One crappy cellphone picture of OLYMPIQUE at FM4 Studio 2 Soundpark Session, Funkaus Wien, 15 October
Things like the Soundpark sessions make you feel special, because seating is limited and the atmosphere is very different from real concerts. You are extremely close but at the same time also far away from the band. Olympique presented very proudly what they have been working on in the last months and did so very nicely. Obviously I know nothing about guitars but I think those ‘country-style’ ones are especially beautiful.
The album release show of Olympique will take place at Leopold, Wien on 14 November. (It is sold out.) The FM4 Soundpark Session will air on Radio FM4 on 26 October.

One crappy cellphone picture of OLYMPIQUE at FM4 Studio 2 Soundpark Session, Funkaus Wien, 15 October

Things like the Soundpark sessions make you feel special, because seating is limited and the atmosphere is very different from real concerts. You are extremely close but at the same time also far away from the band. Olympique presented very proudly what they have been working on in the last months and did so very nicely. Obviously I know nothing about guitars but I think those ‘country-style’ ones are especially beautiful.

The album release show of Olympique will take place at Leopold, Wien on 14 November. (It is sold out.) The FM4 Soundpark Session will air on Radio FM4 on 26 October.

One crappy cellphone picture of WANDA at FM4 Studio 2 Soundpark Session, Funkhaus Wien, 15 October
And we believe the hype. Wanda were so witty and really evasive in answering the interview questions after the gig. It was sincerely funny - they definitely know their Wiener Schmäh. After a shitty day, Wanda will change your mood into an awesome-I-feel-great mood. This teaser of a few songs just made the aspiration for the gig on Friday even bigger. AMORE. 
The Wanda Album Release Show will take place on 17 October at Chelsea, Wien. (It is sold out.) The 30th FM4 Soundpark Session will air on Radio FM4 on 26 October.

One crappy cellphone picture of WANDA at FM4 Studio 2 Soundpark Session, Funkhaus Wien, 15 October

And we believe the hype. Wanda were so witty and really evasive in answering the interview questions after the gig. It was sincerely funny - they definitely know their Wiener Schmäh. After a shitty day, Wanda will change your mood into an awesome-I-feel-great mood. This teaser of a few songs just made the aspiration for the gig on Friday even bigger. AMORE. 

The Wanda Album Release Show will take place on 17 October at Chelsea, Wien. (It is sold out.) The 30th FM4 Soundpark Session will air on Radio FM4 on 26 October.

A series of GIFs of the RAVE TRAM at Waves Vienna 2014

Clearly, this was our festival favourite. In the fourth year of its existence, we finally managed to hop on the Waves rave tram and it was all we had ever hoped for.

The one and a half rounds with Disco Demons and Aka Tell on decks (Cyril Hahn’s Destiny’s Child remix, enough said) were topped only by the two and a half rounds a day and lots of drinks later, with FM4’s Christian Pausch playing everything from Britney Spears to Calvin Harris to that one song I always confuse with Mr. Vain.

One crappy cellphone picture of the very packed FIRST AID KIT show at Waves Vienna 2014, Flex, 4 October
Disclaimer: I work at the record company that First Aid Kit are signed to. They’re very small fish there, but they’re the kind of fish that keep you motivated. It was so emotionally fulfilling.

One crappy cellphone picture of the very packed FIRST AID KIT show at Waves Vienna 2014, Flex, 4 October

Disclaimer: I work at the record company that First Aid Kit are signed to. They’re very small fish there, but they’re the kind of fish that keep you motivated. It was so emotionally fulfilling.

One crappy cellphone picture of SCHAFE UND WÖLFE at Waves Vienna 2014, Flex Café, 4 October
“Ich bin wieder hier, zerrissen wie Papier und hör die Lieder von früher”. Translate that to English and I swear you have a Taylor Swift song. If, you know, Taylor Swift was an amalgam of every Audiolith band.

One crappy cellphone picture of SCHAFE UND WÖLFE at Waves Vienna 2014, Flex Café, 4 October

Ich bin wieder hier, zerrissen wie Papier und hör die Lieder von früher”. Translate that to English and I swear you have a Taylor Swift song. If, you know, Taylor Swift was an amalgam of every Audiolith band.

