Indie-Pop band We Walk Walls about their favorite Vienna spots

It’s not easy to find the best ice-cream in Vienna when you have so many options. Fortunately, the Viennese Indie-Pop band We Walk Walls know where you can get the best creamy refreshment in town.

Next to these very impor­tant issues, we also talked with the four­some about their upcom­ing album, their best con­cert so far and their take on a more sus­tain­able lifestyle.

Your first album Cer­e­monies” was released in 2013, the one before that came out in 2015. It’s 2017 now. Can we expect some­thing new from you any­time soon?
It’s not offi­cial yet, but I think we could already say it: yes, we will be in the stu­dio record­ing for a new album very soon.

Which direc­tion will you take this time?
It’s anoth­er step fur­ther. From the first to the sec­ond album, we already went through a devel­op­ment. Now, we even got more com­plex, the song­writ­ing has become a bit more com­pli­cat­ed, but def­i­nite­ly much more thoughtful.

Patri­cia: There are many Car­ribean influ­ences this time, it almost sounds…”fruity”. Over­all, we could say that this album will be a bit more cheerful.

Ste­fan: But it’s not an orange, that would be too sweet and not a cit­rus, that would be too sour. It sound much more like some­thing inbe­tween — a Grape­fruit maybe.

Slight­ly bit­ter?
Yes, a bit. And maybe melan­cholic in some parts.

Patri­cia: I actu­al­ly hate grape­fruits, but I have to admit that the com­par­i­son is a good one.

Ste­fan: Lucky you. Did you know that you can become immune to some medica­ments when you eat too much grape­fruit? Some peo­ple even died because of this. We are much more harm­less, even when we sound like a grapefruit.

I have read that it is very impor­tant to you that your music is visu­al­ly attrac­tive and that you love to work with pro­jec­tions at your con­certs. You also give cre­ative input when it comes to your videos. Do you come up with these ideas after the song­writ­ing or is it a process that runs at the same time?
It’s both. It hap­pens that you already have some ideas for music videos when you do the song­writ­ing. The con­cept for the visu­als as such rather grow slow­ly because it con­sists of research work. You lis­ten to the song and then browse the inter­net and see what you can find. We work a lot with home-videos, so it’s a con­stant giv­ing and tak­ing. Some­times, you are inspired by the music, oth­er times, the images are the things that give you inspiration.

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You have once described your music as a con­cept of oppo­sites”. How is it pos­si­ble to make these oppo­sites sound and look so har­mo­nious?
Every­one in the band is very goal-ori­ent­ed and every­thing hap­pens quite nat­u­ral­ly. We had nev­er want­ed to force this oppo­si­tion in our music. We just lis­tened to the songs at the end and then noticed all these opposites.

You all live in Vien­na. Can you think of a place in this city that rep­re­sents this con­cept of oppo­sites” that we can find in your music?
The whole city as such. The whole Aus­tri­an and Vien­nese men­tal­i­ty is full of oppo­sites. Oppo­si­tion as a strat­e­gy is a term that I real­ly like. I think you can find this in every cof­fee house, on every street in Vien­na and every Aus­tri­an family.

And where did your best gig so far take place?
The best con­cert we had in Vien­na has def­i­nite­ly been our gig in the Chelsea Club around a year ago. How­ev­er the Donauin­sel-Fest was great, too.

Ste­fan: I agree, when it comes to the inter­ac­tion with the audi­ence, the con­cert at Chelsea was one of the best. And of course all the ear­ly gigs and album release tours, that’s always some­thing very special.

Patri­cia: And do you remem­ber the Donaukanal-Treiben in 2015? It was rain­ing so hard and we even had to build the stage our­selves — but it was also so much fun. Even today, peo­ple are still talk­ing to me about it. It must have been quite impressive.

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Which place in Vien­na inspires you the most?
My bed. But I seri­ous­ly think that your own home can be quite inspring. For me per­son­al­ly, it’s parks.

