An Evening With Death Grips

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I don’t care about real life. I don’t care about real life.

I recently had the opportunity to catch Death Grips play a show in Minneapolis, Minnesota on their 2015 North American tour on June 27th, 2015. The concert, “An Evening With Death Grips” was sold out at the world famous First Avenue mainroom. There were no opening acts, and the Grips played to a packed audience of 1,500 people. Doors were 8:00 pm, and the Grips started their set at around 9:30 pm. They played for well over an hour. Their entire set was performed with manic intensity and surgical precision. They took no breaks. There was limited audience interaction. They performed their entire set bathed in red light, no tricks or light show. It was almost like viewing them through a portal to another world.

It was tough to make out MC Ride’s visage against the backdrop of red light, but he rapped, shouted, and screamed his way through over twenty songs picked from their whole career to date. His movements were an impressive part of the act – they seemed inhuman. Ride shaped his body into a crucifix position, paced the stage, and slithered about restlessly. Zach Hill played a relentless drum set. I noticed there was a lot more going on drum-wise during the live performance than on their records. Andy Morin played the tracks and keyboards, and was as vibrant in his performance as either of the other two members.

Having just caught what was likely the loudest performance of my life in New York City, I have to say this was close. Their set included songs from each of their albums, including Fashion Week. The group ran through old and new tracks, and the audience knew all of them. They covered everything from “Takyon (Death Yon)”, “Hustle Bones”, “I’ve Seen Footage” to “Inanimate Sensation” and “Why A Bitch Gotta Lie?”. The only downside for me personally was that I was hoping to hear “Beware” or “Artificial Death In The West”, but as far as I’m aware they don’t break those out live.

Their set ended with “I Want It I Need It (Death Heated)”, MC Ride thanked the audience, and they left the stage. It was a hell of a show – it was hypnotic before the finish. Well worth the price of admission for over an hour of music. During the performance they put to rest everything their detractors have said about them, major label shenanigans, and their “break up”, which in hindsight appears to be a strategic PR stunt and nothing more. Long live Death Grips.

Jenny Death, part two of The Powers That B dropped online March 19th, 2015.

Check out some photos from Jon Behm at Reviler, which can be originally seen here:

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  • Void Dweller

    No.

    • Tyree
      • Void Dweller

        Fucking horrid.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Just listened… yeah this is not my thing at all.

          Toilet Ov Agree to Disagree

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            At least we can agree on that new Author & Punisher (it’s sweet!)

          • Tyree

            Glad you had fun though dude! Seriously. Not my thing though.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Thanks Tyree! Totally could see why people aren’t into them. They put on a heck of a show though. I missed them in 2012 so this was pretty redemptive. Meant to put that in this post, lol

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Oh hell yes

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            CO do you like any hip hop at all? If yeah, I’d still recommend checking out DG’s first album Exmilitary. If not, just disregard, lol

          • CyberneticOrganism

            I just can’t get into it at all, it’s never clicked for me. I’ll give that album a shot though, ya never know.

    • Yes.

  • Tyree

    It’s Friday for me. No work tomorrow. HAIL BEER!!!

    Good: Me in an hour, but with a beer.
    http://p.fod4.com/p/media/67466285d6/2GT4HndTQqEFEmKiWtOs_s9.gif

    Bad: Really no bad. I may be like this much later on. Getting nice and buzzed.
    http://p.fod4.com/p/media/63d31a7336/nVyM19VQgehJwBDHTYvF_fp2.gif

    Ugly: Me passing out..
    http://r.fod4.com/http://p.fod4.com/p/media/63d31a7336/DULoEdklTcmBpmLct8Su_fp7.jpg

  • Le Tapir The Based

    Would be great if they came here too. Good job Ed!
    I wonder if Fantano was there.

    • Ewww…

    • Fantano was combing his mustache and doing more record reviews.

      • Le Tapir The Based

        He’s a busy music nerd. The busiest infact.

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          internet’s busiest music nerd.

          • Le Tapir The Based

            First the internet, then the world.

      • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

        And looking like a pedo uncle.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      I bet Anthony Flametano would see them in his area if they’re playing by him.

      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        I would see them if their show didn’t sell out so fast.

      • Le Tapir The Based

        He doesn’t have an area. He exists everywhere.

  • The W.

    I wonder if Reznor is pissed about their “break up” now that they’re performing live again.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Why would he be?

      • The W.

