Youngblood Brass Band

Szene, 2010

Where can a nine-member ensemble do an offstage session, when they can’t leave the venue and moreover want to avoid playing in public before their show? The roof seems like a decent compromise. The part which is more or less safe to walk is not so big, but the globe-trotting riot jazzers Youngblood Brass Band, who started off in Wisconsin and now hail from all over the United States, still manage to get in formation for a massive performance. There’s five brass, three drummers and a sousaphone making as much noise as possible! If this rendition of “Camouflage” does not get you dancing, then what? Setting up the microphones in a way that they can deal with this ear-shatteringly loud performance, we can not get the full volume of the vocal part of the mostly instrumental song “Camouflage”. However, the sonic blast easily jumps across the audience, that meanwhile gathers in the courtyard of the venue, while the residents living next door are close to calling the police.

Michael Luger
Sound Recording
Matthias Leihs
Post production
Michael Luger


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.