A characteristic appearance like David Eugene Edwards is a rare sight in Vienna. When we meet up with the Colorado-based Wovenhand frontman on a hot and sunny July-afternoon, it feels as if not only he came from another place, but another world, with his cowboy hat including feather, necklace, wristbands and a 19th-century instrument resembling a banjo or a mandoline. His strong aura even shapes our perception of his surroundings, and suddenly the car lot he sits in front of while playing “Kingdom Of Ice” looks as if it were in a desert village somewhere in the American West, and not in Wien-Simmering. Just earlier he performed “Sinking Hands” in front of a football cage around the residential neighborhood in the streets behind the Szene venue, with a kid kicking the ball in the background. It is a laid-back video shoot, the way we love it, just walking around for a few minutes and choosing nice places together with the artist – and then get to watch a great music performance.
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.