        He brought them on tour last year, but they dropped off the tour after the break up. Seemed he was upset about it.

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          Oh.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          Really?

          • The W.

            Yes, really.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Haha. I was wondering about the upset part, dude has been in the biz so long that’s what surprised me.

  • Great text, Ed. I think I’m understanding your fandom on the band; you seem to be very into the concert through the hypnotic descriptions.

    Glad you had fun absorbing all of that. Cheers!

  • HessianHunter

    Remember that thing I wrote about how people should dance at heavy shows? This was very close to my described ideal of an “aggro dance party”. Felt really liberating.

    • Their music seems like it would attract a pretty diverse crowd. I’d have to imagine a room full of people all reacting differently to it.

      • HessianHunter

        Exactly. Buncha longhairs push-pitting, hip-hop kids with their hands in the air, too-cool hip people watching in the back, and everything in between.

    • EsusMoose

      I saw them recently as well and the pit area was a whirlwind of dancing, moshing and too many sweaty bodies. Probably the most fun I’ve had at a show or in general in a while

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Hessian I didn’t know you were going to make it out. Should have let me know!

      • HessianHunter

        I totally goofed and forgot that you would of course be there! I feckin’ luv Death Gripz.

  • Did they play this one? Not familar with too much of their stuff but I always liked this song.
    http://youtu.be/Cn3vMyopjXI

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Ron, they did, near the end of their set!

  • HessianHunter

    Our local Minneapolis “punk Rock photographer” got too close for MC Ride’s liking and he kicked the dude’s camera, apparently breaking it. Kinda sucks, but also kinda funny.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    “The faceless corpse fought his way to the stage, wrestled the mic from the bleeding & mutilated roadie, and extended his wan, outreached hand to the sweating, frightened masses. “Join me in oblivion…” he said “…for it is upon us here tonight.”

  • NefariousDude

    I AM SO FUCKING EXCITED FOR JULY 23

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      I’m excited for you.

      • NefariousDude

        You’ll be with me in spirit

  • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

    I’ll just leave this gem here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOaL3Ny8_EM

    PS: “No Love” is the heaviest hip hop song ever.

    • CT-12

      More so than “Full Moon”?

      • The W.

        How’s your NIN adventure going?

        • CT-12

          Pretty sweet man. Did you get my comment I made a minute ago or so? Been listening to The Downward Spiral all day today and yesterday, finally hearing what I couldn’t when I first picked it up.

          • The W.

            I don’t recall seeing it. Sorry! Glad you’re enjoying Spiral!

  • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS
  • Dagon

    I’m really jelly of you, Ed. Must have been a pretty siqq show. It’s been a while since I last listened to the Powers That B in full, might have to do it later this week.

    Good write-up too, man. I wonder if Death Grips will ever come to Brasil, it’s hard to find people who like them here.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Death Grips are pretty much all I have played this whole week, lol

  • The W.

    Ed, I’m jelly.

  • CT-12

    Glad you had fun Ed! I heard they do play Beware sometimes live, but I think it’s a special occasion if they ever do.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      If they ever play around here again I would love to hear that live. It’s one of my favorite tracks from them still.

      • more beer

        Great job. I missed them here. But was on the guest list for Jungle Rot that night so I went to that show.

  • Which reminds me, I still haven’t listened to the The Powers That B… Time to correct that, yes.

    • The W.

      Jenny Death is the better half, IMO.

      • Dagon

        +1

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        niggas on the moon is growing on me daily – as is Government Plates.

        • Call the Slambulance

          Government Plates is pretty stellar. It’s far from their best, but I don’t think it gets enough love.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            It’s so fucking dark in here

            come come the fuck apart in here

          • Call the Slambulance

            I died in the process. You die in the process.

  • DOYOURLYBEARD, THO?

    I’d also like to comment on how much I like MC Ride’s tattoos

    • KJM

      I’ll comment about how happy I am that my vics showed up a day early.

    • DOYOURLYBEARD, THO?

      https://youtu.be/ateQQc-AgEM

      Seal needs to join a power metal band.

      • DOYOURLYBEARD, THO?

