Entries tagged with: Epic Records
by Andrew Sacher
Death Grips at Le Poisson Rouge last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
When Death Grips allegedly released their new album, NO LOVE DEEP WEB, for free on their website because their label, Epic Records, wouldn't give it a release date, many people were wary that the whole thing was a bit of a publicity stunt. Then on Wednesday (10/31), Death Grips posted to their facebook a screenshot of what appeared to be an email from Epic stating that the band violated their contract and were to remove the album from the internet immediately. They wrote to PItchfork to explain that posting the email was to prove the NO LOVE DEEP WEB leak was not a publicity stunt. Of course, that email itself could have been another publicity stunt. But at that this point it appears there was in fact some truth to the news surrounding the album's release, because Pitchfork points to an unsurprising letter from Epic Records stating:
Epic Records is a music first company that breaks new artists. That is our mission and our mandate. Unfortunately, when marketing and publicity stunts trump the actual music, we must remind ourselves of our core values. To that end, effective immediately, we are working to dissolve our relationship with Death Grips. We wish them well.The whole thing makes you wonder if Death Grips' plan from the start was to sign with a major label just so they could publicly screw them over. They never quite seemed like the type of band who would benefit from one to begin with. And It's also worth noting that the band didn't only leak the album for free (tons of people would have done that anyway), but they also released it under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license, which allows anyone to use the album's material in commercials, television, film, etc, or even press and sell the album themselves. Assuming Epic Records funded the recording of NO LOVE DEEP WEB, it was only a matter of time before the announcement that they were dropping Death Grips came.
The full album stream of NO LOVE DEEP WEB is below...
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...