One crappy cellphone picture of ALEXIS TAYLOR at Waves Vienna 2014, Flex, 3 October
Well, that was boring.
Don’t get me wrong, the slower Hot Chip songs are great. But there’s just not enough going on in the Alexis Taylor solo stuff to keep me interested.

One crappy cellphone picture of ALEXIS TAYLOR at Waves Vienna 2014, Flex, 3 October

Well, that was boring.

Don’t get me wrong, the slower Hot Chip songs are great. But there’s just not enough going on in the Alexis Taylor solo stuff to keep me interested.

One crappy cellphone picture of SPACEMAN SPIFF at Waves Vienna 2104, brut, 4 October
So Singer-Songwriter-Schmus von jungen Männern, die vor zwei Jahren in große Städte gezogen sind, klingt ja eigentlich immer ziemlich gleich. Aber manchmal verlangt das Herz danach und dann ist Spaceman Spiff eine gute Wahl. Er singt zwar ab und zu auch so Belanglosigkeiten wie “Woanders bin ich wer gewesen, hier muss ich irgendjemand sein”, aber hach, das Herz. Es will halt was es will.

One crappy cellphone picture of SPACEMAN SPIFF at Waves Vienna 2104, brut, 4 October

So Singer-Songwriter-Schmus von jungen Männern, die vor zwei Jahren in große Städte gezogen sind, klingt ja eigentlich immer ziemlich gleich. Aber manchmal verlangt das Herz danach und dann ist Spaceman Spiff eine gute Wahl. Er singt zwar ab und zu auch so Belanglosigkeiten wie “Woanders bin ich wer gewesen, hier muss ich irgendjemand sein”, aber hach, das Herz. Es will halt was es will.

A GIF of NOAH KIN at Waves Vienna 2014, Alte Post, 2 October
Whatever, I said to myself, doing the responsible thing is overrated. Stay a little longer, I thought, you can always take a taxi, and it’s not Noah Kin’s fault his slot is so late on a Thursday night and you’re a lame person with a day job.
15 EUR and an everlasting work day later, that didn’t seem like the best idea I ever had.

A GIF of NOAH KIN at Waves Vienna 2014, Alte Post, 2 October

Whatever, I said to myself, doing the responsible thing is overrated. Stay a little longer, I thought, you can always take a taxi, and it’s not Noah Kin’s fault his slot is so late on a Thursday night and you’re a lame person with a day job.

15 EUR and an everlasting work day later, that didn’t seem like the best idea I ever had.

One crappy cellphone picture of THE ANIMEN at Waves Vienna 2014, Flex Café, 2 October
This is a band I only saw because I couldn’t get a hold of my friends and I was already at the Flex, so why not check out what’s at the Flex café. They weren’t bad. They were there and they made very retro (imagine somebody modelled ’60s rock’ [whatever that may mean] of an early Mando Diao record) rock music and occasionally they pulled out a ukulele. Not very original but originality is not a prerequisite to have fun and kill some time while you finish your beer.

One crappy cellphone picture of THE ANIMEN at Waves Vienna 2014, Flex Café, 2 October

This is a band I only saw because I couldn’t get a hold of my friends and I was already at the Flex, so why not check out what’s at the Flex café. They weren’t bad. They were there and they made very retro (imagine somebody modelled ’60s rock’ [whatever that may mean] of an early Mando Diao record) rock music and occasionally they pulled out a ukulele. Not very original but originality is not a prerequisite to have fun and kill some time while you finish your beer.

One crappy cellphone picture of DIE NERVEN at Waves Vienna 2014, Flex, 2 October
I pretty much ran from the Porgy & Bess (because missing Kwabs entirely just was no option) to the Flex to catch Die Nerven. I had always suspected them to be a bit of a journalists’ band that only people writing about music for a living can fully appreciate. But I was wrong. Sure, there were a lot of journalists in the audience but I, an unsophisticated slob, dumbed down by years of bubble gum pop, also loved it. Those sporty endeavors totally paid off.

One crappy cellphone picture of DIE NERVEN at Waves Vienna 2014, Flex, 2 October

I pretty much ran from the Porgy & Bess (because missing Kwabs entirely just was no option) to the Flex to catch Die Nerven. I had always suspected them to be a bit of a journalists’ band that only people writing about music for a living can fully appreciate. But I was wrong. Sure, there were a lot of journalists in the audience but I, an unsophisticated slob, dumbed down by years of bubble gum pop, also loved it. Those sporty endeavors totally paid off.

