Bad Seed - A Life, A Song, A Cigarette

Spoiler alert: There are people in this video and there’s a (drawing of a) wolf in this video but at no point do they become one, like I originally assumed.

A Life, A Song, A Cigarette - Ginger

For the second single from Tideland, apparently ALASAC were listening to a lot of Mariachi music and added some cowbell to the mix. Lovely!

We recently interviewed them, watch if you haven’t yet.

A Life, A Song, A Cigarette zwischen Tür und Angel

Zum Kriminellen möcht ich mich nicht äußern, weil das sind ja nur Gerüchte - aus dritter Hand!

Vor dem Tourauftakt zum neuen Album Tideland haben wir A Life, A Song, A Cigarette am 29. November 2012 im Wiener WUK getroffen und so alles über die Entstehungsgeschichte des neuen Albums, den Bau ihres Studios, dessen dubiose Vorgeschichte und das Punschomobil von Michi Häupl erfahren. Was die Herren zum Koksomobil zu sagen hatten, mussten wir leider rausschneiden!

One crappy cellphone picture per band, A Life, A Song, A Cigarette, WUK, Vienna, November 29th
Due to thesises/work/stupid real life obligations, we couldn’t stay for the whole set so we cannot tell you if they played all the announced 25 songs. What we did see, though, was not as folky as the record (which was good because I, personally, am quite sick of indie folk at the moment) and surprisingly energetic. You could almost call it rösk’n’röll. (You don’t need to get that reference.)
What we also saw was a slideshow of childhood photos of the band members by way of intro, which gave a very nice and personal touch to the concert.

One crappy cellphone picture per band, A Life, A Song, A Cigarette, WUK, Vienna, November 29th

Due to thesises/work/stupid real life obligations, we couldn’t stay for the whole set so we cannot tell you if they played all the announced 25 songs. What we did see, though, was not as folky as the record (which was good because I, personally, am quite sick of indie folk at the moment) and surprisingly energetic. You could almost call it rösk’n’röll. (You don’t need to get that reference.)

What we also saw was a slideshow of childhood photos of the band members by way of intro, which gave a very nice and personal touch to the concert.

Desert Spoon Blues - A Life, A Song, A Cigarette

A while ago we were invited to A Life, A Song, A Cigarette’s new studio that they built after the previous owner got busted for using the workshop as a weed plantation to listed to their new album Tideland. Because music journalists are nothing if not easily bought and everybody knows it, there was a big buffet of schnitzel and heurigenschmankerl.

Tideland saw its release yesterday but you can also listen to the whole album on Soundcloud and/or read the jumbled thoughts I had about it a couple of weeks ago:

As someone who has always found ALASAC to be a bit too bland, I was very glad to hear that they’ve taken a faster, a bit more aggressive approach onTideland, especially in the first half of the album where some of the guitar parts reminded me of Hope Of The States, a band I previously would’ve never had associated with ALASAC. With a bit of fantasy you can even turn “Ginger” into an indie version of a Ricky Martin song. Okay, a lot of fantasy. There is still enough of that white boy indie-folk charm, so don’t worry.

I particularly liked one song whose titles I didn’t write down but it had the line “they put a smile on your face and they sell you cheap wine” (perfect relationship!) and some rust-rest wordplay that we’re just going to assume is an hommage to Neil Young.

A Life, A Song, A Cigarette - Ginger
taken from Tideland, out on October 12, 2012 via Siluh Records

It looks as though A Life, A Song, A Cigarette have turned their backs on booze and depression for their third album Tideland. The first single Easy had a surprisingly relaxed sound, and there is a little bit of cowbell on Ginger and the album opener Bad Seed. These are, by the way, my favourite tracks on Tideland. Coincidence? I think not.

A Life, A Song, A Cigarette - Easy
4 GIFs and a sentence per music video

ALASAC play around with lights, matchbox cars and explosions, look at porn magazines and smoke some (Kräuter?) cigarettes in the video for the first single of their upcoming third album Tideland, but then things take a turn for the worse and they start fighting; basically it’s what I imagine a little boys’ camping trip to be like.

A Life, A Song, A Cigarette: Easy. From the new ALASAC album Tideland (out October 2012 via Siluh)

  • Oh hey, yet another band shooting a music video in the woods! 
  • Great, now I want to have a Taschenlampen/Lagerfeuerweedparty too. 
  • No violence for me though, thank you. 
  • Also: nice use of the star filter. 

A Life, A Song, A Cigarette: Easy

Poolinale Music Film Festival 2012: Nowhere Train

"Where are you going?" - "Nowhere."

Back in 2009, five musicians, a film maker and a writer went on a train journey through Austria and played concerts wherever they stopped by. (This is when the Westbahnhof wasn’t “modernized” yet and the Südbahnhof still existed!) The project was called Nowhere Train, and the plan was to film the journey, but other than that not to have too much of a plan. The world premiere of Eine Möglichkeit zu leben – Das Nowhere Train Tagebuch (Away To Live - The Nowhere Train Diary) will take place on April 18 at the Viennese music film festival Poolinale.

The film accompanies Stefan Deisenberger (Naked Lunch), Jakob Kubizek (Love&Fist, also the director of the documentary), Frenk Lebel, Stephan Stanzel (A Life, A Song, A Cigarette) and Ian Fisher, as well as their guests (Philipp Szalay, among others), on their train rides, their stops at farms, lakes, festivals, parks and bars, and their ups and downs.

Hosea Ratschiller, who wrote the tour diary on the FM4 website, is also the film’s narrator and provides pleasantly smart commentary about the possibility of a different life. Add the combination of music with the filming out of train windows and that’s all it takes for my wanderlust to reappear and make me want to immediately leave my daily routine behind and go somewhere pleasantly unknown myself. Preferably with other people who can play an instrument.

The second edition of the music film festival Poolinale will take place at various locations in Vienna from 18-22 April 2012. The festival program also includes Bon Iver, George Harrison, Sigur Rós, Tegan & Sara, The Swell Season, 4AD Sessions and Grandma Lo-Fi (an icon in Iceland) on the big screen, as well as the Likewise Haustour documentary. More information on poolinale.at.

Babyface - A life, a song, a cigarette