Oh No Oh My
It was supposed to be a fun session from the beginning. Austin-based Oh No Oh My are a band that – despite quite some dark and even nasty lyrics – make utterly enjoyable, upbeat music with a melancholic twist. So it comes as no surprise that they are fun guys to hang out with, joking and laughing a lot and leaving a good-humoured audience wherever they go. We meet them between soundcheck and dinner at the Fluc venue on a cold February evening, so it’s not the time and situation to make a lot of fuss about the session. We just head out to the Praterstern square next to Fluc. Daniel, Greg, Tim and Joel set up on a small traffic-free island (except the ambulance that takes a shortcut through the pedestrian area and rushes by the band at the beginning of „No Time For Talk“) on the busy square. They start into two beautiful acoustic songs from their new album „People Problems“, including some comedian action by Tim and Joel, who run after a departing bus (too late!) at the end of the session. We are still smiling when we think back of this entertaining session!
After years of reconstruction, Praterstern in the Leopoldstadt district now appears in its new, finished shape. The centre of the huge square around Praterstern train station is completely devoted to public transport – not only suburban trains, but also metro, tram and bus lines meet there, while busy four-lane streets encircle the station area and form Vienna’s biggest roundabout. This traffic-hub feel results in Praterstern being a place of transit rather than a destination itself, although interesting spots are close-by. First of all, Praterstern is the gateway to the popular recreation and amusement park Prater. Since Fluc – easily one of the best clubs, bars and concert venues in town – has set up its improvised building on the square, the area increasingly attracts the young and hip. However, the square that is frequented day and night, is also a gathering place for alocoholics and homeless people.