Two crappy cellphone pictures of BIRD OF THE YEAR and STEFAN WENINGER IS GOD at Fluc Vienna, 3 April 2014
It’s hard to always keep up with all those Vienna-Graz connection bands. So I was indeed quite surprised when the guitarist/singer of Robotra’s support band that evening turned out to be Baumi2, who also plays in Jesus Christ Super Distortion and used to be one third of Robotra, and who also is one half of Stefan Weninger is God where the other half conveniently is Robotra’s drummer/singer, which led to a surprise one-song performance as grand finale. I might still not know who the girl from BOTY is, but I’ve already developed a slight crush, seeing her on the drums in a dress.
One crappy cellphone picture of MASKINVÅD, March 28th 2014, Loppen, Copenhagen
Between the bass players Neu! tattoo, the singer’s Feinrippleiberl and the saxophone, I thought they’d be a band whose cool is too calculated for me. The Neu! tattoo is a bit indicative of what they sound like (or want to sound like), however there’s some added post-punk dramatics. In Denmark everybody compares them to Kliché, so if you know your Århus 70s punk, you know what they’re talking about.
Maskinvåd are playing Spot Festival 2014
One crappy cellphone picture of MARTA at Club Nolabel, B72 Vienna, 25 March 2014
What more is there to say about Marta after Karl Fluch’s (!!) paean of praise? He covered it all - Paul’s rough, cragged voice, the impulsive drums of Günther, the imperfection in the songs that makes them this authentic and compelling. Live they are even more mind-blowing than on record, and at this edition of the Club Nolabel they found a great addition in the bassist Stephan. Also, their jam (not as in jam-session, but their actual homemade strawberry jam that comes with a download code) is utterly delicious.
One crappy cellphone picture of GIN GA, March 16th, Kulturhuset Islands Brygge, Copenhagen
This picture was taken during Ginga’s last song. People started dancing at the second-to-last song. Insert your clichés about Danes needing a long time to warm up to new things here. The venue also didn’t really help the band; it was slightly sterile and most people were seated but Ginga broke through to them in the end, which might mean that there will be more Ginga concerts in Scandinavia in the future
One crappy cellphone picture of REDHEAD ARMY at venster99, 15 March 2014
After Richard started performing, it took under a minute for me to get completely soaked in beer as he, what is known as a crucial part of a Redhead Army show, decided the stage just wasn’t big enough and that the audience has to be included in the performance.
Earlier that day, I tried to explain what Redhead Army sounds like. Which isn’t too easy, as it is an act you just have to have seen to understand it. But I find this statement of a friend quite true: “Er bringts einfach aufn Punkt”.
Two crappy cellphone pictures of FIJUKA at Phil (Austrian Heartbeats book presentation) and one of the eight bands at the DRUNKEN DRACULAS show at Cheree Cheree / Fluc, 27 February, Vienna
…the latter mainly because this person looked and acted and sang like a mix of David Bowie ca. The Man Who Fell To Earth and Andreas Spechtl.
What an evening full of short yet great sets by people who have fun playing music.
One crappy cellphone picture of SEX JAMS at Sub Wr. Neustadt, 22 February 2014
The other day we were just talking about how our cellphone pictures have sometimes become too good to be categorised as “crappy”, thanks to the smartphone-industry trying to outreach one another when it comes to megapixels and of course thanks to all those lovely filters. But trying to use the landscape-mode this time resulted in a quite hilarious capture of the Sex Jams - especially interesting is Kati’s crooked right foot and arm and Wolfi’s fat knee in relation to his thigh.
Also, Sex Jams might not be nominated for this year’s Amadeus for the best live act, but in my opinion their intoxicating live performance would definitely deserve it.
One crappy cellphone picture of AIVERY at Glockenbachwerkstatt Munich, 6 February 2014
One of the main reasons why I’d ever want to play in a band surely is touring - seeing new places and meeting new people every day, crashing on couches and floors and living on fast food and beer. Well, at least that was my image of touring until I was invited to test my roadie-skills on Aivery’s mini-tour to Munich and Wolfsberg, which was more of the no drinking and lots of vegan food kind. Nonetheless it was quite the fun experience, and it’s great to see how the three have grown as a band ever since I first saw them play in a laundry shop. They might still need the routine of playing live, but especially the singer Franziska’s charming appearance on stage is quite delightful and their noise-indie-punk a very refreshing addition to Vienna’s music scene.
One crappy cellphone picture of BILDERBUCH at brut, 1 February 2014
Saturday’s Bilderbuch performance was great. The entire Viennese indie scene royalty made an appearance at the sold out show. Bilderbuch have really really earned this succes. I am so into this new autotune stuff (Moonboots!) and if they had played Maschin three times - I would have loved it and I dare say so would the dancing and chanting crowd. Bitte weiter so!
One crappy cellphone picture of LIKEWISE at B72, 29 January 2014
It is well documented that we’re not the biggest folk fans over here.
But the best music is always the kind that evokes memories and feelings, and I’ve got so many memories and feelings connected to Likewise, this band that is directly and indirectly responsible for a lot of good things and friendships in my life.
That, and only that! I am totally cold-hearted otherwise!, is why I didn’t run away screaming but was actually emotionally touched by it when they did the folkiest thing in the world and went into the crowd to play a song unamplified.
One crappy cellphone picture of DER NINO AUS WIEN, January 22nd 2014, Café Dezentral, Wien
We were invited to attend the secret show at Café Dezentral (other highlights, besides the oven include: Weißer Spritzer for 2,10, board games, a fairy lights illuminated Madonna icon) which was, according to him, “the last chance to see them not yet over-rehearsed.” It was the first show to promote the two new albums he will put out later in spring via Problembär Records.
They did play mostly new songs, with one or two very old exceptions. And as is usually the case with der Nino aus Wien songs, there was one line sticking out, in this case:
"Du solltest dir nur nicht zu viel vorstellen, sonst sticht dir die Wirklichkeit eine Weinflasche in den Rücken."
One crappy cellphone picture of MOZES AND THE FIRSTBORN at Eurosonic 2014, 17 January, De Spieghel, Groningen, Netherlands
Nothing has changed since their Waves Vienna gig, and in this case that is a good thing: the drummer still takes off his shirt halfway through the show and shakes his hair wildly, the bass player still has only one move (but it’s a sexy one) and even after waiting in line with the hoi polloi for half an hour to get into the venue for lack of a fancy delegate wristband, you can’t help but be in a great mood instantly.
One crappy cellphone picture of SHINY DARKLY at Eurosonic 2014, January 17 at Vera, Groningen, Netherlands
So Shiny Darkly is this: young Danes in black skinny jeans who miss the eighties, oh yes: synths and darkness. New wave-y things are things I like. It’s just that I’ve had my share of Scandinavians dressed in black and trying to be Joy Division.
One crappy cellphone picture of MØ at Eurosonic 2014, January 17 at Simplon, Groningen, Netherlands
Live brass players always do make everything better. So that was good. The guitarist was so enthusiastic. So that was good. The hipster visuals appealed naturally to me. So that was good. If you have a personal DJ with you, that’s cool. And yes, MØ can sing and she does that very well. She can also dance. Best part of that is when she turns her ponytail-plat-thing like a heliocpter.
One crappy cellphone picture of LARRY GUS at Eurosonic 2014, January 17 at Simplon, Groningen, Netherlands
I only peeked into Larry Gus’s show for like 10 minutes, because the description in the program was not stating anything I could imagine and I was at the venue anyway. Anyhow Larry Gus makes groovy music and he sings and I think there were samples.