trio gig:
"Hau drauf. Hau drauf"
The slightly more sober day-after me would like to add that it feels terribly right that they would perform their own version of the Justice vs. Simian classic We Are Your Friends. Giving you shots you really shouldn’t drink anymore and finding cigarettes for you when it’s very late and everybody else’s cigarette packs are empty, that is exactly my idea of what friends do.
One crappy cellphone picture per band - Vortex Rex, Flex café, October 3rd 2013
It was ice cold outside and yes, the Flex Café was heated and yes, there were a hundred people radiating body heat, but I choose to believe that the wave of warmth I felt when I went inside, came off of Vortex Rex because if I had to think of one adjective to describe them, it’d be “warming”. They work pretty much like chicken broth with me.
One crappy cellphone picture of VELOJET at Waves Vienna 2013, 3 October, fluc_wanne
There was lots of hip swinging, both on stage and in the audience, though the on-stage hip swinging looked slightly better of course.
Velojet are always seriously euphoria-inducing, but this was the best gig so far (to be fair, I’ve shamefully not seen many yet). When for some reason during the second verse of I Follow My Heart, something went awry, the band turned it into a fifteen-minute long improvisation/showact including water showers, and did he sing It’s the final countdown near the end? I think he did.
By the way, the really, really, very good new Velojet album Panorama is out today. You really should give it a listen. Trust me. It’s gonna be more like it was when you were a child.
HVOB - Hold Your Horses
OK, I can like hear horse hooves and stuff, not actual hooves, but you know, music that sounds like it was inspired by galloping and other horse things, and that is pretty cool.
Wandl - From Now, from Soon, out on 8 November on Siluh Records
OK, Wandl, you 18-year-old whiz kid, is that Futura you’re using for your CI? I love you already. (I don’t really love you, that would be a little pedophilic. The wonderful Hälfte-plus-sieben rule permits me only to love people from 19,5 to 36. What I mean is I see potential to maybe love you as an artist. Though I don’t understand how something so beautiful can prosper in a place like St. Pölten. But then again Pölten has also given us Francis International Airport. There must be something about this area that escapes me entirely.)
Wandl @ Waves Vienna 2013: Saturday, 5 October, Pratersauna Bunker
Say Yes Dog - Get It
It’s those few days before the actual festival when Waves Vienna conference attendees get bombarded with mails inviting them to shows and showcases and usually I’m like, “Uhm, thanks, but unless this involves drinks or boat cruises (or both! Ideally both!), I’m not interested and I’ve finished my elaborate gighopping schedule days ago.”
But Say Yes Dog sound so promisingly Whitest-Boy-Alive-esque I might consider ditching Au Revoir Simone for them.
Country of origin: Luxembourg
Say Yes Dog @ Waves Vienna 2013: Thursday, 3 October, Clubschiff