Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Chronic City

Chronic CityChronic City’s music will put you in good company! The duo from Vienna have one of the neatest songs we’ve come by this year –Key Biscayne. With the desire to hear more Chronic City vibes and learn more about the duo, the band took the time to answer some questions for AMBY. In their first interview ever, Chronic City talk about their upcoming EP, goth bands, and the first time they heard themselves on the radio!

AMBY: Hello Chronic City, what’s the band been up to lately?

Chronic City: We’re in the studio right now, working on something that reminds us vaguely of 80ies italo disco sounds. Google Ricchi E Poveri…

AMBY: For those who have yet to hear you, how would you describe your sound?

Chronic City: A label that was used by several people was “dream pop” and we’re quite OK with that. When we started working on this project, our idea was to create pop with a high quality standard; something that people would eventually dance to.

AMBY: Where did the name Chronic City come from?

Chronic City: That’s actually the name of a wonderful novel by Jonathan Lethem. It is one of the best reads we had in years and we liked the combination of those two words. The term “city” is something we wanted to integrate in our music: we use field recordings we made while traveling all over the world. On our first single “Key Biscayne”, you can hear waves recorded on the pacific coast of Peru. Our archive now contains samples from Europe, Asia, South America and so on.

AMBY: Chronic City have an EP to be released in June, extremely exciting! What should fans be expecting?

Chronic City: Every song will feature another singer; that´s part of the concept, we wanted work with several musicians from all over the map. Therefore, the songs might differ from each other, but the overall sound keeps all those influences together. In addition to this, we will include some of the aforementioned field recordings.

AMBY: Key Biscayne just makes us happy! Amazing song. How did you come up with it?

Chronic City: Thank you. There is actually no big story behind it, we were working on our first songs together and came up with this one, basically. We asked our french friend Henri Joel to sing it, he said yes, took a plane to Vienna and did all of the singing in a few hours.

AMBY: What’s one of the best moment you’ve had as a band so far?

Chronic City: The first time we heard “Key Biscayne” on the radio was great. Emanuel was sitting in his car and merely had a park crash. And then came the feedback on the blogs – do you know that this is actually our first interview?

AMBY: Has coming from Vienna had an influence on your music? If so, how?

Chronic City: Yes, because we never wanted to sound like anything else that came from here.

AMBY: What’s the best part about being in Chronic City?

Chronic City: It’s great to work with other musicians, to experience when they get creative. It’s a big learning process.

AMBY: If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you choose?

Chronic City: Uhm. Canada?

AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

Chronic City: David Bowie´s comeback.  Two Oscars for Austria. Seeing Nick Cave live in Paris. Field recordings in Sri Lanka, Dubai and France. Working with other musicians. Recording in a church. Starting 2013 with “The House That Heaven Buil” by Japandroid. Daft Punk´s comeback. Our ever growing studio.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Chronic City that nobody knows?

Chronic City: Before working together as “Chronic City”, we were both session musicians for a goth band. It didn´t suit us that well.


Thank you Chronic City, for giving us your answers!

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