        Am I going to get banned for saying Bernie Sanders 2016? As a self-professed independent, this is my biggest hope. The far right calls him an extremist. The far left (which I am not part of) is starting to embrace him, and the middle-of-the-line dems are trying to find ways to vote for Hillary Clinton. If it comes down to Clinton/Bush, I blame the knowledgeable yet complacent. The only redemption for our country is a Rand Paul vs. Bernie Sanders ticket. That’s where real change can happen. I wish all my homosexual friends the best, and congratulate the supreme court for finally not nullifying one vestige of humanity (and the healthcare act). Left or Right, we need to go one step further. Oust the illuminati. Oust the Koch brothers. Oust the democrats and republicans. Burn down the whitehouse. Burn down the churches. Burn it all down.

        • DOYOURLYBEARD, THO?

          To make the relevant:
          watch vid1 at 100% vol 1 on repeat (or Jenny Death in its entirety) and vid 2 at 25%.
          https://youtu.be/MJ2Oj57OJYA
          https://youtu.be/OewBDIwy-O4

          • KJM

            He’s packin’ ’em in. Crowds of people are getting turned away at the door. I honestly think he’s striking a chord with people across the political spectrum.

        • KJM

          I’m a fan. Bernie is the only one running that talks about the working class, the poor, and the disabled as if their problems actually matter. I co-sign your post 100%.

          Keep up hope. People laughed at me when I said Hillary wasn’t winning in 2008.

          • DOYOURLYBEARD, THO?

            Sadly, Bernie wont win in 2016. We will be reinforced to rubble. We will be buried in obsolescence. We will vote for something we’ve had for a half-century, then cry about change.

          • KJM

            It’s still worth it to try anyway.

          • DOYOURLYBEARD, THO?

            We are dead, KJM.

          • KJM

            My vicodin and sour og kush will keep me alive, for now.

          • DOYOURLYBEARD, THO?

            Obama changed nothing. Not even a perspective.

            . Vics and percs change my perception all the time

          • more beer

            But he did he changed things from bad to worse.

          • KJM

            Would’ve been worse with either Clinton or Romney too. It’s never just about The President. S/he’s usually just a pretty face.

          • more beer

            But a good president can get things done. we haven’t had that in a long time.

          • KJM

            Not since the 60s, I’d say.

          • more beer

            But things have steadily gotten worse. Neither party wants to work with the other. They only time they agree is when they are giving themselves raises. They need to put the greater good of the country first. Not their personal agendas.

          • KJM

            Oh I agree. They have.

          • more beer

            I believe also that part of the reason for such huge incarceration rate. Is that it’s a way to control the voting process. Being that a felony disqualifies someone from voting.

          • KJM

            Agreed. if voting doesn’t change anything, why is there always a push to make it harder for people to vote regardless of which party is in power at the time?

          • more beer

            They need new uneducated voters is why. Another thing that needs to change is the Electoral College that is the stupidest thing ever. The office of the president should absolutely be by popular vote.

          • KJM

            One person, one vote. No “funny stuff”.

          • more beer

            Exactly. It’s a scam. Bush never would have been president. If It was done the way it should be. this system is just a way of disqualifying your actual vote.

          • DOYOURLYBEARD, THO?

            listen to bernie bro

          • more beer

            We are a pretty long way off. I have been paying attention to him. I’m not sure the democrats will necessarily nominate the best man for the job.

          • KJM

            They won’t unless they are forced to, pretty much.

          • KJM

            Vics and percs at least make me happy.

          • DOYOURLYBEARD, THO?

            pluz some bud. rite? rite?!

          • KJM

            Yep. Tonight’s strains are Sour OG, French OG, and G13.

          • more beer

            Grape God, Mango, and some S.A.G.E, For me this evening.

          • KJM

            Any kind of mango pot is always nice.

          • more beer

            I really like the Grape God but the S.A.G.E. is better than both of them. It has a citrus taste more so than the Mango. Like tangerines,

          • more beer

            It’s because we are surrounded by morons. They all drank the kool aid when Obama said change. Yep change for the worst

          • KJM

            More of the same.

          • more beer

            I never vote for a major party candidate.

          • KJM

            My only rule now is that I don’t vote GOP, although I have done so in the past. If it comes down to Clinton Vs Bush, I’ll vote 3rd party.

          • more beer

            I’m voting 3rd party regardless. Unless the 3rd party candidate is a Nazi or religious fanatic.

          • KJM

            I support that 100%.

          • KJM

            Also, 2016 will have the legalization ballot initiative, so something good will happen for my state regardless.

          • more beer

            That one is huge. I’m pretty sure you know how I voted on that in my state.

