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Death Grips @ the Skyway

Oct 30, 2017


As I stood in nearly freezing cold for three hours, I couldn’t help but wonder whether or not doing all this to see Death Grips would be worth it. Would their performance make up for the fact that I literally could not feel my hands or feet?

When we finally entered Skyway Theatre, electric anticipation was palpable through the air. Fans packed the venue, ready to see first-hand the visceral live performances that Death Grips is known for. The band opened with “Lock Your Doors” from their 2012 album No Love Deep Web. Eerie fog and lasers carried by each member made their stage presence ominous and almost threatening, and I mean that in the best way possible.

Death Grips performed tracks from almost all of their diverse discography. They effortlessly blended their songs into one another, creating a medley that kept the crowd on their toes both figuratively and literally. Highlights like “Bubbles Buried In This Jungle”, “Inanimate Sensation”, and “No Love” reverberated through the crowd and created wild mosh pits that I was not brave enough to enter. For the first half of the show, the stage was completely dark except for laser pointer gloves worn by all three members. Suddenly, a brilliant flash of purple lit the stage to the audience’s delight. Awe-inducing strobes in the second half were almost seizure inducing, and, again, I mean that in the best way possible. The endurance of the band was truly a sight to behold. Stefan’s tongue-twisting rapping and ear-piercing shrieks paired with Zach’s dizzying drum patterns breathed a primal energy into the crowd.

I really want to describe what it was like to be a member of the crowd to you, but I know that I won’t be able to do it justice. I was pushed against the barricade so hard that I’m almost certain I cracked a rib. A woman fainted on my back and had to be dragged out by security. Countless shoes strewn across the venue floor were seen after the crowd dispersed. To quote a security guard that I overheard after the show, “That was the craziest f*****g show I ever seen.”

So, to answer the question that I started this review with, freezing my feet off was completely worth it. Death Grips brings violent, primal energy to the stage in a way that no other band can. They still manage to keep their act fresh after seven years of setting the standard for great live performances. I look forward to seeing what Death Grips brings in the future.

Julian Green