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Atari Teenage Riot present XXXRAVE, live in Hamburg

Tim Gauthier

Atari Teenage Riot bring to you the XXXRAVE — A new live show in Hamburg, Germany spanning between genres of Dubstep, Electro Punk, Drum N Bass, and Digital Hardcore. This unique show will feature live sets from ATR and Rowdy Superstar, along with DJ sets from Alec Empire, CX Kidtronik, and others. Check out the full details here.

Atari Teenage Riot “Black Flags” – First Occupy Movement Anthem

Tim Gauthier

Dangerous Minds dub the ATR current single “Black Flags” as the first Occupy Wall Street anthem. Read more…

The latest single from album ‘Is This Hyperreal?’, explodes as a political anthem declaring Atari Teenage Riots’ support for Anonymous’ human rights campaign. The viral videos for “Black Flags” exhibit several ardent visuals, such as monolithic black flags, anonymity and “corpsing”.

Atari Teenage Riot “Black Flags” – 2nd Video Edit Released!

Tim Gauthier

Fans are still submitting their videos for the Atari Teenage Riot viral video of the new single “Black Flags.” We now have the second version which includes cameo appearances by Steve Aoki and Boots Riley, along with more clips from Occupy Wallstreet, 99%, and a new exclusive message at the end from Anonymous.

Lets keep this movement going! Watch and forward to your colleagues and clients.

Message from Atari Teenage Riot:
“Atari Teenage Riot wants YOU to be in their viral video for “Black Flags.”

If you want to be in the video and show that you support the ideals mentioned above, please send us the following footage:

· Take your mobile phone, webcam or any other camera and film yourself lip-synching the song http://soundcloud.com/alec_empire/atari-teenage-riot-black-flags

· Have a black flag in the background, or hold it while you’re lip-syncing. (The black flag motif will link all images together. If you don’t have one to hand, use a black T-shirt, pull it inside out, stick the arms into it…there you go.)

· You can choose any location for it. If you want to do it at home, great. If you know a crazy location, do it there. (In front of your school or university? At a shopping mall? With your friends at a party?)

· We will use fragments of all videos, which are sent in and ultimately add all of you to the official video.

· If you want to support the idea but want to do so anonymously, you can cover your face. No problem.

for more information please go to: http://www.atari-teenage-riot.com

Nic Endo presents “Freak”, a fragrance by Illamasqua

Tim Gauthier

“Freak is a concoction of dangerously exotic unconventional flowers which Illamasqua has unashamedly blended together to celebrate the night.”

Nic Endo of Atari Teenage Riot is the face of the new Illamasqua fragrance “Freak”, which is set for a worldwide launch in the coming months. She has signed on to the campaign, presenting the line with voice and commercial ads throughout the web, radio, and extended retail locations.

The new brand Illamasqua stems from Joe Corre of Agent Provokateur, and it’s co-founders;
– Alex Box: Groundbreaking makeup artist, with design collaborations including Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, McQ, and Gareth Pugh
– David Vanian: Lead singer of The Damned
– Anja Huwe – Lead Singer and Frontman of the legendary X-Maul Deutschland

Check out the new fragrance line in full detail by visiting their website here.

… Official Atari Teenage Riot Tour Dates:
“Is This Hyperreal? Tour 2011”
– The ultimate protest album of the Google age, presented by DIM MAK, Vice Magazine, & Intro Magazine
12.10.2011 DE-Berlin, Astra
13.10.2011 DE-Leipzig, Werk II
14.10.2011 DE-Cottbus, Gladhouse
15.10.2011 PL-Warsaw, Progresja
16.10.2011 PL-Wroclaw, Firlej
21.10.2011 AT-Dornbirn, Dornbirn
22.10.2011 DE-Stuttgart, Universum
28.10.2011 NL-Dordrecht, Bibelot
29.10.2011 NL-Haarlem, Patronaat
31.10.2011 FR-Lille, Aeronef
01.11.2011 FR-Clermont-Ferrand, “La Cooperative de Mai”
03.11.2011 FR-Saint-Etienne, Le Fil
04.11.2011 FR-Nantes, Le Ferrailleur
17.11.2011 JP-Tokyo, Liquidroom
18.11.2011 JP-Osaka, Fanj Twice
19.11.2011 JP-Nagoya, Club Quattro
23.11.2011 RU-Moscow, KKZ “MOSKVA” NEW VENUE!!!
24.11.2011 RU-St. Petersburg, Glavclub
25.11.2011 FI-Helsinki, Nosturi
26.11.2011 SE-Stockholm, Debaser
02.12.2011 DK-Copenhagen, The Rock
03.12.2011 DE-Hamburg, Gruenspann (ATARI TEENAGE RIOT XXXMAS RAVE 2011!!!! ATR live plus open end party! Alec Empire & CX Kidtronik DJ-Sets plus special guests from LONDON!!!!)

