Neros tanzende Elektropäpste - Rotes Brikett
Exactly 30 (!) years after the release of their last offering on Reinfall Tapes H´rath,
“Die hohe Kunst des Schwitzens” (The noble art of sweating, 1983), there is news
from Aachen´s NDW-absurdists Neros Tanzende Elektropäpste. NTEP-mastermind
ENK, word-smith and synthesizer buff extraordinaire meanwhile living in the North-
East of China – during daytimes disguised as a Professor of Linguistics – has returned
to his musical roots: un-dusted his fretless bass guitar and drumboxes, and for good
measure added a hefty alto sax to the Nero´s acoustic arsenal.
Joined via internet by his original NTEP collaborator Rolf Merx on guitar, he lays down
a thick carpet of synthesized hamster funk, pumping retro electo pieces, and rythmic
sound collages for lyrics bristling with NTEP´s trademark Dada humor. Poking fun at
the pompous twats running today’s Germany, the war-mongering Yanks, the churches,
and generally taking the piss. Due to the long hiatus and abundance of material
accumulated, “Rotes Brikett” (= Red Briquette) features almost two hours of new songs.
Ranging from polished, catchy numbers to old-style NTEP-oddities using samples from
underground movies, the processed voices of Dada pioneers Huelsenbeck and Schwitters,
and original lyrics spoken or sung by computer, in eye-winking Kraftwerk tradition.
The heavily effect-treated saxophone adds a different flavour to some of the pieces. A worthy return of Aix-la-Chapelle´s former underground heroes. Who would have expected this? In another place, in another time: Neros Tanzende Elektropäpste are back. Sharper and wittier than
ever, musically matured, and still in a class of their own. Nonsense deluxe!