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
Oh god, I don’t even know where to begin when writing about my relationship with The Striggles. I released their debut LP, which was titled “Expressionsim”, in 2009, with Ziggy gracing the front cover. It was a long time ago, but the real story started even earlier, somewhere in the 90s, when I was a fan of the Austrian noise-metal-industrial-outfit “Fetish 69” and travelled around Austria (and even Slovenia) to see them live. Back then, Robert Lepenik was the band’s guitar hero. So, when I received a letter in 2007, packed with a CD and signed by Robert, I was extremely excited. I listened to the music of “The Striggles” and was blown away. It was a very unique kind of noise-rock, packed with some blues influences. I fell in love and knew that I needed to release this album. Shortly after we met, made a deal and went on a journey that concluded with the release of their self-titled double LP (in cooperation with Rock is Hell Records). No worries, The Striggles are still active and our friendship strong, but we went our separate ways. Still, there was never a doubt in my mind to ask The Striggles to join the 15th anniversary singles club – and they of course said yes. And since you can never know what you would get if you ask them for music, I thought I was prepared for everything. I was sure nothing could surprise me. Well, I was wrong. They delivered “Eissalon”, an electro kind of “Schlager” track, which is perfect for dancing and the perfect track to complete the circle.
Words and Music by The Striggles (Kajkut, Krienzer, Lepenik, Plass)
Recorded and mixed by The Striggles
Thanks to Kurt Bauer for the beautiful violin tracks!
Bug from Innsbruck have been around since 1997, so for more than 20 years! And since I have known them, they have been living the DIY culture. I am not sure when I saw them live for the first time, but one thing is certain: they have been accompanying Noise Appeal Records since the very beginning. The first ever vinyl release of the label was the 27/Bug split LP, which we did in cooperation with Interstellar Records, the band’s long time label partner and homebase. As a friendship arose between the label’s girls and boys, the friendship with the guys from Bug grew as well. I truly love their energetic (and loud) concerts and it always is a pleasure to experience their grooves, their attacks and their energy. And even if the guys are probably among the nicest people I ever met, this band is a true beast, a monster, a true killer.
Music by Altmayer/Deutinger/Hofer
Lyrics by Dolp
Recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered by Magi (Mathias) Magerle
The path of twenty27seven and Noise Appeal Records crossed for the first time on the 15th of September in 2003, when we booked a concert for them at das Bach in Vienna. They were supported by United Movement, who got signed by the label as well. Well, but twenty27seven never really signed. We did some special projects together, like the split LP with Bug (the first vinyl released on Noise Appeal Records), a 7″ later on and then kind of became penpals. We did another concert with them in Vienna, in 2005 at the Shelter. Those are the facts.
More important is that twenty27seven are great people and through them, we got to meet and later on became friends with the people at Interstellar Records, whose paths we crossed a couple of times. Together, we realized projects, but more friendship-based. It’s a relationship that still exists, what makes me very happy! As I wrote, Interstellar is responsible for three more signings I did with Noise Appeal Records.
But back to twenty27seven, who managed to record one song for the label’s anniversary singles club. twenty27seven couldn’t have known how much they hit my heart with their cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”. I wouldn’t say that I’m a huge fan of Dolly, but she at least did one song that accompanied the probably most important moment in my life.
So, the circle is closed! The “Jolene” version of twenty27seven is unbelievable great and deeply touched me when I listened to it for the very first time. And it still does! Thank you twenty27seven!
