Dark Dark Dark

WUK, 2013

“Before we went on tour we decided that we won’t do any video sessions this time”, guitar player Marshall LaCount says while he carries his gear upstairs to the spot we chose for the session. “But we looked at your stuff and liked it.” We are lucky that this exceptional Minneapolis-based band bends their rules for us and agrees to a rare offstage performance in a beautiful old staircase at the WUK venue. Daylight comes in through the windows and creates a perfect mood for a Dark Dark Dark song. The five-piece band performs “How It Went Down”, a song with a jazzy tone and a strong interplay between accordion, guitar and singer Nona Marie Invie’s characteristic vocals. The sound reverberates from the naked walls of the staircase and almost makes us feel like being in a church. Magnificent!

Sarah Brugner
Simon Brugner
Michael Luger
Sound Recording
Matthias Leihs
Post production
Michael Luger


Wuk is short for Werkstätten- und Kulturhaus (Workshop and Culture House) – is not only a venue for concerts. The brick building with its charmingly sleazy cobbled courtyard hosts 130 groups and initiatives, which produce all kinds of non-mainstream-art. The cultural center is subsidised by the City of Vienna, but the groups work autonomously and self-governed. Apart from the concert hall, studios and workshops there is also a café with a nice outdoor area in the WUK courtyard and a self-help bicycle repair shop. The 19th century building was originally used as a factory for train engines. In 1884, the Technologisches Gewerbemuseum (Technologic Trade Museum) moved into today’s WUK and turned it into a place of science, education and exhibitions with the purpose to keep the Austrian-Hungarian monarchy up-to-date in questions of technological development. The monarchy was more than half a century gone when there were still engineers trained in Währinger Straße 59. In 1981, the building was handed over to an association of alternative Viennese artist, teachers, students and other activists.