One GIF of KWABS at Waves Vienna 2014, Porgy & Bess, 2 October
What a start into the festival! Kwabs did not disappoint. I really enjoyed that Arctic Monkeys cover of ‘Do I Wanna Know’, though it was not appreciated enough by the audience. And oh, his dancemoves! However, not even Kwabs can change our aversion to artists’ requests for audience participation.

One GIF of KWABS at Waves Vienna 2014, Porgy & Bess, 2 October

What a start into the festival! Kwabs did not disappoint. I really enjoyed that Arctic Monkeys cover of ‘Do I Wanna Know’, though it was not appreciated enough by the audience. And oh, his dancemoves! However, not even Kwabs can change our aversion to artists’ requests for audience participation.

A few mildly crappy GIFs of BILDERBUCH at Reeperbahnfestival 2014, Grünspan, Hamburg, 19 September

Clearly, they were the RBF14 highlight (no, it’s not the farthest we’ve ever travelled to see a local band) and it was great fun. Partly because we played the bibu gig drinking game, which, if the band act in your favour, will get you wonderfully drunk in no time. Here are the rules:

  1. Everytime Maurice says, “Wir sind Bilderbuch aus Wien” (or just “Wien” if you want to get drunker), toast to the person next to you and have a drink.
  2. Everytime Maurice says, “Merci beaucoup”, toast to the person next to you and have a drink.
  3. When Mike plays the guitar behind his back, toast to the person next to you, drink and don’t stop until the solo is over.

One crappy cellphone picture of KARATE ANDI at Reeperbahnfestival 2014, Moondoo, Hamburg, 20 September
Blasting the Karate Andi album on full volume when you’re the last one in the office working overtime is actually a better experience than a Karate Andi live show at a showcase festival when Kwabs is playing elsewhere at the same time and not even free beer motivates the smallish crowd. Still entertaining. But not as entertaining as it could have been.

One crappy cellphone picture of KARATE ANDI at Reeperbahnfestival 2014, Moondoo, Hamburg, 20 September

Blasting the Karate Andi album on full volume when you’re the last one in the office working overtime is actually a better experience than a Karate Andi live show at a showcase festival when Kwabs is playing elsewhere at the same time and not even free beer motivates the smallish crowd. Still entertaining. But not as entertaining as it could have been.

One crappy cellphone picture of THE DØ at Reeperbahnfestival 2014, Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, 20 September
The Dø are French. I did not know that when I first heard them because a) that ø and b) I first heard the Trentemøller remix of “Too Insistent” (which is brilliant and you should check it out), so The Dø being Danish made perfect sense to me.
They’re French though and that also makes perfect sense, since they make light, cheeky adorable indie pop. We arrived late and ended up in the very back (taking extremely blurry pictures). I feel like it was the kind of gig that’s really enjoyable if you immerse yourself in it completely and feels mediocre if you only catch pieces of it.

One crappy cellphone picture of THE DØ at Reeperbahnfestival 2014, Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, 20 September

The Dø are French. I did not know that when I first heard them because a) that ø and b) I first heard the Trentemøller remix of “Too Insistent” (which is brilliant and you should check it out), so The Dø being Danish made perfect sense to me.

They’re French though and that also makes perfect sense, since they make light, cheeky adorable indie pop. We arrived late and ended up in the very back (taking extremely blurry pictures). I feel like it was the kind of gig that’s really enjoyable if you immerse yourself in it completely and feels mediocre if you only catch pieces of it.

One crappy GIF of CATS ON TREES at Reeperbahnfestival 2014, Grünspan, Hamburg, 19 September
My snap judgement of this band was “Fuck. This is terrible. Another one of those emotional two-piece-bands with a piano that makes music for phone commercials”.
I’m trying to become less of a judgmental dickbag though, so I tried to give them a chance for about half a minute. Then they covered “Mad World” and I was done, forever with this band.

One crappy GIF of CATS ON TREES at Reeperbahnfestival 2014, Grünspan, Hamburg, 19 September

My snap judgement of this band was “Fuck. This is terrible. Another one of those emotional two-piece-bands with a piano that makes music for phone commercials”.

I’m trying to become less of a judgmental dickbag though, so I tried to give them a chance for about half a minute. Then they covered “Mad World” and I was done, forever with this band.