Tasukete – the second collaborative album by New York experimental/solo outfits GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE – was released via Nefarious Industries in October, and now a new video for the album’s tweaked “Panic Day” has been premiered through Toilet Ov Hell.
MEGALOPHOBE describes “Panic Day” as, “An acoustic introduction to sustained anxiety. Floor toms beaten with abandon, obsessively repeated guitar loops, throat abusing imperatives to remain calm — what’s not calming about that? Recorded in the lounge at GRIDFAILURE’s The Compound, with both vocal tracks added later on, we stripped away almost all of the big electronics and amplifiers present on most of our other songs in favor of the physicality of acoustic instruments and tension. ‘Will it be okay?’ Yeah, probably not.”
GRIDFAILURE exposes on the video for the song, “We shot this twice. We had initially filmed it on MEGALOPHOBE’s Forked Audio’s roof in Bushwick in June, with an end-of-days 110-degree heat index. However, I apparently discarded or incinerated that footage, so we re-shot it one afternoon in October; I filmed clips on my way through the Bronx and Queens in to Ben’s joint in Brooklyn where we filmed most of this madness on the roof. Again.”
Toilet Ov Hell provides, “The mixture of electronics and acoustics blends both the traditional and experimental music worlds perfectly. The atmospheric tone of the song combined with the frantic video footage makes for a terrifyingly beautiful experience.”
See GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE’s “Panic Day” video at Toilet Ov Hell RIGHT HERE.
Levitt continues to join Brenner’s live lineup of GRIDFAILURE, with more being plotted for the fall months. MEGALOPHOBE and collaborative live sets for the Tasukete record will be organized in the weeks ahead.
12/08/2018 TBA – w/ Zud, Black Mica
12/09/2018 Sun Tiki Studios – Portland, ME w/ Zud, Nuclear Bootz, Black Mica [info]
Tasukete began to take form not long after GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE’s first joint album, Dendritic, released in early 2017, the album title (Japanese for “help me”) ripped from the language lab in The Exorcist. Tasukete was performed, recorded, and mixed at GRIDFAILURE’s The Compound in Rockland County and MEGALOPHOBE’s Forked Audio in Brooklyn, and sees the two artists employing electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drums, keys, accordion, harmonica, and more, with a bombardment of vocal styles. Levitt’s brother Rob Levitt performs on several of the tracks, and the cover art was handled by Paul Tierman and David Brenner.