Shortly before the end of the My Ugly Clementine show at Vienna’s WUK, one of the musicians remarked: “Our concerts seem to me like these well-yes podcasts that you listen to while cleaning.”
A gross misjudgment – at least as far as the music is concerned. In March 2020, the rock band founded by bassist and Leyya frontwoman Sophie Lindinger and Mira Lu Kovacs released the album “Vitamin C”, which received the “European Independent Album Of The Year” award. The quartet shows why at the release concert, which was more than two years late: It has great songs with distinctive refrains like “Who”, “Try Me” or “I’ll Never Be Yours”. And – when it forgets its surroundings and rocks free – an irresistibly sweeping effect.
Then the long hair of Lindinger and guitarist Nastasja Ronck flew, while Kem Kolleritsch (Kerosin95) slammed the drums as if she wanted to destroy the skins, and Kovacs rocked his mop of hair as if in a trance.
The problem (and presumably what was meant by the podcast Putz quote) is the in-between. There is a lot of talk. As if you were in the living room with friends.
On the one hand, this is sympathetic because it is honest, but in terms of content it often indicates a lack of self-confidence. Lindinger is even open about how nervous she is. In addition, there are technical problems to be solved, which are exchanged.
It just takes too long, not only because it can hardly be heard further back. The tension built up by the songs falls away again. That’s a pity, because My Ugly Clementine can also inspire live. More self-confidence would therefore not only be effective, but also absolutely justified.