Atari Teenage Riot release their fourth album, ‘Is This Hyperreal?’ on June 20 through Digital Hardcore Recordings. The follow up to 1999’s ’60 Second Wipeout’, ‘Is This Hyperreal?’ has been twelve years in the making and affirms ATR’s cultural relevance yet again.
ATR are now a trio with new member CX KiDTRONiK on MC duties, sharing the stage with the original line up of Alec Empire and Nic Endo. This addition of CX is reflective of a new record that is mapped by socially conscious lyrics; angst ridden punk rock riffs and 909 drum machine patterns.
Characterised throughout with an urgent sense of protest and debate, ‘Is This Hyperreal?’ is in parts a cultural cautionary tale and futuristic bass laden electronic diatribe, it delves into our current social malaise, with production reminiscent of early hardcore raves and punk rock shows.
“The new ATR album investigates hacker activism, governments and corporations trying to take over the Internet with regulations, thus destroying its freedom”, Alec explains. These ideas are reflected through discourses on hyperrealism, digital decay, human trafficking, wiki-leaks, anarchy and libertarianism.
Alec goes on to add, “It is the definite protest album for the Google age. Musically we have taken ATR’s signature sound way into the future. The beats have more punch, the baselines are heavier and the songs possess another level of depth.” The album features a cast of guest performances including Dim Mak’s Steve Aoki on ‘Codebreaker’ – ‘Is This Hyperreal?’ is not a sentimental reunion about reliving the past but a major software update.
‘Is This Hyperreal?’ tracklisting:
1 – Activate
2 – Blood In My Eyes
3 – Black Flags
4 – Is This Hyperreal?
5 – Codebreaker
6 – Shadow Identity
7 – Rearrange Your Synapses
8 – Digital Decay
9 – The Only Slight Glimmer of Hope
10 – Collapse of History
12 – London, Islington Academy (with The Big Pink DJ Set & Kap Bambino)
13 – Bristol, The Fleece
14 – Camber Sands, Bang Face Weekender
15 – France – Paris, Maroquinerie
16 – Netherlands – Amsterdam, Paradiso (with Kap Bambino)
19 – Italy – Roma, Alpheus
20 – Italy – Milano, LAP – Lambretto Art Project
21 – Zurich – Winterthur, Salzhaus
01 – Austria – Graz, Springfestival
01 – France – Montedre, Free Music Festival
02 – France – Belfort, Eurockéennes Festival
16 – Germany -Gräfenhainichen, Melt Festival
22 – Poland -Bolkow, Castle Party
29 – Japan – Yuzawa, Niigata, Fuji Rock Festival
13-14 Germany – Hildesheim, Mera Luna Festival
For more information please visit the official website.