          • KJM

            But of course! ^_^

          • JW(E)G

            If I were American (and as inclined as the oft-claimed “true” average to be fiscally conservative yet socially liberal) I’d be anxiously awaiting whether or not Gary Johnson decides to try to get back into the Libertarian Party leadership role.

            He’s nothing like the ‘stereotypical’ libertarian, but I mean that in a positive way – unlike Rand(om) Paul(icy) who is all small-l libertarian talk not-at-all-matched by his history of political activity (which aligns him somewhere between conservative and reactionary-pandering).

          • more beer

            I lived in New Mexico when he was finishing up his term as governor. I think he is a better politician than most of t .

          • JW(E)G

            In many ways I think Johnson aligns better with what we in Canada unofficially called “Red Tories” – Conservatives who struck a deliberate balance between individual rights and collectivism (which has always been anathema to politicized conservatism in the States, but only recently became a major bee in their bonnets). They wouldn’t ever have thought explicitly of the dimensions of their responsibility being ‘social’ and ‘fiscal’ – or even for that matter just limited to those two facets. But in most ways, the end results looked socially-progressive and fiscally-conservative.

            I’ve always considered myself personally aligned with that ideology, if you can even really call it an ideology. After 2003 (preceding my first election as a voting adult since I missed the last one), when the Conservative Parties all merged then proceeded to basically squashed their Progressive Conservative wing (the last organized vestiges of the Red Tory movement), I went full “social democrat”. Haven’t voted for anything but the NDP Federally (or Provincially) since then – though of late I think they’ve struck a tone that suggests they’ve become the true inheritors of the Red Tory mark on Canadian political history; and maybe, just maybe, voters are starting to figure that out.

          • more beer

            I will be honest I don’t really know enough about the Canadian system to say anything educated about it. I will say that here I wish our alleged leaders would be more fiscally conservative. I also think they are way over the top with all of the social issues. I think they just use all of it as a way of distracting from the real problems. There are certainly plenty of social issues. They use the media to cause all of this outrage. So the people are more concerned with these things than the real problems.

          • JW(E)G

            One of our current issues is that we’ve also started to recognize that our system also has a bit of a hindrance to the whole ‘one person one vote’ principle actually having meaningful resolution: the First-Past-the-Post system of electing Members of Parliament still means that a LOT of people who vote may feel disenfranchised because their conscience says they should vote for a long-shot party and they thus invariably waste their vote (since in each of the 308 federal ‘ridings’ the seat is claimed only by the one who gets the largest vote percentage).

            So they may get their one vote, but their one vote might not actually go anywhere if they vote for, for instance, the Green Party (although personally I think that’s good: our Greens are actually a messy libertarian-conservative coalition pretending to be progressive on the easy issues the NDP already cover) or the Marxist-Leninists, or the Marijuana Party, or the Rhinoceros Party, or even the Pirate Party…

          • more beer

            I was just talking about this with KJM. At least with one person one vv

          • DOYOURLYBEARD, THO?

            Where’s my harpoon?

          • more beer

            Hopefully in both of their asses!

          • Le Tapir The Based

            I’d vote for that guy if I could.

        • more beer

          As a totally independent voter I agree with you. I just recently got some survey from the democratic party. I am registered independent. They called me dear democrat and asked me who I was going to vote for in the primary’s Plus asked for money. I promptly called them and told them take me off of their mailing list. I then had to check to make sure I was not registered a democrat. I’ve said this before I will say it again. If you are a politician who is running as the incumbent the day after election day you should be on the unemployment line. If you are running major party you shouldn’t get the job. Research the independent candidates make sure they are not completely crazy. Vote everyone out who has been ruining our country. Plus elect no one who is going to continue down the same path. .

        • ¡VIVA CHÁVEZ!

          Woops!

        • The W.

          Why in the world would you be banned for supporting Sanders?

  • KJM

    Death Grips is playing Boston Sunday, a sold out show.

  • KJM

    Tonight’s Late Late Show.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEeGIxYnBcc

    • Tyree

      Dude. The last ATHF episode almost killed me.

      • Tyree

        “Now, your just wasting brains now son”

        • KJM

          Plug in backup link.

          • JW(E)G

            There’s a backup Link?
            What does our original Link think about this?

          • KJM

            Only on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, not here.

          • I’M HERE!

            I’M THE ORIGINAL!

          • Le Tapir The Based

            And the only one we want or need.

  • I’m In Love With Tha DooDoo

    Of course, DG is coming nowhere near here, sadly. Otherwise I’d go. Grrrrrrrrr!