Entries tagged with: Nitzer Ebb
DOWNLOAD: Nitzer Ebb - Promises (MP3)
Nitzer Ebb @ Echoplex in LA - 11/9
Nitzer Ebb are currently on a US tour that so far has hit four venues on the west coast including Mezzanine in San Francisco last night (11/11), and Exchoplex in LA two days before that (pictured above). The occasion is their first album in 15 years, Industrial Complex, which is out now and currently streaming at Spinner. Grab "Promises" from the album above. Full tracklist below.
The band's next show is 11/13 in Miami, and after that it's 11/16 at Gramercy Theater in NYC. Tickets are still on sale for the NYC show, and I have a pair of tickets you can win. Detail and all dates below...
After officially splitting from Depeche Mode in 1995, longtime member Alan Wilder finally went ahead with his side project Recoil. Wilder started Recoil in 1985, but efforts were halfhearted due to his responsibilities with DM... In 1997 Wilder was freshly ready for Recoil, following up with the project's first album, Unsound Methods. This album, a cathartic set of techno-bombastic scores, brought in a wide range of artists such as spoken word sassy girl Maggie Estep, Songs of Faith and Devotion session vocalists Douglas McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb) and Hildia Cambell, and Recoil mainstay Siobhan Lynch. Unsound Methods was critically labeled as "difficult" and "dark," but it didn't distract Wilder. Certainly that was the reaction he was searching for. Three years later, his cunning musical mystery continued on Liquid. After a long hiatus, Wilder revived the Recoil name in 2007 with the album Subhuman. -[allmusic]And now Recoil will take their show on the road for a first ever US tour that will include NYC at Highline Ballroom on November 1st with Architect (not the metal band) and Conjure One (Rhys Fulber from Front Line Assembly) . Tickets are on sale. The band proclaims that the show (in which Recoil will be Alan Wilder + long-time collaborator Paul Kendall) will be a "a unique event - with special guests" as the shows "mark the first time Recoil has ventured out of the studio".
The criss-crossing of the globe is in celebration of Recoil's new LP Selected, a compilation of previous works featuring vocals from Diamanda Galás, Douglas McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb), Maggie Estep and many others. The disc is packaged with a second remix disc as well, and is available now.
Tour dates and some live Recoil video is below....
photos by Tim Griffin
The first track of the night was the pulsating "Promises", the opening track from the new album 'Industrial Complex'. Throughout the set, other new songs performed were "Once You Say", "Hit You Back", "Payroll", and "Down On Your Knees" and selections from all of their back catalogue except for 'Bit Hit'. The new material contains elements of all five of their previous albums brilliantly combined into a sleeker, slighlty poppier Ebb. Throughout the show, Jason Payne alternated between sitting at his drum kit and standing, taking on most bass drum and snare parts. Bon tackled the percussive sounds with his trigger pads, cymbals, and MIDI xylophone. McCarthy's voice sounded strong and better than ever as he stalked back and forth across the stage tackling all the grunts, growls, shouts, and singing.That review is from an earlier show on the Nitzer Ebb tour that brought them to NYC's Gramercy Theatre on Friday night (12/4). The pictures in this post are from that more-recent show. More of them, along with the setlist (which has been the same for the whole tour), below...
One of the standout moments of the night was during the bible sermon sample of "Blood Money", when Douglas twitched and shook as if possessed by spirits. Another high point of the set was during "Control I'm Here", when McCarthy amps up the crowd to the repeat of "Start It Up, Start It Up!" After the crowd pleasing "Join In The Chant", the band left the stage, and then returned to play an encore of crowd favorite "Getting Closer", and then ending the show with "I Give To You" and saying "we'll see you next time". [nitzer ebb]
by Bill Pearis
Westword: What was the catalyst for the recent reunion, this tour and the new album?The correct way to pronounce their name is still a mystery, but industrial/EBM act Nitzer Ebb are back with their first new album in 15 years, Industrial Complex, and -- as previously reported -- currently on their first U.S. tour in a decade that will bring them to the Gramercy Theatre in NYC this Friday (12/4) (tickets).
