Times New Viking
Random Storeroom, 2011
Beth, Jared and Adam are sitting outside the venue and have a relaxed afternoon drink when we arrive. They seem to be done with all their show preparation duties already and readily join us for a short walk into the 16th district of Vienna on this lovely May day. The three-piece lo-fi indie rock band from Columbus, Ohio would prefer a quiet place to do the session, they say, with not too many people around. On the way to a nice little park we walk by a crammed storage room with open gates. The owner is around, we ask if he let’s us in for a short session and without further ado he agrees, sort of amused that a US-band suddenly drops by to play a song in this dusty place. Times New Viking quickly set up and start into „Ever Falling In Love“, the current single from their new album „Dancer Equired!“, filling the space with beautiful vocal harmonies and powerful guitar riffs (played through our tiny battery-amps). The owner ends up chatting with the band about tour life and their future plans after we finished recording.
Not far from the lively Yppenplatz and Brunnenmarkt we came across a generous building complex. As the night was already falling in and Times New Vikings preferred a quiet spot for the session, we went for the lit up storeroom of the complex. The very inviting man working there told us that the building was a former coffee-roasting establishment. This factory might be closed, but two other big establishments still operate in the vicinity: the brewery Ottakring (the beer being labeled after the district name) and the Manner factory (producing the famous Manner Schnitten).