T. Raumschmiere is one sick, German electro-punk, hardcore dude. More into the flame-throwing violence of the Stooges than the cool sci-fi intellectualism of Juan Atkins, this gloriously odd techno-anarchist says rock and metal were his first musical loves. When I started clubbing, I was having fun but I found the music so boring, says Marco Haas, the man behind the T.M. moniker, on the phone from Berlin. Im still not so into it, and I prefer rock or ambient music to hard techno. I never listen to it.
Raumschmieres preference shows on his newly-released Mute LP, Blitzkrieg Pop, as hard-charging, wide-ranging and artfully messy an electronic dance record as was ever made. It features straight-up hardcore punk metal stomps (Sick Like Me and A Mess); a bouncy psychedelic shuffle (Diving in Whiskey, with vocals by Berlin comrade Ellen Allien); A Very Loud Lullaby, a funky power-ballad sung by Sandra Nasic; and 3 Minutes Happiness, a sonic swirl consisting of machine noise, fuzz-bass vibrations and Frenchwoman Judith Juillerats purring vocals. Its a sexy record raging with equal amounts of testosterone and raw chick power.
T. Raumschmiere once expressed a desire for his records to be the loudest ever produced, but now says: I want to make music that people can actually listen to, with real catchy hook lines. Im lucky I have a lot talented friends who want to help me in this direction. I want to bring the song back to the club.
T. Raumschmiere and Ectomorph appear Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700. With guest DJs Team Dethlab.Walter Wasacz is a freelance writer. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org