Thursday, July 3, 2014

Death Grips Announce Break-up via Facebook Napkin Message (2010-14)

Death Grips have always been a band to defy convention; whether it be signing with a major label Epic deal and ultimately getting dropped for leaking private emails, self-releasing not one, but three full-length albums (one complete with dick pic cover art), cancelling an entire 2012 tour to record without informing nay of the pre-booked venues, and working on a mysterious [probably fake] short film with Robert Pattinson & Colin Hanks. Just last night, Death Grips posted a message scrawled across a napkin on their Facebook page, which reads: "We are now at our best and so Death Grips is over. We have officially stopped. All currently scheduled live dates are canceled. Our upcoming double album "the powers that b" will still be delivered worldwide later this year via Harvest/Third Worlds Records. Death Grips was and always has been a conceptual art exhibition anchored by sound and vision. Above and beyond a "band." To our truest fans, please stay legend." The announcement of their sudden demise comes as a surprise to many, especially since disc 1 of their upcoming double-disc, now final, studio album, the powers that b leaked just about a month ago; littered with vocal samples culled from experimental Icelandic artist Björk, n**gas on the moon was one of their most cohesive works since Death Grips EP (2011). The aforementioned EP along with Ex-military were the most blatantly "Hip-Hop" collections Death Grips ever put out, anchored with disjointed samples harvested from everyone from Pink Floyd to Black Flag. Aside from the consistently strung-along fans, I feel the worst for Nine Inch Nails & Soundgarden, who are about to embark on a 23-date US tour starting July 19th, now without an opener. Soon after the disbandment announcement, NIN frontman Trent Reznor posted a seemingly bitter Tweet, which read, "Sorry everyone... why would I have ever thought those dudes could keep it together?" Death Grips' final 2-disc album, the powers that b will seemingly be released at an unspecified time, likely before year's end. But I would imagine it's not exactly the last we'll hear from Death Grips, as drummer Zach Hill was actively working on a short film and companion band-composed soundtrack.

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