photo credit: Rachel Gouk Photography, Vantage Photoshoot
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Here's a nice little harbinger of death to begin your week: Shanghai's Death to Giants is coming up to spread their math-prog-death metal/jazz/funk and whatever else on Friday and Saturday for a series of gigs they're calling "Death to Beijing." We'll see, buds! I know you have swine flu in your shower water and all that but we wear gas masks 24/7 here…
Anyway DtG's music is… I dunno, weird time signatures, real bashing drums from illustrator/Twin Horizon co-founder Ivan, bass from Rainbow Danger Club bandleader Nichols. Get your first taste in this catchy little music video, in which keeping track of the time signature doubles as learning how to count (keep an eye out for SmBJ commandant Morgan, who makes his acting debut here as "the number 1"):
So that track's off Blood Pours Out, an album they just put out a few weeks ago. You can stream the whole deal on their bandcamp but if you're too lazy to open a new tab, here are some more jams off it:
I'm not trying to make a simplistic, one-to-one bass & drums band comparison here, but: is it just me or does Nichols totally nail that Death From Above 1979 bass tone? I had to listen to the first two seconds of "Stegosaurus Rex" a few times to place it, but there it is. The rest of the jam is way more fusion-y, though. There's all kinds of stuff going on here. Death metal growls, hardcore screaming, jazzy scat, singalongs, etc. Pretty catchy stuff.
Actually "fusion" is what Death to Giants is all about. They regularly Voltron with other bands or solo musicians to form various "Death to _______" hybrids. Here they are playing with Mongolian folk duo Guren as Mongolian Death Squad:
They're bringing two of these composite bands with them to Beijing. On Friday night at What Bar they'll play as Death to Cinema, which means that in addition to their solo stuff, they'll collaborate with Shanghai DJ/party promoter DJ B.O. You may have read B.O.'s VICE account of being "the first DJ in North Korea." In Death to Cinema, B.O. screens film clips while Death to Giants and friends improvise a live soundtrack. The "and friends" part this time around includes Threshold of Forest, a guy who makes live-cello-looping dubstep and hip hop. Here are some of his jams:
Then on Saturday at Temple, Death to Giants coalesces with Acid Pony Club, aka The Horses. These guys are known mostly for their production work and remixes, such as this one they did for Shanghai rock trio Friend or Foe:
Here's some of their solo stuff:
They play on Saturday as Death to Ponies, a pretty unique techno/rock hybrid. Get a taste of that on the DtG soundcloud.
Also on Saturday, Shanghai VJ Tina Sprinkles will pepper us with psychedelic imagery. Here's a taste:
And we'll let the Sprinkles-produced video for DtG's "Uggghhh!" dance us outta here:
Quick re-cap: Shanghai death pop fusion band Death to Giants plays on Friday, April 19 at What Bar with DJ B.O. screening films as Death to Cinema and then again on Saturday, April 20 at Temple with techno duo The Horses as Death to Ponies. Easy! Find more info and jams on the Death to Giants douban/bandcamp/soundcloud.