Death Grips

Death Grips.

Where to start… I can’t quite remember when it was that I first heard about Death Grips, but I’m pretty sure it was at some point in 2011 and through Twitter. The wonderfully abrasive music video for Guillotine - cut a pigs ear off delightful.

The dirty sound, image and vibe of Death Grips is just awesome. Grating, confrontational and honest. A refreshing break from the glossy, money hungry hip-hop that predominantly pollutes the airwaves. Something about the band grabbed me immediately and hung on for dear life.

At this stage I had very little knowledge of the group and what they were about, all I knew was that their tunes were appealing to my more aggressive music tastes, normally reserved for guitar driven shouty stuff. It was only when I began researching, that I found out Zach Hill (Hella) was their live drummer and an integral part of the band. Along with vocalist Stefan Burnett and producer Andy “Flatlander” Morin (the latter does not perform with them live), these guys were creating some of the finest, most venomous “rap” music I’d ever heard.

Now I highly recommend researching this band yourself, there is just so much about them that captivates and I’m not going to write it all here. But for example; their dealings with major label Epic (who signed them at the start of 2012), are worth a look alone.

I think it’s these debacles and challenges and the way that group have dealt with them that endears me to them further. There is an inspirational air of integrity surrounding Death Grips, one that gradually pulls you deeper and deeper into their world. From the recent album cover (Hill’s penis, complete with the album title - “No Love Deep Web" scrawled across it), to their intense live shows and just the way in which they conduct themselves. This is a band that truly inspires me and long may they continue.

Converge 30th Nov - The Button Factory

I went to Dublin to see Converge last weekend. First time seeing them live and FUCK, they pretty much blew my mind.

Opening the night was Italy’s The Secret, a band who I’d regrettably missed when they played Galway with Tombs last year. Tonight, off the back of their latest album - Agnus Dei, the band delivered a suitably vicious performance, as blistering and ferocious as the album itself. The only disappointment was the lack of crowd, as the gig started so early.

Next up was A Storm Of Light, a band from the US, featuring Neurosis's previous visual artist and Red Sparrowes founding member - Josh Graham. Much slower and more doom influenced than the rest of the bands playing, ASOL were thumpingly heavy and while probably not to the taste of the entire audience, I thoroughly enjoyed their set.

By this stage the venue was filling up, Touche Amore came onstage to the biggest crowd so far. I have to admit that this band did nothing to excite me at all. Don’t know exactly why, but their energetic performance, tight and all, seemed to lack in something important. Although there was a considerable crowd up front, loving it.

After a pint, a couple of cigarettes, a chat with Nigel Vs Lions and Ilenkus’s ex-sound engineer Neasan, it was time for the main show.

Converge announced themselves in furious fashion, launching right into some intense hardcore, math-tinged brutality. The crowd exploded and soon began the chaotic but good natured moshing and crowd surfing. The band seemed to be in flying form, throwing themselves into each track and engaging the audience at every opportunity. They played a nice bit of stuff off the new album - All We Love We Leave Behind, and it sounded great. From my perspective, the mix of old material and new songs balanced the set perfectly, injecting aggression and more building passages throughout. This is a band so experienced in playing live, that the whole set seemed flawless, comfortable and natural. Towards the end of the gig, the security staff in the venue began getting a bit agitated. This was slightly surprising as there had been a really positive energy in the crowd. That energy began getting slightly darker as the burly bouncers started violently dragging people through the crowd. This visibly upset the band and before performing their encore, the security team were confronted and pretty much put in their place by J Bannon. This didn’t take away from the performance, the band were outstanding, so tight, full of energy, integrity and passion. Rarely have I taken part in such a concert. And that’s exactly what it was - taking part. The connection between band and crowd was really strong, made stronger by the continuous stage-diving and crowd participation. It was a gig where you felt part of something. I would go and see Converge play every week if I could. Their music has developed impressively and become tastefully more refined over the years. Live, the connection they created with the audience was second to none, reminding myself (and most there) of some of the best and most rewarding aspects of music.

