Atari Teenage RiotThey’re from Germany, they’re loud, they’re angry, they’re noisy, and they rock.  Sounding like a electro-rock Chuck Palahniuk novel, Atari Teenage Riot is a band you should definitely get to know.

Last week I came across an ad featuring music by singer/producer/DJ Alec Empire.  That led me to read about Atari Teenage Riot and check out this band from Germany.  If you haven’t heard of this band, it’s probably because they haven’t become very big in America, outside the hardcore techno scene (apparently).

The sound has a decidedly digital edge, with German vocals mixed in.  It is a pounding, driving sort of techno, that blends techno and hardcore punk together (similar to the defunct U.S. act Test Icicles).  I think this sound is very approachable to fans of Indie rock, electronic music, and dance music, as it hits on elements of all these styles (electronica, pounding beats, unique nonconformist style).

Alec Empire calls the band’s style “digital hardcore”.  Since, other bands have embraced this emerging style, which adds to ATR’s credibility.

Atari Teenage Riot Band Shot

Source: Shadows Fall, Ning Network

Atari Teenage Riot definitely has a controversial edge to them, and that’s part of makes them so compelling.  Their music plays out like a Chuck Palahniuk ballad, promoting anarchy, death to fascists, and other aggressive themes.

The band has six albums:

Delete Yourself! (1995)
The Future of War (1996)
Burn, Berlin, Burn! (1997)
Sick to Death (E.P.) (1997)
60 Second Wipe Out (1999)
Redefine the Enemy (2002)

You pretty much have to go to online sources to find these albums in the U.S., but you should be able to find them.

In the mean time, here are some videos to check out:
1.  Atari Teenage Riot – Revolution Action (Banned Version)
2. Atari Teenage Riot – Speed
3. Atari Teenage Riot – Too Dead For Me
4. Atari Teenage Riot – Rage (featuring Tom Morrello of Rage Against the Machine)
5. Atari Teenage Riot – Destroy 2000 years of culture
6. atari teenage riot fuck all
7. Atari Teenage Riot – Sick to Death

ATR has not released a new full length in eight years.  In fact, the band essentially went on hiatus in 2000.  Their separation was furthered by the death of long time member Carl Crack who (perhaps ironically given his name) suffered from a long time drug addiction.

However, this year the band’s remaining members reunited, and they have started releasing new singles.  I for one hope that this pioneering act comes around and puts out a new full length, now that they’re being discovered by so many in the States!

ATR will be coming to Chicago on October 1, 2010 at 8:00 pm at the Bottom Lounge.  Tickets can be had here for $15.00.  Who wants to go?