A lot of rumours hurry ahead of Ghost Capsules first gig in Vienna at Popfest 2013. The electro quartet has already released a mesmerising debut album and played several gigs abroad, but has not played a single gig yet in the city they are based in. The normal sequence of events for a newcomer band – play some small shows in your hometown, work on the album and slowly but steadily get more attention – seems not to apply for them. In fact Ghost Capsules have an international scope from their very hour of birth. It was in Vienna where London-born Bomb The Bass DJ Tim Simenon, Spanish singer Laura Gomez and the Vienna locals Roman Lugmayr (drums) and Georg Lichtenauer (keyboard) started their collaboration and created such a dark and atmospheric sound paired with a danceable and catchy pop-appeal. No doubt this is the sound for a club night, but not only for that! In the vast and light-flooded space of Semperdepot Ghost Capsules go for a intoxicating performance of “Inside” and we find ourselves spellbound by Laura’s haunting vocals and bewitching dance moves.
Semperdepot was constructed from 1874 to 1877 by architects Gottfried Semper and Carl Freiherr von Hasenauer and served as a place for production and storage of theater coulisses up until the 1950s. Due to this special function Semperdepot features several huge and spectacular rooms, such as Prospekthof, a triangularly shaped open space with a gallery on each of the three floors. After decades of of vacancy Semperdepot was about to be demolished (despite being listed as an architectural gem) in the 1980s, but eventually was given to the University of Fine Arts as a space for studios, classes and events. Architect Carl Pruscha did some gentle restoration work, and nowadays the building is in full use by the University and its students. From time to time Semperdepot opens its doors to the public for exhibitions and other cultural events. Even Robbie Williams dropped by to shoot a music video for his song Lovelight.