Hard to believe, but true: in 2018, Noise Appeal Records turns 15, marking an unbelievably long, but intense time. Artists came and went, just like acquaintances and business partners did. What came to stay was some grey hair, just like the label itself. And it’s still a big part of my life.
I often get asked how long I want to continue doing this „side job“, to which I reply that I’ll do it as long as there’s a breath in me. Maybe it’s because my point of view is different. To me, my „normal“ job is actually my side job, which helps me fund my life, and Noise Appeal Records is a part of that.
Unfortunately, I have to say, it’s still not the main part. It was and still is my dream to one day have the label as my „normal“ job. ‚You’re a dreamer‘ is what I hear quite often when I share this wish, adding that it wouldn’t be the same if it really was my only job, forcing you to bend over backwards, pushing the artistic aspect into the background. This I don’t and don’t want to believe. Because, even if that’s true – nothing worse shall ever happen.
But back to the start. Noise Appeal Records turns 15, which has to be celebrated. But how? When we turned 10, a dream came true when I was able to work with one of my all-time favorite artists, Hans Platzgumer, and put together and release the „HP Zinker 7inch“ box.
So what is more obvious than releasing another 7“ box with one of my favorite artists? Well, it’s not a box, but a 7“ club subscription with 24 artists that walked alongside Noise Appeal Records during those 15 years, and influenced, accompanied and impressed me with their following projects, side gigs and new and unknown ways.
Who these artists are and who shares which single with whom will be revealed here shortly. But for now, step by step. After all, we want some suspense, don’t we? We will have 100 subscriptions, not more. 12×7“, one band per side, 24 songs in total in black as well as colorful vinyl. Silkscreen covers and a download code for the last single, which allows you to load all songs onto your pc, phone or mp3 player.
But: this project wouldn’t be possible without your help. And if I wasn’t myself I would have used established crowdfunding platforms, but as you know, that’s not my style. My style is DIY or more DIWF, which means „do it with friends“. In my case this friend is Michael (DSGN/CDE), who’s been with me for quite a while and kindly designed a website. Which is also the only place you will be able to get this subscription and pay it upfront. To save shipping fees, we will ship four times a year, three singles per shipping. If you prefer, you can also pick up your orders yourself!
I am really looking forward to share a lot of new and old music with you next year. Music always meant the world to me and hopefully, to you too, starting 2018.
Noise Appeal Records
Its been a few years when I was driving in my car, listening to a song on radio FM4. It wasn’t any kind of song, it was a kind of rough I didn’t expect from a radio station during the daytime. It hit me straight in the face and at first, I thought it was Surrogat from Berlin, but it wasn’t. It was Kreisky from Vienna. Close, but no cigar.
Kreisky became one of my favorite bands from Austria. Of course besides the bands I already released on Noise Appeal Records. So far I was not able to release a song of Kreisky, even if there were plenty of connections between us. Kreisky where sharing a 7” with The Striggles (former Noise Appeal-band) on their “Schiizo-Box”-project and also played the same stages. Martin, who plays guitar in Kreisky released his very own band Couscous on Noise Appeal Records.
In the end, it was just a matter of time when Kreisky and myself would collaborate for a special project. Now we finally did just that: shortly before Kreisky is going to release their new album (Wohnzimmer Records), an outtake of the recording session for the album called “Das Fleisch wird knapp” is going to be on single number four of the 15th anniversary singles club.
And what can I say about the song? It’s Noiserock-bomb as you would expect it from Kreisky. 4 Minutes and 23 Minutes of pure Kreisky-madness. It makes me happy and it will certainly make you happy as well.
Franz Adrian Wenzl: Stimme, Orgel, Synthesizer, Martin Max Offenhuber: Gitarre, Chor, Gregor Tischberger: Bass, Chor, Klaus Mitter: Schlagzeug, Chor
Produziert von Kreisky, Musik: Kreisky, Text: Franz Adrian Wenzl
Aufnahme: Gregor Tischberger & Matthias Kastner, GoldlackStudio, Wien, Jänner & Juli 2016, Editing: Martin Max Offenhuber, Mix: Alex ‚Feia‘ Tomann, Beat4Feet-Studio, Wien, Juni 2017, Mastering: Martin Scheer, Oktober 2017
As I mentioned before, I will get back to Michael and Peter once more during the presentation of the 15th anniversary 7”-club. When United Movement stopped to be active and we lost contact, I didn’t expect what will come after that. I think it was somewhere in late 2009 when I heard about a new band in Vienna. It was a four-piece, an Instrumental Post-Whatever-Dance-Rock-band. The band of Michael and Peter. They formed it with Gunther and Werner – two drums, two guitars, using synths every now and then. I had no idea what to expect, so I took the first chance to go to one of their concerts and it totally blew my mind. The precession and dynamics paired with the drive was unbelievable. Yes, it was a Noiserock-band, but also a Dance-band as well. They created something very unique – not just their constellation and outfits were special, the music was something else as well. It united Rock-sounds and Dance-minimalistics in a perfect way.
Not much later we met at a bar in Vienna and started talking about a collaboration, to reunite Peter, Michael and myself again. As Werner and Gunther gave their ok as well, we “signed” a contract for their debut album “Power”, which took us another two years, until 2012, to be released. And what was a masterpiece back then, is still one to this day.
Sadly, it didn’t get as successful as it would have deserved and neither did the band. Maybe “Sex On The Beach” wasn’t the best name for a band? Maybe. But as many circles are closing in this anniversary project, I am very happy to release “Together In Motion”, one of the very last SOTB-songs ever recorded, in honor of a band that is no more. And I am still bummed about it.