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Video: Steve Aoki & Atari Teenage Riot LIVE – Black Flags (Tony Senghore Remix)

Tim Gauthier

Atari Teenage Riot performed the brand new Tony Senghore remix of their hit, “Black Flags”, alongside Steve Aoki on the Dim Mak stage at the Optimus Alive Festival 2011 in Lisbon, Portugal this past month to an eager crowd of fans. Check out the video below…

Atari Teenage Riot – “Is This Hyperreal?” Out Now!

Tim Gauthier

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Atari Teenage Riot “Is This Hyperreal?”
Release Date: June 07, 2011 (Digitally) – July 26, 2011 (CD in stores)

 
Is This Hyperreal?, Atari Teenage Riot’s first album released through LA future stomp label Dim Mak, is an acetylene laced documentation of ATR’s re-ignition after an eleven year silence. Produced, mixed, recorded with Alec Empire, Nic Endo and new ATR member CX Kidtronik (Saul Williams / Nine Inch Nails) at ATR’s fourth studio release was made at the Hellish Vortex studio in Berlin.

Tracklisting
1. Activate!
2.Blood In My Eyes
3. Black Flags
4. Is This Hyperreal?
5. Codebreaker
6. Shadow Identity
7. Re-Arrange Your Synapses
8. Digital Decay
9. The Only Slight Glimmer of Hope
10. The Collapse of History

A cultural cold war divided upon class lines, a new age of surveillance, heroes’ incarcerated in the worst conditions possible for speaking out against the military complex, a corrupt press core owned by multi-national corporations and raised to repeat sound bytes. This is the post-cyberpunk world on the brink of collapse Atari Teenage Riot’s fourth album Is This Hyperreal? is born into. Every track is an iridescent explosion of nervous energy requesting your attendance in Atari Teenage Riot’s campaign party of education and awareness. Having influenced a generation of M.I.A., Crystal Castles, Le Tigre, Sleigh Bells, and Pendulum, Atari Teenage Riot is a welcome shot in the arm of the music industry.

“Activate!” starts the album with Atari Teenage Riot’s most concise statement of intent yet. On a backing of explosive 1991 hardcore jungle synths, super collider bass kicks, and guitar shrapnel Alec , Nic, and Kidtronik spurn us into a campaign of equality, activation, and eradication of ignorance.

In “Blood In My Eyes” Alec Empire merges his chiptunes style first shown in 1999’s Nintendo Teenage Robots album with the sound of Crass exploding out of the trunk two cars over. Contained within Nic’s first lead vocal in Atari Teenage Riot tells a tale of enslavement and revenge for all of the women lost within our global human trafficking problem. “Blood In My Eyes” is a riveting electronic punk rock diatribe, paying homage to the feminine retributive subtexts espoused by cult films like ‘Kill Bill’ and heavily censored French art-house offering, ‘Baise-Moi.’ “Black Flags” is a low slung, subwoofer punching, anthem announcing Atari Teenage Riot’s support of Anonymous’ grassroots human rights campaign.

We’re allowed a brief respite to catch our breath during “Is This Hyperreal?”. The album’s title track slow cooks with seething analog synths reminiscent of Vangelis’ score for Blade Runner, symphonic percussion and a gurgling acid line are the soundtrack to the birth of a cyborg. “Codebeaker” is a stomping electro rockabilly stormer. Rubbery basslines command your posterior to action; sawtooth guitars swarm your head as Alec and Kidtronik lead us onto wall street to ask the question of “What went wrong?” Dim Mak label boss Steve Aoki’s vocals add an LA Hardcore vibe to give it that much more of a brutal punch.

“Shadow Identity” is Nic’s second lead vocal of the album and the most unexpected hook. On top of a New Order bassline and what sounds like a drum line made performed by an obsolete automotive assembly line Nic interweaves a narrative of blood diamonds, global trade and consumer awareness. “Re-arrange Your Synapses” is a new gabber punk classic. The 909 drum machine speeds up to a blurred fever pitch as Alec and Nic dive bomb verses painting a near future world of post net neutrality legislation where access to money and corporations control the public’s access to information on the internet.

Atari Teenage Riot saves their most straightforward electro romp for “Digital Decay”. Showcasing a thick gurgling bassline, razor taunt snares and Nic as a floating artificial intelligence prophet. “Digital Decay” would fit perfectly into one of Aoki’s legendary DJ sets. “The Only Slight Glimmer of Hope” is dripping with uplifting brash, sing-along, sass-bag vocals and deep driving modular synth work. “The Only Slight Glimmer of Hope” is Atari Teenage Riot’s legendary effortless synthesis of Crass, Throbbing Gristle, and Kraftwerk.

“The Collapse of History” immediately makes itself known as the most unexpected and welcome Atari Teenage Riot song ever. Throwing listeners for a complete curveball Alec flexes his 90s hardcore influence by intertwining stadium sized jungle breakbeats with a national anthem. Nic transforms herself into a pop dance diva and brings her sassiest vocal performance of the album. The mind glue chorus celebrating the overthrow of corrupt institutions hits your like warm sunlight after an all night rave. As ATR ends the album “Humanity will win in the end.”
 


 

 

Atari Teenage Riot featured on Rodney on the Roq’s playlist!

Tim Gauthier

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.

ATR – Blood In My Eyes by DimMakRecords

New US Atari Teenage Riot Tour Dates

Tim Gauthier

Atari Teenage Riot is touring the United States this Fall. See below for live footage, 2011 tour dates, and ticket links!

