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Add N to (X), Atari Teenage Riot
At Add N to (X)’s (pictured) Web site, an emotionless computer-generated voice intones, “We are Add N to (X). Welcome to our world.” The world depicted in the band’s music and videos finds humans and technology inevitably colliding, sometimes violently, sometimes comically. Avant Hard, Add N to (X)’s most recent album, features the London group at its most tongue-in-cheek: “Barry 7’s Contraption” sounds like off-kilter children’s music, and the canned sounds of a galloping and whinnying horse appear throughout “Ann’s Eveready Equestrian.” Berlin’s Atari Teenage Riot, on the other Molotov cocktail-hurling hand, bring a message of anarchist revolt to a postindustrial dance set too young to find Crass and its ultra-political ’80s comrades inspiring. The band shapes brutal beats, angry screams, and chopped-up bursts of guitar into jagged, unpredictable, polemical songs. But leader Alec Empire isn’t afraid of success: 60 Second Wipe Out, ATR’s new album, was released by Elektra and includes pricey hit-making alterna-engineer Andy Wallace—who also mixed Nirvana’s Nevermind—helping to rein in the chaos. Perhaps if ATR scores with the young would-be-rebel crowd, “anarchist leagues” really will be “forming all over,” as Empire proclaims in Wipe Out’s closing blast, “Anarchy 999.” At 8:45 p.m. Sunday, July 18, at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $12. (202) 393-0930. (John Dugan)