Just following the news that Death Grips are calling it quits, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, for whom the Death Grips were supposed to fill an opening spot on the band’s upcoming tour, tweeted his thoughts. “Why would I have ever thought those dudes could keep it together?” Other followers did not seem surprised either.
The experimental hip-hop group scrawled their break up announcement on a napkin, explaining that they had realized the have reached their peak, and being at their best, they should quit while they’re ahead, as it were. The good news is that they still plan to release the second portion of their double album “The Powers That B,” which is due later in the year from Harvest/Third World records, and will be called “Jenny Death.” The first portion was released under a month ago, titled “Niggas on the Moon.” It has eight tracks total, with Björk featured on all of them, and is available online for free. Björk said on Facebook,
“i am proud to announce my vocals landed on the new death grips album ! i adore the death grips and i am thrilled to be their “found object”. i have been lucky enough to hang and exchange music loves w/ them and witness them grow !! epic : onwards !!”
On the other hand, Death Grips has reneged on all of their scheduled live performances, including the opening spot on the Nine Inch Nails tour. Reznor’s tweet is warranted, however, since the group has a long history of planning tours and shows and then, well, not doing them. Aside from disappointing Nine Inch Nails with their news, the US Fun Fun Fun Fest, which the Death Grips have ditched previously, have made it clear that even if the band were to get back together again, it wouldn’t matter, as they are no longer welcome at the event.
This kind of behavior is to be expected though from a band that is notorious for incendiary actions. Though they describe themselves as “a conceptual art exhibition anchored by sound and vision. Above and beyond a ‘band'” they have been dropped by major record label Epic in 2012 after released their album “No Love Deep Web” online for free, months before it was scheduled to be released. The cover art, by the way, featured the title written on a man’s penis. “The label will be hearing the album for the first time with you,” Death Grips tweeted.
Death Grips’ official napkin-split-note, which they posted a photo of on their Facebook true to form, read “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.’”