Author Archives: André Savetier

Since 2011 André Savetier is actively working as a music journalist with an expertise on contemporary new wave music phenomena.
His scientific specialization is anthropology of music and anthropology of popular culture. Savetier remains intrigued by the interplay between the aforementioned social phenomena, the told (and untold) legends of music and its roots.

What comes after Post-Rock?

voyvodaPost-rock is an olive, acquired taste. Once you have acquired it by repeated exposure, it becomes a delicacy. It is a broad label for music characterised by an experimental way of guitar-playing using pedals for distorted effects, creating a permanent underlying latency, the so called “droning” (first recognized in Velvet Underground‘s ‘Heroine’, 1967). Read More →

dAVOS · Austrian Synthpop

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What is Austrian music famous for? I hope that the first association is not the yodeling. Mozart, the Wiener Walzer and the Neujahrskonzert probably will come to your mind. Considering popular music there was once Opus’ ‘Life is Live’, and, of course, the still legendary Falco.

The Vienna-based synthpop trio dAVOS is the living proof that Austria’s musical innovation did not come to a halt. With a blend of nostalgia and yet something fresh and new they managed to adapt synthpop to the zeitgeist of the 2010’s. They recently released their second studio album I Could Sense a Tragedy. At this occasion let’s take a closer look at their history, their music and the new album. Read More →

Interview · Clan of Xymox

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Clan of Xymox is one of those legendary bands immediately associated with gothic music. Founded in 1981 Xymox is now contributing to the dark culture for over 20 years now. Charismatic frontman Ronny Moorings, the last still active founding member, is the driving force of the group.

On December 15th Clan of Xymox had a concert  in Vienna’s well-known club Viper Room. The concert was phantastic. Being a huge fan of Xymox for years now, it was an honour and a pleasure to meet Ronny Moorings backstage, where he gave an extensive interview. Read More →

Interview · Grave Jibes Fanzine

Did you ever hear about Grave Jibes Fanzine? It is a Russian magazine with high-quality content about post-punk/new wave music. The magazine can be downloaded for free (either in English or in Russian) at the address: www.gravejibes.com. Unfortunately, the magazine was discontinued in 2012. To find out why I contacted the mastermind behind the project, Pall Nattsol. In the following interview he talks about his experiences and contacts during his journalistic work, about his plans and reveals, why Grave Jibes doesn’t exist any more. Read More →

The Overheard Songs

overheard-thumbYoung Mick Jagger once said he would rather die before still playing ‘Satisfaction’ live when being 60. Many bands had a real hit in their history, by which they are measured ever after. This can be very annoying for a musician. Also new wave spawned a couple of stereotypical songs. But these bands’ hits are most likely to shade their other oeuvre and one or the other gem has been just ‘over-heard’. Read More →

Polish Coldwave · Zimna Fala

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The term ‘coldwave’ recently re-appeared as a label for post-punk influenced music, which embraces a dark, gothic-like aesthetic. But what can be found behind this ambiguous term? The article on hand will outline the history of coldwave in general and then the development of a coldwave movement in Poland.

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What happened to… Big Black?

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The 1980’s have been a decade of big social changes, which was only possible after the punk movement eradicated culture to a zero-point in the late 70’s. Out of these ruins whole new pastures were able to grow – inspiration for those who came thereafter. A guy from Chicago denied this new wave in music, simply wanted to make punk. That precisely he became the flash-point for many musicians he might have neither expected, nor accepted. Maybe you have heard of him. His name is Steve Albini. Read More →

Top 10 East-Central European Post-Punk/New Wave

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This time I wish to introduce you to some post-punk/new wave gems from East-Central and Eastern Europe, focusing on songs not sung in English. All these bands contributed and contribute to form the aesthetics that we appreciate. From Polish coldwave over Ukrainian Novaya Scena to contemporary Hungarian minimal wave, you will find it all here – in no particular order. Read More →

Appleplexy

This article is part of a series about memes in popular culture. If you don’t know yet, what memes and memetics are, you will find the answer in part 1 and part 2.

Apple_Mac_mouse_funny_wallpaper_pictures-thumbOne of the most successfully spread memeplexes, which could be seen as a prototype of how culture is made in the 21st century, is the myth of Apple Macintosh. The company developed several computers and gadgets, like phones, music players and hand-held computers. The products of Apple have in the last ten years advanced to cult objects among their users.

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What happened to… Venus in Furs?

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By chance I found an old vinyl a few years ago at a flea-market. I never heard of the band before. Nonetheless, the cover was appealing to me and so I bought it. For quite some time the LP was laying around in my room, I forgot about it, until one Sunday evening I played for the first time, what soon after and till today would become one of my favourite bands.

There was always something mysterious about Venus in Furs, as there is hardly any information available. On the music portal LastFM the entry of Venus in Furs is mostly occupied by a fictional band of the same name as appeared on the soundtrack to Velvet Goldmine. Read More →