Bilderbuch are a wayward quartet from the land of Conchita Wurst. They released two albums in 2009 and 2011 with an interesting mix of prog-rock and art-punk. More recent EP’s and single’s show the Austrians move to more funky and electronic grounds. The result is insanely eccentric and entertaining. The band’s 2013 EP Feinste Seide (finest silk) especially is a feast of experimentation with strikingly catchy results. The EP’s lead single Maschin is a delicious piece eurodance with a chorus that sounds even more like Modern Talking than Empire Of The Sun. The video for the song is equally brilliant with singer Maurice Ernst erotically exploiting the timeless faux pas of the yellow racing car. The band’s latest single Om echoes the work of Falco, who was a pioneer of Deutsches Hip Hop in the 80’s. In terms of flamboyance Bilderbuch are very much in the same league as their late fellow countryman. Whether their songs are about moonboots or the frustration of spilling yogurt on your blouse, the deliverance is consistently over-the-top and always at risk of ending in a orgasmic two-minute psychedelic guitar solo. I’m looking forward to the band’s fourth album which will be released later this year with the title SCHICK SCHOCK.
Bilderbuch will be performing on friday the 16th at Vera.