www.atari-teenage-riot.com

Alec Empire Interviewed at Optimus Alive Festival in Portugal

Tim Gauthier

Alec Empire of Atari Teenage Riot meets up with Geracao Cascais at Portugal’s Optimus Alive Festival to discuss the previous and future sound of ATR, pop music, the Black Flags movement, and political activism- all so fashionably inclined with the Dim Mak Black ‘Logo Tee’, for sale here.

Atari Teenage Riot: Highest Rated Band at M´era Luna Festival

Tim Gauthier

Atari Teenage Riot reaches out to a new audience, scores highest at Mera Luna, Germany’s biggest goth/industrial festival etc.

ATR is blowing audiences away everywhere they turn up:




and many others…

A review of the ATR show at Mera Luna Festival (Germany)

Reflections of Darkness rated the ATR performance as follows:
Music: 10
Performance: 10
Sound: 9
Light: 9
Total: 9.5 / 10

…It simply just does’t get much better than that.

Anonymous x Atari Teenage Riot

Tim Gauthier

Atari Teenage Riot has teamed up with hacker activist group Anonymous for their new single ‘Black Flags’ and its related viral video project. Since then the track has appeared on many Anonymous online clips.

There are worldwide protests happening worldwide right now, we are seeing a lot of action all across the USA as well. Occupy Wallstreet is one of them…Atari Teenage Riot is heading out on a 2 months tour, which include Europe, Japan and Russia!

London Riots August 2011 | By: Alec Empire

Tim Gauthier

About 15 hours ago or so I was listening to Obama’s voice over the internet…online radio…

I was doing something else, nothing important really… I had returned from Japan a few days before, but somehow this time jetlag had hit me pretty hard despite having played such energetic shows over there…

Sometimes in the past I felt nothing, but this time it was like that scene in Fight Club in which Edward Norton lays on the couch with his remote control, flicking through TV channels, suffering from insomnia. The only difference was that I had got rid of my TVset almost 10 years ago. I had three totally different books in front of me, couldn’t focus at all.

But when Obama came on, I suddenly felt a shot of adrenaline, I woke up. He was talking about how “Standard & Poor’s doubted our political system’s ability to act” – the US had been downgraded to an AA+ level. The debt level was increased, the problems far from solved. The information wasn’t what alerted me, it was the tone of his voice.

When Obama got elected, he convinced a whole generation just by speaking to them in a certain way, that democracy and capitalism will work out for everybody. We CAN change and improve things. Even though I come from a very different political standpoint and I am very aware of the power of the system, when it comes to the system changing individuals who tried to change it, I heard an honesty in this man’s voice which was rare amongst politicians. But suddenly what seemed to have changed mostly for me was his voice. It was the voice of a man who failed badly but out of respect for his listeners was performing a duty. The job of being President.

We live in a society which has no place for optimism anymore. It’s gone. Nobody wants to take the risk and predict a future, mainly because everybody feels powerless. Nobody even wants to take the responsibility and take matters into their own hands.

It’s stagnant. Establishments are regarded as fools. It is a constant battle between the ‘wisdom of the crowd’ and the ‘mob mentality’.

So while I was starting to feel like I was actually back in Berlin and awake, I looked outside the window, down on the street in which Atari Teenage Riot had played the peace demonstration on May 1st 1999. Thousands of people protested against Germany’s first involvement in an attack war since World War II. I remembered when I was on the microphone during a song and saw how the police beat into the, at that point, peaceful crowd. Of course the situation escalated, it’s all on film. Even though the images have become iconic and still give viewers the chills, but in my opinon they also tell a story of failure…

There is a long tradition in Berlin that the labor day, the 1st May ends in violence. In 1999 it was supposed to be different. The intent was to get across how serious people treat this issue of Germany sending their soldiers to war. The police failed, because they didn’t break up the crowd and things got out of hand. We all failed to get the real message across. The media had their images of violence, and basically a decade later, it seems perfectly ‘normal’ for German politicians to send troops into other countries.

