Entrenched in the wooded region north of New York City, GRIDFAILURE is the creation of one David Brenner (ex-Heidnik, Theologian, Dead By Dawn, The Militiamen), a solo project which was spawned in early 2016. A tortured experiment rooted in the realms of dark ambient, harsh noise, horror/soundtrack aura, and dark hardcore, the GRIDFAILURE sound continually infuses elements of industrial, jazz, punk, world music, and other genre tags, with the objective of the material to instill unavoidable paranoia, demoralizing gloom, and inescapable wrath upon the listener.
While Brenner abuses a multitude of instruments in the creation of GRIDFAILURE’s confrontational output, including guitars, bass, drums, keys, synth, electronics, harmonica, didgeridoo, violin, Theremin, and much more, the material is also driven by elements of nature and man’s scourge captured through field recordings, outdoor recording tactics, found-sound, and more. A plethora of schizophrenic self-created videos have accompanied many of the project’s records.
In addition to the creator’s own contributions, GRIDFAILURE also incorporates the works of numerous outside contributors from around the world, resulting in a mix of fully solo albums and some releases packed with guest appearances. Notable guest collaborators have included Mac Gollehon, who has performed on records by David Bowie, Miles Davis, Blondie, Onyx, Duran Duran, Madonna, and countless others, Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Caustic Resin, Snakes), Mark Deutrom (Bellringer, ex-Melvins, solo artist), Tad Doyle (TAD, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth), Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Cardinal Wyrm, Fyrhtu, Ionophore), Jeff Wilson (Chrome Waves, Abigail Williams, ex-Nachtmystium, ex-Wolvhammer), Richard Muller (The Third Kind, Vise Massacre), Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), Christian Molenaar (Those Darn Gnomes), BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot), and many others.
2016 saw GRIDFAILURE release its debut album, Ensuring The Bloodline Ends Here, the Further Layers Of Societal Collapse EP, a split with Never Presence Forever, and a single with Walking Bombs. 2017 saw the release of four GRIDFAILURE albums/EPs (Hostile Alchemy, Scathed, I Shall Not Survive Another Winter, and When The Lights Go Out, Vol. I), the Dendritic collaborative album with Megalophobe, and tracks on two compilations; Darker Days Ahead’s Death Season VI, and Svbterranean.net’s Razor Blades & Chocolate. So far in 2018, GRIDFAILURE released the fully solo album Irritum and the fully solo Powerdementia EP, however the unit has more than six new full-length albums/EPs as well as collaborative albums with Walking Bombs, Fyrhtu, Pornohelmut, and more nearing completion, in addition to the second fully collaborative album with Megalophobe, Tasukete, GRIDFAILURE’s first release with Nefarious Industries.
2018 saw GRIDFAILURE morph into a live unit, bringing collaborators Levitt and Muller into the fold as live members for shows across the Northeastern US, with much more in store for the stage over the months ahead with additional collaborators.