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Die Warzau

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  • Years Active: 1980s, 1990s, 2000s


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Chicago industrial duo Die Warzau purvey a guitar- and sample-heavy version of the form, with minimal lyrics. Van Christie (guitar, synth, programming, vocals) and Jim Marcus (percussion, vocals) debuted in 1988 with Disco Rigido, following that album with 1991's Big Electric Metal Bass Face. Die Warzau returned in 1995 with the album Engine, also working on remixes for Björk. A whole decade passed before the band was to appear again. The 2005 Die Warzau included Christie and Marcus and two new members, Abel Garibaldi and Dan Evans. The four-piece lineup debuted with the full-length Convenience, released by their new label Pulseblack.


Die Warzau (originally Die Warzau Synfony) was an industrial music band formed in 1987 by performance artists Jim Marcus and Van Christie.


Originally signed to Chris Parry's Fiction Records, the group released Disco Rigido in the late 1980s.

A second album, Big Electric Metal Bass Face, was released in the early 1990s. Contributors to the band at the time included Chris Vrenna and James Woolley (both members of Nine Inch Nails during the mid-1990s), and audio visual artist Burle Avant, who went on to co-create the MTV television series Amp.

Engine, a 1995 release on Wax Trax/TVT, was the last album the group released before going on hiatus for almost a decade, and included contributions from Chris Randall of the band Sister Machine Gun (SMG). One of the songs written by Die Warzau during this time, "Hole In the Ground," ended up on the SMG album Burn.

Die Warzau as a group then went on hiatus for a number of years, with Marcus and Christie working on other projects. Jim Marcus founded the pure funk group Everplastic while Van Christie worked on another project called Eco-Hed.

In 2004, the duo re-united, together with new members Abel Garibaldi and Dan Evans, releasing Convenience on their Chicago-based label Pulseblack Records.

2008 saw the release of Vinyl 88, a collection of remixes and previously unreleased tracks including "Born Again" (for which a video was released) and "Hitler's Brain", a collaboration with funk pioneer George Clinton. While some of the tracks had seen prior release, many of the remixes featured re-recorded elements.

In 2009, Die Warzau made several songs – many from the recent Convenience and Vinyl 88 releases – available for remixing at RemixGalaxy.com The different musical elements (vocals, drums, bass, etc.) of each song are available as separate tracks, which allows users the opportunity to create their own versions of the songs or incorporate the parts into their own original tracks under personal, non-commercial license.

In 2011, Die Warzau announced on their Facebook page that their performance at the WTII Minifest 2 on June 12 would be the band's last performance before breaking up. The live personnel included Jim Marcus, Dan Evans, Vince McAley, and Jay Ramirez.

In 2013, the band announced that they will reunite to play one show at the "Cold Waves II" festival held in Chicago in late September 2013.


Both Christopher Hall (Stabbing Westward / The Dreaming) and Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails / Tweaker) were members at one point.Kevin Temple (Sister Machine Gun, Apartment 26) was a member during the Engine era.Warzone Recorders was started by Van Christie and Jim Marcus in part of Cabrini Green Housing Projects Sonic Boom InterviewPULSEBLACK Records, a Chicago Indie Label is now home to Die Warzau Pulseblack RecordsIn 1991 Die Warzau supported Nine Inch Nails on tour. NIN HotlineVan Christie worked at Traxx Records (from 1994–2004) and worked with Lil Louis on the hit "French Kiss"Abel Garibaldi who is credited on "Convenience" is head recording engineer for R. KellyJim Marcus is a well-respected typeface designer for T26 Font Foundry.Album "Convenience" wins Industrial Album of the Year, 2006 Just Plain Folks Music Awards
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