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April 29th, 2010

ATR Takeover: Nic Endo’s Top 5 ATR tracks

Rarely giving interviews, to many fans of ATR, Nic Endo personifies the wordless, noise fury present in both Alec Empire’s solo work and the latter part of Atari Teenage Riot’s existence – after all, when Endo joined ATR in 1997, it marked a turning point in the band’s career; their subsequent (and final) studio album 60 Second Wipeout, took on a harsher, more power-noise feel than anything the band had put out previously.

But if you go listen to Endo’s 2001 solo record, Cold Metal Perfection, you’ll understand that there’s far more to Nic Endo’s musical horizons than just the woman you’ve seen pushing synths and sequencers past their breaking point at ATR/Alec Empire live shows. With that in mind, we were more than a little intrigued to see which tracks she would nominate as her favourites from the ATR back catalogue…

1 ‘Ghostchase’
“I love this one and I remember the recording so well, because it was the first time that I recorded with ATR, back in 1996. Alec and Carl got me in to record backing shouts and additional screams.  I was super excited and nervous when I turned up, but they made me feel at ease right away and we had a great fun time that night.  I just love Carl’s performance on here, he was in top-form.”

2. ‘Start The Riot’
“This song just tells you to start a riot and it pictures all in the right order. This song is as minimalist and so perfectly to the point as a Haiku is. No need to say more.”

3. ‘No Success’
“This is a great collaboration between ATR, Kathleen Hanna form Bikini Kill / Le Tigre and the rappers from the Arsonists. I wasn’t there when they recorded it in New York. Instead I played them my noise parts live through the telephone. I especially love Kathleen going wild here on the vocals!”

Watch some of the recording session in New York:

4. ‘Midijunkies Gonna Fuck You Up’
“This track still sounds so modern to me when I hear this and to me this track  actually really characterizes the early sound of ATR – straight forward techno-like tracks with vocals, a combination that I have never heard before at that time in 1995.”

5. ‘Redefine The Enemy’
“Most nihilistic and negative of all of ATRs songs, maybe apart from ‘Future Of War’, but I like this one more.”