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NO POLITICAL RAGE, JUST `LIFE, NORMAL STUFF' FOR KMFDM

Published: Friday, May 5 1995 12:00 a.m. MDT

Contrary to what the music industry says, the industrial spiral of German band KMFDM doesn't necessarily reflect "political rage."

"That's just something this sort of business' press releases say," vocalist/programmer Sascha Konietzko told the Deseret News. "I don't consider any of the songs reflecting any type of political rage, unless you're talking about personal politics."KMFDM, short for Kein Mitleid Fur Die Mehrheit (or in English - no pity for the majority), will play Saltair Tuesday, May 9. The punk industrial of Dink will start the night off at 7:30.

"There's really nothing about the music that allocates to politics in general," said Konietzko. "The songs are basically about life and normal stuff. I feel the young people are continuously influenced by this heavy advertizing environment. It's almost hard to distinguish between the virtual reality of TV and movies to real life. I think the kids relate to our music, and it gives them a foothold to cling to because our music is still something they can look at that doesn't sell out."

KMFDM was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1984 as a mere "art experiment," said Konietzko. The ultra-heavy beats became the groundwork for the band's 1986 debut "What Do You Know Deutschland?"

"I got together with our guitarist (En Esch) and began recording some things I had penned together," said Konietzko. "And ever since then, we've had musicians come and go. It's as if En and I are the suns and the other musicians at the time come and revolve around us."

In 1988, the band released "Don't Blow Your Top," which featured the breakthrough single "Virus." Since then, KMFDM has released five albums. "Nihil" was released earlier this year.

"Contrary to the past, I wrote all the songs for `Nihil,' " said Konietzko. "I'm kind of like a dictator-type and didn't want to fuss with the petty problems we had during the other recording sessions in the past. And this time, there was minimal problems. I'm very happy with the way `Nihil' sounds."

In addition to "Nihil," which contains the hit "Juke Joint Jezebel," KMFDM released tracks on two new movie soundtracks, "Bad Boys" and "Hideaway."

"I'm happy we did `Bad Boys,' " said Konietzko. "I saw that movie and it's not bad, though `Juke Joint Jezebel' stands out like an open gash on an album full of rhythm and blues. `Hideaway' is real bad. If I had seen the movie before giving permission for the song (`Go to Hell'), I wouldn't have gave the go-ahead."

Konietzko also remixed two Dink songs, "Green Mind" and "Get on It," and asked Dink to join the tour.

"We've been fans of KMFDM for a while. When they asked us to tour with them, we dropped everything to go," said Dink gui-tarist/vocalist Sean Carlin from Los Angeles.

Carlin, who met up with guitarists Rob Lightbody and Jer Herring, bassist Jeff Finn and drummer Jan Eddy Van der Kuil while all students at Kent State University, decided to start distributing the band's own recorded tapes to record companies about two years ago.

"It was something that we've never done before, and it was cool," Carlin said. "Before we knew it, we were on Capitol (Records)."

But even if the band had not landed the deal, it would still be making music.

"I'm pretty much the product of the whole industrial scene - Nine Inch (Nails), KMFDM," he said. "But I also listened to the Beatles."

The current tour is actually Dink's fourth across the nation. When this leg is finished, the band plans to work on pre-production for the next album.

"After that, we might do another nationwide tour," Carlin said. "The album's just been released in Europe and Asia, so my guess is to hit those areas soon."

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