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Death Grips and the raucous MHOW crowd, 11/12/2012
After all of the false starts, Death Grips lit up a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (11/12) with support from similarly tongue-twwisted MC Mykki Blanco (who just played the Broolkyn Electronic Music Fest this weekend), part of their tour that wraps up next week. With only two guys, a drumkit, a pair of Macbook Pros and matching LCD televisions, the now-label-less duo (missing Flatlander) proceeded to stir up moshpits, stagedives and tons of bouncing at the North Brooklyn venue. MC Ride belts out verses at the top of his lungs, slithering like a snake, while his cohort Zach Hill pounded away on his modest kit. Brutal and totally fun.
More pics from Music Hall of Williamsburg are below.
Death Grips kept their word. They wrote that "there are no longer any scheduled shows", and sure enough they didn't even show up to the one-off gig they had scheduled as part of the Sacramento Electronic Music Festival (aka SEMF) in their hometwon of Sacramento on Saturday night. Are they even telling the truth about needing to finish an album? Nobody seems to know where they are. Their Facebook message was a hit and run. Since our post about it, Music Hall of Williamsburg, the Brooklyn venue Death Grips are scheduled to play in June, even tweeted that they're "still waiting on official word about possible Death Grips cancellation. If show is cancelled we'll issue refunds. Please stay tuned." It's not looking good.
Shlohmo, who is back at Glasslands later this month, did play SEMF 2012 though (as you can see in one of the tweets above). As did Sacramento artists Little Foxes, Paper Pistols, Tel Cairo and the Portisheady Dusty Brown, as you can see in the videos below...
"we are dropping out to complete our next album NO LOVE. see you when it's done. (there are no longer any scheduled shows)"The band, who played Coachella in April, have dates scheduled starting tonight in their hometown of Sacramento up until 6/21 in Minneapolis. They're also supposed to play ATP in NJ in September. Promoters we talked to found out about the alleged tour cancellation via the Facebook message too, and have yet to confirm if it's real. The Sacramento Electronic Music Fest, where they're supposed to play tonight, doesn't have any cancellation message on their website.
The Facebook post already has a ton of comments. Here are some choice ones:
" I'm not massively angry at this. I'm totally crestfallen though. I wish there was a bit more info about. I've rang ticket vendors and venues and no one seems to know a thing. Also if this actually is the true then a sorry in the post would've just been common courtesy. Wow, reading this back I can see how hilariously British this all sounds!"And:
Dudes need to shape the fuck up. I love Zach Hill as a musician... but as a person the dude has got to fucking get his shit together if he wants to not have this all go way over his head. I mean, the dude has been touring all across the world for years... finally gets a solid project going since Hella with some guys and then they cancel a tour for like their third time? Then people start coming out about how the individual members are (which I know the truth about Zach Hill, always have, seen facts of his shit) and it's all starting to add up that either these dudes don't give a shit in the worst way possible, or they're full of themselves in the worst way possible.And:
Either way, the music remains great, but fuck them and their shady bullshit.
The way certain people on here are reacting to this is wayyy out of context in terms of the way these guys work... If any of you could grasp a single second's substance of their message that they portray in their music well then you would comprehend that following the ordinary model for a musician to tour once an album is released is THE last thing this group is concerned with. Instead they are offering TWO full blown pieces of work which would give you 3 releases to listen to from a group, who would be, at that time only two years into their formation. Yeah sure that doesn't mean what they did was all dandy and fine and everyone should be smiling about it but if you sat on this comment box and pulled out a "OMG YU GUYZ CANT DO DISSS" or a "WUZ IT LA RIED DAT SAID U CUDNT COME OUT 2 PLAYYYY??" - well then you don't understand that this group probably cares more about finishing off that album that they promised EVERYONE they would release under a major label, than all of our shitty little opinions, including mine......YO WHO THE FUCK AM I KIDDING THO, FLATLANDER THE FUCK U PLAYING U AT SON? ZACH...THE FUCK U PLAYING AT SON? RIDE.....WHY THE FUCK IS YOU TOO BUSY TRIMMING DAT BEARD TO PLAY A SHIT LITTLE SET FOR US SON?Stay tuned for more details.
Death Grips previously announced their plans to release two albums on Epic, including the great Money Store which was released on 4/24.
by Andrew Sacher
Death Grips at FFF Fest 2011 (more by BBG)
Noise rap trio Death Grips (MC Ride, Zach Hill, Flatlander) arrived last year with the Exmilitary mixtape and plan to follow it this year with two full lengths, The Money Store and No Love. Both albums will come out on the group's new major label home, Epic Records. The Money Store is due out on April 24 and No Love will be out this fall.
Death Grips have been revealing videos and tracks from The Money Store. If you're at all worried that the major label signing will lead to Death Grips cleaning up their sound, fear not. Other than some bigger sounding production quality (which only helps the group), they sound as heavy and out-there as ever. The videos for "Blackjack," "Get Got," and "The Fever (Aye Aye)" are below. You can also download "Get Got" and "Lost Boys" above or stream them below. The album's artwork and tracklist are also below.
Death Grips have a few upcoming dates scheduled for 2012 including Coachella and a pre-Coachella show in California with Refused. In late May and June, they'll head to Europe for a few festivals and upon returning to the US, they'll play a NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 13. They'll also return to the NYC-area in September for ATP I'll Be Your Mirror NJ. Tickets for the MHOW show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/6) at noon. UPDATE: even more tour dates have been announced and are listed belo.
In other news, Death Grips released a series of GIFs (109 to be exact) called "RETROGRADE" that are meant to be played at the same time. Here's what the group had to say about the project:
The piece itself is a musical instrument. Our real performances are disassembled, mangled, and thrown back together in a renegade way. We recommend the "PLAY ALL" button. This is exactly how we create our art. It's dirty, chaotic, and constantly on the brink of catastrophic failure. We encourage others to deconstruct our ideas and this piece in similar ways. We are excited about people creating their own content out of this device. It's not about the machine itself but the process of exploration.You can check out the full project at the Death Grips website and the individual clips on YouTube.
All dates, videos, streams, and more below...
Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...