Magazine article New Internationalist

[Einsturzende Neubauten. Silence Is Sexy]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Einsturzende Neubauten. Silence Is Sexy]

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The name means 'Collapsing New Buildings' and there has never been a band that is as much a product of its city as it is its reflection. The city that Einsturzende Neubauten (EN) has always so poetically and fiercely invoked is Berlin -- in all its current reconstructions, intersections and rhetoric. Berlin occupies Silence is Sexy, the album with which Blixa Bargeld and band celebrated Neubauten's twentieth anniversary on 1 April.

Specifically a band of West Berlin, Neubauten were always hard to pin down. Their first concert involved hammering a motorway fly-over to draw out a brutalist rhythm of its own; they soon progressed to pairing guitars with pneumatic drills, metal-grinders with drums. When one of Berlin's most famous new buildings did collapse in 1980, early publicity granted EN an eerie prescience.

At their best, EN are an energizing, questioning band and Silence is Sexy -- the album is, hardly surprisingly, not silent -- has a mature and unswerving gaze. …

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