The Sacramento rap-punks go AWOL.
Death Grips fans trashed the band’s gear on Friday night after the duo failed to show up to their Lollapalooza aftershow gig at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago. The cancellation was only announced to the sold-out crowd once the opening act had performed. With no explanation forthcoming from the band, Lollapalooza organisers were left to explain that Death Grips “chose not to arrive in Chicago”, reports Pitchfork.
The band then cancelled their scheduled Sunday show at Montreal’s Osheago Festival and two concerts this week in New York and Boston.
In a strangely morbid twist, the backdrop for aftershow performance showed a suicide note apparently written by a Death Grips fan:
SUBJECT: ready DATE: July 9
I am ready to take my own life. Many bad experiences led me to this dark void that I am locked in. Maybe by my own hands? I don’t really care anymore. I just wanted to say thank you for showing me the other side. the side that is locked away deep inside a person. I am mad. Mad all the time and depressed all the time. I can’t take it. I’m not afraid of dying but i am afraid that I can’t hear DG in the after life if there is such a thing. I don’t know, but I hope your music transcends to the unknown. A place where DG’s essence exists. A place where art exists. I love art. That’s the one thing that kept me alive? this long. So just to ease minds, DG didn’t “influence” me to do this. this is my own fucking choice. but thanks for making my life a little better. you’re my absolute fave and I will fight the gods if they don’t allow me to follow DG’s efforts can’t see Earth. Anyways, continue doing great things. I love you Stefan, Zach, and Andy.
I will be watching.
It’s hardly the first example of erratic behaviour by the relentlessly unpredictable duo – last year, Epic dropped Death Grips after a rocky eight month relationship that led to them leaking their album NO LOVE DEEP WEB. Meanwhile, Hill is writing, directing and soundtracking a film, and the band recently launched their own label, Third Worlds.
One fan captured the announcement and the audience’s reaction: