With „Alike“ and the hidden track „Me Me Me The Brick House“ we got a pre-Christmas preview of what Efterklang’s new album would sound like. While Efterklang celebrate the „Magic Chairs“ release with a party in Copenhagen, we are happy to share the videos with everyone who can not attend the blast in Denmark, but might be looking forward to their extensive 2010 touring. The four core members Casper Clausen, Mads Brauer, Thomas Husmer and Rasmus Stolberg are joined by their beloved live-band members Heather Woods Broderick, Peter Broderick and Frederik Teige when doing an acoustic performance of the above-mentioned songs for us on their last tourstop in Vienna. Between soundcheck and dinner the 7-piece combo settles upstairs of the still rather empty venue Fluc for a dazzling intermezzo. In half-light under a mirror ball with reflections on the window, Efterklang’s performance feels like „son et lumière“. Leaving the bar upstairs smoky and full of atmosphere, Efterklang would later on that night turn the club downstairs into a brimming and statically-charged sold-out concert experience with a lasting reverberation.
It might easily be mistaken for a messy construction site. In fact the 14 greyish containers which are nested into each other – and still do not exactly look like a finished building – form the place for one of Vienna’s top addresses for music lovers and club goers. The Fluc – which is short for “fluctuated rooms” – is situated at the busy traffic junction Praterstern in the second district Leopoldstadt. Surrounded by a red-light area, a funfair and recreation park as well as a train station Fluc consists of two rooms that can be used separately for concerts and DJ sets of very differing musical styles. Upstairs is the place for hanging out, having some beers or watching one of the usually very good live shows without paying any entrance fee, while the Fluc Wanne – a former subway connecting the two sides of a four-lane-road – is used for well attended concerts and clubs. Until 2005 the Fluc was located in the nearby train station building but had to be closed down due to a conversion. With the support of the City of Vienna today’s venue was opened in March 2006.