The German word “Zeitreise” means “Time Travel.” Our 2018 trip to Austria inspired our song with the same title because we were often going back in time, thinking about our experiences. After returning home on Monday, we can say that this was a perfect name for our 2019 trip. It felt like we were able to travel right back to where we left off with all of our friends who we’d met in 2018. Now that we’re home, we wouldn’t mind going back in time to see all of these beautiful people again.
One of our main takeaways from this trip was the way our music was received. We were able to connect with audiences through our songs, some of which, they’d never heard before. Feeling their reaction to the music allowed us to effortlessly reciprocate that energy. Each show we played was unique in style, and each contained its own amazing scenery.
We again had the pleasure of sharing our music with the 3D Class at Altes Gymnasium Leoben, and were happy to hear the students share some of their own musical experiences. We attended our first Stammtisch thanks to an invitation from our friends Robert and Lena Koditsch, and got to connect with a great group of people who share our same enthusiasm for music.
In addition to the privilege of playing these shows, we are so lucky to have a group of friends who are always eager to show off different aspects of their beautiful country. This year’s trip included sight seeing in Gmunden, Hallstatt, Salzburg, Graz, and Leopoldsteinersee. We went whitewater rafting for the first time with expert tour guides Mario Aigner and Gerhard Wendler, and we continued last year’s hiking trend with our friend Nico Aschauer leading the way. For the Austrians, these were small things. For the Americans, this lead to a lot of napping in the back yard.
Each of our friends welcomed us into their homes and made us feel like a part of their family, and each audience embraced us and our music in the same way.
Savannah Butler and Sonja Hochfellner did a wonderful job at capturing a lot of these moments in their photographs, and our new friend Francesco Picasso helped tremendously with promotions.
We must say a special Thank You to our Austrian manager, Anna-Denise Aigner-de Oliveria, who worked tirelessly putting together all of the shows and travel logistics. Without her, none of this would be possible.
Lots of music, lots of beer, lots of goulash, and a ton of pure beauty all the way around. We are grateful for our Austrian community of friends and family, and we aren’t done talking about any of this just yet. We’re looking forward to sharing more stories with you, and are full of new ideas that you’ll hear this summer in new music.