Two crappy cellphone pics of FRANCIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT and LIKEWISE at Cinema Paradiso St. Pölten, 5 December 2013
Random fact: I managed to work in St. Pölten for three years without going out there one single time. But thanks to concert roadtrips, I’ve gotten to see a bit of Pölle’s nightlife - which is, as expected, quite underwhelming. Also Cinema Paradiso, where the concerts take place in an altered movie theater, didn’t manage to convince due to its sound problems. At least I got my annual pre-Christmas Francis International Airport concert-fix. And no, they still didn’t hire me as the additional drummer for “March”, but I’m working on it.
Also, if you know any name day specific songs, please let me know. Because you never know when you need them.
One crappy as usual cellphone picture of CATASTROPHE & CURE at Radiokulturhaus Wien, 1 December 2013
Boat content! C&C took Luma.Launisch with them to visualize their RKH session and there were so many birds and so much water I couldn’t believe my luck.
One of the charming things of FM4 Radiokulturhaus sessions is that because they are recorded and partly broadcast later, bands get to play songs again if they think they (or their macbooks) messed up, and those are always the most charming situations where the audience claps loudest.
Yeahyeahyeah, I admit I retreated to the foyer before the concert was over. But I just needed a free Radler more urgently than a do-over of a new C&C song, though apparently it has to grow on you and got even better the second time around.
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 OUR CEASING VOICE, rhiz, 5 November 2013
Ever since I heard that my friend from back home joined this ambient-post-rock band in Vienna, I intended on going to see Our Ceasing Voice play. And well, it only took me two years to finally do so. As expected, hearing the songs from “That Day Last November” live is even more haunting than at home on the computer. A cinematic atmosphere with a light, gentle melancholia builds up to dynamic, sweeping, swirling highs of darkness and the most beautiful kind of sadness. Goose bumps throughout the whole show guaranteed.
Two crappy cellphone pictures of VELOJET and SOHN at Ahoi! Pop Festival, Posthof Linz, 1 November 2013
Roadtrips are generally great, but the Ink Music related ones are even better. This one had basil shots (possibly the best drink ever?), a lovely ride in the Inkmobil, so many Vienna resident Upper Austrians that it almost felt like home and four bands in one evening.
This is to show you that a) the Posthof was packed already for the opening act Velojet, and they really deserve such audience sizes, and it should always be like this - and that b) SOHN was also there and while he bored some, he mesmerized most others and I’m not entirely sure. I love it on record but can’t seem to find the patience for the live shows.
One crappy cellphone picture of POLKOV at Club Nolabel, B72, 29 October 2013
For the first ten seconds I thought Polkov were starting off with a cover of Tenacious D’s Tribute, but once the singing set in (something about being alone), it was clear that Polkov are, in fact, a folk band with their own material and not a Tenacious D cover band.
As far as the rest of the gig is concerned, I was able to stand it - that is about the nicest thing I can say about folk music, which is not exactly my thing - that is, until they played a country song, which is even less my thing. But maybe it is yours. Then you would probably have enjoyed Polkov.
Two crappy cellphone pictures of FRANCIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT and VELOJET, Red Box Mödling, 19 October 2013
We love Francis International Airport. We love Velojet. And we love roadtrips. So the combination of all those three things is about the best way to spend a Saturday evening - even if the “roadtrip” part is just a 20 minutes S-Bahn ride. Probably only a boat could have made that night even better (hint! we need more gigs on boats!).
One crappy cellphone picture of GIN GA, brut, Vienna, October 12
The presentation of the new album Yes / No can only be called a success. The gig was classic Gin Ga: energetic, strong drums, the wonderful violin and this time with a bit more synthie-pop sounds, which are very present on the upcoming record. The choice of venue couldn’t have been better, since I really love brut for concerts and Gin Ga just feel right there. As a regular visitor of Gin Ga gigs, many songs have been heard in some kind of form and it’s nice to see how the songs have developed. All the hits of the upcoming record were well presented and inbetween accompanied by some old classics. Especially the 30 minute encore made everybody dance and included one of my personal favourites No Limit.
The most fun and adorable parts of the concert were Alex Konrad fiddeling with and repeatedly breaking the microphone stand, him trying to take a nice crappy cellphone picture of the audience and of course the cute smiles/smirks he puts on while performing.
One crappy cellphone picture of WANDL at Waves Vienna 2013, 5 October, Pratersauna
The cool kids and The Gap tastemakers were all present, and I saw them nod their heads to each other in approval. Looks like we’re going to hear more of this act, and rightfully so; the EP Siluh just released is really promising.
The live implementation is still a bit awkward, and the tracks - none longer than a minute or two - seemed too short for club music, but regardless. It’s promising.
One crappy cellphone picture of Julian und der Fux, fluc Wanne, October 5th 2013
I found it deeply disturbing when Julian und der Fux broke character and greeted the audience in their normal, friendly voice and not the rough, kinda sexy, kinda grindig voice.
One crappy cellphone picture of Fuckhead, October 5th 2013, fluc
Fuckhead sound a bit like Daleks covering The Prodigy. Prodigy comparisons are probably very cheap but I don’t care because I don’t know how else to describe this concert. It started out as some guys in masks and underwear, with baguettes* tied to their heads turning around and around. Later there were epiphanies and handstands.
These are all not very helpful descriptions if you want to know if you should go to a Fuckhead show in the future and I’m sorry. I don’t really have the words for it but yes: Go to a Fuckhead show in the future.
*actually they were paper rolls but I initially thought they were baguettes
One crappy cellphone picture of KATE BOY at Waves Vienna 2013, 5 October, fluc_wanne
Kate Boy’s performance turned the 3rd evening of Waves around for me. After checking in at various locations prior to them, my mood had gone almost down the drains, but the band gave me new energy (the additional Spritzers also may have helped overcome my grumpiness).
The atmosphere at the gig was quite good and the venue was nicely filled. I particulary loved the powerful bassline and the singer’s dance moves, which made the show really worth watching.
One crappy cellphone picture of MMOTHS at Waves Vienna 2013, 5 October, Odeon
So earlier that Saturday on the delegates cruise, I’ve been told that this Irish boy was one of the have-to-see acts. Which is why I finished my pasta in 5 minutes and hurried over to Odeon theatre - and found myself quite disappointed. Unspectacular, repetitive - music that feels like to drown in the glut of ethereal, melancholic dream-pop electronica.
Also, what’s with that random band name? That kind of “th” is already hard enough to pronounce with our Austrian speech-organs, and the additional “m” is just killing me. Somebody please send me the correct pronounciation as audio file.
One crappy cellphone picture of CALAIS at Waves Vienna 2013, 5 October, Dogenhof
It’s hard to say whether I’ve seen David Reiterer with one of his bands (Likewise, Calais et al.) or Toph Taylor (Trouble Over Tokyo, SOHN) more often. This time, as both were playing at the same time, I opted for David - and it turned out to be just the right choice.
Besides a lovely-as-usual performance with stories about meeting the Petit Prince and drinking Nussgeist, the legendary Dogenhof once again proved to be one of the best Waves Vienna locations. The owner might not have perfected pouring beer over the 44 years she’s been working there, but it’s all forgiven when she sits down to tell stories about her life, her dog Ouzo, her Greek husband or her career as a singer - and leaves the beer for self-service in the meantime.
One crappy cellphone picture of Cold Mailman, Flex Café, October 5th 2013
Cold Mailman are from Norway and judging from the five to ten people present at the show, audiences are a bit sick of cutesy Scandinavian indie pop. I, personally am very partial to most things
so I greatly enjoyed this concert.