Biography

Born from collaborative sessions with Gridfailure’s David Brenner in 2016, MEGALOPHOBE began as an accident and developed as an experiment. It persists as a question. Using a thrift store accordion outfitted with makeshift electronics, NYC based Benjamin Levitt builds loosely organized soundscapes around the central challenge of scoring anthems for the frontier between disquietude and dread.

Every noise the accordion makes, the mechanical sounds of the opening and closing of the internal works of the accordion, air passing through the bellows out the exhaust valves, the sorrowful drone of the reeds, is pulled through layers of distortion and mixed with electronics, guitars, and processed field recordings. From minimalist drones, to overwhelming waves of feedback and off-kilter melodies, MEGALOPHOBE obsessively seeks out the feeling of watching the vertiginous lilt of a docked aircraft carrier.

After the rich territory discovered in those early recording sessions, MEGALOPHOBE took on a life of its own and released its debut solo EP megalophobe in late 2017, following the collaborative album Dendritic, with Gridfailure earlier that year.

Media

News

GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE: Heavy Blog Is Heavy Premieres “Agoraphobic Claustrophobia” Video; Tasukete Out Now Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

New York solo/experimental outfits GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE deliver an explosively demented new video for “Agoraphobic Claustrophobia,” found on their second collaborative album, Tasukete, which saw release through Nefarious Industries in late 2018. The visual accompaniment to the rabid musical concoction infiltrates the public domain through the web portal known as Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

Tasukete – Japanese for “help me,” as seen in The Exorcist – was performed, recorded, and mixed by the artists at GRIDFAILURE’s The Compound in Rockland County and MEGALOPHOBE’s Forked Audio in Brooklyn, and sees the pair 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.

The video for “Agoraphobic Claustrophobia” was filmed and edited by Brenner with additional footage by Friederike Schüür and brings the song’s gnarled and bizarre street beat-meets-nuclear meltdown nature to dizzying new levels. The experimenters offer, “While this is one of the most straightforward rock/groove-driven songs from either GRIDFAILURE or MEGALOPHOBE, the tension level is high, and the psychosis levels are uncharted. With the transference of these factors into a visual format, we feel that our intention to create a similar, if not magnified, result, has been met. We encourage maximum density and volume when attempting to view the results of this research.”

Heavy Blog Is Heavy is hosting the video’s premiere, offering, “…GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE step away from noise and industrial clichés and deliver a troubling, dizzying multimedia assault on all six of your senses… each act bringing distress and terror to life with voice, instruments, and an unflinching disregard for keeping their audience comfortable. If you’re tired of the same Aphex Twin remixes, and Merzbow isn’t weird enough for you anymore, you’d be doing yourself a gratitude by going deeper into the vortex of disillusionment these two acts thrive in.”

Endure GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE’s “Agoraphobic Claustrophobia” video at Heavy Blog Is Heavy RIGHT HERE.

Tasukete is out now through Nefarious Industries on all digital platforms and via eco-wallet CD-R. Place orders at the label webshop HEREMEGALOPHOBE’s Bandcamp HERE, and GRIDFAILURE’s Bandcamp HERE. Also see the previously released album video for “Panic Day” HERE.

Levitt continues to join Brenner’s GRIDFAILURE live lineup, and both GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE have new material nearing completion. Stand by for more updates on both acts to see release in the weeks ahead.

“…a noisy nightmare, a soundscape to the struggle of the soul in the contemporary urban climate, the sound of late capitalism trapped in a spit bubble and a discarded piece of chewing gum on a subway platform… This isn’t music as much as it is Cinema Verite as imagined by two auteurs who’ve been raised on a steady diet of Wolf Eyes and the sounds of Hell’s Kitchen in the early 1980s.” – PopMatters

“…mind-melter of abrasive noise, dizzying atmospheres, pseudo jazz instrumentation, and psychotic vocals. It’s like being trapped in a funhouse while under the influence of illicit substances.” – Svbterranean

“Twisted and dark, GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE have an intimate understanding of the horrors of the human race. There is something wonderfully eerie about this record. The way it ebbs and flows, darting around the corners of your reality. This is the sort of horrified nonsense that Luigi Russolo must have envisioned when he first started to refine this kind of music in the 1910’s. On the cutting edge and unafraid to push well beyond the sanity of the common man there is something almost Lovecraftian about this murk. It writhes darkly and greedily, begging you to come forth and suck at the unholy blasphemous teat.” – Two Guys Metal Reviews

