Death Grips at Coalition, Friday May 3

Catch hip hop’s most brutal experimenters at Coalition on Friday for a lethal dose of anarcho-rave industrial doom – it will be loud, basically.
Stefan “MC Ride” Burnett met drummer-producer Zach Hill in their hometown of Sacramento, California, where they presumably worked out a mutual love of terrifying sonic overdose. With Burnett’s art-school sensibility and Hill’s already notoriously brutal drumming style (having performed with Prefuse 73 and Wavves previously), they together took hip hop by the jugular with their unflinching use of relentlessly frantic bass and industrial noise, Burnett’s nightmarish physical style and delivery and a hefty dose of shock tactics all round (the title of their second LP No Love Deep Web, which they released for free without their label’s permission, was written in ink on an erect penis for the album’s cover art). Light-years more fast-paced than anything else on the scene, with a furious punk thrust, 2012’s albums The Money Store and No Love Deep Web saw widespread critical acclaim, the former landing them #9 on Pitchfork’s albums of the year list.
Live, they are no less uncompromising, Burnett’s vigorous performance style carving a dynamic edge to a sound already heaving with distortion and twisted live sonic manipulation from Hill and Andy “Flatliner” Morin. A recent show with Boiler Room at Austin’s SXSW festival proved that nothing (certainly not being dropped from Epic after their defiant self-release last year) will stand in their way. No less mercy will be shown the crowd gathered in Brighton’s Coalition.
£12 / 7pm – 10pm

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