Berlin’s own Industrial/Experimental Music Legends Einstürzende Neubauten are heading into the studio to record a new album for release in 2020. The new record will be their first in 6 years, following 2014’s World War I inspired concept album Lament.
For the past few years, Blixa Bargeld and Co. had been performing live in celebration of the band’s 35th anniversary, but now as their 40th anniversary draws closer, with Stahlmusik being released in 1980, and Kollaps in 1981, fans are eager to hear new music from one of the most creative and innovative groups of all time.
Neubauten, having embraced crowdfunding with 2003’s Supporter Album No. 1 over 15 years before such digital platforms such as Pledgemusic and Patreon came into existence, have invited their fans to participate once again in the creation of a new record.
The band have announced that “Supporter Phase IV” will be available via Neubauten.org, with updates soon about signing up to be posted on the site.
Recently we published an interview with Blixa Bargeld where he discussed his feelings on being classified as making industrial music:
Blixa: I hated it when they called us that. For me, industrial is Throbbing Gristle. The end. They invented the term. Then it disappeared for a long time, then appeared in the USA and was described in such different things, from Ministry to NIN … everything was industrial! If you use such words, especially in music journalism, you have to be very careful … What the hell is industrial? Monte Cazazza or Marilyn Manson?
I just do not want to be pigeonholed. I wrote a song about it – New No New Age Advanced Ambient Motor Music Machine.
It is a very capacious species.
It’s even worse! Now, suddenly, everything is industrial. Do you know what was the idea of industrial, the real one? I think Monte Cazzaza himself said it. But Genesis and Peter Christopherson used it in their art. And this is the one and only thing everyone is forgetting about now. MUSIC IS NO PLEASURE! (hits his hand on the table)
Teho: It was a very strong concept.
Blixa: “We’re not here to please you…” And if you look at those bands that are called industrial ones… that’s the one thing they forget about. Now it’s just a style like electro, it does not represent anything. People deleted NO PLEASURE from the equation.
Read the full interview here.