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Gerard - Zünd den Regen an  I B L A U S I C H T I (official live Video)

Directed by KIDIZIN SANE II Produced by Nvie Motho 

Jedes Mal, wenn ich bei Rot über die Ampel gehen will, kommt mir diese eine Zeile aus Atme die Stadt in den Sinn, und dann schau ich, ob Kinder in der Nähe sind und bekomme meistens ein schlechtes Gewissen und warte tatsächlich, bis es grün wird. Gerard - making people better persons since 2013.

One crappy cellphone picture of OK KID and GERARD at Fluc Wanne, 26 November 2013
Because I did not take a photo at the sold out Vienna show of Gerard this month (too busy enjoying the gig), I took one at the sold out Vienna show of OK Kid instead when Gerard appeared on stage for “Atme die Stadt”. 
It was a so-called Abriss both times, with a lot of hands and smartphones in the air and a lot of “Aus” and “Ein”s from the audience. Good God, these people know how to have a good time! Even better, they also know how to make the best out of less great situations.
Und solang es uns nicht gut geht, haben wir auch kein Problem 
is just one of many great lines for people who are jumping headlong into a bad case of winter blues that strangely also includes riding the tram with school kids, on the way home from a night out on a regular weekday.

One crappy cellphone picture of OK KID and GERARD at Fluc Wanne, 26 November 2013

Because I did not take a photo at the sold out Vienna show of Gerard this month (too busy enjoying the gig), I took one at the sold out Vienna show of OK Kid instead when Gerard appeared on stage for “Atme die Stadt”. 

It was a so-called Abriss both times, with a lot of hands and smartphones in the air and a lot of “Aus” and “Ein”s from the audience. Good God, these people know how to have a good time! Even better, they also know how to make the best out of less great situations.

Und solang es uns nicht gut geht, haben wir auch kein Problem 

is just one of many great lines for people who are jumping headlong into a bad case of winter blues that strangely also includes riding the tram with school kids, on the way home from a night out on a regular weekday.

Gerard - Alles Jetzt, from Blausicht, out on 20 September on Heart Working Class

Enough with all the teasing and announcing, I can’t take it anymore! It will be such a relief when this album is finally out next Friday after months (no, years!) of fueling the hype machine and letting the demand and expectations for it grow. 

Alles Jetzt is the perfect track to use as a final forerunner of what is to be expected. Gerard’s motivation and motives, as well as his current position become, if they weren’t already, crystal clear and more than relatable. It gives me second hand giddiness and tingly fingers.

Nicht mehr da, wo ich gern wär, sondern da, wo ich bin
Das ist alles echt, alles so nah, dass es nicht näher geht
Zum ersten Mal davor anstatt daneben stehen

One crappy cellphone picture of GERARD at Popfest Wien, TU Prechtlsaal, 26 July 2013
Do you know where I first met Gerard and Nvie Motho? At last year’s Popfest. I remember how obvious it was to everyone then that Gerard would be performing this year. And that’s exactly what happened. 
I didn’t understand much of what he said - the acoustics were less than great in the back of the Prechtlsaal - but as you can see in the photo above that didn’t really bother anyone.

One crappy cellphone picture of GERARD at Popfest Wien, TU Prechtlsaal, 26 July 2013

Do you know where I first met Gerard and Nvie Motho? At last year’s Popfest. I remember how obvious it was to everyone then that Gerard would be performing this year. And that’s exactly what happened. 

I didn’t understand much of what he said - the acoustics were less than great in the back of the Prechtlsaal - but as you can see in the photo above that didn’t really bother anyone.

Gerard - Manchmal
6 GIFs and a sentence per music video

Manchmal is the contemporary redefinition of a romantic song for the age of “the end of courtship”.

S O H N - The Wheel (Nvie Motho Remix)

Both S O H N and Nvie Motho happen to live in Vienna, but until recently they had nothing to do with each other: S O H N used to be Trouble Over Tokyo and was rooted in the Austrian indie community, while Nvie Motho is best known for producing Gerard’s Lissabon, a cutting edge hip hop track. These are people from very different scenes who yet somehow belong to the same fashionable movement of combining electronic with r&b elements. 

[This is what FM4 should be playing on heavy rotation. Internationally (or should I say internetionally? </badpun>), S O H N and Gerard are the ”homegrown” off-mainstream acts that get the most attention at the moment, yet they are being ignored (zero plays of either) by the one institution that should care about them: Austria’s “alternative and avantgarde” radio station. Oblivion to new developments is not going to help against the fading relevance of radio. Just saying.]

[ETA: I am sorry for the perceived FM4 bashing. At least in the case of S O H N, it is not the radio station’s fault but rather due to circumstances or a viral marketing strategy or whatever.]

Gerard - Manchmal

Just when I was finally not listening to Lissabon on a daily basis anymore, Austria’s future hip hop superstar Gerard released his next single off the upcoming Blausicht album. Manchmal is a wonderfully relaxed and honest and sweet track about the day after a one night stand after a party, with a video starring, among others, the singer of Likewise.

Currently a free download on the Gerard Facebook page.

Gerard - Lissabon
6 GIFs and a sentence per music video

Flashbacks and memorabilia, beaches and aquariums, making out and fighting.

Gerard MC - Standby

Not to brag or anything, but when this guy becomes bigger than Cro and Casper combined, I will be able to say we bumpfisted at the Popfest. (I will, however, not mention that my vocabulary didn’t include this word until then, or that I thought it was called “Bampfi” and that I believed it was some kind of cute Upper Austrian expression for hands, or that I afterwards learned that it is apparently super uncool to do that anyway.)