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Woog Riots - King of Pop

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Published on Sep 23, 2009

In the fast rotating indie-subworld inhabited by the German-Italian Woog Riots, its just a quick short-cut from riotpop / garagefolk to twee-rave and dance-punk!

The band began their pop career in 2004 by compiling a tribute album for iconic Manchester band The Fall, which featured eclectic European and transatlantic contributions highly appreciated by John Peel.

Their own first single followed, released on German label Whats So Funny About. The two creative master-minds Silvana Battisti and Marc Herbert sharing the vocals for King of Pop, a brilliant statement of future intent.

They addressed the royal imbalance later by writing the lo-fi electro hit Queen of Pop, featuring on their debut album Strangelove TV. Favourable press reviews followed, bringing comparisons with the New York scene including Adam Green and Kimya Dawson with their band Moldy Peaches.

With a name derived from its four chapters People, Animals, Society & Places, the Woog Riots new album PASP is due for release in spring 2008. Song themes cover some key cultural, political and scientific developments in Western civilisation.

Battisti and Herbert do DJ sets at clubs in Germany and acts such as LCD Soundsystem and M.I.A. have become a major influence. As a result the bands sound has moved in the direction of dance-punk and twee-rave, taking the slogan of label mates Knarf Rellöm Trinity move your ass and your mind will follow to their hearts.

Tours of Germany, USA, UK, Netherlands and Finland have already made an impact, leading to a steady growth of their own underground network.

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