When we contacted the Swedish band EF for a filming session, their drummer Niklas replied: „We’ve talked it through and we want to give it a shot. Though we are a bit worried since our songs are pretty long and are mainly built upon sound effects and electronic instruments. But we thought – why not?!.” Transferring their voluminous and heavy on-stage sound into a busking intermezzo did not seem to be an easy task. So when we met the five young men from Göteborg on the night of their Vienna show in late April, it was even more surprising that they were up to perform “Sons of Ghosts” totally acoustically. They bought an ukulele specially for this occasion and asked some local musicians to support them by taking up the choral part of the song. And then – see for yourself what a sonorous performance full of atmosphere came out of this get-together in a passageway close by the venue. The busking session ended with an improvisation on Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” and damn, what a good dancer Daniel (here on ukulele) is!
After years of reconstruction, Praterstern in the Leopoldstadt district now appears in its new, finished shape. The centre of the huge square around Praterstern train station is completely devoted to public transport – not only suburban trains, but also metro, tram and bus lines meet there, while busy four-lane streets encircle the station area and form Vienna’s biggest roundabout. This traffic-hub feel results in Praterstern being a place of transit rather than a destination itself, although interesting spots are close-by. First of all, Praterstern is the gateway to the popular recreation and amusement park Prater. Since Fluc – easily one of the best clubs, bars and concert venues in town – has set up its improvised building on the square, the area increasingly attracts the young and hip. However, the square that is frequented day and night, is also a gathering place for alocoholics and homeless people.