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The Wooden Birds

The last time we accompanied a band to the Arne-Karlsson Park, it was cold, dark and there was no living soul around. Unlike the former nightly Shout Out Louds performance on a half pipe, The Wooden Birds’ park visit on a spring afternoon immediately allures a cloud of interested bystanders. Kids and more kids. It is no secret that they are the most forthright and unsophisticated audience to convince, as they act so much on impulse. If they like something, they stop by, or if they don’t care, they go on doing whatever more or less important thing they were doing before. In this case Austin-based Andrew Kenny and his bandmates fascinate many and captivate some. Maybe kids in Vienna are too shy to act out like the ones that do the cutest dancing ever in the “Take-Away-Show with Menomena in Paris. The Wooden Birds’ mellow and pulsatile sound might not get the Austrian kids booty-shakin’, but they still leave a strong impression on them. So strong that the encouraging words of the woman holding the young boy’s hand (“Do you want to dance? You know how do dance…”) seem not to reach him anymore. He is awestruck.

  • Posted: June 24, 2009
  • Camera: Christian Köck
  • Sound Recording: Matthias Leihs
  • Post-Production: Simon Brugner
  • Photography: Simon Brugner