By Alexis Simpson
All week we looked forward to blowing off steam at the Death Grips show at the Magic Stick in Detroit, MI. Today the Death Grips were deservedly awarded an accolade as Spin’s “Artist of the Year.” Their sound is intense, primal, guttural, bass-ridden, industrial, earthy, and delightfully unusual. Percussionist Zack Hill set the pulse of the night with his unrelenting drumming. Stefan “MC Ride” Burnett spouts his lyrics face to face with his audience and dances with wild abandon. This along with his lean, sweaty, and tattooed torso make for commendable stage presence.
Death Grips have become media darlings of the music world due to their intense sound, devotion to their art and unique ways of maneuvering within the music business. Their live show is memorable and authentic, and we’re grateful to have witnessed their live show at an intimate venue during the early stages of the group’s budding success. Highlights off the performance included “Get Got” and watching the duo’s obvious passion for performing.
Shooting notes: MC Ride is exciting to photograph because of his appearance and energy so I took a lot of photos of him. From where I was, I couldn’t see Zack Hill so check back soon for a video clip of the show and photos of Zack taken by Nardo.
James Linck and 2 Cute Friends
Mother & Daughter:)