Drusky Entertainment & VIA Presents
1620 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
"Like a searing art-rap road-rash, Death Grips masterfully combine bellowing slow-flow rhymes, screechy samples, and lunatic genius going buck fuckin' wild."
"[The Death Grips] squealing, scraping neo-Bomb Squad attack absolutely bludgeons its way through festival grounds….the act to beat for sheer loud immediacy."
Hailing from Sacramento, California, Death Grips formed in late 2010 and consists of Stefan "MC Ride" Burnett and Zach Hill. The band dropped the highly acclaimed mix tape Exmilitary featuring the standout track "Guillotine", Time Out NY's #1 single of 2011. From inception, the band has received unparalleled critical praise from tastemakers such as Pitchfork, NME, Spin, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and more, while being featured on countless best of lists.
In 2012, Death Grips followed up Exmilitary with their Epic Records debut, The Money Store. The album builds on Exmilitary's unique punk rap sound and explores new territory with standout tracks "Get Got", "Blackjack", and "I've Seen Footage". The release was exceptionally well received by critics and fans alike, solidifying their position as one of the most intense and visceral bands around.
Earlier this year, Death Grips brought their sonic intensity to life with several key performances including landmark sets at Coachella 2012. The live setup consists of Burnett on vocals and Hill on drums. The Death Grips are coming to Europe in Fall 2012 before heading to Australia in early 2013.
"Death Grips appeals to the knuckle-dragging troglodyte and the smirking smart kid in us: thick-headed goonery and bookish, viscera-free nerdiness, making beautifully misanthropic music together." - Pitchfork (Best New Music, 8.7)
"Unlike any of the other cool groups on the Coachella bill...the result was rap with the frenzied energy of a hardcore punk show." - Los Angeles Times
"Death Grips play a brand of gritty, dark, off-kilter rap that is as unsettling as it is exhilarating." – Examiner
Much is often made of the relationship between artist and place. A common consideration for sure, yet it seems foolish to appraise any artist without considering the effect of his location on everything from his unique worldview to his understanding and use of the various elements that make up his musical vision.
Consider then what it means to make music in the following landscape: a city famed for its fearlessness and endeavor, struck by despair and shuttered. A city in which delicate, perfumed beauty sits aside rancid, mangled poverty. A city wide eyed and weary, at all times both monument and bulldozer, remaining itself through constant "de" and "re"construction.
That city is New York and the band is RATKING. Wiki, Hak and Sporting Life. While many of their peers seem too content to inhabit the safety of mimicry and pastiche, RATKING's music is best understood as neither reenactment nor recreation, but reaction.
To what, one might ask?
Well, a clip from any one of their frenetic live shows provides an immediate answer: you hear the fallout of a bloated and self satisfied hip hop, the nihilist refrain of dead end punk and the prickly reach for connection that befits their noise and experimental influences. Left with the various remaining bits of all these traditions and the bum-rush scramble of modern
life, RATKING are creating a new reality in every moment, just like every other inhabitant of New York City. While Sporting Life weaves a teeming Big Apple backdrop, Wiki and Hak act not only as our mischievous tour guides but dual ends of our own conscious: one sharp witted, vulnerable and seemingly anti-social, the other feral, poetic and almost philosophical. Call it 'no wave' rap. Call it 'no school' hip hop. Call it RATKING.