German electro-punks Atari Teenage Riot had something of a zeitgeist moment in the mid-90s by blurring hardcore punk, jungle, noise, and bloodcurdling screaming, turning all that stuff into a hyperspeed mush that basically forced you (well, me) to stop doing your homework and run around your bedroom screaming, “Deutschland! Has gotta! Dieeeee!” The one time I saw them live, they exited the stage to a wall of white noise so loud it made my stomach hurt. They were something to behold.
Atari Teenage Riot were signed to the Beastie Boys’ Grand Royal label and toured with the likes of Beck, Rage Against the Machine, and the Wu-Tang Clan. The group has been effectively disbanded since founding member Carl Crack died of a drug overdose in 2001. But NME reports that the group will reunite, with founders Alec Empire and Hanin Elias joined by late-90s member Nic Endo and new recruit CX Kidtronik, who has worked with Saul Williams.
According to Alec Empire’s website, Atari Teenage Riot have several tour dates lined up for Europe this summer. NME reports that on May 17, they’ll release the new single “Reactivate” on their own Digital Hardcore label. It may very well have some screaming on it.