Breitfelder Kirche, Café Concerto, 2007
To be honest: We screwed up most parts of the Bishop Allen song “Rain“. There’s too much light, bad sound at times and our cameraman crashed into a lantern when going backwards. Despite all this, it’s still a great video, only because it captures a great performance with a crazy guy walking directly towards the road with the heaviest traffic all over Vienna. Somehow, Bishop Allen singer and core member Justin (the other one is Christian) has managed to keep his enthusiasm although the band from Williamsburg, New York spent the whole year 2007 on tour – promoting their record “The Broken String” – and the whole year 2006 recording songs for their ambitious 12 EP’s project, in which they released an EP with four new songs every single month. Nonetheless, Bishop-Allen-songs never sound like hard work. They are catchy, lovable indie-tunes with a light-hearted, melancholic mood. Sony used the irresistible pop-appeal of the Bishop Allen song “Click Click Click Click” for a camera ad.
Breitenfelder Kirche was inaugurated by His Imperial Royal Majesty Franz Josef I., Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, in 1898. The brick church was designed by the architect Alexander Wieleman in a late Historism style with influences from the Italian Renaissance. The Feld in its name derives from the former grain field that was transformed into building ground when the city expanded. It is situated in Vienna’s smallest, bourgeois district Josefstadt (8th district), within the Linienwall, a fortification that was raised to prevent the Turks from attacking the city of Vienna. The fortification is today’s Gürtel, one of Vienna’s artery roads. In winter you can buy your Christmas tree there. Watch out for them closely in the Bishop Allen video!
Café Concerto is situated at the Gürtel, one of Vienna’s artery roads, in the neighbourhood of some other well-suited places like Café-Carina, Rhiz, Chelsea, B72 amongst others. Just around this vibrant pub and club scene the Gürtel is bordered by some sleazier red-light bars, arcades and betting shops. Café Concerto, too, is a bit tatty, but more in a trashy way. As the name suggests – it incorporates a café upstairs with the lower level reserved for some fair live-music and DJ lines of sorts. Most notably it is the place to finish off the night as it has some of the most accommodating opening hours.