ATARI TEENAGE RIOT 2010 „ACTIVATE“
Fans have contacted Digital Hardcore Recordings requesting some details of the forthcoming Atari Teenage Riot dates. First we cannot give a definitive set list as it will change every night, but it will feature songs from all three albums by the band as well as new material.
ATR’s new single „Activate!“ has received amazing reviews so far and it has led to features in NME , Mojo, Artrocker and others. The fan base has responded with so much enthusiasm that the group is discussing plans to release more new material at some point soon.
Current line up of Atari Teenage Riot for the upcoming shows is:
Alec Empire (Vocals, synths, drummachines), Nic Endo (Vocals, samplers, noise fx) and MC KidtroniK (Vocals, machines).
MC KidtroniK will not replace MC Carl Crack’s role in the group (New fans may be unaware of Carl’s tragic death in 2001) – obviously he will take over many of his vocal parts but has updated and rewritten a lot of the lyrics to add his own character to Atari Teenage Riot. He is bringing a lot of new views to the project, his critical view on current US politics amongst many others.
Hanin Elias currently lives in Polynesia and cannot join the group for these few dates. During the recording of the new single „Activate!“ she realized that her ‚screaming voice’ had suffered over the past 10 years and she won’t be able to get through one concert without damaging it further.
On the new song „Activate!“ Nic Endo undertakes all vocal duties and she will take centre stage for the upcoming shows. Many of our older fans will be familiar with Nic performing ATR songs on stage; she would regularly take over the vocal parts when Hanin Elias couldn’t make shows. The group’s most successful album „60 Second Wipe Out“ features Nic Endo’s vocals on all tracks, along with to Hanin Elias and Kathleen Hannah.
Between 1992 and 2000 the membership of Atari Teenage Riot changed constantly with the various group members coming and going over the years. There were regular (but by no means continuous) members of the group.
For example: Hanin Elias played less than 30% of all shows. Lisa B, Carl Crack’s sister toured the US with Alec, Nic and Carl including the legendary SXSW show in Austin, and the „2 Carolines“, a female duo also seen in the 1995 video „Kids Are United“ featured on drums and electric bass throughout Europe and the band’s first shows in Japan. Various MCs (MC D-Stroy, MC Freestyle, The Arsonists, etc.) came on board when Carl Crack was unwell and unable to perform.
Alec Empire has been the only continuous member of Atari Teenage Riot performing on every track they recorded and playing every single live date.
We greatly value the contributions Hanin, Carl and all the other members made when they played and recorded with Atari Teenage Riot but they were only one aspect of the group. Many of the group’s most triumphant performances have taken place with changing line ups and we believe this kept the group moving forward and created the excitement.
Stepping back it is easier to see now that, while all individual appearances were undoubtedly important, they were nevertheless only a part of fusion of punk, techno and noise that made the group unique and created Digital Hardcore as a musical genre. We will miss Hanin’s contribution but are confident that her absence will in no way diminish the enjoyment of a true Atari Teenage Riot experience.
Atari Teenage Riot has just confirmed following festivals this summer:
June 11th Hartera Festival, Croatia
July 16th Dour Festival, Belgium
August 8th Summersonic Festival, Japan
September 10th Berlin Festival , Germany
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