The Germans once again brave the triple-digit desert heat. It’s weekend two of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and Atari Teenage Riot are ready for their second performance.
KROQ’s Kat Corbett had a chance to sit down with the threesome under a shaded area at the KROQ Coachella House while they enjoyed fresh BBQ.
With a 20 year history creating digital hardcore, with politically charged lyrics, Alec Empire and his band mates have a lot to sing about.
Have you mellowed in the last 20 years?
“No,” he laughs. “It all comes from the mind, so this is really what drives us, the ideas and stuff. There’s so much stuff going on in Germany with like the racism and the way the government’s trying to control people and take away citizen’s freedoms. It just doesn’t stop, so we gotta keep fighting and spread the message with this music.”
You’re on Dim Mak Records in the states, Steve Aoki’s label…
“It’s crazy in a way, he made us do another record. We headlined the stage in Japan at Summer Sonic Festival and he was on another stage and he came to see us, and he was like ‘Oh My God,’ I’m a huge fan… If you guys make another record, we should do something.'” Alec continues and describes all the topics that were ripe for another record. “There was like WikiLeaks, Anonymous… it felt so much like this is a tie to Teenage Riot, this is the stuff we should be writing songs about.”
Atari Teenage Riot’s new album Is This Hyperreal? on Dim Mak Records is available now on iTunes.
–Jay Tilles, CBS Local