On a late summer evening in a not so distant past, the sky was roamed by big white cotton clouds and the air was filled with the smell of freshly cut grass. The sun had […]
The Daydream Club: Neon Love Song (Part II) It doesn't happen too often, but sometimes you know from the very first second that you are going to like a song. This is exactly the case with The Daydream Club's Neon Love Song (Part II) This hypnotizing haunting song grabs a nerve in the back of your spine and doesn’t let go until the final chord. Accompanied with a wonderfully simple but at the same time powerful video the new interpretation of Neon Love Song is beautifully produced piece of music. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY92bhhkubk&w=560&h=315] The song has been re-worked for the new Burberry eyewear collection and is another example of how companies and bands can work together to create something which benefits both parties. While normally known for their minimal acoustic workings on their debut album 'Overgrown', there are a number of remixes floating about on the Internet as well. You can get a free download of the Night Remix EP by going to their website here: http://thedaydreamclub.bandcamp.com/album/the-night-remix-ep The Leicester-based band (just round the corner from my home town Coventry) look to have a very bright future ahead of them if there current work is anything to go by and let’s hope they continue to get the publicity they deserve. Here is another great video for On the Move (Part II). A great idea to record the video in reverse and not an easy thing to do as I know from experience! A friend of mine produced a similar video, recording the whole thing in one take with everyone moving in reverse. Excellent job! [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRtM_TP2umI&w=560&h=315] P.S Loving the lamp shade in the background. .A.
The What: Austro-electro-polka-dance craziness
The Where: Porgy and Bess
The When: 27.02.2012
Attwenger, ever heard of them? Probably not, and that is not surprising either. Not many people outside of Austria have. Perhaps a little background info is therefore neccesary before stage-diving into the details of their recent appearance and the reasons why they even merit discussion.
The two-man band have been around the block, since 1990/91 to be exact and are pretty much an institution in the Austrian indie scene. They are considered one of the most innovative bands to come out of the country in the last few decades and awarded the Amadeus music award in 2004 (the equivalent to the Mercury music award).
Drummer Markus Binder and accordianist Hans-Peter Falkner’s 8 albums and 2! Films delightfully fuse elements of folk with punk, rock, hip hop and electro beats to form a experimental mish-mash of musical madness for the ears which any music enthusiast will appreciate.
So why are they worth a listen? Exactly for the reasons above.They produce music which transcends linguistic barriers and can make even the most stiffend hip sway to the groove. One look across the crowded room in Vienna’s most famous jazz club was enough to know that this band has reached a stage in its career to be worthily deemed “genre-breaking”.
From Indie-teens to office suits and arty minimilists through to the balding average joe and even a few over 60’s who may well have shaken out a false hip or two were along for the ride in an energetic and vibrant set which focussed on their new album “flux”. A heavy mixture of accordian driven polka-style dance music which sent the crowd into regular fits of cowboy squarking “yee-haws” and “woo-hoos”.
Watching the two of them on stage making more music with a drum set, an accordian and the occassional jaw harp than the average 5-piece guitar band really is a feat worth paying for and it is no surprise the band has built up a loyal fan base who effortlessly shaked and bobbed their way through the gig.
A truly innovative bands around at the moment in a sea of mediocrity and “play it safe” music, well deserved of a little more prominence than they have been given. As John Peel once said about the band, you may not understand what they are saying, but they make damn good music.