“Experimental? Dark ambient? Power electronics? Where are the same riffs we’ve heard dozens of times from hundreds of bands? How am I supposed to mosh to this? Words are scary! It’s weird! It’s different! We can’t have that! Well I’m here to say that, yes, we can, and I’ve got two experimental noise artists to help me prove my point.” – Toilet Ov Hell

“…this time around it’s more urgent and mechanical. Heavily effected vocals, industrial elements, ambiance, feedback and noise swirl amidst seemingly random song structures… While mostly dissonant and avant-garde, there are semi-traditional moments…” – Heavy Music Headquarters

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Trip Over This Video For GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE’s “Agoraphobic Claustrophobia” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

“The music video we’re debuting for you today couldn’t be any further from your local bands’ metalcore warehouse performance clip. Pairing acid-washed visuals with their collaborative digital hellscape “Agoraphobic Claustrophobia”, experimental acts GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE step away from noise and industrial clichés and deliver a troubling, dizzying multimedia assault on all six of your senses. This doesn’t have a content warning, but if you’ve just micro-dosed, please take care. […] Unearthly bleeps, cheeps, and creeps dance over a somewhat primitive drum loop and harsh, grinding vocals call out, seemingly from this realm and the next. Multi-faceted is a term you could use when describing this. Or you could just scream “tasukete” and hope someone nearby understands and can assist you.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

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Review: WALKING BOMBS & GRIDFAILURE, Suicide by Citizenship (Nefarious Industries, 2019) – No Echo

“Four out of eight songs in and the main note I want to present is that while there may not be clear cut connections between every song, this record seems to have a natural cohesion in how it is sequenced which is not easy. If you add in the experimental nature of David Brenner (GRIDFAILURE) and Morgan Y. Evans (WALKING BOMBS) musical output as well as the varied collaborators they worked with on this release, I think it’d be fair for some to think any flow or cohesion in the material would be impossible but Suicide by Citizenship is a uniquely unified experience that I think is meant to throw the listener as off balance as it is to pull them in.” – No Echo

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Stream WALKING BOMBS & GRIDFAILURE’s collab LP ft. mems of Kylesa, Tad, All Out War, more – BrooklynVegan

“New York dark/heavy music solo projects WALKING BOMBS (aka Morgan Y. Evans) and GRIDFAILURE (aka David Brenner) have teamed up to release a collaborative album, Suicide By Citizenship, and it features tons of impressive guests, including Laura Pleasants (Kylesa), Tad Doyle (Tad), Mike Score (All Out War), Brett Netson (ex-Built to Spill, Caustic Resin), Elizabeth Le Fey (Globelamp), BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot), Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), and more. As you’d probably expect from a diverse cast like that, the album is all over the place in a good way. It’s got everything from abrasive, noisy industrial parts to atmospheric dream pop, and it’s a real trip.” – BrooklynVegan

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WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE: BrooklynVegan Streams Suicide By Citizenship Featuring Members Of Tad, Kylesa, All Out War, Built To Spill, And More; Album Out Friday Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

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Nefarious Industries this week releases Suicide By Citizenship, the collaborative musical experiment by New York solo outfits WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE. BrooklynVegan is now streaming the entire record via an exclusive video playlist.

Suicide By Citizenship was conceived by WALKING BOMBS’ Morgan Y. Evans and GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner who created the album with producer Jay Andersen (Surmiser). In addition, guest contributions from to Mike Score (All Out War, Below The Frost), Thomas Andrew Doyle (Tad, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth), Laura Pleasants (Kylesa, The Discussion), Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Snakes), Elizabeth Le Fey (Globelamp), BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot), Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), and more are featured throughout the album, which was recorded and mastered by Andersen, who also plays on the entire album, with additional recording by Brenner who created the cover art.

A video playlist for Suicide By Citizenship has been created by Brenner, featuring unique visualizers/abstract videos for most of the tracks, as well as the previously-released official video for “Bare Shores Bleed” and unveiling a new official video for the album’s title track. The entire album playlist is now streaming exclusively at BrooklynVegan, who offers, “As you’d probably expect from a diverse cast like that, the album is all over the place in a good way. It’s got everything from abrasive, noisy industrial parts to atmospheric dream pop, and it’s a real trip.”

