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ATARI TEENAGE RIOT release Blood In My Eyes + gigs!

March 25, 2011 by  

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ATARI TEENAGE RIOT release Blood In My Eyes + gigs!

– Announce New Single ‘Blood In My Eyes’ Out April 4th
– Free Download from
– London Headline Show @ Forum on May 12th with Big Pink (DJ Set) & Kap Bambino
– Premiering live new exclusive tracks from the forthcoming album, ‘Is This Hyperreal?’

Atari Teenage Riot release their new single, ‘Blood In My Eyes’, through Digital Hardcore Recordings as a teaser for the band’s forthcoming album, ‘Is This Hyperreal?’.

‘Blood In My Eyes’ features Nic Endo on lead vocal. She speaks out for the multitude of women who have become the victims of human trafficking, their sexuality exploited for financial gain right under the gaze of the ineffectual governments of the self-proclaimed civilised west. Nic, wholly in tune with her trademark Japanese face-paint depicting “Resistance,” makes her point in the inimitable Atari way.

‘Blood In My Eyes’ is a riveting electronic punk rock diatribe, paying homage to the feminine retributive subtexts espoused by cult films like ‘Kill Bill’ and heavily censored French art-house offering, ‘Baise-Moi.’

Nic expounds a cautionary tale, alerting us that all who stand by and do nothing share the guilt.

With its straight-forward throbbing 909 drum machine patterns, massive guitar riffs, ear-splitting adrenaline rushes of noise and powerful female vocals, ‘Blood In My Eyes’ charges down an unswerving path determined to confront the future head on.

Live Dates:
12.05.2011 GB – London, Forum (with The Big Pink DJ Set & Kap Bambino)
13.05.2011 GB – Bristol, The Fleece
14.05.2011 GB – Camber Sands, Bang Face Weekender
15.05.2011 FR-Paris, Maroquinerie
16.05.2011 NL-Amsterdam, Paradiso (with Kap Bambino!!!)
19.05.2011 IT-Roma, Alpheus
20.05.2011 IT-Milano, LAP – Lambretto Art Project
21.05.2011 CH-Winterthur, Salzhaus
01.06.2011 AT-Graz, Springfestival
16.07.2011 DE-Gräfenhainichen, Melt Festival
22.07.2011 PL-Bolkow, Castle Party
29.07.2011 JP-Yuzawa, Niigata, Fuji Rock Festival ’11
30.07.2011 JP-Yuzawa, Niigata, Fuji Rock Festival ’11
31.07.2011 JP-Yuzawa, Niigata, Fuji Rock Festival ’11
13.08.2011 DE-Hildesheim, Mera Luna Festival NEW!!!
14.08.2011 DE-Hildesheim, Mera Luna Festival NEW!!!

In its early days, Atari Teenage Riot laid down the blueprint for the combination of electronic music and riot grrl punk-rock. Since then many artists have referenced that formula and integrated it into their sound. Artists including M.I.A., Crystal Castles, Sleigh Bells, Le Tigre and Pendulum have cited an ATR influence or two sometime in their career. Alec Empire explains that this huge sound evolved as a result of the band’s earth-shattering live shows.

ATR played big stages at major festivals last year, from Reading to Summersonic, and their surprise show at Germany’s Fusion Festival in front of 20,000 people caused a mass stage invasion. They are announcing more headline slots for this summer: From Melt! Festival to Fuji Rock in Japan, probably their biggest show to date.

What has always worked to the group’s advantage was the ease with which they bring a medium size rock club to boiling point, put their real strength is the rock arena: Put them in front of Rage Against The Machine and they deliver a show that people still talk about 10 years later. Put them in front of Placebo at the biggest European festival, Exit, in 2010 and they deliver a sensational show no other electronic band can pull off right now.

How is that possible?

The ATR formula just works. It is exciting, it is meaningful and the group looks so painfully commercial, they often have to hide their charismatic stage personas behind intense strobe-lights. What always set ATR apart from the rest was that they have proper songs and that their overpowering physical live performance is still unmatched.

“Blood In My Eyes” Background:

Human trafficking is a lucrative industry. It is now the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. Globally, it is tied with the illegal arms trade, as the second largest criminal activity, following the drug trade. Human trafficking usually affects women and children.

The International Labour Organisation estimates that at least 2.4 million people are trafficked for the purpose of forced labour around the world, nearly half, or 43 per cent, specifically for sexual exploitation, 32 per cent for labour exploitation and 25 per cent for a mixture of both. Half the victims of trafficking are under 18.

Profits generated from the world’s 1.1m persons trafficked into forced labour are estimated by the ILO at US$3.8bn. The profits are by far the highest in industrialised countries (US$2.2bn altogether). In the other regions, profits vary between US$40m in Sub-Saharan Africa and US$776m in Latin America.

The Council of Europe states: “People trafficking has reached epidemic proportions over the past decade, with a global annual market of about $42.5 billion.”

Some might argue about the exact numbers of the statistics, but nobody can deny that this is one of the major problems of our time.

Human trafficking is an issue most musicians would rather leave untouched. In popular music it’s considered cool to present yourself with the accoutrements of modern life like expensive cars, bling, champagne etc. Basically everything that makes people feel envy and adulation towards the artists who try to portray an image of being ‘successful’, while the music industry is close to collapse – but that’s another song on to be addressed on ATR’s new album.

The invisible message is: “Don’t think – Consume!”

We find this more and more sickening while the facts about human trafficking are out there. Of course it is a complex issue and ATR is far from preaching conservative morals.



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