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Death Grips Call It Quits, Nine Inch Nails Reply

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 07.03.14 in News

Noise-rap experimentalists Death Grips are calling it quits, the band announced in a note posted on Facebook yesterday. They went out, you might say, in a blaze of Death Grips: Scrawled on a napkin, the farewell missive came a month after the ever-unpredictable Sacramento trio tapped Björk for the first half of a planned double album. It also means the group of rapper Stefan Burnett (aka MC Ride), drummer extraordinaire Zach Hill, and producer Andy Morin (aka Flatlander) has canceled all scheduled live dates, including a tour with Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden.

“We are now at our best and so Death Grips is over,” the note reads. The double album, titled The Powers That B, is still due out later in 2014 later this year via Harvest/Third Worlds Records. “Death Grips was and always has been a conceptual art exhibition anchored by sound and vision,” the announcement explains. “Above and beyond a ‘band.’ To our truest fans, please stay legend.”

Death Grips have previously canceled tours, failed to show up for gigs, and put a penis on the cover of No Love Deep Web, so, you know, nobody can be too surprised by all this. It’s still a bummer there won’t be another chance to see them on the road as scheduled, though, and so far probably the silver lining in all this is the entertainingly exasperated response it has received from people affected by the show cancellations. NIN’s Trent Reznor tweeted, “Sorry everyone… why would I have ever thought those dudes could keep it together?”

Austin, Texas’s Fun Fun Fest, where Death Grips were scheduled to play this year after canceling a set last year, responded with its own napkin note:

“We are now at our super best and so our relationship with Death Grips is finally over — we have decide to consciously uncouple forever, after being stood up twice at the altar, we had to look deep into our soul and ask if Death Grips really loves us or is capable of loving anyone, and the unfortunate answer is ‘no,’” the fest writes. “We are better than that.

“So we have officially stopped following Death Grips on Twitter out of fear of seeing them at another show or with other fans — it’s just too soon. Our upcoming fest in November will still happen and with a replacement that loves you and us for who we really are, FF was and always has been a full on metal, physical, and cerebral sensory overload fiesta of delight anchored by butt-shaking, head-banging good times. Above and beyond a ‘fest,’ we deserve real love, and so do you. To our truest fans, please stay epic… and stay tuned.”

A Death Grips rep confirmed the split to Rolling Stone. The band leaves behind an impressive and abrasive discography: Along with The Powers That B, it comprises last year’s Government Plates, 2012′s No Love Deep Web and The Money Store, and 2011′s Exmilitary. As a “conceptual art exhibition,” Death Grips would also probably make room in their catalog for their extracurricular activities, which include a free online release of No Love Deep Web that ultimately led to their being dropped by Epic Records.

This much is fairly certain: You haven’t heard the last of Death Grips. Check out the break-up note below.

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