"THE IDEA OF Atari Teenage Riot," explains ATR founder Alec Empire by phone from Vancouver, "is to destroy the fake harmony put forth by the government and the media. To destroy music that acts like a tranquilizer."
Lots of rockers talk like that, but few create anything as strident or provocative as ATR's first American long-player, "Burn, Berlin Burn!" It opens with a track called "Start the Riot," an apt beginning for an album that combines the vehemence of the early Clash,the sonic fury of early Public Enemy, the anarchy of early Half Japanese and the low-fi electronics of early Suicide.
The German band produces this sound with samplers, guitars and an Atari computer, and calls its style "digital hardcore," which is also the name of its label. Among Digital Hardcore Recordings' other acts are Ec8or and Shizuo, both of which will open for ATR Saturday at the 9:30 club.
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