Bon Harris: Douglas got in touch with me, sent me an email, and said that he'd been doing some shows with FixmerMcCarthy. Because Douglas had been doing some live shows in Europe, people were asking about the Ebb and if there was any chance of the Ebb every doing shows again. Douglas said he doubted it because he and I hadn't spoken for seven years at that point. But he called me and it just so happened that I had been doing a lot of studio projects and was looking for a change of pace.
So he caught me at the right time and I said, "Let's meet up and talk about it." Mute had been working on doing a Best Of release as well and we spoke to them and the idea was that that would give Mute the push to finish the Best Of and we would do a handful of shows to promote it and that was going to be it. When we got back together and did the shows, we were having such a good time with it and the response was so good and the demand was there and we decided to see what happens and here we are three years later with a new album. It's been interesting because there have been long-standing fans who have been at the shows but there has also been a whole crop of people, younger kids in their early twenties who have only heard the hand-me-down tales and have got the records and stuff but have never seen us. For a lot of people it's kind of a strange thing and with Depeche Mode a lot of people in Europe are going nuts because that's kind of their dream team show.
In the late '80s, when Front 242, Moev, the Neon Judgement, The Weathermen and other such groups were college radio staples, Nitzer Ebb were near the top of the heap thanks to iconic shout-a-long singles like "Join in the Chant" and "Control, I'm Here." The new album is being sold at shows and via iTunes currently (officially out January 22, 2010), mixes acoustic drums (moreso than I remember them doing in the past) with the band's usual clanking rhythms and throbbing synths, and you might have even heard songs from it if you watch Fringe, C.S.I. or went to see the new Saw movie.
After their U.S. tour, Nitzer Ebb will open for their onetime Mute Records label-mates Depeche Mode on their upcoming 2010 European tour. If you're old like me, you might have even seen these two groups -- the "dream team' -- tour together on DM's Violator tour way back in 1990. For me, it was at the Starlake Amphitheatre outside Pittsburgh, where I interviewed Nitzer Ebb after the show for my college radio station. I thought I was going to solve the "nitt-zer"/"nite-zer" debate once and for all by asking singer Douglas McCarthy which was the official pronunciation. "I say both," he admitted. "It doesn't really matter."
All 2009 Nitzer Ebb North American tour dates, and a couple videos, are below....
photos by Paul Birman, words by Black Bubblegum
Twenty-five years, almost as many albums and an ever-changing band of misfits follow Sascha Konietzko, frontman and the only original member of KMFDM, around this year on the band's world tour. The Philly crowd at the TLA was a mixture of 80's metal heads who have been around since the beginning, Hot Topic goth kids and mosh-pit junkies. Not many were standing yet as opening group Angelspit started its set, but the crowd quickly filled just before KMFDM hit the stage. Lucia Cifarelli and Konietzko (half the time with a cigarette in his mouth) were front and center pushing buttons and turning knobs, generating KMFDM's signature 'ultra heavy beats,' joined by guitarists Jules Hodgson and Steve White and drummer Andy Selway. No time was wasted on talking, and they started right into the music, which was a good combination of old and new songs plucked from their vast play list....Twenty-five years and still running strong with no signs of slowing down is what makes KMFDM one of the greatest heavy-hitting bands of all time.- [Magnet]That was a review of KMFDM's Philly show. The pictures in this post are from the 9/25 NYC show at Gramercy Theatre. The industrial band's appearance was part of an ongoing tour for the pair to celebrate KMFDM's 25th anniversary, and is billed as "Kein Mitlied World Tour 2009: 25 Years of the Ultra-Heavy Beat".
Another industrial heavyweight, Nitzer Ebb, has reformed and is heading back to the states for a "The Industrial Complex" tour which includes Gramercy on 12/4. Tickets are on sale. The band has a song on the new Saw VI soundtrack and are working on their first LP in 14 years.
Full KMFDM/Angelspit and Nitzer Ebb tour dates, KMFDM pics and a video from the show are below...