Stream/view the entire WALKING BOMBS & GRIDFAILURE Suicide By Citizenship video playlist at BrooklynVegan RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release Suicide By Citizenship on eco-wallet CD and all digital platforms this Friday, April 26th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and via Bandcamp HERE and HERE.

GRIDFAILURE embarks on a four-day Northeastern US tour next week, including stops in Manchester, Kingston, Harrisburg, and Washington DC. Brenner will be joined by core live members Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe) and Richard Muller (The Third Kind, Vise Massacre) for the first two shows including Kingston where Evans will join part of the performance as well. Brenner will perform the last two shows solo.

GRIDFAILURE – Springtime In The Abyss Pt. 2 w/ Zud:
5/01/2019 The Bungalow Bar & Grill – Manchester, NH w/ Anxiety, Wkeah [info]
5/02/2019 Tubby’s – Kingston, NY w/ Parkbench Messiah [info]
5/03/2019 J. B. Lovedraft’s Micropub – Harrisburg, PA w/ Voarm [info]
5/04/2019 Atlas Brew Works – Washington, DC w/ Voarm, Radamanthys [info]

Suicide By Citizenship is an album created to challenge its own creators with the intent of combining sounds from two outfits located on polar opposite ends of the underground music spectrum. The record blends a wealth of genres into a dystopian alloy of improvised jams, rife with discontent for the contemporary state of American politics, and more specifically, the current administration’s actions and policies.

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WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE: New Noise Magazine Premieres “Bare Shores Bleed” Video; Song Features Brett Netson And Other Guests + Suicide By Citizenship Out Next Week Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

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From their impending fully collaborative musical experiment, Suicide By Citizenship, New York solo outfits WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE present a new video for the emotive eco-collapse movement, “Bare Shores Bleed.” The video makes is public debut through a premiere at New Noise Magazine as the album nears release through Nefarious Industries next week.

“Bare Shores Bleed” sees WALKING BOMBS’ Morgan Y. Evans on vocals and bass, GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner on vocals, guitar, electronics, harmonica, effects, and field recordings, album performer and producer Jay Andersen (Surmiser) on drums, and features a cast of guest contributions, including guitar from Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Snakes), vocals from Elizabeth Le Fey (Globelamp), and accordion from Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe). The video was directed and filmed by Brenner.

With the “Bare Shores Bleed” premiere, Evans offers, “Dave mainly wrote this one, but I was really stoked Elizabeth and I sang on it together as the environment is important to both of us. She got me taking care of my health again and has been vegetarian for fifteen years. I also love the nature of where we live in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate, New York and hate that the world is threatened by the careless march of humanity. Also shout out to Jay for spending extra time on mixing this one as there was so much going on. It is thrilling to hear Brett’s chaotic guitar swells, which remind me of nature’s wrath.

Brenner offers, “Our planet is in peril. We see some of the most devastating ecological disasters happening right in front of our eyes, we watch species go extinct daily, we clear millions of acres of woodlands yearly, and each of us throws thousands of pounds of plastic into the planet each year. We have an administration who hires rapists of the EPA to run it, and legions of ‘Flat Earthers’ and ‘coal rollers’ simply defying science and common sense. Political affiliations aside, we all need air and water. Our planet is the highest priority to all of us, and it saddens me when I see so much abuse of it every day.

See WALKING BOMBS & GRIDFAILURE’s emotional “Bare Shores Bleed” video at New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release Suicide By Citizenship on eco-wallet CD and all digital platforms next Friday, April 26th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and via Bandcamp where several other songs are streaming HERE and HERE.

Suicide By Citizenship is an album created to challenge its own creators with the intent of combining sounds from two outfits located on polar opposite ends of the underground music spectrum. The record blends a wealth of genres into a dystopian alloy of improvised jams, rife with discontent for the contemporary state of American politics, and more specifically, the current administration’s actions and policies.

Suicide By Citizenship was conceived by WALKING BOMBS’ Morgan Y. Evans and GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner who created the album with producer Jay Andersen (Surmiser). In addition to Mike Score, guest contributions from Thomas Andrew Doyle (Tad, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth), Laura Pleasants (Kylesa, The Discussion), Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Snakes), Elizabeth Le Fey (Globelamp), BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot), Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), and more are featured throughout the album, which was recorded and mastered by Andersen, who also plays on the entire album, with additional recording by Brenner who created the cover art.

