Death Grips Breakup Leaves Festivals High and Dry
Death Grips by Tom Spray for Pitchfork
Death Grips have never shied away from sudden, controversial moves. In 2012, the noise-rap group released No Love Deep Web for free on the Internet months before the scheduled release date with a photo of drummer Zach Hill's erect penis on the cover - all without consulting their label. Naturally, they were dropped from Epic Records before canceling a slew of tour dates last year, including appearances at Lollapalooza and Osheaga. So, their impromptu disbandment announced via a Facebook photo of a note written on a napkin should almost come as no surprise.
The message, beginning with, "We are now at our best and so Death Grips is over. We have officially stopped. All currently scheduled live dates are canceled," comes with troubling implications. The group was set to open for Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden on an upcoming tour (about which Trent Reznor tweeted, "sorry everyone... why would I have ever thought those dudes could keep it together?") in addition to scheduled appearances at Pitchfork Chicago, FYF Fest, and Fun Fun Fun.
While it's unlikely Pitchfork will find a decent replacement in the two weeks prior its July festival, Fun Fun Fun (who already dealt with a cancellation from the band in 2013) has promised to find a substitute in a whimsical parody of Death Grips' napkin decree, writing in theirs, "We are now at our super best and so our relationship with Death Grips is finally over - we have decided to consciously uncouple forever, after being stood up twice at the altar." Well done, Fun Fun Fun, well done.
Pitchfork Chicago and FYF Fest have yet to comment on the newly-formed holes in their lineups, although the latter still has over a month to find a replacement. As for Death Grips, the trio will still reportedly release The Powers That B, their fifth album in four years, later in 2014 before descending into the abyss - or getting back together again, who the hell knows with this band?
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