It’s hard to believe that the release of ‘Let Go’ ties in with KMFDM’s 40th anniversary. In some ways, it’s just as hard to believe that this record comes a whole decade after the brilliant ‘Kunst’, which at the time of this release, still felt like a recent work. No matter how much time passes, though, there are few things as reliable as a new album from Sasha ‘Käpt’n K’ Konietzko and his team. Fans know that a KMFDM record will give them pretty much what they’d hope for, and occasionally more…and that’s very much the case with this disc. Even after four decades on the road, on the bulk of ‘Let Go’, the KMFDM machine shows no sign of burnout.
On the heels of previous single ‘Let Go’, KMFDM ramp up the promotion for their forthcoming album with another new track, ‘Airhead’.
Welcome back to the Real Gone Singles Bar, the place where we explore some of the individual tracks that have landed in our inbox over the past few weeks. Despite January being a quiet time, there’s been very little sign of anything slowing down here. This time around, we bring you electronica based sounds, the return of some industrial heroes, some brilliant and slightly kitschy alt-pop, a couple of massive rockers…and more. Hopefully, that means there’s something here for everyone…and if you find something new to enjoy, as always, please drop by and tell us!
‘Kunst’, the eighteenth studio release from KMFDM, is one of the best of their long career. On 20th April Real Gone had the opportunity to catch the band during their UK visit to see how well the new material fit in with their live set, when the cult industrialists headlined a four band bill.
In the 1990s, during the first commercial peak of the industrial scene, KMFDM received favourable reviews in the UK press and amassed a cult fan base, but somehow the German/US outfit always ended up playing second fiddle to Nine Inch Nails and Ministry in terms of general popularity and also for press column inches filled. In 1999, after fifteen years in various amalgamations and having ended their ten album contract with Wax Trax! Records, the band bid the world farewell…at least for a while. Following a three year hiatus, the band returned, and despite various shifting line-ups since then (including Pig’s Raymond Watts and RevCo/Pigface’s Bill Reiflin) KMFDM continued to churn out more electronic goodness over the following decade.