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einstürzenden eubauten rampenThey are searching for new forms. For the undiscovered tone and the as yet unspoken word. Since their founding on April 1, 1980, EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN have been shifting the parameters of mainstream and subculture to make the inaudible audible. And perhaps the unheard as well. A field research experiment spanning four decades, which is now entering the next stage. In their 44th year of existence, the band is going back to their roots while simultaneously redefining themselves. A changed self-understanding, for which the Berlin quintet plus one has created its own genre in 2024: “apm - alien pop music”.

Continuous development - that could be a brief summary of EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN’s work. A musical evolution that begins with the 1981 debut album ‘Kollaps’ and now manifests itself on the album ‘Rampen - apm: alien pop music’ to be released in April 2024, where Blixa Bargeld, N.U. Unruh, Alexander Hacke, Jochen Arbeit, Rudolph Moser, and Felix Gebhard now present themselves from their most unpredictable and idiosyncratic side. On their new album, the NEUBAUTEN are now putting an - albeit late - end to all sound speculations.

Since the mid-1980s, EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN have been experimenting on stage with so-called “rampen”: public improvisations with open development and outcome; launching pads into the as yet unexplored, which the band performed during their last “Alles in Allem” tour in 2022 as part of the encore, and whose recordings serve as the basis for the new album.

‘Rampen - apm: alien pop music’ is Pop music for parallel universes and intermediate worlds. For hyper spaces and interzones. Microcosmic and intergalactic at the same time. A demi-mondaine assertion outside of all physical laws with which EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN enter a stylistic no man’s land between past and future. On the one hand, a return to their roots, on the other hand, from noisy eruptions, cryptic, often fragmentary lyrics, a new art form emerges: Popular music for aliens and outsiders. From Anti-Pop, Alien Pop has emerged. Alien. Cocoon-like spun. Unheard. Sonus inauditus. Not entirely unintentionally, the reduced cover artwork is reminiscent of the iconic layout of the ‘White Album’ by THE BEATLES. “Based on the idea that EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN are as famous in another solar system as THE BEATLES are in our world,” says Blixa Bargeld about the tightrope walk between avant-garde and a wink, provocation, and Pop-cultural discontinuity.

This sets the central theme that runs like a common thread through all the songs: change, utopian fantasies, and transience. “On the record, I have found some solutions and formulated things that I have not formulated before because they were not so clear to me. I am someone who thinks that through music, I gain insights. It has always been like this. The conviction to find something in music that I did not know before. And to sing something that I did not know before. Something that turns out to be true. Or at least meaningful, if you want to keep it a little smaller.” This album represents the next stage of evolution, where the familiar language has finally been left behind. And the opening of further infinite possibilities: alien pop music.

The album will be released as a double vinyl (5,000 copies limited, numbered special luxury edition made of coloured 180g vinyl and with a poster, as well as 5 photo cards of the band members as an insert), standard vinyl double LP made of bio vinyl, and double CD.

EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN - alien pop music - Tour 2024
05 Sep – Vienna, Arena Open Air
06 Sep – Munich, Muffathalle
09 Sep – Berlin, Columbiahalle
14 Sep – Cologne, E-Werk
15 Sep – Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie
05 Oct – Zurich, Volkshaus
06 Oct – Genève, Alhambra
08 Oct – Frankfurt, Batschkapp
17 Oct – Leipzig, Haus Auensee

Source: Press Release

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