GRIDFAILURE – Springtime In The Abyss Pt. 2 w/ Zud:
5/01/2019 The Bungalow Bar & Grill – Manchester, NH w/ Anxiety, Wkeah [info]
5/02/2019 Tubby’s – Kingston, NY w/ Parkbench Messiah [info]
5/03/2019 J. B. Lovedraft’s Micropub – Harrisburg, PA w/ Voarm [info]
5/04/2019 Atlas Brew Works – Washington, DC w/ Voarm, Radamanthys [info]

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WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE: No Echo Premieres “Bleeding Out” Featuring Mike Score From All Out War; Suicide By Citizenship Collaboration Nears Release Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

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Hudson Valley, New York solo outfits WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE are preparing to release their fully collaborative musical experiment, Suicide By Citizenship, through Nefarious Industries later this month. No Echo is now streaming the album’s closing song, “Bleeding Out,” which features guest vocals from Mike Score of New York metallic hardcore kingpins All Out War, posted with an interview of the artists.

Suicide By Citizenship was conceived by WALKING BOMBS’ Morgan Y. Evans and GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner who created the album with producer Jay Andersen (Surmiser). In addition to Mike Score, guest contributions from Thomas Andrew Doyle (Tad, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth), Laura Pleasants (Kylesa, The Discussion), Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Snakes), Elizabeth Le Fey (Globelamp), BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot), Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), and more are featured throughout the album, which was recorded and mastered by Andersen, who also plays on the entire album, with additional recording by Brenner who created the cover art.

Stream “Bleeding Out” by WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE featuring Mike Score at No Echo RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release Suicide By Citizenship on eco-wallet CD and all digital platforms on April 26th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and via Bandcamp where “Armchair Expert” and “Supply And Demand Of The American Soul” are also streaming HERE and HERE.

Watch for official videos from the album and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.

Suicide By Citizenship is an album created to challenge its own creators with the intent of combining sounds from two outfits located on polar opposite ends of the underground music spectrum. The record blends a wealth of genres into a dystopian alloy of improvised jams, rife with discontent for the contemporary state of American politics, and more specifically, the current administration’s actions and policies.

In 2016, Evans invited Brenner to collaborate on WALKING BOMBS’ “Demagogue,” an outspoken punk anthem aimed at our 45th president, to which GRIDFAILURE provided a backdrop of chaos and vocals. The unlikely pairing of acts on the track quickly became something both wanted to explore further, penning ideas for a fully collaborative release. They met in late 2017 at Bohemosphere Studios in Saugerties, New York, with studio owner and Evans’ musical counterpart, Jay Andersen. The three tore through several improv jams and that afternoon had a solid structure of what would become Suicide By Citizenship. Through several similar jams over the next few months with the three vagabonds each performing multiple instruments, additional material was recorded by Brenner at The Compound.

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WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE Create Unlikely Alliance, Issue “Supply and Demand of the American Soul” (premiere) – PopMatters

WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE, two of the most abrasive, unholy entities to emerge from New York’s Hudson Valley, have teamed up for a new musical experiment, Suicide By Citizenship […] This is the arrival of a new weird, something that moves beyond the traditional boundaries of noise/avant-garde/experimental and toward something that is utterly hypnotic and hallucinatory in its sense of despair and the death grips of hopelessness.” – PopMatters

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WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE: PopMatters Debuts “Supply And Demand Of The American Soul” + CD Preorders Posted; Suicide By Citizenship Features Members Of Kylesa, Tad, All Out War, Built To Spill, And More – Earsplit Compound

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Hudson Valley, New York solo outfits WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE are preparing to release their diverse, fully collaborative musical experiment, Suicide By Citizenship, through Nefarious Industries in late April. With the record nearing release, the new single “Supply And Demand Of The American Soul” has been premiered through PopMatters, as preorders for the CD are posted.

Conceived by WALKING BOMBS’ Morgan Y. Evans and GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner who created the album with producer Jay Andersen (Surmiser), Suicide By Citizenship is an album created to challenge its own creators with the intent of combining sounds from two outfits located on polar opposite ends of the underground music spectrum. The record blends a wealth of genres into a dystopian alloy of improvised jams, rife with discontent for the contemporary state of American politics, and more specifically, the current administration’s actions and policies.