“Jolene” (Dolly Parton) covered by twenty27seven
bass by Ayal Naor, drums by Terri Christopher, guitar by Adam McGrath, guitar & vocals by Maria Christopher
Recorded and mixed by twenty27seven
Reflector. What can I say, but wow? They are true Noise Appeal-veterans. 12 years ago, we joined forces to release their label-debut „Phantoms“. The first time I saw them live was at a concert at the fireworkers (?) hall in Weiz. Sure, Flowers In Concrete were a part of this event as well. Back then, Andi still had dreadlocks, now be both look a bit different. Because time’s running and so is our hair. But, the good thing is – the friendship always stayed, until this very day. We have worked together on several releases and you never know what the future might bring. As veterans and friends they needed to be a part of the „15th anniversary singles club“ too, because I just couldn’t imagine to do this without a track of Reflector. As they are writing new stuff and will probably release this new material soon, we decided to re-re-release an old one. No kidding. „Disillusion“ from the previously mentioned „Phantoms“ CD. The first re-release was for the ban’s 15th anniversary singles box (As I said: No kidding!) and I had the honor to be a guest vocalist for the re-release. So, this one got released on a huge birthday bash at Explosive in Graz, a couple of years ago. I joined them on stage that very night and the entire show got recorded. Therefore, the version of „Disillusion“ we played that night, featuring Martin Plass from The Striggles and ddkern from Bulbul, Fuckhead and thousands more, got mixed by Bernd Heinrauch and will be part of the labels „15th anniversary singles club“. If you wanna see me „rocking“ the stage with Reflector, just click this link: https://youtu.be/m5wBjkZxU0U
“Disillusion” featuring Martin Plass, Dominik Uhl and Ddkern (Didi Kern)
live Explosiv Graz, 24.11.2012 (15 years anniversery)
mixed by Bernd Heinrauch
Reflector is Andreas Heller and David Reumüller
The history of Doomina and Noise Appeal Records goes way back to 2013, when Daniel first asked me if I’d be interested in releasing their music. I was, but unfortunately didn’t have time nor the budget left to join the project. So Doomina released „Beauty“ by themselves. In 2015, the so called post-rock year of Noise Appeal Records (Lehnen released their label-debut in 2015 too), our paths crossed again and we finally did it: We released the band’s third self-titled album – a true blast of a postrock-album. It turned out amazing and our relationship devoeloped into a friendship. Since their debut „Elsewhere“ wasn’t released on vinyl, we did a very small run of „Elsewhere“-vinyl packed in a silkscreened jacket. And now, after a very long time of working and playing concerts, Doomina will be back with their fourth album, coming up on October 19th, 2018! Their track featured within the „15th anniversary singles-club“ is a small preview on how the album will sounds like. It’s probably the most poppy tune these guys have ever written. Poppy? Yes, it is – be prepared for the next step of my friends in Doomina!
Recorded and mixed by Marcolino Perdacher @ Pegel Studios
Music by Doomina Photo by Corinna Michl
To discover the actual album recordings of Couscous & Boris Hauf from two years ago was a great experience for me. And because it was that insane, I never doubted to release their record “Eisen”. Well, Couscous & Boris Hauf are not making an easy kind of music. You need to really engage with their music and dive into their art. But if you do, it will pay off. There are so many different layers you can and will uncover and each time you do, you will understand their music better and better. Besides the art they make, they are also great people. Meeting and chatting with them has always been a pleasure. Through the work and acquaintance with Couscous I met so many amazing new people and with some of them, I even started working on other projects. As you, dear readers, can see – every new acquaintance opens new doors and new possibilities. Just as much as Couscous’ music does. So do yourself a favour and start your expedition right now!
Guitar by Thomas Binder-Reisinger, Bass by Andreas Ledl, Saz by Martin Max Offenhuber, Oktapad by Ralph Wakolbinger, Synthesizer & Baritone Saxophone by Boris Hauf Music by Couscous & Boris Hauf Recorded by Gregor Tischberger & Matthias Kastner at GoldlackStudio, Vienna, January 2018 Edited by Martin Max Offenhuber, Mixed by Gregor Tischberger in February 2018
Photo by Klaus Pichler
A long time ago, I went on a private trip to Berlin, to attend the wedding of some very close friends. As far as I remember, this trip was the beginning of a relationship, which transformed into a friendship. Thomas and I usually meet whenever he’s in Vienna or when I fly out to Berlin, sometimes, we even manage to get together when we’re both in Poland.
What I came to know is that Thomas is one of these people who live for their passion, for music. His knowledge is insane and he’s always interested and open-minded. Of course, he’s very creative and gifted as well. So, he is running his own record label, Tomatenplatten, where he releases his own music and even manufactures vinyl by himself.
At one of our walks through Vienna, the idea was born to ask him if he wanted to join the Noise Appeal 15th anniversary singles club. He was immediately on board and did a great version of Grant Hart’s “Is The Sky The Limit”. Very reduced, with piano, flute and vocals. A song that, when I listened to it for the very first time, made me smile the same way as talking to Thomas does.
So, as another none-label-act, but a very inspiring person, it makes me very happy that he joined the project and shares a tiny piece of his musical output through my label with all of you. Thank you, Thomas!
Music and Lyrics: Grant Hart
Flute: Mila Morgenstern
Hella Comet are one of my long term-bands. We’ve been working together for more than seven years and it has always been a pleasure. We lived through so many adventures and trips that we became very close friends. I would never not meet them.
