One crappy cellphone picture of STEHSEIDL at the Miller-von-Aichholz-Schlössel, 13 June 2014
Is it Francis International Airport? Noooo.
Is it Rika? Noooo.
It’s Stehseidl!! And they are the self-proclaimed best wedding band in the entire world. To which I’m not going to object since they’re a) the first wedding band I’ve actually seen and b) they know how to play Africa. The only catch here is that in order to experience the best Bruce Springsteen, Proclaimers, Tom Petty et al. covers ever, somebody will have to get married and you will have to be invited.
A couple of friends and fine folks made this little video documentary about our band. It was shot during the hottest summer weekend of 2013, featuring a special guest appearance by band mascot Brösel. We sweat a lot, eat Indian food, talk about band stuff and listen to Lionel Richie.
Hidden Tracks mit Rika
Rika plaudern entspannt (also so entspannt es halt an einem heißen Sommertag geht) aus dem Band- und Szenen-Nähkästchen.
(Fun fact: das eine Mal, als ich in dieser Wohnung war, ist Strada del Sole von Rainhard Fendrich gelaufen.)
Sometimes when I’m bored, I make videos with found footage. This is a new one for “October”.
Rika - October
This was one of my top 10 albums this year, and even more importantly, I’m certain that this will be an album that I’ll still listen to occasionally ten years from now. It’s that timelessly beautiful.
One crappy cellphone picture of RIKA supporting Francis International Airport, 14 May 2013, WUK Vienna
While this looks like a screenshot from a dreamy 80s synthpop music video, it is actually a photo of 3/4 of Rika (and 1/2 of Sweet Sweet Moon in the background).
Seriously, you guys, Rika are one of those very few bands that you can go see over and over again and their songs become better and more magical with every listen.
Rika - Mute
Go see Rika live if you get a chance, not only because their songs sound even more enchanting in concert, but also for their charming-because-wobbly jokes.
Rika - Restless, from the very, very beautifully titled How To Draw A River, Step By Step, out on 15 February on Goddamn Records / Count Your Lucky Stars
Listen to this. Do it. Then download Port Dover for free from diffuser.fm.
Rika - Restless, from How To Draw A River, Step By Step, out on 15 February, 2013
Someone put this song in a sad movie scene ASAP. I think this album will be the nicest belated birthday present I am going to give to myself when it finally comes out.
Rika - Port Dover
With the help of one fifth of Francis International Airport and a string section also known as Sweet Sweet Moon, Port Dover is the first appetizer of the new Rika album, which we’re dying to hear ever since various reliable sources have hinted at its greatness.
But even if we didn’t have this information, this song would have made us hungry for more all by itself. It is, after all, called Port Dover and our love for all things boats and water is endless. Much like the song gets more bombastic (not in a Shaggy way) towards the end, it also gets better with every listen.
For all these years, you’ve got no postcards on refrigerator doors and on shelves, safely locked away from yourself