by Red Cell
Editor’s Note: This is a press release sent to us by Mona Mur for her and En Esch’s Slick Idiot Tour in Canada.
MONA MUR, german vocalist and composer for video games (“Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days”), and Industrial Music legend EN ESCH, known as KMFDM co-founder and stunning frontman, are united on stage and in the studio in a Liaison Infernale: “The Fine Art of Beauty and Violence”.
The Duo has drastically transformed Mur’s most intense 80s songs into a unique blend of unleashed electronic drum loops & basses, dirty organ and wreckless feedback guitars. New elektro-anthems written and peformed together spices it all up with futuristic furor: “A mixture of Marlene Dietrich and Black Sabbath”. (Uncle Nemesis).
MONA MUR, vocalist in her own class, “iron maiden of bloody passions”, signed together with Alexander Hacke, FM Einheit and Mark Chung (all of EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN) responsible for 80s undergroundhits such as “Snake”, “120 Tage“ or “Eintagsfliegen”. Her first 12” “Jeszcze Polska” (SUPERMAX 1982) immediately claimed London’s NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS’ “Single of the Week” slot: “Her weapons are a passionately bloody voice and a gift for multiligual puns she applies to acerbic commentaries.” A violently neo-expressionist sound of darkest shades and concerts in manic intensity and morbid slowbeat-chic were foundation stones for her cult image and reputation in the international avantgarde music scene until today. Her songs are to be found in movies such as Fatih Akin’s much acclaimed drama “Head On/Gegen die Wand”.
Mur, also a successful martial artist (3rd DAN Taekwondo) and composer for video games (“Kane & Lynch2: Dog Days, EIDOS) found a congenial musical partner who stands for sophisticated programming and explosive stage appearances: EN ESCH, striking front man and co-founder of the german/US electro-industrial outfit KMFDM, multiinstrumentalist and producer (SLICK IDIOT, PIGFACE). After twenty successful years in the Techno-Industrial scene and countless live performances around the world, the spectacular performer and talented guitarist now enjoys a cult-hero status in his larger-than-life stage persona.
The CD 120 TAGE – THE FINE ART OF BEAUTY AND VIOLENCE was released FEB 09 on PALE MUSIC International and licensed by ARTOFFACT RECORDS Toronto 2010. The second album is expected 2011.
MUR/ESCH have performed in Basel, Kopenhagen, Prag, Hamburg, Oberhausen, St.Petersburg, Moscow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Avantgarde Festival Schiphorst, BERLIN INSANE Fest, at HAMBURGER BAHNHOF MUSEUM Berlin, were interviewed by ARTE TV for the series „Welcome to the 80s“, featured in POP MATTERS and eternalized as 3D Computergame-Characters (“CULPA INNATA 2 – Chaos Rising“) with their Russian version of “120 Tage”. They played ALTERNATIVA Festival Prag, WROCLAW INDUSTRIAL FESTIVAL, KURT-WEILL-FESTIVAL 2010 at BAUHAUS Dessau and a full USA Tour with SLICK IDIOT Summer 2010.
Hamburg-born vocalist, composer and sound designer MONA MUR first graced the music scene in the ’82 punk explosion. She hooked up with FM Einheit, Marc Chung and Alexander Hacke (“Einstürzende Neubauten”), straight away conquering London NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS’s Single of the Week slot with the 12″ “Jeszcze Polska”.
At the time Mur lived a wild life in Hamburg, Paris and Berlin which shaped her uncompromising musical style with its harsh personal edge. Featuring a violently orchestral sound of darkest shades, her 80s concerts in manic intensity and morbid slowbeat-chic were were foundation stones for her cult image until today. 1989 sees the release of her first full Album “Mona Mur” procuced by JJ Brunel and Dave Greenfield (“The Stranglers”) for RCA.
In 1990 Mona Mur and her producer, Yello’s Dieter Meier, hired the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Polish rockstar/ producer Grzegorz Ciechowski for the Album WARSAW. The concept album was unreleased at the time, but four of the songs were later covered by polish singer Katarzyna Groniec. Her album “Mesczysny” (SONY Poland 2000) entered the national charts, the Mona Mur song “Paintings” became a hit single selling more than 70 000 copies.
During the 90s until today, Mona Mur has also a successful carreer as martial artist, achieving the 3rd DAN Taekwondo.
She entered the German National Team for two years and became German Vice Champion twice.
In 1999 Mona Mur joined the Computer Games Industry as Audio Artist and composer for software developer TERRATOLS, Potsdam-Babelsberg. Her unique style of eerie, haunting and phantastic electronic music and Sound FX can be found in Games such as BALLANCE (ATARI USA/Japan 2006,) VELVET ASSASSIN (Replaystudios/SouthPeak 2009) or CULPA INNATA II (Momentum 2009). GamersHell called her music “Emotional Industrial” and reviewed her tracks as “Pieces of relentless brutality and insidious beauty.“
Director Fatih Akin chose three of her tracks for his worldwide awarded movie “Head On/Gegen die Wand” (Berlin Golden Bear 2004, European Film Award 2004 followed by the release of a comprehensive BestOf –Mona Mur – CD, “Into Your Eye” (DARK DIMENSIONS 2004) Since 2007 Mona Mur is collaborating with EN ESCH. Their Album “120 Tage – The Fine Art of Beauty and Violence” (PALE MUSIC Int. ) was released in Februaray 2009.
Born near Frankfurt / Main, ESCH has lived and worked in Hamburg, Chicago, New Orleans, NYC, Los Angeles and currently Berlin. The classically trained percussionist is best known for his distinctive vocals and charismatic and intense stage performances. He is a skilled multi-instrumentalist, programmer and composer. He has enjoyed success with KMFDM and the diverse ensemble PIGFACE since the early 90s.
End of the 80s, the core member and co-founder of the electro-industrial outfit KMFDM moved, together with his band mates,to the US. A tour supporting the band MINISTRY was the starting point for their stunning carreer. Featuring bands like RAMMSTEIN as opening acts, KMFDM pioneered the crossover between techno/dance and heavy metal with their signature industrial sound.ESCH composed, recorded and co-produced on 14 albums and 20 singles of KMFDM including hits like: More’n’Faster, Godlike and Juke Joint Jezebel.
En Esch & KMFDM also appear on various soundtracks of Hollywood movies like: Hideaway, Johnny Memonic, Mortal Combat, Bad Boys etc.He was also core member of PIGFACE in 1990, writing, recording and touring with them until 1993 and again after 2004.
He collaborated with Bands like KASTRIERTE PHILOSOPHEN, GIRLS UNDER GLASS, EXCESSIVE FORCE, SISTER MACHINE GUN, CHEM LAB, MORE MACHINE THAN MAN AND EDGE OF DAWN to name a few. After several successful years in the Techno-Industrial scene and countless live performances around the world, the striking front man and talented guitarist now enjoys a cult-hero status in EN ESCHs larger-than-life and commanding persona.
Today he is also mastermind, singer and frontman of his band “SLICK IDIOT” which he founded with guitarist Günter Schulz after the original lineup of KMFDM dissolved in 1999. SLICK IDIOT has released 4 albums.
Since 2007 he is collaborating with MONA MUR.
“…Fans of Siouxsie, Lydia Lunch, Nico & even Marianne Faithfull are sure to recognise a kindred spirit at work here.” – HARDWIRED, UK
“Her dark, dramatic voice lets our blood flow backwards.” – BEWEGUNGSMELDER