Blitzkrieg Pop





It is now mid-July. The temperatures are rising, the humidity is sweltering, making the subway tunnels a sweaty, stomach turning sauna. Somehow listening to T.Raumschmiere's new album Blitzkrieg Pop during my daily commute fits just right. It is a hard-hitting assault on one's eardrums, providing the perfect soundtrack for my daily travel-inspired rage. His latest record is filled with foot-stomping punk rock smashed with a gritty electronic backbone. His moniker was taken from the William S. Burrough's short story The Dreamcops, which is Die Traumschmiere in German, making the alter-ego electro-punk name for Marco Haas. The Berlin-based producer mixes in his own blend of punk rock, ambient and electronic influences to create this scorching album. During my initial listen of the opening track "Sick Like Me", I immediately thought of "March Of The Pigs" by Nine Inch Nails mashed up into any number of tracks from Atari Teenage Riot's Burn Berlin Burn. Granted many of the songs on this album are straight ahead electro-punk, but it is during songs such as "Diving In Whiskey" where Haas demonstrates his true production magic. The song builds up for nearly a minute, adding more bleeps and noises until a sultry groove is constructed, almost sounding as if Felix Da Housecat and Miss Kittin went punk. The album varies in style, yet maintains an aggressive consistency throughout all thirteen tracks. Hass obviously could care less about conventional songwriting or album structure, which makes for one hell of a diverse listen. While "Der Grottenolm" would go head to head with Aphex Twin's most abstract work, "An Army Of Watt" could easily make the dancefloor at a gothic/industrial nightclub go berserk. The album concludes with its title track, a fist-pumping anthem sure to get Andrew WK fans all riled up. T.Raumschmiere did not include a roadmap to help guide you through Blitzkrieg Pop, but getting lost in his musically complex mind is half the fun.

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