Signed to Manchester’s hottest new record label 42s records. Reclaim Vienna burst onto the scene with the release of their debut single, Kick The Butterfly. “If you like Slow Readers Club, you’re going to love this! Go watch this new band at the intimate venues, before they explode and start selling out stadiums and cricket grounds in and around Manchester” Sophie Sviennson of XS Manchester radio. After selling out their first Manchester headline at Gulliver’s back in August, the band announced their biggest headline to date at The Bread Shed on 30th November, which is set to be another sell-out. A testament to the band’s excellent live sound.
The band consists of Twin Brothers Danny (songwriter/guitar) and Ryan Smith (drums). Lead singer Jonathan Steen, lead guitar Ryan Harlow, synth player Harry Woodrow and bass player Paul Hill. The band’s hometown is Winsford, Cheshire.
Please introduce yourselves to our readers, who you are, what you play and how you formed?
My name is Danny and I am the guitarist and songwriter in Reclaim Vienna. We’re a 6 piece indie/electronic band from Cheshire. We formed just over 12 months ago. Five of us were previously in a band together but after we parted ways with the singers we recruited Steeno. The members are myself, Steeno (singer), my twin brother Ryan (drummer), Harry Woodrow (Synth), Paul Hill (bass) and Ryan Harlow (lead guitar).
What style of music would you describe yourself as and what influences do you draw upon?
I believe the best way to describe us is night club music with a modern indie twist. We incorporate electronic synth tracks with songs that are written in a traditionally pop fashion. Our aim from the outset was to create joyous music that people would want to dance to. We draw upon quite a few influences but I’d say primarily we take influence from 1980s synth bands, for example, Yazoo and New Order. In more recent times, I’d say our biggest influence is The Slow Readers Club.
What are you currently up to at the moment music-wise?
We have recently signed to 42s Records and just released our debut single ‘Kick the Butterfly’ with them. We have recently played the Manchester Food and Drink Festival for XS Manchester’s acoustic sessions. On the 27th October, we play at the Rose and Monkey in Manchester followed by a headline gig at Telford’s in Chester. Next month we intend to release our second single with 42s Records to tie in with our biggest headline gig to date at The Bread Shed in Manchester on Saturday 30th In December we are set to play at the Waterloo in Blackpool for HMV. We have a lot to look forward to!
And outside of music, how’s life in general?
It’s a good time to be alive. The band recently got signed, I’ve also recently got engaged, I’m a French teacher and my school just got it’s best ever GCSE results and my son has scored 6 goals in 5 games winning man of the match three times along the way so all in all it’s going well! I just need Everton to sort themselves out now but I know that I can’t have everything, ying and yang and all that.
What’s the happiest lyric you’ve ever written?
‘Let’s get loaded, let’s throw caution to the wind, get excited, get high on life. Triangular cigarettes. Purple skittles with an imprint of a heart, let’s get lost together. I’m cool with it if you’re cool with it too.
And the saddest…?
‘Father don’t go, stay another minute here, get down from your pedestal, and heaven let me know you’re here, let’s point at a rainbow and take the gold.
Would you rather live in a Yellow Submarine or an Octopus’s Garden and why?
A yellow submarine. No one needs things living in their garden, do they?
What’s the best venue you’ve played so far and what’s would be your dream venue?
Gullivers in Manchester. It was out first sold-out gig and it sold out within a week. The high stage combined with the projector allowed Harry (synth) to create visuals. At our level that is something, we cannot do often. Speaking for myself here I would say The Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury. It’s part of British history and all of my heroes have played there. I also think in more recent times it’s become somewhat of a statement to headline, you have to be one of the biggest acts in the world to do it.
If you could support any band, past or present who would it be and why?
Growing up, they were everything I aspired to be. They have always said Ian Brown was their influence to getting on the stage because they perceived him to be very much like themselves. Oasis did that for many bands too, me included. They had nothing when they started out and became the biggest band in the world writing some unrivalled songs along the way. Also, in the early 90s, they looked like they were having the time of their lives. I’d support them during that time period!
What’s the best thing about being in a band?
What it has always been, writing music that matters to people. Being apart of something that brings people together.
What’s the best thing about being in a band?
And the hardest…?
Cool With It.
What tune should readers listen to right now that sums you up the best?
New Order – Sub Culture
Liam or Noel: Liam
Boris or Jezza: Neither
Pineapple on pizza?: No chance.
Beatles or Stones: Beatles