I still remember the call from my friend Richie from Interstellar Records a couple of years ago, when he told me about this band from Graz. They had just released an amazing album called “Celebrate Your Loss” on Pumpkin Records and were already working on new songs and if I could imagine signing them. As I always try to keep an eye on new music and artists, I have already known them and was really excited about Richie’s call. But in the back of my mind, I was also a bit sceptic if they weren’t too big for my rather small record label back in the day.
But we still met up and had a very nice chat – the rest is history! We’ve been touring together, gone to the Eurosonic Festival, recorded “Locust Valley” in Berlin, and released a 10” record as well as two full length albums – “Wild Honey” and “Locust Valley”.
But the best is that, after all this time together, our journey is still far from over. As proof, I am very happy to announce that Hella Comet recorded an exclusive song for the 15th anniversary singles club, called “turf”.
Music by Franz Gurt, Jürgen Hochsam, Martin Pfeiffer, Lea Sonnek
Lyrics by Lea Sonnek
Mixed by Bernd Heinrauch
When I heard about Flowers In Concrete are going to play a few shows again, I suddenly felt pretty young again, like having a special kind of back flash. Everyone has this one band that they can connect with, that means something – and Flowers In Concrete is mine. My time with Flowers In Concrete started when I began studying at a technical high school in the town next to my hometown. I slowly dropped out temporarily because of my passion for Noise Rock and Grunge to become a part of the small, but very much existing Hardcore Punk movement in my area. I was disrupted between the rough and heavy stuff from New York and the political Punk movement. I needed its heaviness and the message it transported and became a very important part of my development and made me the man I am today.
Then, there was this one band from a small village, called Flowers In Concrete. A band with that exact message, a band that oozed heaviness. At first, I didn’t get it, but then fell madly in love. To this day, I have seen them play live over a dozen of times and I still remember when sitting together with these guys, having a drink and chatting for the very first time. I always believed that there was a line between bands and their fans, a line that you don’t cross, but turns out, that’s not true. Therefore, I realized that I could bring some bands to my own hometown and start organizing concerts. For a few of them, I invited Flowers In Concrete.
Sadly, they never managed to release a record that was able to catch their true sound, the sound you hear when you stand in front of them, listening live. When I heard that they were out playing concerts again, it was around the same time I was planning the whole 15th anniversary club project. I suddenly felt like everything came back full circle, which is why I asked them if they would like to record a song for the club. In the end, they did, together with the help of Franz from Sissi Top Studio and Zwanzger from S.T.R.E.S.S. Studios. As the one and only exception, they have two songs on their side of the singles-club, which makes me incredibly happy and which will make you happy too, I promise.
Music by FIC, Lyrics by Tom Recorded by Franz (Hella Comet) on October 10th, 2017 at „Sisi-Top-Studio“ (firstname.lastname@example.org) Mixed by Tom Zwanzger (email@example.com) on October 24th, 2017 at S.T.R.E.S.S.-Studio (www.stressstudio.com) Flowers In Concrete are Tom (vox/guit), Pepi (drums) & Flax (vox/bass) (www.facebook.com/flowersinconcrete) We would like to thank Dominik Uhl & Noise Appeal Records, Franz & Hella Comet, Tom Zwanzger, Jo Höbel, Wolfgang Grill, Romeo Ried & JKZ Explosiv, Aya & Ginga, Raphael, Iva, Ulli, Ilka, Anna & Ilian.
Running a record label means, besides working for the existing roster, to always be aware of new bands and music. Visiting concerts, reading papers and magazines, listening to demo-recordings and then, to even more demo-recordings. You listen to a lot of crap, a lot of very good music and every now and then, you listen to an outstanding piece of music that fits your label’s profile.
The last thing happened somewhere in mid 2016, when I was e-mailing with Max and talking about several things and he mentioned his band TRACKER and that they recorded a new album. Shame on me that I hadn’t known them back then. Anyways: He sent me the recordings and well … “Rule Of Three” got released on June 16th, 2017 on Noise Appeal Records.
This album did hit and still hits me like not many records do. Even more: it makes me incredibly happy that TRACKER recorded one new song exclusively for the 15th anniversary singles-club of Noise Appeal Records, which is called “Set Controls To Stun” and drives forward, targeting a wall to hit it in full effect. If there is a typical TRACKER rock song existing, this is one of them: Noisy, melodic and heavy. Exactly how I love it and so will you!
Recorded by Christian Mayer & Tracker
Written & Mixed by Tracker
Photo by Elias Holzknecht (www.eliasholzknecht.at)
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.