Archi "MC" Motherfucker - voc, git
Steve "Maschine" West - drum, voc
Johnny Bottrop - git, voc
Zip Schlitzer - bass, voc
February 1993: After a long time, 3 punks meet each other again in one of Berlin- Kreuzberg´s pawnshops. As a matter of fact they wanted to pawn their musical instruments because they couldn't pay their bills. But what happened? Archi "MC" Motherfucker (voc, git), Johnny Bottrop (git) and Hermann von Hinten (drums) were celebrating their reunion and decided to form a new band together.
Soon after, a bass player called "Ice Tüte" joined and from then on the four punks rehearsed constantly in their basement. They were looking for a peaceful sounding name for their young band, so they called themselves "Terrorgruppe" which of course means terrorgroup.
It didn't take to long and the band was well known in Berlin. They released a couple of self-produced 7" vinyl-ep´s which sold an amazing amount in the German punk-scene. In fall 94 "Ice Tüte" left the band and after a miscarried experiment with a guy called "Fritz", Zip Schlitzer took place as the bass player.
Until today TERRORGRUPPE have released about 15 Singles and 5 full length albums.
They hit the top ten of the German alternative charts four times and one single even made it in the German Top 100 charts.
While the early recordings sounded strictly punk-rock, somewhere between melodic "socal" skate-punk, London 77 and old German pogo-anthems like KFC, Razors or Middle Class Fantasies......, TERRORGRUPPE later added more and more Reggae, modern H.C. and even Pop elements to their songs Today the band calls their music AGGROPOP and has founded a little aggropop-scene with their own small fanzine "Church of Punkology" as the central organ of public propaganda. Check it out in the net : www.terrorgruppe.com
Terrorgruppe´s (mostly German) lyrics are as important as their music & style. They write about politics, sexuality, religion, drug-experiences, relationships and generic boring life in their very own respectless, naive and unconcerned way. Cynically and ironically they like to spread salt into the open wounds of modern society and sometimes they give practically instructions for rebellion.
But Terrorgruppe is not a political punk-band. They characterize themselves as 10% PC (and 90% politically incompetent).
They like to defame stars from politics and show business in their own way of despising mankind. Malicious joy is their most important driving element.
Of course, with this attitude they do not only make friends:
Some well known stars were thinking about suing "Terrorgruppe" (but refrained); communities tried to prohibit Terrorgruppe´s live-shows and the "Office for Protection of the Constitution" recorded every little move of the band.
Christian moral-theologians and radical feminists threatened the band with assaults, certain stores refused to sell their albums...etc......
Notwithstanding to this little problems the band was constantly following their triumphal procession.("learning from Terrorgruppe means to learn how to win") so they were touring the hell in and out of Germany. Until today they did about 450-500 live-shows and tons of fanzines voted them as "the best German live - band".
With the motto "language-barriers Fuck off" the four maniacs also visited countries like Spain, Italy, France, Poland, Czech, Holland and California (where they released 1997 their compilation-album "Terrorgruppe uber Amerika" on BYO-Records).
Drummer Hermann v. Hinten left the band in summer 1998, being replaced by Maschine West making their music even more compact a powerful. Just listen to the new album, which is a true manifesto of what the band calls Aggropop: Drive, distortion, speed and madness combined with cynic lyrics and catchy hooks... and this time even some English (and one Spanish) songs included.