Music I like

These are some of my personal favourites that are quite active at the moment and I’m gonna try and write something about them in the next while:

Death Grips

Converge

Die Antwoord

How To Destroy Angels

Cult Of Luna -  I: The Weapon (from the upcoming album - Vertikal)

Vertikal gets released at the end of January and there’s not many records that I’ll have been looking forward to as much as this one.

This new track promises great things from the Swedish post-metal outfit. It’s laden with intricacies, powerful riffing, wonderfully textured synths and dynamic yet violent vocals. This band have always had a brilliant balance between crushing heaviness and quiet subtleties, this track promises more of the same, but also implies a development of sound from the band.

Here’s a list of their upcoming tour dates: (lets hope Ireland gets added to the list soon)

17.01.2013GER, Hamburg

18.01.2013LUX, Esch

19.01.2013GBR, Glasgow

20.01.2013GBR, Sheffield

21.01.2013GBR, Wolverhampton

22.01.2013GBR, London

24.01.2013FRA, Paris

25.01.2013FRA, Vannes

26.01.2013FRA, Bordeaux

27.01.2013ESP, Bilbao

28.01.2013POR, Porto

29.01.2013POR, Lisbon 

30.01.2013ESP, Madrid

31.01.2013ESP, Barcelona

01.02.2013FRA, Beaumont

02.02.2013GER, Karlsruhe

27.02.2013NOR, Oslo

28.02.2013SWE, Stockholm

02.03.2013FIN, Helsinki

18.04.2013SWE, Gothenburg

20.04.2013NED, Tilburg - Roadburn Festival 2013

19.04.2013DEN, Copenhagen

22.04.2013SUI, Fribourg

23.04.2013ITA, Mezzago

24.04.2013ITA, Rome

25.04.2013ITA, Misano Adriatico

26.04.2013SUI, Winterthur

27.04.2013CRO, Zagreb

29.04.2013ROM, Bucharest

30.04.2013ROM, Timişoara

01.05.2013HUN, Budapest

02.05.2013AUT, Innsbruck

04.05.2013GER, Marburg

05.05.2013GER, Munich

06.05.2013GER, Stuttgart

07.05.2013GER, Bielefeld

08.05.2013GER, Cologne

This is the new Ilenkus T-shirt design. The bee/grenade was designed by our lovely mate Alistair Fish and video maestros Zombie.ie did the logo. 
Fish and Faint Guy (James Sheridan - the artist behind the artwork for “Rule By Thieves”), are currently setting up their own company and will be displaying various works in spaces around Dublin. Check out their new fb page here: https://www.facebook.com/PostRetroArt
Ilenkus are also currently giving away a merch bundle, including a T-shirt. Click on the photo for details of how to enter.

This is the new Ilenkus T-shirt design. The bee/grenade was designed by our lovely mate Alistair Fish and video maestros Zombie.ie did the logo. 

Fish and Faint Guy (James Sheridan - the artist behind the artwork for “Rule By Thieves”), are currently setting up their own company and will be displaying various works in spaces around Dublin. Check out their new fb page here: https://www.facebook.com/PostRetroArt

Ilenkus are also currently giving away a merch bundle, including a T-shirt. Click on the photo for details of how to enter.

So this is basically a really minimalistic track, using a vocal sample from Ilenkus’ Great Divide. Witch House apparently.

Good Afternoon

Good afternoon. This blog has been somewhat of a failure so far, as I’ve yet to publish a proper entry! After months of procrastination and a couple of drafts that disappeared(thanks Tumblr), I’ve decided to persevere and write a fucking post! It’s wintertime in Ireland, I’m sitting around inside, drinking coffee and doing not very much at all. Therefore I might as well write something. So here it is, in all it’s glory, some bullshit ramblings about nothing. But I figure it’ll get me off the mark and may tease out further posts that could(possibly not) be interesting. The end.

This is a remix of a Nine Inch Nails song that I did a couple of years ago…. that’s about the extent of it…