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
Weiß leider nicht, wie Liebe aussieht,
doch dachte immer, es wär irgendwas mit Rot.
Gerard - Irgendwas mit Rot
IRGENDWAS MIT ROT // B L A U S I C H T (VÖ: 20-09-2013)
Gerard - Irgendwas mit Rot, aus Blausicht, erscheint am 20. September
Vergesst ganz schnell alle Leute, die euch einreden wollen, Left Boy wäre der Cro und Casper Österreichs. Cro vielleicht, mir egal, aber der Casper Österreichs ist… naja, nein, eigentlich braucht man Gerard mit gar niemandem vergleichen. Der macht gerade alles richtig, hat alle wichtigen Stimmen hinter sich und ist überhaupt nicht irgendwas Österreichs, sondern feiert im gesamten deutschsprachigen Raum Erfolge.
Da passt es ganz gut, dass er auf der Bühne seine Welser Herkunft verleugnet und Hochdeutsch spricht. Was zwar einige KonzertgeherInnen am Popfest letztens mit schiefen Blicken quittiert haben, sonst aber weiter nicht schlimm ist und eigentlich sehr konsequent.
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 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.)
our new music video for the song “reminder”
The theme “Austrian indie bands shooting music videos in the forest” has been extended to ponds. Also, Leiterwagenenvy.
Four GIFs and a sentence per music video:
Likewise - Hope Upon My Heels
An anxious young white male eats Leberkassemmerln, buys canned food and prescription meds, goes to a remote house in the woods with his dog Falco, receives a text message, changes his mind and joins a party.
I feel like I need to repost this because here is what is really going on: The party is a Weltuntergangsparty! And the guy wants to kill himself because he thinks the world is ending! (Ok that does not make a lot of sense imo)
Edited to add: Finally, we bring to you the real story: The main protagonist is just trying to escape from the world’s end and not planning to kill himself. Everything makes perfect sense now.
Prometheus Run - A Haustour with Likewise, tour documentary, Spring 2012
Likewise are hands down the nicest band on the planet. I happen to know this because I was lucky enough to be a part of their Haustour this spring, where they visited my parents’ house in the lowest part of the country (literally. Also figuratively) and played a Kellerstüberlconcert. Their album release show on June 6th at the OST Klub in Vienna won’t be as intimate but certainly great nevertheless so consider this an event recommendation!