Live Review: Death Grips rattle Brisbane’s Max Watts to its core

If you were going to get frisked at a gig in Brisbane we guess it would have to be at Death Grips, right?

Friday night found Max Watts occupied by a weird hybrid of metalheads meets hipsters. A completely sold out show of a lot of these types, all waiting in the dark for Death Grips. No support act, an intense and growing energy and one very sweaty mosh pit later punters spilled out of the venue elated, tired and maybe even a little bruised.

MC Ride is an engine running on an empty tank, the man is a lean beast of skin and bones, probably getting high off his own fumes – chaos wearing shorts he delivered DG’s tracks exactly like the recording.

Not favouring any particular album, the band darted from their reputation makers to latest record breakers. No preference or apparent order, they darted from their latest album Bottomless Pit, to their O.Gs “No Love”, “Deep Web” and perhaps their real fire-starter, “The Money Store”.

Standouts included “Giving Bad People Good Ideas” and “I Break Mirrors With My Face in the United States”, but they didn’t shy away from hits like “Guillotine”, “I Seen Footage” and the crowd favourite “Fever (Aye Aye)”. The sound of MC Ride panting between each repeat of “Up My Sleeves” got the throes of the pit pushing in waves.

A no frills, bare bones kind of performance with no other bands, no major pyrotechnics and no dialogue between the songs – the show ended up feeling short lived, a live fast die young type of performance in the end I suppose we could expect from Death Grips.

The reviewer attended this show on Friday, August 4th.