Suicide By Citizenship features guest contributions from Thomas Andrew Doyle (Tad, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth), Laura Pleasants (Kylesa, The Discussion), Mike Score (All Out War, Below The Frost), Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Earth, Snakes), Elizabeth Le Fey (Globelamp), BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot), Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), and more. The audio was mastered by Anderson and the record completed with artwork by Brenner.

“Supply And Demand Of The American Soul” sees Evans performing lead vocals and trombone, Brenner providing background vocals, guitar, theremin, and effects, and Andersen playing drums and synth. The track captures the core essence of Suicide By Citizenship, a melting pot of Americana, jazz, and noise, through the lens of William S. Burroughs, Upton Sinclair, and George Orwell.

PopMatters notes the single is, “five minutes of lamenting a vanishing way of life… This is the arrival of a new weird, something that moves beyond the traditional boundaries of noise/avant-garde/experimental and toward something that is utterly hypnotic and hallucinatory in its sense of despair and the death grips of hopelessness.”

Hear WALKING BOMBS & GRIDFAILURE’s “Supply And Demand Of The American Soul” only through PopMatters at THIS LOCATION.

Nefarious Industries will release Suicide By Citizenship on eco-wallet CD and all digital platforms on April 26th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and via Bandcamp where “Armchair Expert” is streaming HERE and HERE.

Watch for additional audio and video premieres and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.

In 2016, Evans invited Brenner to collaborate on WALKING BOMBS’ “Demagogue,” an outspoken punk anthem aimed at our 45th president, to which GRIDFAILURE provided a backdrop of chaos and vocals. The unlikely pairing of acts on the track quickly became something both wanted to explore further, penning ideas for a fully collaborative release. They met in late 2017 at Bohemosphere Studios in Saugerties, New York, with studio owner and Evans’ musical counterpart, Jay Andersen. The three tore through several improv jams and that afternoon had a solid structure of what would become Suicide By Citizenship. Through several similar jams over the next few months with the three vagabonds each performing multiple instruments, additional material was recorded by Brenner at The Compound.

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Hopeless Holocene: Premiering an Extinction-Level Event with a New Video from Gridfailure, “Post-Attack Habitat” – Heathen Harvest

“Brenner is increasingly working in the realm of high tension, and this new video is another step in that increasingly blossoming direction. Something about “Post-Attack Habitat” has a nineties-throwback feel to it, probably nestled somewhere between the fish-eye lens and the high-tempo overstimulation of apocalyptic visions…” – Heathen Harvest

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WALKING BOMBS & GRIDFAILURE To Release Suicide By Citizenship Featuring Members Of TAD, Kylesa, All Out War, Built To Spill, And More Via Nefarious Industries; Trailer Posted – Earsplit Compound

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Nefarious Industries confirms the April release of Suicide By Citizenship, a fully collaborative musical experiment from Hudson Valley, New York solo outfits/collaborator magnets WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE. The album features guest contributions from a spectrum of artists from the likes of TAD, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Kylesa, All Out War, Built To Spill, Globelamp, Full Scale Riot, Megalophobe, and more.

Incepted by WALKING BOMBS’ Morgan Y. Evans and GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner who created the album with producer Jay Andersen (Surmiser), Suicide By Citizenship is an album created to challenge its own creators with the intent of combining sounds from two outfits located on polar opposite ends of the underground music spectrum. The record blends a wealth of genres into a dystopian alloy of improvised jams, rife with discontent for the contemporary state of American politics, and more specifically, the current administration’s actions and policies.

In 2016, Evans invited Brenner to collaborate on WALKING BOMBS’ “Demagogue,” an outspoken punk anthem aimed at our 45th president, to which GRIDFAILURE provided a backdrop of chaos and vocals. The unlikely pairing of acts on the track quickly became something both wanted to explore further, penning ideas for a fully collaborative release. They met in late 2017 at Bohemosphere Studios in Saugerties, New York, with studio owner and Evans’ musical counterpart, Jay Andersen. The three tore through several improv jams and that afternoon had a solid structure of what would become Suicide By Citizenship. Through several similar jams over the next few months with the three vagabonds each performing multiple instruments, additional material was recorded by Brenner at The Compound.

