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Abe Vigoda

„Abe Vigoda is alive“, says the Abe Vigoda status page. The American actor – who played a part in The Godfather – has not only inspired some internet humorists, but obviously also four guys from Inland Empire city Chino, California, who named their band after him. Abe Vigoda belong to the thriving scene around the L.A. music venue The Smell, which is famous for its creative and experimental DIY-approach that Abe Vigoda easily translate to a reduced semi-acoustic setting at the Donaukanal in Vienna. We wander around the streets some time in order to find a suitable spot for their rhythmic and frenetic performance of “Skeleton”, the title track of their third album. When Abe Vigoda set up their stuff under a bridge that resembles a reverse spider, passers-by stop and take pictures, joggers take a break from their workout and cyclists put their feet up for some moments. The Californians’ melodic, almost tropical arrangements thwart the industrial setting of the bridge pier and make it seem their natural stage for a few minutes.

  • Posted: September 27, 2009
  • Camera: Michael Luger
  • Sound Recording: Matthias Leihs
  • Post-Production: Simon Brugner
  • Photography: Simon Brugner