After heavily oversleeping any theoretical hopes of taking the cruise to Bratislava which may have lingered in the back of the head the night before, there was only really one thing for it. Head to the Odeon for some anti-hangover music from The Beth Edgesand a few “Reperaturseidl” as the Austrians call it.
The Odean is quite possibly our favourite Waves location, although we have to admit that we were a little lackadaisical in our efforts of checking out all of the venues this time. It is quite simply an amazing place for a gig, and the fact that you can sit down is also an added bonus. It was a little too cosily warm for our liking in there this time though, with the humidity more suited to a cup of tea and Tatort than an evening of quality music. More photos HERE.
The Beth Edges played a superb acoustic set, showing off their vast musical talents. The band do most definitely have a knack for writing a catchy tune, and these sounded almost better in a different way acoustically, especially with a strings section. A very good start to day 3 from a very likable and talented young band.
An evening in Odeon which started so well then hit a bit of speed bump in the form of Mmoths. The Irish band’s music is very good to listen with your headphones on, but the live performance was lacking a little bit in order to keep your attention. The only thing which sprang to mind during this one was that Jack Colleran could have done with a higher table for his equipment…… A lack of interaction with the crowd and an absence vocals made this one feel a little bit too much like being in a boring uni lecture you want to get out of, albeit a musical one. A quick Gösser refuel at the kebab stand across the road unfortuntely turned out to be the more attractive option. Great music, but didn’t quite hit the right spot live.
The complete opposite can be said for SOHN. The former Trouble Over Tokyo man Toph Taylor returned to his “home town” to perform in the Odeon. We were warned to get back early for this one as it was dubbed as one of the “must see gigs” of the festival. They were not wrong there. Fans crammed into every crevice of the Odeon to see a truly impressive perfomance which produced a sea of nodding heads and raucous applause. Passionate, genuine, melancholic happiness from an artist set for a massive 2014. More photos HERE.
So what do you do after watching something so tender and emotional likeSOHN? You go watch a band called Fuckhead in Fluc, that’s what. These two bands go together like chalk and cheese and we were a little nervous as to what we were getting ourselves in for as we headed to the destination. The band have a reputation for being rather unpredictable onstage, and they don’t look like the kind of guys you would invite back to your place for a bit of Fifa and a few beers.
What was to follow over the next hour or so was quite simply unbelievable, and we have never seen anything quite so unorthodox like this before in all our years of watching bands in many countries. Aside from the freaky masks, the gratuitous nudity, scary priest with the deepest voice ever and the spiderman climbing, the highlight of the gig was undoubtedly the spontaneous construction of a makeshift forest using the crowd.
Have you ever seen a band proceed to bring in a shedload of branches into the room and begin to sellotape said branches to various body parts and members of the crowd? Neither had we until this gig, and things will never be the same again…ever. Without doubt the best live “performance” of the festival. If you ever get the chance to see them live, please, don’t turn it down. More photos HERE.
After seeing this we headed back down to the Fluc Wanne in a state of awe at what our eyes had just witnessed. It is fair to say that Julian und der Fuxand I-Wolf and the chainreactions didn’t manage to hit the same levels.
Overall it was another great festival, and WAVES VIENNA continues to be one of the highlights of the autumn music calender, and long may it continue.
Best gig – Mozes and the Firstborn
Best live performance – Fuckhead
Best venue – Odeon
Biggest disappointment – Pratersauna
What we learned – Consumption of pizza increases dramatically during Waves Vienna
Who do we regret missing out on – Farewell Dear Ghost / Au Revoir Simone