We are giving away a pair of tickets to Einstürzende Neubauten The Year of the Rat Tour @ Crystal Ballroom on October 18. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed January 31.
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Einstürzende Neubauten The Year of the Rat Tour
October 18, 2020
6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show | All Ages | $30 ADV, $35 Doors
More info: crystalballroompdx.com
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
Many young and creative people living amid the state of emergency in West Berlin during the 1980s perceived it as a kind of normality. It was a period in which anything seemed possible.
When Blixa Bargeld was asked if he wanted to perform at the Moon Club on April 1, 1980, he thought up the band Einstürzende Neubauten, accepted the gig and called a few friends. The initial members of the band turned out to be musicians who happened to have time that evening. The official birth of Einstürzende Neubauten is generally linked to this concert. Certainly, no one could have dared to predict back then that the band would continue to be so highly productive and still be going strong after almost four decades. A Greatest Hits Tour, beginning in January 2017, with a double concert in the spectacular Elbphilharmonie venue in Hamburg – which sold out in record time – demonstrates that the band Einstürzende Neubauten is still very much alive after nearly 37 years of the most intensive musical ecstasy. The following outline of the eventful history of an evocative band shows why this course should not be taken for granted.
With the release of its debut album Kollaps in November 1981, Einstürzende Neubauten declared war on all conventional listening habits. The album is actually an “inaudible” record; it is a frontal attack on expectations and ways of listening that have been blunted by mainstream sound. For lack of money, among other reasons, the range of instruments consisted of “found” and self-made objects, created from sheet metal and including drills, hammers, a “non-voice” that snatched shreds of German words from a text, and professional studio equipment, which was consistently used to undermine its actual technical purposes. This nonconformist mixture itself would become the foundation of a completely new understanding of music that would later influence countless artists, and would highly stylize the band’s subsequent albums into milestones of the industrial scene. As a construct or entity, Einstürzende Neubauten is one of the few German bands that internationally sends out a genuine impulse via its trendsetting mix. It has affected numerous other bands and art genres – from dance theater to the visual arts; and has also inspired film up to the present-day – from Schlingensief to Tarrantino. Although the media mocked the band in the beginning as a bizarre “curiosity in the divided city,” it quickly established itself around the world as one of the renowned greats of the present and of pop culture. It has influenced an entire generation and even today it provides often copied blueprints for experimental sound art and performance. Characterized by its original and radical redefinition of the term “music,” Einstürzende Neubauten often takes part in unusual and pioneering collaborations, as for instance with the Japanese director Sogho Iishi. The band has also shared far-reaching experiences through theater projects with well-known directors and dramaturges, including Peter Zadek, Heiner Müller and Leander Haussmann, all euphorically documented by the art press. And the band members have received invitations to highly regarded international cultural events, such as documenta 7, the Biennale de Paris and the EXPO in Vancouver.