Cologne's Crisk make their debut with an EP of funky, four-on-the-floor club killers laced with a hint of industrialized punk attitude. Contrary to expectation, and perhaps due in part to lead vocalist Djane Christiane Koch's enthusiastic German shouts, the harder edges in no way detract from the songs' dance floor potential. On "Meine Stadt," Koch comes off as more of a bratty bad girl than a revolutionary, but "Beute" and "Fightclub" are fist-pumping attacks of electro beats, punk shouting, and sampled guitar loops. Giving further insight into Crisk's hard rock and politically-minded roots is a cover of Die Krupps' "Wahre Arbeit Wahrer Lohn," but they take it in a new direction, more techno-infused EBM than industrial metal, all pulsing beats and clanging snares. A remix of the track from Leaether Strip's Claus Larsen takes it even further into purely electronic territory with minimalist clicking rhythms, while a remix of "Meine Stadt" from Jens Shipper is pure acid house. While the angry female vocals have earned Crisk comparisons to Atari Teenage Riot, this band has a sound that's new and different, focused as much on fun as righteous political anger. Pop this on if you want the revolution to be funky.
Check the band out at www.crisk.de.
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