Breitfelder Kirche, 2011
An exhausting and overlong bus drive, a late arrival, a stressful soundcheck: After a tour day like this David-Ivar Herman Dune is still full of energy and does not show any sign of being tired. Only half an hour before the show starts he squeezes in a short nightly acoustic session for us at the nearby Breitenfelder church. Dancing, walking, swinging, playing with the camera, a few lines of Bob Dylan’s „Tomorrow Is A Long Time“; these are only a few reasons why it is so much fun to watch this man perform. Needless to say, the songs of the French duo Herman Dune with their catchy melodies and impressive storytelling are utterly compelling, with „Be A Doll And Take My Heart“ and „Your Love Is Gold“ being two outstanding examples that also show the stylistic range of their songwriting. After the recording David-Ivar continues singing and strumming chords on our way back to the venue. What a nice warm-up for going on-stage!
Breitenfelder Kirche was inaugurated by His Imperial Royal Majesty Franz Josef I., Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, in 1898. The brick church was designed by the architect Alexander Wieleman in a late Historism style with influences from the Italian Renaissance. The Feld in its name derives from the former grain field that was transformed into building ground when the city expanded. It is situated in Vienna’s smallest bourgeois district Josefstadt (8th district) next to the busy Gürtel road.