It's been a productive twenty five years for the German industrial rock outfit KMFDM, with the band and principle member Sascha Konietzko releasing a continuous stream of hard-edged, danceable rock and electronic music almost every year they've been around. The band's sixteenth proper full length “Blitz” is its second of the year. That can't be an easy pace to keep up, especially in a time where many bands barely get around to album every couple of years or so.
That prolific writing is “something that comes by itself,” Konietzko told us on the phone from Germany. “Some people need a lot of time to write and come up with ideas.” For KMFDM having a group of people always working on the same songs simultaneously streamlines the process. “Me being here in Europe and everyone else being in the States we have the advantage of the time difference,” he said. “ That means I can work all day on a track, pop it over to my guys, [on and off again band member] Tim Skold or someone, and they can put a whole day of work in it. To just make the best out of the time and get working really quick and fluidly.”
In the case of Blitz most of the work was split between Konietzko and vocalist Lucia Cifarelli. “If I work with the live band the songs will be more rocking or guitar oriented,” he said. “If I work on my own or with Lucia it's a bit more of an electronic situation.”
There are plenty of electronics on display here, but they're blended into the type of genre-bending mix that long time fans of the band have come to expect. “Strut” could almost be a straight disco dance track, while the German language “Potz Blitz” is a grinding industrial dirge. “Me and My Gun” flirts with an electro style hip hop approach. “That's the beauty of being KMFDM,” he said. “It's its own genre. For instance, here in Germany the electro music scene is segregated. People will only listen to this type of electro or that type. It's silly. With KMFDM you can always do whatever you want. You can from go any extremes to others.”