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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.

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
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