Violence is always the result of people failing. Failing to communicate, failing to take responsibilities, failing to solve problems. Always.

Now the street in Berlin, Kreuzberg looks peaceful and quiet. Like it did a day before May 1st 1999 and the day after.

I turned back to my computer. The different news feeds were sending update after update. “Freddie Mac reports 2nd quarter loss, asks for $1.5B in federal aid”, “Bank of America now down -20.31%”, “Asia stocks fall after U.S. #stocks dive”, “Losses accelerating at Australian stock market; S&P/ASX200 index off 5%”

At the exact same time, more reports about looting in London, riots, clashes with police.

When European politicians discussed the crisis in Europe over the past weeks, you couldn’t help but get the impression that ‘the markets’ were some sort of wild untamable beast for them. One wrong word and bang, the swarm moving into another direction could destroy you. It makes people manipulate facts, makes people hide problems instead of solving them.

In situations of great stress and pressure most people just react to fear. When we want to understand the reasons for violence, we must look at fear first.

Once the snowball starts rolling, the destructive dynamic of it all can become so big, it takes a long time to heal and to repair the damage.

Vocalist Carl Crack sang in the Atari Teenage Riot song from 1993, an adaption of Sham 69′s ‘If the kids are united’ that

“the violence is a disease – it will become parts of our lives and our future if we don’t DO something against it! If we put our energies together it can be a very powerful era!”

The song was a reaction to the racist attacks by Neo-Nazis in reunified Germany which made most people call for more police, more laws, harder punishment. Carl was basically saying that we must act without waiting for the help of big brother government.

The link between Neo-Nazi ideology spreading and receiving more support and conservative right wing politics of the German government were clearly visible at the time.

There is a connection between mob, political leaders and those who do nothing and watch in apathy…

How often did we think about that in Germany since we were children? I can’t count it… How did Facism happen? How could people let it happen half a century ago? So when you constantly deal with the consequences of that history, you will always reach the point where you must think about the dangers and dynamics of the ‘mob mentality’.

It spreads like a virus, but make no mistake. When riots and violence occur they are always the result of those in power failing.

When a corrupt system falls apart, it never happens in a ‘controlled’ and ‘thoughtful’ way (apart from maybe GDR in 1989 which is almost a miracle in history). Real riots are not lead by intellectuals who read Marx, so don’t expect it.

But also don’t step into the mainstream media mouse trap:

The August riots in London have nothing to do with ‘anarchy’, they are the fruits of capitalism and the consequences of government decisions.

If you think ‘mindless thugs’ have ‘nothing to do with society’ and your part in it, you might be part of the problem.

To make it clear: I don’t justify or judge anything. I am saying there will be more because the system doesn’t work anymore.

I don’t think in terms of morals, wrong and right. So when this stuff happens, it is EVERYBODY’s fault. mine, yours, theirs.

It is frustrating how some people let politicians & bankers set fire to whole countries’ economies and their future but now are in shock of the results. People who commented were speaking as if a natural, unexpected disaster came over them, one that they didn’t have any control over or could have not prevented.

I know everybody got used to torture & war during the Bush years. But here is a reminder: Violence is ALWAYS a failure and a sign of when things go very wrong.

Reading opinions of other music fans from the UK I realized during that quiet night in Berlin, that people repeated commentaries of mainstream media, but disguised them as their own opinions.

The reporters kept repeating the same words over and over again: Mindless violence.

You got the impression that either this was decided before they arrived at the scenery or they kept copying and pasting from each other.

What struck me is how they made “mindless violence” sound like a crime in such a way that you ended up suggesting that “thoughtful violence” is justified in our society.

I lean back and read Wikileaks Twitter “The BBC can interview the Taliban, but is apparently incapable of a single meaningful interview with a London protester. “protesters” or “rioters”, there are no interviews, but endless pathetic commentary.”

It makes me think… Why do people divide between rioters and protestors? Aren’t those as ‘guilty’ who stood by and watched how a whole generation of young people were put into a corner where there is absolutely no way forward anymore? Morally is there a difference between a corporation which pays workers overseas pretty much nothing for manufacturing trainers and teenagers who steal them?

