“Subversive infiltration, reign supreme, in none me trust…”
2012 was a bullshit good year for Death Grips, dropping one album on a label and dropping another amidst a shroud of controversy, subsequently getting dropped from said label. Anyways, they’ve kept on touring on the back of both records – along with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs from earlier today, DG played at the Big Day Out back in January. Again, like YYYs, the band also played at South By South-West this year; presenting a unique live set-up with drummer Zach Hill performing the set via Skype and the band’s oft-absent producer Flatlander joining the live festivities in a ski mask.
Not long after that, the band began posting cryptic videos with the title “No Hands.” It was teasing something, but it was never made clear exactly what. Then, of course, this happened: the teasers culminated in the release of the second video for a No Love, Deep Web track in Lock Your Doors. The band have always experimented with lo-fi and experimental clips – to go with the sounds themselves, one would assume. Here, it’s put to extremes, with footage from the SXSW set inverted and distorted beyond belief. The whole thing feels like a nightmare, and it’s for this reason that it’s one of the more breathtaking visual feats that the DG collective has put its name to. Sorry that I’m a little late to the party on this one, but I can’t be the only one who thinks this is badass, surely?