Some facts in life, taken for granted because of what we've been taught via parental doctrine and school textbooks, are self-explanatory: the Earth is round, water boils at 100°C and freezes at 0°C, 2+2=4 unless you are Thom Yorke showing off that you've read George Orwell's 1984. In the same vein of undeniable statements, here's a music-related fact: Trouble Over Tokyo live is amazing. And so are the younger, but just as professional, Destroy, Munich.

I had the chance to experience both more than once and in different settings. The Haus der Musik yard, with a glass roof overhead and a stage set up between elevator and museum ticket counter, is an interesting location, partly because of how crowded free shows can get, partly also because of the wide range of people you encounter in the audience. Last but not least, in spite of the narrow and high constitution of the place, there are exceptionally good acoustics, where instruments don't blend into each other in a fuzz of noise the way they do at other venues.

Venue aside: sometimes you get so used to seeing certain musicians onstage, especially when they are a local band and do regular shows, that you forget what the music feels like. The kids from Destroy, Munich are exceptionally good, delightfully friendly and have a thing for trading instruments on stage, which makes it all the more exciting, when all of a sudden the violin player is behind the drums and a boy stopped hugging his double bass to hit all of the right keys on a keyboard. Then you have a mysterious plastic apple that turns into a rhythmic instrument (like maracas), a slightly nervous cover of Phil Phillips' 'Sea of Love' (made a little more famous by Cat Power), a recurrent glass-wearing theme on stage (though I believe only a couple of them really need glasses.. or not?), and to finish it off, a song with a tinge of a Michael Jackson-like background jingle.

The comparison to Arcade Fire comes in quite handy, though a little off: other than the fact that they are a collective and vaguely sounding similar, they have less things in common than one would originally think. Their sound is less full of angst, a tiny bit poppy-er, more in the vein of another Austrian Band: Francis International Airport (of animal-mask-wearing fame). I know I'm repeating myself but: Go. See. Them. Absolutely.

Next up is the British, but at-home-in-Austria Toph Taylor, whose stage name recently stirred waters for obvious reasons we will not get into (*cough cough* Japan *cough cough*) in our 'introducing..' article a couple of weeks back. I've pretty much said everything there is to say about how exciting, thrilling, entertaining and gorgeous (apart from the sneakers not matching the suit which is why they are not portrayed here) Trouble Over Tokyo are on stage; everything is exactly how it is on the perfectly-produced album The Hurricane, released at the end of last year, but more enthralling, more ear-catching, and, to make a long story short: Better.

So to the girl who went to school with me in Vienna and who I bumped into at a party a couple of years ago as she complained that the indie music scene around here is dead or maybe never even existed I'll say: you didn't know where to look. Tokyo and Munich are where it's at.

Trouble Over Tokyo will be touring the UK in early April, check his website for information.