Who is attacking your property more? The looters who throw a brick into your window or the government who lends so much money that your children won’t be able to pay off the debts?

I keep reading….

Oh yes, the first voices as expected, demanding more police & higher budgets for police …while cuts in education were totally ok just a few months ago.

Having more police on the street can only be a reaction to violence, while EDUCATION PREVENTS violence. (As logically as it sounds to us, it is a threat to some in power because then the whole passive consumer business model doesn’t work anymore)

All these things are connected.

There’s a unified axis of government and corporate power, lawless and unrestrained. That’s what we should talk about. Corporations exploit the power of the state to further enhance their power and the real criminals get away. There’s a class war going on… And it’s the rich who are waging it.

Our society has a huge problem to solve. Let’s identify it properly and understand it so we can start acting because “praying for london” won’t do it….


Alec Empire / Atari Teenage Riot waving huge Anti Fascist Action flag at Fusion Festival. (taken by Freda)

posted by Alec Empire for EYHO Blog Berlin

Atari Teenage Riot in WIRED Magazine

Tim Gauthier

Check out the write up and photos below taken from Septembers issues of Wired Magazine.

In 1997, Rage Against The Machine took a support act on their “Evil Empire” tour called Atari Teenage Riot. These radical techno-punks, with their veneration of the Atari ST computer that they used to control their synths, ruffled a few feathers. “The engineers would say, ‘You guys want to kill rock and roll,’ recalls Alec Empire, ATR’s Berlin-based frontman. “‘If everyone just put a computer on stage we wouldn’t have a job.'”

Today the band is touring Is This Hyperreal?, their first studio album in over a decade, at a time when information technologies pervade music. But the disruptive effect of the group’s hardware hasn’t been neutralised, says Empire, 39. Rather, it has evolved.

On the Atari, all of the musical data is hand-coded: every note, pitch bend and velocity. “It’s weird loading up information written in 1992 — I wonder who else could understand it. So perhaps the computer can now be seen as an instrument,” says Empire. “Then the question is how much more modern does music made on a modern computer sound?”

The group’s “glitchy” tones — a kind of designed imperfection — also have new meaning. From music to nuclear energy, “people look at technology as a religion and say, ‘This will solve all our problems.’ I’m very sceptical about that.”

To here to see the article on Wired.

Video: Atari Teenage Riot – Blood In My Eyes

Tim Gauthier

Atari Teenage Riot ‘Blood In My Eyes’ featured on Rodney on the Roq’s playlist! Time for Nic Endo to put focus on the main message of the song. She filmed this a few days ago.

With one of the most influential shows to ever hit mainstream radio, humble tastemaker Rodney Bingenheimer has significantly propelled the careers of artists like The Ramones, The Smiths, and the Sex Pistols. His show “Rodney on the Roq” has been on the air for over 35 years, developing him a reputation as Los Angeles’ kingmaker of up-and-coming bands. As one of the only radio disc jockeys to ever support the Punk/Rock/New Wave scene, Rodney has impacted mainstream music and molded it into what it is today.

See the full playlist on kroq.radio.com and click here to view the current tour dates for Atari Teenage Riot. atari-teenage-riot.com

Note: All characters in this video are fictional and they were played by actors.

Atari Teenage Riot wants YOU to be in their video for “Black Flags.”

Tim Gauthier

Atari Teenage Riot puts a great deal of thought into their videos and if you are an ATR fan and this is something you might be interested in, see below to learn more about “Black Flags,” the political ideals of ATR, and how to get involved.

 

 

 
 


Atari Teenage Riot – Black Flags (Viral)

Producer: Atari Teenage Riot
Editing and parts of the filming: Marty
Actors: ATR, ATR fans up to the world’s population

 
 
Concept:

Atari Teenage Riot wants to make a video statement with their new single “Black Flags” and involve their fans and others who support the idea behind the song.

In the past decade we have witnessed how dangerous corruption can be for ordinary citizens (from Fukushima to the financial crisis, we could even include the current phone hacking scandals in the UK in this. The list goes on. Almost weekly more shocking news is being published).

Corporate greed has too often put the lives of people in danger. Many ask themselves if Washington is still run by elected politicians or instead by the lobbyists of multinational corporations.

Citizens point the finger at individual politicians and try to blame them, however, it is becoming clearer and clearer that this is a global problem. There is a similar pattern in many different countries all over the world.

