Longtime German industrial band KMFDM has been one of the forefathers of this particular type of music for a long, long time. With the exception of a three year hiatus from 1999 to 2002, the band has been kicking out their brand of high energy and big beats since the late 80’s. While many bands on the genre have faded away, or been relegated to playing small dumpy clubs, KMFDM remains to be one of the biggest luminaries of the industrial world.
After releasing a greatest hits and studio album back in 2008 and 2009, the band wasted no time starting on a new album. “WTF”, the group’s 17th album, was released in late April and continued the band’s feverish pace up. The track “Rebels in Kontrol”, a track to show support for the much-maligned Wikileaks creator Julian Assange, seems to be gaining the most attention from the album so far. And in a non-so-conventional fashion, KMFDM took one of their former songs, 1990’s “Liebeslied” and redid it with Italian lyrics- hence creating the revamped semi-new track “Panzerfaust”. “WTF” shows the band once again forging edge with their signature sound and throwing the fans a few curveballs along the way.
The band is back out on the road in the States now, and plays shows here in the States through August 27th before heading off to do dozens of dates in Europe. The midway point of the tour brings them to the Detroit area as KMFDM plays in Pontiac at the Crofoot Ballroom. Italian industrial duo Army of the University and 16 Volt open up the Pontiac show.
So, come see KMFDM in the only town where you’re guaranteed to not see any police (yep, Pontiac’s budget cuts took care of that) and have a good time listening to the new and classic KMFDM tracks.