Einstürzende Neubauten to play Forum Karlín

The German band is on tour supporting their new Greatest Hits album

The German band Einstürzende Neubauten will be at Prague's Forum Karlín on June 8, touring to support their compilation album Greatest Hits, which was released on CD and vinyl at the end of 2016.

The band was originally scheduled to appear at Divadlo Archa, but the venue has been changed to the larger Forum Karlín. Previously purchased tickets remain valid.

The band formed in West Berlin around frontman Blixa Bargeld, and when they played their first show on April 1, 1980, in the Moon Club in Berlin using scrap metal instruments many people in the audience thought it was an April Fool's prank. But it wasn't. The band was serious about shaking up the music scene.

According to the band's website, “The 'brilliant dilettantes' developed their own strategy against social and musical architecture using metal pipes, feathers and machines. In keeping, Blixa Bargeld constructed metaphor-laden poetry, around which unique worlds of sound were built up from objects of the most varied origins. The band discovered sounds beyond the pain barrier, the beauty of dissonance and the aesthetics of the scrapyard.”

In a 2010 interview for the pop culture website the Quietus, Bargeld said that at first the band couldn't afford expensive instruments and the homemade ones from scraps were used largely out of necessity.

Among the early fans of the band was Nick Cave, who asked Bargeld to join the Bad Seeds. Bargeld was a guitarist and backing vocalist for the Bad Seeds from 1983 to 2003, while continuing to be in Einstürzende Neubauten at the same time.

Einstürzende Neubauten translates into English as “Collapsing New Buildings” and refers to post-World War II construction in Germany, which tended to be cheap and flimsy, and not very aesthetically pleasing. Their album titles include their debut Kollaps and four volumes of Strategies Against Architecture. Their most recent studio album is Lament, which was released in 2014 and looks back at the start of World War I in 1914.

The current lineup has Blixa Bargeld on lead vocals, guitar and keyboard; Alexander Hacke on bass, guitar and vocals; N.U. Unruh on custom-made instruments, percussion and vocals; Jochen Arbeit on guitar and vocals; and Rudolf Moser on custom-made instruments, percussion and vocals.

The lineup has been stable since 1997, when Arbeit and Moser joined.

Einstürzende Neubauten's Greatest hits CD has 15 tracks. The earliest is “Haus Der Lüge” from 1989. The track has been remixed with trombone and string parts, which the group wanted on the original but couldn’t afford. It is the song the band plays live most often.

Five tracks come from the 2000 album Silence is Sexy, including Sabrina, which is of the band's more haunting and melancholic tracks.

Concerts on the Greatest Hits tour so far include 17 or 18 songs, with two encores. Most of the songs from the collection are performed, with a few additions.

Einstürzende Neubauten has played in Prague 10 times since 1991. Their most recent appearance was in 2014. 

For more information visit: www.forumkarlin.cz (ENG)

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