Frank Spilker Gruppe

Arena, 2008

They knew how to use the only day off in their 10-day-tour through Germany and Austria. All three members of Frank Spilker Gruppe arrived in Vienna from different directions. We don’t know exactly what bassist Max did, but singer-guitarist Frank visited his parents in the countryside and drummer Matthias went to Berlin to act a part in a friend’s movie; and he is not the only one acting in the band: Frank Spilker was the first in our hitherto 75 videos who decided to use the time in front of the camera to test his acting skills. He not only sang the words of the song “Hinter Der Bar”, he also acted them by spontaneously miming a bar keeper behind his bar, washing and cleaning glasses and – of course – not letting anyone else in. He would even have served drinks if the bar wasn’t still locked in the late afternoon. Spilker is also known as the lead singer of the Hamburg-based band Die Sterne, which he has supplied with smart lyrics ranging from everyday life stories to subtle political statements for more than 15 years now. Die Sterne is still one of the most sought after bands in the Hamburg indie music scene. Spilker released his solo debut “Mit All Den Leuten” – which is just one more way to express his musical ideas, he says – in March 2008.

Michael Luger
Sound Recording
Matthias Leihs
Post production
Simon Brugner


Arena is a cultural center and music venue in the industrialized district of Erdberg. Its beginnings hark back to 1976, when some thousand demonstrators gathered around the former St. Marx Auslandsschlachthof to save it from demolition and subsequent commercial use. While they were not able to save the huge building complex, the vast social movement did succeed in reaching the foundation of an autonomous cultural center on the smaller area of the former slaughterhouses, which represents today’s Arena. Presently Arena has integrated a wide musical spectrum to its programme for various crowds and commercial use. Yet Arena’s dictum “Love Music, Hate Fascism!” is more than a relict of old days as it is still the venue with the most punk concerts in town.