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The being-again outshines everything in Austria at the moment. Clever, good-looking boys, real rock stars, once again stand in front with their legs apart and say sentences like “We go through the middle” (Maurice Ernst von Bilderbuch in a special on the Bavarian youth radio program Zündfunk about the “new pop capital Vienna”) or “We trust us ”(Marco Michael Wanda ibid). You see yourself confirmed by the German feature pages, smell world domination and even read backlash articles on the web and in print again against these young kings who have just been elected (picture book and WANDA) - always the surest sign that you are doing it right in this country has achieved.
As soon as the word “Austropop” has been used a few times without irony, the specialist trade is already putting the records of the new bands in the specialist trade on a joint “Music from Austria” stand with those of Rainhard Fendrich, and in the current mood everyone still thinks that kind of cool. The train of events is “Undeniable / Irresistible”, like those lurking in its slipstream Catastrophe & Cure Sing in early 2015.
We admit: Strangely enough, it is only the boys who are in front again (although this has been the case in recent years, in the interregnum of Soap & Skin, Clara Luzia or Gustav had looked completely different before). And yes, these heroes of today throw theirs at you Falco-Quotes line by line in voice-imitating penetrance around the ears, but no matter, we want our euphoria over Wandas Wiener Schlawinertum and Picture book sexy digital reinterpretation of the guitar band format for once not let the typical skepticism towards the little bit of well-deserved attention that is always called “hype” in Austria.
But what should also not be lost sight of is the diversity of the Austrian pop scene, which prepared the necessary ground for this moment of enthusiastic consensus in the first place. If until recently there hadn’t been a clearly identifiable Austrian pop phenomenon since the downtempo boom of the nineties, it wasn’t because so little was lost, but - on the contrary - so much good and fundamentally different at the same time Time.
From the early to mid-noughties, indie labels like Monkey, Living room records, Seayou, Siluh, Good weather, Inkmusic, Karate joe, Concord, Pumpkin, Valeot or Problem bear from the soil. They supplied the public alternative radio station FM4 with every imaginable form of independent pop or the kind of contemporary updates that open-minded rock bands like Naked lunch or Bulbul had kept going through the electronically dominated late nineties.
In part, these independent roots grew into large-format pop ambitions and music for larger stages and stylish videos, see guitar bands such as Velojet, Garish, M185, Francis International Airport, GIN GA, Beth Edges, Steaming satellites, Olympique, We Walk Walls, a new line-up of ambitious pop acts like Mynth, GODS (formerly Bensh) or Fijuka or their solo spin-off Ankathie Koi, and ultimately, of course, those that have lived in this biotope for a good decade Picture book.
Others, on the other hand, cultivate a consistent DIY aesthetic, above all Mile Me Deaf and Sex jams, united by overlapping staff, not least among them Wolfgang Möstl, the one from the provincial phenomenon Killed By 9V Batteries emerged noise pop poster boy of the scene.
Associated acts such as Monsterheart, The Eternias, Luise Pop, Hella Comet and labels like Fat cocoa, Wilhelm show me the major label, Unrecords or Totally Wired Records. Acts like Crazy bitch in a cave, POP: SCH, Petra and the wolf, Just Friends and Lovers, Crystal Soda Cream, I / II, Dot Dash, Gran, fracture, Clemens Band Denk, Tirana, Lime rush, Goldsoundz or Ana Threat (which together with Al Birt Dirt the terrific garage punk duo The Happy Kids forms) have already published on at least one of these labels. What unites them all is a discreetly underplayed instinct for hipness, the avoidance or reversal of rock gender stereotypes and a healthy disdain for the homogeneous norms of professionalism, which are omnipresent in Austria as a music school country.
The Sixties Psychedelic / Trash / Garage / Rock’n Roll faction is no less inspired by the latter principle, see Wild Evel & The Trashbones, Sado Maso Guitar Club, Bo Candy and his Broken Hearts from Burgenland, Beat beat from Carinthia, those coming from the mod scene Freud and Jaybirds, as well as the Francophile Moped skirt !! from Vienna.
