Einstürzende Neubauten made their first appearance in Berlin on April 1st 1980. The Band - merging punk rock guitars with electronic sounds and an array of noise from building tools (such as drills) and self made instruments (like an air compressor blowing plastic pipes) - is often mentioned as the founder of the "industrial genre". Einstürzende Neubauten is as unique in its sound as it is in its performances. They performed with chainsaws on stage. They distributed ear-plugs to their audience. They were removed from stage during their debut show as support act for U2's ZOO TV tour - after throwing bottles with piss and vomit back into the audience (who bombed the stage with those bottles when their show began). What other band can say that?
Neubauten refer to the many post war buildings in Germany; hastily constructed to fill the vacuum created by heavy allied bombing. Einstürzende Neubauten are those buildings collapsing.
Einstürzende Neubauten released many different sounding albums. Over the years their sound became more musical and poetic; it sort of evolved from a mix of noise into a patchwork of silence. Their last "official" album, titled "Perpetuum Mobile" is dated from 2004. Afterwards they stopped releasing material through established channels and (no longer backed by a label) concentrated on interaction with their audience and distribution of the collective creative output over internet. Live shows from the "Perpetuum Mobile" tour where recorded and burned to CD and sold on the spot. Their new album "Alles Wieder Offen" is expected in October. So what about that? Long time bandmember Alexander Hacke (since 1980) was kind enough to answer some stupid questions.
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