Atari Teenage Riot
, Otto Von Schirach, Artwurk, Microdose
Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 8:00 PM EDT
(8:00 PM Doors)
Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
• Dinner menu available
• GA Standing
• Limited seats available
• First come, first seated
• $10 min/person at tables
• All ages
In the late '90s, German outfit Atari Teenage Riot (ATR) emerged from the electronica genre to subvert all rules of rock and techno music. The band was originally conceived by Alec Empire, and when Hanin Elias, Nic Endo, and Carl Crack joined him on stage, the mixed-race, mixed-sex image of the band provoked people before they even heard the music. This seminal band was too radical in its views and statements and simply too loud and noisy to fit neatly inside any genre. With Elias screaming about police violence and revolution, ATR opened many doors for female artists to follow.
ATR's string of releases in the mid-'90s, including Delete Yourself! (1996) and The Future of War (1997), built the band a passionate cult following, and tours with Rage Against the Machine, the Wu-Tang Clan, and Beck quickly followed. But with the success came tension. Every musician has their own way of dealing with it, and ATR was extremely intense. Very soon the thin line between reality and paranoia started to vanish. When ATR played Queen Elizabeth Hall in London in 1999, the band had just released its third and best album, 60 Second Wipe Out (1999). During the song "Revolution Action," kids stormed the stage and pandemonium descended on the capital. Two years later, the band finally dissolved in the wake of emcee Crack's death.
In early 2010, ATR reemerged, announcing a run of live shows in Europe, North America, and Asia. Later that year, the band released the track "Activate," the first to feature the group's new emcee, CX KiDTRONiK. The band headlined major festivals in Europe and Asia and won rave reviews from critics, who favorably compared the shows to the band's glory days from the '90s. With the release of its latest album, Is This Hyperreal? (2011), ATR has only continued to build on its regained momentum, confirming without a doubt that the cyber punk revolution that began in the '90s is back with a vengeance.