Mile Me Deaf
It was only a question of time until we would finally record some music of Mile Me Deaf. Mastermind Wolfgang Möstl is an established name in the Austrian underground scene. Apart from Mile Me Deaf he currently plays in , was the head of and produces records for other bands. Wolfgang has been living in Vienna for quite some while, but for recording music he always returns to his parents’ place on the countryside. The birth of Mile Me Deaf must have happened precisely there in the chicken house, where Wolfgang locked himself to do all the recordings on his own. Mile Me Deaf’s latest album “Eerie Bits of Future Trips” comes with a noisy lo-fi pop appeal and shows how much of a sound tinkerer Wolfgang must be. He does all the playing, looping and cutting of his samples without the help of his live band. He once explained that he tries to do rock songs with the approach of a electronic or hip-hop producer. In the end, the art lies in making this experiment not sound too sophisticated, yet fuzzy and catchy at the same time. Mile Me Deaf’s laid-back and throbbing live show at Szene Wien proves them right.
Szene Wien is a venue for concerts in the mainly industrial area of Simmering. Despite being a little bit off the map in Vienna the Szene is quite popular among lovers of every variety of alternative music – and because of its cosy, slightly savaged courtyard. In the past the concert hall with a capacity of about 500 people was home to several shows that marked the live debut of then unknown but later acclaimed bands in Austria. Nowadays there is a little focus on world music but you can still spot some alternative shows on the monthly programme. Just when everything was set up for the 25th anniversary of the Szene – which was a cinema for porn movies before – the venue hit the newspaper headlines in May 2008. The management of city-run Szene was said to be not efficient enough and found itself replaced without further ado. As the new management runs an among Szene visitors less beloved metal venue in Vienna as well there are fears that the Szene might change its advanced alternative programming to a more mainstream one.