You might not know them yet: A chat with Fräulein Hona

Fräulein Hona
We mentioned Fräulein Hona a while back, and with their debut album release party just around the corner (Saturday, 19.10 in Rhiz to be exact), we decided to ask band members Melanie, Kerstin, Hanna, Judith a little bit about their musical influences, what we can expect from the album, their love for home-made vodka and what they think about the Austrian music scene.


First thing first, how did you all meet and what was the reason behind the band name? What inspired you to start making music together?  Two of us met at school, three of us at university. And all four of us had the same idea of how to make music. The band is named after the nickname we have given to our melodica.
Sum up your music in 10 words or less: Melodious, dark, ironic, playful – chocolate and chili vodka.
Your debut album “The ground beneath our feet” will be coming out on the 19th of October. What can we expect from this album? Where does the album get its name from? The album title refers to the book „The Ground Beneath Her Feet“ by Salman Rushdie. He writes:
“The ground, the ground beneath our feet. […]The tunnels of pipe and cable, the sunken graveyards, the layered uncertainty of the past. The gaps in the earth through which our history seeps and is at once lost, and retained in metamorphosed form. The underworlds at which we dare not guess. We find ground, on which to make our stand. […] There is also this mighty conflict between the fantasy of Home and the fantasy of Away, the dream of roots, and the mirage of the journey.”
Those lines moved us. Most of our songs deal with the questions: Where do we come from? Where do we go? And why the fuck is the ground beneath our feet shaking? Just be surprised
How was the recording process? Were there any hiccups along the way or did everything go smoothly? It was an interesting and exciting time for us. We learned a lot not only about recording and mixing but also about the music business in general. The recording process went well, also due to our sound engineer Lorenz. The trickiest moment was when the water pipe in our home studio started making a noise like constant toilet flushing and we had to move to another place with all the necessary equipment.
You will be playing the album release party in Rhiz on Saturday,(19.10.2013). Where was the first gig you ever played and what was it like? What is your favourite venue to watch live music? The first gig we played was an open stage at Café Schmidhansl. We were rather scared playing our own songs in front of an audience for the first time. Great venues for live concerts are Salon Goldschlag, Bockkeller, Café Phil for Christmas concerts, Odeon Theatre 
If you could play one venue in the world, which would it be? Some nice open-air-festival somewhere in the world, preferably at the seaside.
Do you have any superstitions or rituals which you have to go through before you go on stage? As we are gourmets, we love to take a sip of self-made ginger vodka before getting on stage.
What are the 4 albums you could not live without?
Bon Iver – For Emma. Forever ago
Radiohead – OK Computer
Kings of Leon – Only by the night
Ton Steine Scherben – Keine Macht für Niemand
If there was one musician you could meet (dead or alive) who would it be? Patti Smith (Hanna), Gisbert zu Knyphausen (Kerstin), Janis Joplin (Melanie), Ian Fisher (Judith)
What song are you currently listening to? 
Daughter – Youth (SIM– A very good choice in our opinion, check out the remix here)
Chopin – Nocturnes; Emily Jane White – Wild tigers;
OK KID – Kaffee warm
Admiral Fellow – Squealing pigs
You recently played at Waves Vienna, how was that experience and what did you think of the festival itself? Did you check out a lot of bands yourselves? What was your fav gig? We liked Brns, Au Revoir Simone and Nowhere Train a lot.  (SIM – so did we!) Our own experience: The festival was well organised and we enjoyed being part of its programme. We think it is a great possibility to get to know international newcomer-bands as well as internationally acknowledged artists. Besides, it’s a good chance to discover unusual venues, such as the Beatboxx.
Are there any other bands or musicians which you recommend we keep an eye on in the near future, apart Fräulein Hona?
Hands&Bits, Squalloscope, My Glorious
What is your opinion of the music scene in Austria in general? Do you think enough is being done to encourage local music and talent? Our Impression is that there are many good and well educated musicians and bands in Austria. Especially in Vienna there are many possibilities for newcomer bands to get started, such as open stages (Floorspot, Soundbase-Open Stage, Michaela Singt,…). But somehow the Austrian music scene seems to be a very comfortable bubble: you can nicely live and play there for a long time. But if you want to get international acknowledgement (or even acknowledgement throughout Germany and Switzerland) it gets difficult. It would be nice if there would be more initiatives such as Austrian Music Export and more exchange between Austrian neighbour countries.
The release of the album is a very big milestone, what are the plans for the band for the rest of 2013 and early 2014? We are really looking forward to our concert in the context of the „Musikalischer Adventkalender“ on the 4th of December in Ost Klub, Vienna. Moreover, we can be heard on the 31st of October in Linz at the FRO Fest and the 22nd of November at Froff, Vienna. You can find all the upcoming shows on our Facebook page.
Your album release party will be on the 19th of October, what can fans expect from this gig? Good party, good music!

Fräulein Hona


Fräulein Hona will be playing the following gigs over the next few months. Keep up to date with them on their Facebook page and on Soundcloud 
19.10.2013 – Rhiz, Vienna – Album release party
31.10.2013 –  FRO Fest, Linz
22.11.2013 – Froff, Vienna
04.12.2013 –  Ost Klub