Historically, the Black Flag stood for not belonging to a certain Nation State (due to the fact that no national colours were used on it). For the band it means also that no individual can look at him/herself as superior to others just because of his/her national identity.

The mainstream media often looks at ‘consumers’ and labels them as ‘apathetic’. We see the exact opposite at our concerts. And not only that… The protests around the world indicate that at this point in time there is more political activism than ever before.

Cynics always find many reasons for not doing anything and being miserable. Often they say that the world is too ‘complex’ to get involved. We believe that even though the world is complex, there are some fundamental ideas which are powerful. Respect for another human being, for example, is a fundamental idea which grants great power.

If you agree to the basic principles of equality and freedom, join us and make a statement!

The visuals of Atari Teenage Riot videos have always been very important. Directors like Philipp Virus, Andrea Giacobbe, John Hillcoat, and Zan Lyons have done an excellent job in working together with the band and getting the message across to a wide audience.

Remember ‘Speed’, ‘Revolution Action’, ‘Too Dead For Me’ or ‘Activate’, we want ‘Black Flags’ to follow in those footsteps but with one key difference: We want you to be in it!

Atari Teenage Riot has started working on the video already. If you want to be in the video and show that you support the ideals mentioned above, please send us the following footage:

– take your mobile phone, webcam or any other camera and film yourself lip-synching the song (lyrics below)

– have a black flag in the background, or hold it while you’re lip-syncing. (The black flag motif will link all images together. If you don’t have one to hand, use a black t-shirt, pull it inside out, stick the arms into it…there you go.)

– you can choose any location for it. If you want to do it at home, great. If you know a crazy location, do it there. (In front of your school or university? At a shopping mall? With your friends at a party?)

– We will use fragments of all videos which are sent in and ultimately add all of you to the official video.

The video will be online and we will fill in the blank spots more and more over the coming weeks until the new single is released. But the process will not end with the release of the single. We have remixes coming! So if you have a great idea that you can put in place after the release date, do it, we will keep adding as long as we are getting material from you all!

– If you want to support the idea but want to do so anonymously, you can cover your face. No problem.

– Please always send in a video link to this email : blackflags@atari-teenage-riot.net
(don’t attach the files directly please.)

 
 

Up to the release of Black Flags Atari Teenage Riot will perform at these festivals:

29.07.2011 KR-Seoul, Jisan Valley Rock Festival
31.07.2011 JP-Yuzawa, Niigata, Fuji Rock Festival ’11
01.08.2011 Alec Empire does instore DJ set in Tokyo
12.08.2011 CH-Le Locle, Rock Altitude Festival
13.08.2011 DE-Hildesheim, Mera Luna Festival
26.08.2011 FR-Charleville-Mezieres, Cabaret Vert
04.09.2011 US-Seattle, WA, Bumbershoot Festival

Right now the band is working out a way to access the public area and film it with you!
So make sure you bring a black flag or wear a black t-shirt, you can appear together in the video with ATR.

Any questions?

Just ask! 🙂

 
 

Now to the next step…

If you want to go a step further, we want to introduce you to

“Corpsing” – the silent protest for all people who have died as a result of corporate greed.

Planking has been probably the most fun trend since break dancing. When ATR waited at an airport in Southern Europe, they did quite a lot of planks in the silliest locations, until some airport authorities tried to stop them. (Yes, it was after a huge concert, no photos were made, and no tweets were made…) From that the idea of “corpsing” developed through public appearances of Anonymous and from the acts of political activists in China!

How can one make people pay attention to something very serious and important if adverts scream at you all the time until you shut down all senses?

ATR has already tested it in some places in Berlin to see the reaction.

Alec Empire lay down on his back, like a corpse, and put a black flag over his head/face. Apart from it being a very strong image, many people stopped and did what they are supposed to: Ask a question! To our surprise people from all kinds of backgrounds immediately understood and supported what we were talking about.

So if you have a friend or another person who can film you corpsing/protesting in silence, PLEASE SEND IT IN.

The release date of Black Flags is only days away from 9/11. When we realized that it has been ten years, and when we looked at how many have used deaths of real people for their own political and economical greed since then, the original idea of the song made so much more sense again.

If you agree, film yourself in public places, even on the dance floor, wherever you can raise awareness and send it to us!

We will include you in the video.