Ste­fan: A very spe­cial thing here in Vien­na are the so-called Beserl-Parks”. A Beserl-Park” is around 3 x 2 metres big and most­ly includes a swing and an old sand pit. Every child in Vien­na def­i­nite­ly knows what a Beserl” is.

Patri­cia: For me, it’s the for­est. Like Sil­vio, I love to be in nature. The Vien­nese peo­ple can be quite grumpy at times, so it’s hard to draw inspi­ra­tion from them.

Ste­fan: The great thing about Vien­na is that you have the anonymi­ty of a big cap­i­tal city on the one hand and then on the oth­er hand, you live in your Grät­zl” (quar­ter) and always meet the same 20 peo­ple. You kind of start know­ing all of them, even if it is just a super­fi­cial know­ing. Your Grät­zl” is a bit like a vil­lage with­in the city.

What’s your rela­tion to the Neubau dis­trict?
I would love to live here, but unfor­tu­nate­ly, I can­not afford it.

Ste­fan: I live in the neigh­bour dis­trict, Joseph­stadt. It’s quite sim­i­lar, the build­ings and struc­ture are very much the same.

Sil­vio: I also love to walk along Neubau­gasse. My new gym is locat­ed in Neubau, so I hope­ful­ly will be here more often soon.

Do you have any must-see tips for non-locals?
The Café Europa is a must. On the week­ends, you can get the best break­fast there. Then there’s the Café Rit­ter on Mari­ahil­fer Street which is one of the more tra­di­tion­al vien­nese cof­fee houses.

Patri­cia: The restau­rant Sapa is urgut” for eat­ing sum­mer rolls. And I agree, Café Europa is a great place where you always acci­den­tal­ly land.

Sil­vio: You can also find many sec­ond­hand shops in Neubau. Humana is always good for hid­den vin­tage gems.

Patri­cia: And there is an organ­ic food shop at Neubau­gasse that is called Reformhaus Buch­müller. It’s run by some real­ly nice ladies and the food there is great.

Ste­fan: And if you like Falafel, Maschu Maschu is the per­fect place for you. I love to go there after being at my hair­dress­er who has his shop nearby.

Sum­mer is com­ing clos­er and clos­er. Tell us, where can we find the best ice-cream in the whole of Vien­na?
Veg­an­ista. They also have a shop in Neubau.

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Do you have any favorite flavours?
I love this blue kids ice cream. And I would love to try bub­ble gum. And the very dark choco­late ice-cream you can find in Italy tastes so great. And top­pings are the best. I need to have some can­dy sprin­kles on my cone.

Patri­cia: I am either one extreme or the oth­er. I like rather bor­ing flavours like choco­late or straw­ber­ry or I am the first who tries the most extrav­a­gant kinds. The last one was ice-cream made out of goat milk.

Ste­fan: Basil is also supris­ing­ly good. And cookies.

Maze: I rather tend to like the stan­dard one — straw­ber­ry, banana or citrus.

You all wear glass­es by neubau eye­wear today and the sus­tain­able col­lec­tion just came out. Does sus­tain­abil­i­ty play a role in your life as well?
I def­i­nite­ly think that it is impor­tant to be reflec­tive about what you con­sume every­day. Espe­cial­ly when it comes to clothes – it’s ridicu­lous to per­ma­nent­ly buy new things. And I think it’s great when a brand places impor­tance on these things.

Do you have any exam­ples from your every­day life where you act sus­tain­able?
I use cot­ton bags when going to the gro­cery store. I try to avoid buy­ing plas­tic bags as much as I can.

Ste­fan: Me and my girl­friend only use organ­ic cos­met­ics, from our tooth­paste to our show­er gel. They don’t con­tain micro plas­tics and are there­fore less harm­ful for our drink­ing water. Even small steps in the right direc­tion can already make a change. If every­one act­ed a bit more con­scious­ly, the world would be a much bet­ter place.

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Berit Rans­mayr, Words by Lau­ra Waldschmidt

05 May 2017 · neubau eyewear