As can be expected, the Death Grips show Thursday night was an intense but totally awesome blur of chaos, noise, and heady, tripped out tunes. This is the first time Death Grips have been to Seattle since releasing both of their 2012 records, The Money Store and the eyebrow-raising NO LOVE DEEP WEB. Drawing heavily from both records and pulling a few classics from their Ex-Military mixtape, Death Grips gave fans the blistering ride they were hoping for with 55 minutes of nonstop fury.
Rising rap act Cities Aviv started off the night with a solid set. In his recorded works, Gavin Mays trends towards a trippy but chilled out vibe (we saw him on the new Lushlife record not too long ago). But on tour with Death Grips, he’s amped up the noise level and gone for a more disorienting performance. The change was well received though! The crowd was seriously into it and by the end of the set, when he pulled out more familiar tracks, a decent sized pit had developed. Of course, that may have had something to do with him jumping into the middle of it and jamming out to the last track with a mob around him.
There’s just really nothing like a tattooed, spidery, bearded shirtless dude a couple inches from your face screaming “Don’t make me take my face off”. But if you’ve been a fan of this off the wall hip-hop/noise project thus far, chances are you came to the show expecting something along those lines. Death Grips got all kinds of hype after their CMJ perfomance - Pitchfork highlighted it among one of the best there. But now, Seattle has witnessed the furious power of their show firsthand, and however hard we may try, pictures just aren’t going to do it justice. Regardless, we did our best, and these pictures are pretty darned cool.
From the drop of the first tune (NO LOVE opener “Come Up and Get Me”), the noise didn’t let up. The band cruised from one song to the next with zero breaks. Behind dual monitors, Andy Morin threw track after track into the mix, while up front, Zach Hill played some animalistic live drums along with the programmed drums on the track. With no cymbals, the balance between the two ended up somewhere between caveman jamout and robot apocalypse. Then, obviously, MC Ride in all his terrifying glory goes from one end of the stage to the other in an otherworldy state, equal parts motivating the crowd to scream along and freaking the crap out of everyone. It was all any fan of the band could have hoped for, and from the first minute to the time they got around to Money Store single “I’ve Seen Footage”, the mosh pit never once let up. The show was delightful chaos all around.
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