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All About: Atari Teenage Riot (via rdio.com)

Tim Gauthier

Crafting quasi-political music with a punk influence and techno beats, German band Atari Teenage Riot paved the way for a new genre called digital hardcore when they emerged in 1992. After a 10 year hiatus, they reformed and released their fourth studio album today, Is This Hyperreal?. Learn more about this intriguing set of musicians in this “Five Questions with the Band” and playlist by clicking here.


Would you like to understand how Atari Teenage Riot’s brains are wired? Good—there’s a playlist for that, compliments of the band.

Atari Teeneage Riot was featured in this months Tour Dates magazine!

Tim Gauthier

Atari Teenage Riot was featured in this months Tour Dates magazine! “Let’s Start a Riot” was the catchphrase for the piece, describing the cat calls of the ATR faithful. Described by the magazine as “true originals” and compared to the likes of the “Beastie Boys, Crass, and Ministry“, ATR mixes “hardcore punk, hip-hop, and pounding techno.” The article illustrates lead man Alec Empire‘s bouncy stage presence; “leaping around the stage and delivering rants against consumerism, fascism, and exploitation with a passion that is genuinely terrifying.”

ATR’s forthcoming album Is this Hyperreal? drops on Dim Mak Records digitally June 7th. Physical copies hit the shelves July 12th. Tour Magazine states that this release “shows they still have the fire to create truly punishing material” and adds, “In times like these we need bands like ATR.”

Atari Teenage Riot Beef With Apple Over Riot-Inducing iPhone App

Tim Gauthier



 
Recently reunited German electro-punk spazzes Atari Teenage Riot are still causing controversy. ATR’s iPhone app has been delayed by the German iTunes store due to a dispute over its content. The free app is set to feature every ATR album, song, and video, as well as photos, news updates, and more. But it also included something called “Riotsounds Produce Riots”, an audio player that features sounds that ATR used at a May Day protest in 1999, at which the band members were arrested. …read full story here.

Out Now: Atari Teenage Riot – ‘Blood In My Eyes’

Tim Gauthier

 

 
 
ATARI TEENAGE RIOTS – ‘Blood In My Eyes’ features Nic Endo on lead vocal. She speaks out for the multitude of women who have become the victims of human trafficking, their sexuality exploited for financial gain right under the gaze of the ineffectual governments of the self-proclaimed civilised west. Nic, wholly in tune with her trademark Japanese face-paint depicting “Resistance,” makes her point in the inimitable Atari way..
 


 
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Atari Teenage Riot premieres new album live this year. First shows announced!


ATARI TEENAGE RIOT
Presented by DIM MAK

12.05.2011 GB-London, Forum (with The Big Pink DJ Set & Kap Bambino!!!)
13.05.2011 GB-Bristol, The Fleece
14.05.2011 GB-Camber Sands, Bang Face Weekender
15.05.2011 FR-Paris, Maroquinerie
16.05.2011 NL-Amsterdam, Paradiso (with Kap Bambino!!!)
19.05.2011 IT-Roma, Alpheus
20.05.2011 IT-Milano, LAP – Lambretto Art Project
21.05.2011 CH-Winterthur, Salzhaus
01.06.2011 AT-Graz, Springfestival
16.07.2011 DE-Gräfenhainichen, Melt Festival
22.07.2011 PL-Bolkow, Castle Party
29.07.2011 JP-Yuzawa, Niigata, Fuji Rock Festival ’11
30.07.2011 JP-Yuzawa, Niigata, Fuji Rock Festival ’11
31.07.2011 JP-Yuzawa, Niigata, Fuji Rock Festival ’11
13.08.2011 DE-Hildesheim, Mera Luna Festival
14.08.2011 DE-Hildesheim, Mera Luna Festival
…more dates to come.

More info on http://www.atari-teenage-riot.com


Atari Teenage Riot live review in Rock-A-Rolla magazine

Tim Gauthier

From the magazine:
Atari Teenage Riot’s decision to reform this year could not have arrived at a more opportune time, with a rise in conservatisim occurring not only in the UK and Germany, but all throughout Europe. In this climate we need bands like ATR reminding us that it’s necessary to lash out against the system sometimes. However, this is ATR Mk.II. Only Alec Empire remains from their original incarnation, but it’s like those golden times were just yesterday for him tonight. Inciting the crowd into near-riots, he’s an inimitable frontman, his every utterance laced with indignation, even if he does keep the political polemic to a minimum. Taking over duties for Hanin Elias and Carl Crack are Nic Endo and CX KiDTRONiK respectively, with Endo undoubtedly being the dominant force of the two. She’s icily imposing and possesses a scream that could start a war, but thankfully tonight she is content simply with winning over a sceptical crowd. Despite the protests of a few older fans, the new incarnantion are warmly welcomed with pitting and dancing alike, ‘No Remorse (I Wanna Die)’ and ‘Atari Teenage Riot’ inciting levels of frenzy hitherto unseen in this venue. Seizure-inducing levels of strobe lighting are joined by breakbeats, jungle, drum’n’bass and caustic guitar samples at every turn, providing enough variety and energy to prove that this is no mere nostalgia trip for them, this is a return to arms. They’re not the same band that baited censors or incited riots in the 90’s, but their message has remained intact and that’s what we really need from them. – David Bowes