Rising synth-pop duo ÄTNA team up with eleven-piece techno marching band MEUTE on addictive new track ‘Weirdo’ out now through Humming Records.

Fusing electronic doused pop melodies and big brass-band sensibilities, the end product is nothing short of incandescent, a fitting accompaniment to the summer.

ÄTNA’s Inéz says: “It’s about including everyone. No one should be excluded. Self-empowerment for everyone! Even if you’re out of line. We want to break a lance for acceptance. Because the word acceptance already has the word dance in it.“

The world came to a standstill immediately after the release of MEUTE’s second studio album “Puls” in February 2020 and ÄTNA’s “Made by Desire” in March 2020. Both bands stayed at home instead of going on tour and performing at festivals all over Europe: “I watched all the seasons of Game of Thrones and started growing courgettes, tomatoes, raspberries and kohlrabi, but then quickly realised that we couldn’t afford to keep it up. We had to resume working on new material,” singer and keyboardist Inéz said. “Weirdo” is the resultant first song.

ÄTNA and MEUTE met for the first time in the summer of 2019. The vibe immediately resonated. “We have been big fans of ÄTNA for a long time. The videos, the music, the talent and the overall style are a blast and now a collaboration has come out of it – how cool is that? The track is special and opens up a whole new dimension for us. The fact that they are so nice and we have so much fun with them is the icing on the cake,” MEUTE said.

Producer Moses Schneider discovered a weird beat in Demian’s unused collection, which is the basis for the instrumental of “Weirdo”. Meute adds more drums, marimba, trumpets, saxophones, trombones and vibrating bass. The instrumental, which forms the foundation for Inéz’s voice, is thus created in digital exchange.

‘Weirdo’ is the first release for MEUTE this year and at the same time the beginning of a series of regular releases introducing the new album “Taumel” scheduled for release in summer 2022, starting at the end of July. “Weirdo” opens up a new world of sound for MEUTE. In addition to the usual fine goosebump sounds of marimba, horns and drums, the usual analogue-technoid profile is stylistically enriched by the interplay with ÄTNA.

This track is a step forward for ÄTNA, into a new aesthetic: sportier, thicker, finer, the song emphasises mobility, is danceable, banging, clearly says: we all need to enjoy the fresh air again. It reminds you briefly of Berlin’s Tresor in the 90s, of the Chemical Brothers’ disruptive beats, playfully combines them with Afrobeat and the New Orleans marching band sound of MEUTE. Compared to “Made by Desire”, one notices: The reverb is gone, everything is a bit more direct with more minimalism.

Listen to  ‘Weirdo’ – BELOW:

MEUTE Live Dates:

17. Jul 21 DE – LÜBECK Kulturwerft Gollan
18. Jul 21 DE – KARLSRUHE Kulturbühne
22. Jul 21 DE – BONN Kulturgarten
23. Jul 21 DE – LEIPZIG Picknick Konzerte
24. Jul 21 DE – ERFURT Picknick Konzerte
25. Jul 21 DE – DORTMUND Juicy Beats Park Session
08. Aug 21 FR – ETAPLES-SUR-MER Rock en Stock
26. Aug 21 DE – HAMBURG Cuise Inn
27. Aug 21 DE – BERLIN Picknick Konzerte
28. Aug 21 DE – HERDWANGEN Eine Liebe Festival
29. Aug 21 NL – BIDDINGHUIZEN Down The Rabbit Hole
31. Aug 21 DE – KONSTANZ Picknick Konzerte
01.Sep 21 DE – MAGDEBURG Picknick Konzerte
03. Sep 21 DE – BRAUNSCHWEIG Kultur im Park
07. Sep 21 UK – LONDON Forum
08. Sep 21 UK – GLASGOW Barrowland
09. Sep 21 UK – MANCHESTER Ritz
10. Sep 21 UK – LEEDS Stylus
11. Sep 21 UK – BRISTOL Marble Factory
12. Sep 21 NL – AMSTERDAM DGTL Festival
08. Oct 21 FR – TOULOUSE Pink Paradize 2021
12. Oct 21 DE – WIESBADEN Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
18. Oct 21 DE – WÜRZBURG Posthalle
19. Oct 21 IT – MILAN Alcatraz
20. Oct 21 CH – BERN Bierhübeli
21. Oct 21 DE – MUNICH Tonhalle
22. Oct 21 AT – LINZ Posthof
08. Nov 21 AT – VIENNA Wiener Konzerthaus
09. Nov 21 HU – BUDAPEST Akvarium Club
10. Nov 21 CZ – PRAGUE Roxy
26. Nov 21 SE – MALMÖ Babel
27. Nov 21 SE – STOCKHOLM Debaser
28. Nov 21 DK – COPENHAGEN Vega
14. Jan 22 DE – ERLANGEN Heinrich-Lades-Halle
26. Jan 22 PL – WARSAW Progresja
27. Jan 22 PL – KRAKOW Klub Studio
28. Jan 22 PL – POZNAŃ Tama
29. Jan 22 PL – GDAŃSK Stary Manez
12. Feb 22 DE – BOCHUM Jahrhunderthalle
13. Feb 22 DE – COLOGNE Palladium
23. Feb 22 DE – FRANKFURT Batschkapp
27. Feb 22 DE – BERLIN Columbiahalle
05. Mar 22 FR – MARSEILLE Le Moulin
06. Mar 22 FR – PARIS L‘Olympia
07. Mar 22 FR – LYON Le Transbordeur
26. Mar 22 DE – MANNHEIM Zeltmusikfestival
01. Sep 22 DE – INGOLSTADT Reduit Tilly

ÄTNA Live Dates:
17. Jul 21 DE – WOLFENBÜTTEL Summertime Festival
21. Jul 21 AT-FELDKIRCHEN Poolbar Festival
22. Jul 21 DE – STUTTGART Bunter Beton Festival
06. Aug 21 DE – FRIEDLAND Jenseits von Millionen
31. Aug 21 DE – ELTVILLE Heimspiel Knyphausen
12. Aug 21 DE – LEIPZIG Panometer
13. Aug 21 DE – JENA Kulturarena
14. Aug 21 DE – MÜHLHEIM Theater an der Ruhr
19. Aug 21 DE – HAMBURG Fast Ein MS Dockville
20. Aug 21 SI-NITRA Flaam Festival
22. Aug 21 DE – MANNHEIM Maifeld Derby Warm-Up
26. Aug 21 DE – NEUSTRELITZ Immergut Festival
24. Sep 21 DE – HAMBURG Elbphilharmonie
27. Oct 21 DE – DARMSTADT Centralstation
05. Mar 22 DE – DRESDEN Beatpol
06. Apr 22 DE – WIESBADEN Kesselhaus
08. Apr 22 DE – JENA Kassablanca
09. Apr 22 DE – BERLIN Astra
20. Apr 22 DE – MUNICH Ampere
21. Apr 22 AT-SALZBURG Rockhouse
23. Apr 22 AT-VIENNA Fluc
30. Apr 22 DE – MUNSTER Gleis 22

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