Atari Teenage Riot’s amazing fourth album, ‘Is This Hyperreal?’ is out now through Digital Hardcore Recordings. The follow up to 1999’s critically acclaimed ’60 Second Wipeout’, ‘Is This Hyperreal?’ is a sonic masterpiece twelve years in the making and affirms ATR’s cultural relevance yet again.
ATR are now a trio with new member CX KiDTRONiK on MC duties, sharing the stage with the original line up of Alec Empire and Nic Endo. This addition of CX is reflective of a new record that is mapped by socially conscious lyrics; angst ridden punk rock riffs and throbbing 909 drum machine patterns.
Characterised throughout with an urgent sense of protest and debate, ‘Is This Hyperreal?’ is in parts a cultural milieu cautionary tale and futuristic bass laden electronic diatribe. Delving into our current social malaise coupled with an explosive big room production reminiscent of early hardcore raves and punk rock shows, this record sounds fresh and entirely of its time.
‘The new ATR album investigates hacker activism, governments and corporations trying to take over the Internet with regulations, thus destroying its freedom’, Alec explains. The jargon of our times is clearly represented here in the album with discourses on hyperrealism, digital decay, human trafficking, wiki-leaks, anarchy and libertarianism.
Alec goes on to add, ‘It is the definite protest album for the Google age. Musically we have taken ATR’s signature sound way into the future. The beats have more punch, the baselines are heavier and the songs possess another level of depth.’ The album features a stellar cast of guest performances including Dim Mak’s Steve Aoki on ‘Codebreaker’; ‘Is This Hyperreal?’ is not a sentimental reunion about reliving the past but a major software update.
Few other albums released this year will so successfully transcend such a complex body of influences and ideas and form such an important canvas of work.
ATARI TEENAGE RIOT
Presented by DIM MAK
25.06.2011 FR-Evreux, Le Rock Dans Tous Ses Etats
01.07.2011 FR-Montendre, Free Music Festival
02.07.2011 FR-Belfort, Eurockéennes de Belfort
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
04.09.2011 US-Seattle, WA, Bumbershoot Festival NEW
09.09.2011 US-Los Angeles, CA, The Keyclub NEW
13.09.2011 US-Fort Lauderdale, FL, Culture Room
15.09.2011 US-Atlanta, GA, The Masquerade
17.09.2011 US-Washington, DC, 9:30 Club NEW
24.09.2011 US-Pittsburgh, PA, Rex Theater
27.09.2011 US-Detroit, MI, The Majestic Theatre NEW
28.09.2011 US-Chicago, IL, Reggies Rock Club