DIE KRUPPS – The Machinists of Joy

02 Oct

After genre-defining releases in the 90s and 80s the band, which the media tried to categorize as
Electro, EBM, Industrial, Crossover and even Metal, Die Krupps return with brand new material.


Die Krupps have opened the gates once again to their factory, after some years of running tests
and high maintenance. The machinery has been oiled and greased – first works have already been
delivered to an expectant fan base:
Both ‘Risikofaktor‘ (Risk Factor) and ‘Industrie-Maedchen‘ (Industrial Girl) reached the pole position
in the German Alternative Chart (DAC), where they stayed for several weeks.
Now it’s back to top form, with the first new prototype leaving the assembly line: “The Machinists of Joy”.
The album title hints at its content, referring to the Krupps´ Top 10 Billboard-Hit from 1989:
Machineries of Joy“. As the title implicates, the electro machinery rules the new Die Krupps 
sound. However, the rigorous riffs of guitarist Marcel Zürcher’s are effectively well placed in the songs.
Die Krupps continue to deliver Metal Machine Music – an attitude which is underlined by the
clever Artwork-Quote.
It is not a Lou Reed clone, but frontman Jürgen Engler, who is depicted on the album sleeve! It is an
homage to the Velvet Underground-singer’s seminal work, with Metal Machine Music having been a
major influence on the early Die Krupps.
But relax! The listener will not be exposed to proto-industrial noise, but can enjoy the pure essence of
Krupps: Machine Music, hard, danceable, sometimes epic, spiked by well-aimed guitar attacks and
the relentless hammering of the steelophone! The music is paired with often sarcastic lyrics, well
ahead of what nowadays seems to be the standard norm of political correctness.
In their songs Die Krupps take a critical stance on the war and industrial machinery (“Nazis auf
Speed/Nazis on Speed” , “Schmutzfabrik/Factory of Dirt“) , increasing de-humanization (“Robo
Sapien“) or the conditions in their respective fatherlands (“Im falschen Land/In the Wrong Country“)
– however, they also celebrate the joy of work (“Machinist of Joy”, “Part of the Machine“) and the joy
of intimacy (“Eiskalter Engel/Icy cold Angel” , “Industrie-Mädchen”). They also provide some sarcastic
comments on the tragic dynasty of the Krupp/Essenbeck family (you might want to watch Lucino
Visconti‘s ‘The Damned’ again for reference).
Although Die Krupps can be easily located in the so-called „dark“ scene, they have a wide-spread
base of appreciators due to the band´s long history and various musical stages.
The new record presents the full spectrum in all its facets.

image005These 13 songs are not just for the Industrial-Dancefloors, they should also be heard at rallies and
protest marches, on the barricades and in the workers canteens! While Kraftwerk sing about
Neon Light and Showroom Dummies, Die Krupps topics are Factories of Dirt (Schmutzfabrik) and
Angels of Steel (Engel aus Stahl)… in their native country they have been called the blue collar
Krafttwerk. This could be explained by geography – as both bands originated from the city of Düsseldorf.
Die Krupps continue to sing in German and selectively in English, given the fact that Die Krupps
are among the few successful Industrial-Exports of German origin. The base of the machinists has
also become very international. The album was conceived on the production axis Austin – Hamburg – Düsseldorf – Spain.

The album will be available on CD, limited double digi CD, Box and vinyl edition.

The limited edition digi2CD will contain an exclusive BONUS-CD.
Die Krupps believe that Bonus-Tracks have to be unique – that is why they have included
some very special tracks on the limited edition of “The Machinists of Joy” which refer to
the origins of Engler and Dörper – both had been active in the Düsseldorf Punk scene long
before the first Krupps release “Stahlwerksynfonie” (1980). Included are – among others:
A collaboration with Punk-Pioneers Metal Urbain from France (“Panik“), and one track with
Wolfgang Flür, ex member of that other band from Dusseldorf called Kraftwerk…
It should also be mentioned that Eric Debris of Metal Urbain  is responsible for the great
front cover shoot/artwork and the band photo montages.

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