Formed in 2018, Reclaim Vienna met growing up in the neighbouring towns of Winsford and Northwich, Cheshire, bonding over their shared love of music.
They class their sound as “Modern Indie Synth-Wave” or “Electronic Pop Music” – blending synth tracks/loops, anthemic guitar hooks, stomping drumbeats and catchy pop choruses. The band put it like this: “It’s basically nightclub music with a pop twist, the kind of music you want to dance to. We want people to come alive to our music.”
This is evident in both their debut release Kick The Butterfly and more so in new release Paris. Comparisons have been made to New Order, Duran Duran, and The Slow Readers Club, all of which the band agrees are an influence, along with classic 80’s electronic music. The lads have been making a big impact with their live gigs – having recently played a sell-out Manchester show to a fantastic reaction. Paris is already filling the dance floor at 42nd Street nightclub and was released via streaming platforms only on Friday the 6th December last year. We asked the band to tell us more about what makes them tick.
What made you want to get into music?
My Dad. From a very young age, he played music around the house and took my brother and I to concerts and festivals. I remember watching different bands and thinking I want to do that. I asked my Mum for a guitar and forced my brother to want to play drums. It went from there really. We wrote our first song at about 12 years old and it’s gone on from there.
What inspires you to write?
Anything and everything. Personal relationships, other people’s relationships. Anything that causes me to feel something. Songwriting for me has always been an expression of emotion, I write because I have something to say or something to get off my chest. It’s quite a selfish way to write but I’ve always enjoyed songs/lyrics that mean something to someone.
Who has had the most influence on your music?
There are many influences behind our music. There are six of us in the group who all bring something different to our final sound. It’s hard to pinpoint a certain person/band. I’ve always listened to a range of different genres and I take influences from everywhere when I’m writing songs.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced in your career so far?
Building things to the current line up and songs – we had a few setbacks with people leaving, but it was for the better. We were using a different name at that stage. Once we met Jon (lead singer) it has been great. It feels like we’ve been together for years and I’ve known him much longer than I actually have. Sometimes things happen that can’t be explained, this is one of them. We decided to have a fresh start at that point, so writing a brand-new set of songs was a challenge
What has been the nicest thing ever written about you?
Sophie Sveinsson on XS Manchester Radio wrote that people should start coming to see us before they are paying £40-£50 a ticket to see us. That was nice, to have someone like that saying something so positive. I’m often humbled with everyone’s kind comments. It still blows my mind hundreds of people want to come and watch us. I believe we’re good but when you have so many people singing our songs it’s like wow, fair one.
What has been the best and worst gig you’ve ever played?
The best gig we’ve played is the Bread Shed in Manchester, the place was packed, the venue is great, and the crowd were amazing. The worst gig was one we played at a Craft Centre. It was a charity gig we’d planned ourselves. It started to rain, and I had no shelter from it. The rest of the band was fine, but the roof didn’t stretch as far as me. Guitar wet…pedals wet…grim!
What is the last album you played on Spotify?
Why me? Why not? (Liam Gallagher’s most recent album.)
If you could support any band who would it be and why?
The Slow Readers Club. I’ve followed them for years and I’ve even played on the same bill. They’ve been one of two bands I’ve seen grow like that in my lifetime. Them and the Arctic Monkeys. I’ve stood in their crowds (SRC), I’ve even met them a couple of times too and I’ve always wanted to be a part of one of their gigs. I was at their Manchester Apollo gig and it was stunning. So yeah, SRC!
What other bands do we need to be checking out right now?
The Slow Readers Club, Attic Doctors, Bines, The Ninth Wave, and Narrow Margin
Give us a few hints on what’s in store next for you?
Our second single Paris was released on 6/12/19 on 42’s records. In 2020 we are going on a run of dates from the end of February to early April. We have gigs planned in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, and Sheffield so far. Then there will be more new music released with 42’s Records.