In Tyrol, on the other hand, at the other end of the country, harder readings of rock, untouched by any hipsterism, stir White Miles or Mother`s Cake, and an indie rock band like that Nihils from Waidring in the Kitzbühel district, far from all the scenes, chooses a TV talent show as the showcase of their work.
In contrast - at least stylistically - the acoustically polarized renaissance of the singer-songwriter genre that began in the early 2000s continues. Mentioned Clara Luzia was with hers then Asinella-Label a central figure in a scene who, in addition to their own label protégés, like Marilies Jagsch and Mika Vember personalities as diverse as Squalloscope, Bernhard Eder, Clara Blume, Martin Klein, Mel Mayr, Eloui, Ernesty International, Violetta Parisini, Susana Sawoff, Norb Payr but also a major act like Anna F. should bring forth. Eccentric figures like Florian Horwath, The Trojan horse (e.g. associated with fresh snow), Bernhard Schnur, Alfred Goubran, Bands like Son of the Velvet Council, A Life A Song A Cigarette and DAWA,
the two songwriter collectives Loose lips sink ships and Nowhere Train, as Dust Covered Carpet, Sweet sweet moon and Contrails come from a similarly styled semi-acoustic sound area, but sometimes move further and further beyond it.
A completely different manifestation of songwriting, which has been influential since the mid-noughties, could be described as author pop: often electronically arranged syntheses of pop and art song, such as the meta-protest singer Eva Jantschitsch alias Gustav has produced. If Soap & Skin belongs in one of the genres summarized here, then most likely in this one. Detto that found its own fusion language through Slovenian folk songs, and at the same time also found its home in the worlds of improv and noise rock Maja Osojnik, the duo UNTIL ONE HOWL with her poetry cast in song form, one Mimu heart or Meaghan Burke with their appearances that transcend the boundaries of performance art. From there it is not far to the large-scale pop cinema Sir Tralala or Karl Schwamberger alias Laocoon group, the jazz-loving ballads and pop rides Willi Landl and the improvisational hysteria of Koenigleopold. It is no coincidence that the latter come from the circles of today's jazz workshop, which is at least as close to the art as the pop scene. The backing band of is also recruited from there Mira Lu Kovacs alias Schmied's pulse, the outstanding recent songwriter.
An immensely productive figure of integration is also the one who has long been ostracized by the media and is now loved by everyone Ernst Molden. First he sang in Vienna-specific colored High German, then at the turn of the decade he freed the form of the dialect song from the Austropop stink of the 1970s and 1980s, which had been strictly denied until then. In doing so, he found a common wavelength with his younger loner colleague The Nino from Viennawho in turn has the solo talent Raphael Sas housed in his band.
Here again the circle closes Wanda, after all, their chick-and-soft-knee aesthetic, which appeared to appear out of nowhere, is clearly based on the preparatory work of their label colleague Nino on. Interesting, by the way, that Molden and Nino As the first to remove the taboo in 2015 with her latest cover version project “Our Austria”, she worked with the most brittle sobriety on the evil, remote variants of the Austropop phenomenon, while its once so toxic legacy has long been indulged with revisionist concern.
The symbolically unsurpassable entanglement of pop generations is probably - by the way, also with the participation of the Nino from Vienna - the duo Worried Man & Worried Boy, the collaboration of Herbert and Sebastian Janata, the former Austropop pioneer 45 years ago with the Worried Men Skiffle Group, second drummer in the band, originally from the easternmost federal state of Burgenland, which has matured into the epitome of a thinking pop concept in its adopted home of Berlin Yes, panic.
Their cerebral approach, which does not require any male courtship, feels a little strange in the context of the current, exuberant Viennese zeitgeist. The same applies to Kreisky and their disgruntled severity, which is in diametrical contrast to the “thick pants” sexiness of Picture book or the "nonchalance" of Wanda and their only connection to Austropop in the alter ego of their singer Franz Adrian Wenzl, the tragically megalomaniac conceived as a personified rubbish of the genre Austrofred, consists.
So reality has caught up with satire once again. But no matter how present the stimulus term Austropop may be, the main difference to its classic first incarnation is that it monopolized pop culture at the time. Thankfully, given the abundance of what is happening in this country today, that is simply unthinkable.
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