As I was living in a (relatively) small city last year, with no really big venue and furthermore no big names around I learnt something: The smaller concerts with local bands for cheap money are the best ones. Sometimes also the worst ones! But this is part of the game, also The Rolling Stones can play a bad show (but you probably paid a shitload of money to see them).
|Luise Pop in action|
Most of us live in a city. No matter if big or small, there are always some local music venues and local bands that play there. If you are a music aficinado and REALLY interested in discovering new music, then go there, listen to bands you haven't heard of before, bands that have a few hundred likes on FB and get free drinks at the bar as payment for their gig.
The direct contact of musician and audience is something magical. It creates an experience, you can sink into the sounds, see the emotions created by the music on the faces of both the audience and the playing group. To attend a concert with thousands of other anonymous people is so different to an intimate club concerts.
|Wild Evel and his band The Staggers tearing up culture center WUK|
Another point I want to consider is the cultural environment. Everybody knows the New Orleans jazz scene, the San Francisco garage-rock movement or Berlin's vivid Techno playground. These are all local musical happenings before theh received worldwide recognition. Without the support of the local people, nobody would know these groovy scenes around the globe. The bands and musical microcosmos of a region are part of its culture, a culture that should not fall apart because of a lack of interest.
I love to hear about the music scenes of other parts of the world and to discover new tunes and groups. So maybe we can start something here on the blog, share remarkable music from different parts of the world and show others the diversity and particularity in music of different places all over. To start, I will take a closer a look to the scene of my hometown Vienna and introduce you to some of my local heros.
Ernst Molden (with Resetarits, Soyka & Wirth) - Ho Rugg
The Staggers - Wild Teens
The most authentic garage-surf-trash rock combo you will find here. Their shows are wild havoc, you better get a few beers before going crazy in the crowd.
Luise Pop - Feminist Terrorist
These girls make proper rock with a feminist attitude, that's probably enough to dig their music. Their front-women is not also a well-experienced songwriter but also an excellent guitar player. Listen also to: Time Is A Habit.
Ash My Love - Fire
Yeah, this two-piece band was emerging over the past two years in Vienna and I absolutely love their stripped-down, short and wild tunes. The music of Ash My Love is some kind of mix between punk, early blues (a la Robert Johnson) and garage rock. They recently released their debut album Honeymoon Blues.