58-59 Thomas Street
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Moderat (Modeselektor and Apparat) (live)
Visuals by Pfadfinderei
Sunday February 9 2014
€ 26 from www.tickets.ie/umack & Elastic Witch
Due to overwhelming demand this event has moved to Vicar street, tickets for the Button Factory are still valid
we're delighted to announce Moderat, the Berlin based electronic supergroup formed by Apparat & Modeselektor play Dublin on sunday Febuary 9. Their long awaited album "Moderat II" was released on Monkeytown Records on August 2.
Check out the incredible video for "Bad Kingdom"
Moderat are Modeselektor and Apparat.
Hardly anybody has brought electronic music from Berlin to the farthest flung corners of
the world with more passion and enthusiasm than these two heavyweights.
Modeselektor – Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary – are bass music heroes. Together
with a veritable army of collaborators, guest artists and with their two labels Monkeytown
and 50 Weapons, they have built a broad network. They assimilate and process the tiniest
vibrations in the global bass continuum and at the same time, their wobbly salvos and their
oblique sense of humour are unmistakable. They became known to a select audience
through their records on BPitch Control with which they catapulted themselves out of the
Berlin 4/4 cosmos, whilst simultaneously reflecting the raw and full-on spirit of the 1990s
Berlin club scene.
Apparat (real name: Sascha Ring) could hardly be more opposite. He fuses tricky
electronics with heartfelt and auspicious pop. Together with T.Raumschmiere, he founded
Shitkatapult. From early on, Apparat realised that the LP was his preferred form of
expression. With each album, he reinvented himself on a personal, stylistic and social
level: gradually bringing ever more strata of his emotional persona to light, exploring
previously unknown musical styles and involving guest musicians in the process.
In 2002, Sascha, Gernot and Sebastian met for the first time. At that point in time, Apparat
and Modeselektor were well established in the Berlin music scene. Sascha had already
released his debut album and Gernot and Sebastian, a series of 12”s. Their shared studio
time wore them down to such an extent, that they were forced to shelve the project almost
immediately. But the foundations were laid and the three of them were able to present the
fruits of their labour: the “Auf Kosten der Gesundheit” EP. Eleven years later, one still can
have a sense of the sparks that must have flown in the studio: complex beats wrestling
with furious bass and reduced rap elements.
Six years went by before they got together again. In the mean time both acts had
established sensationally successful careers. In 2005, Modeselektor’s debut album “Hello,
Mom!” gained them international recognition at light speed. Pitchfork rejoiced and Thom
Yorke constantly mentioned them. Their second album featured vocals from Otto von
Schirach, Maximo Park and… Thom York. Modeselektor stormed the festival stages and
were honoured by Beatport and Resident Advisor.
Apparat had not just one but two breakthrough albums: in 2006 and together with Ellen
Allien, he founded the “Orchestra of Bubbles”, with which the two of them explored the
language of song. In 2007 he released “Walls”, his first time working with a band. He
developed a live show that fused together acoustic and electronic, and club and pop
music. Just as with Modeselektor, Apparat is the epitome of the Berlin sound, but
nonetheless lifts the sounds of the city to another level. Significantly, both acts toured with
In 2008, Gernot, Sebastian and Sascha came together once again. Their eponymous
debut album was released on April 20, 2009. Busdriver, the Californian rapper, the
German reggae heroes Seeed and the dup poet Paul St. Hilaire joined them on a several
songs. Perhaps the secret of Modeselektor’s and Apparat’s collaboration lies in the fact
that they never even tried to get close to one another. Modeselektor’s thundering bass
rumbles in the cellar, Apparat’s sensitive and subtle melodies float high in the eaves. The
fact that what one assumes to be incompatible actually communicates, is what makes
Moderat so unique. Moderat is not just a studio project: with a set of visuals created for
these concerts by Pfadfinderei, they toured all five continents.
With Monkeytown and 50 Weapons, Modeselektor created a highly potent label empire,
which unites the music scene’s old heroes with crazy bass kids. The two of them have
curated a whole stage at the Melt! Festival a number of times and have released their third
album. Apparat travelled the world with the freshly re-formed Apparat Band. He
relinquished his position as auteur for the first time by becoming part of a theatre
performance and in the album that resulted, released the raw and mostly unedited
Now, twelve years after their first meeting, Modeselektor and Apparat have come together
once again: more mature, but not worldly-wise, wiser but not unquestioning, more
experienced but without having sacrificed any of their pioneer spirit. It will be interesting to
see what the trio have come up with this time.
2003 Auf Kosten der Gesundheit 12“ BPitch Control 057
2009 Rusty Nails Remixes 12“ BPitch Control 194
2009 Moderat LP/CD/DVD BPitch Control 200
2009 Seamonkey Remixes 12“ BPitch Control 202
2010 The Unofficial Mixes Pt. #1 12“ 50Weapons #003
2013 II CD/2xLP Monkeytown Records 035+036
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