So this is my – as usual, highly subjective & unprofessional – series of live reviews, mostly concentrated on the rather experimental & distorted side of WAVES Festival:

For saturday, there will be nothing, though. i‘m busy playing a concert on that day myself in Salzburg, where me and the other members of CAROUSALS have the pleasure to share the bill w/ SEX JAMS.

IT‘S EVERYONE ELSE (SLO) @ clubschiff

This all-electronic duo merged powerviolence & breakcore assaults with dramatic, theatrical pop moments. Their distorted synth leads had a 90s-esque quality to them, while keeping dynamics comparable to ATARI TEENAGE RIOT with screamo vocals or even THE LOCUST. Hard to classify, but still a very interesting band to see live, with lots of energy. You wouldn‘t have expected such a ‚hardcore‘ band to play on this festival, it actually surprised me.

VORTEX REX (AT) @ flex café

This band has been around for some time, with Seayou Records mastermind Ilias Dahimene on guitar and vocals. Fairly solid DIY-rock n roll, highly influenced by all sorts or garage and surf. To me it seems, there’s not much more to say about them.

JAPANTHER (US) @ flex café

The second time seeing them after a experimental performance in the Augarten in 2012 (check the archives). Their regular set, propelled by a tape with all sounds other than bass and drums in playback. Might be one of the best live-bands around, they really live up to their reputation. JAPANTHER are the essence of what all pop-punk should be about: great melodies, passion and pure energy.

Honourable mentions: AMATORSKI, CSS. I stopped following the work of the latter after they‘d release ‚Off The Hook‘. The other were way too COLDPLAY-esque for my taste.