Additionally, a wide cast of additional musicians from around the country took part in one or more songs each, the album including contributions Thomas Andrew Doyle (TAD, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth), Laura Pleasants (Kylesa, The Discussion), Mike Score (All Out War, Below The Frost), Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Earth, Snakes), Elizabeth Le Fey (Globelamp), BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot), Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), and more. The audio was mastered by Anderson and the record completed with artwork by Brenner.

See a brief trailer for Suicide By Citizenship RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release Suicide By Citizenship on eco-wallet CD and all digital platforms on April 26th. Watch for track previews, preorders, videos, and more from the record to be posted in the coming weeks.

Evans states, “Dave and Jay have been stalwart pals in the music scene of mine for ages, so it was awesome to capture this moment in time with them sonically, to say nothing of the other killer guests. This album to me represents people’s faith in the American Dream being exploited, ground up and spit out by gerrymandering, self-important Christo-fascists and unchecked capitalist greed. It’s a total farce to think corruption won’t run rampant in a society with no checks and balances.”

Brenner offers, “While our styles are vastly different, when we got into a room together and hit record things just happened organically. Three friends came in with the concept only; absolutely everything else musically and lyrically bloomed from that. Our planet is in peril, the party governing our country is a disgrace, tensions and turmoil amongst us are out of control, and we’re being divided further apart every day. This album is meant as a cumulative human cry for unification and progression, and a warning shot to the perpetrators.”

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Suicide By Citizenship Track Listing:
1. Armchair Expert
2. Blood Offering Distraction
3. Bare Shores Bleed
4. Supply And Demand Of The American Soul
5. Now We Know Who You Are
6. Suicide By Citizenship
7. Aneurhythmic
8. Bleeding Out

GRIDFAILURE Tour Dates: 
3/17/2019 The Cobra Club – Brooklyn, NY w/ Naruth [info]
Springtime In The Abyss Pt. 2 w/ Zud:
5/01/2019 The Bungalow Bar & Grill – Manchester, NH
5/02/2019 Tubby’s – Kingston, NY
5/03/2019 J. B. Lovedraft’s Micropub – Harrisburg, PA w/ Voarm
5/04/2019 Atlas Brew Works – Washington, DC w/ Voarm, Radamanthys [info]

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GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE: Tasukete – Sea of Tranquility

“A cry for help within the search to make sense of the strangest parts of our experience. Put another way, this is a deep dive into the strangest possible locations. Nothing is safe and our perceptions are always compromised. If you’ve never heard either of these bands before, prepare to cry out for some help. Both bands create music that can only be called experimental, psychotic, and confused noise. […] Give yourself time to adjust to the new and unfamiliar sounds and then just see what happens. If you give it a chance, you’ll find that the music gets more interesting and more engaging as it goes. There’s a method to all the strangeness and it can reward patient listening.” – Sea of Tranquility

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GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE: Toilet Ov Hell Premieres “Panic Day” Video; Tasukete Collaboration By Two New York Solo Acts Out Now On Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

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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.

Tasukete is out now through Nefarious Industries on all digital platforms and via eco-wallet CD, available at the label webshop HERE, at MEGALOPHOBE’s Bandcamp HERE and GRIDFAILURE’s Bandcamp 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.

GRIDFAILURE Live:
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.

GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE Panic Day

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Video Premiere: GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE “Panic Day” – Toilet ov Hell

“While songs on the album like “Dear Fuckhead” and “Tension Benders” scrape and claw at your cerebral cortex, this video for their song Panic Day serves as the perfect introduction to their wonderful world of weirdness. 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.” – Toilet Ov Hell

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GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE: Tasukete Album Review – Heavy Music Headquarters

“…this time around it’s more urgent and mechanical. Heavily effected vocals, industrial elements, ambiance, feedback and noise swirl amidst seemingly random song structures, with tracks ranging from two to nearly nine minutes. While mostly dissonant and avant-garde, there are semi-traditional moments on tracks like “Agoraphobic Claustrophobia” that quickly dissipate and the madness resumes.” – Heavy Music Headquarters

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Album Dissections: GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE “Tasukete” – Svbterranean

In Svbterranean’s Album Dissections, artists break down the construction and/or lyrical themes of their records track by track:

Tomorrow, October 5, experimental sound architects GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE will release their second collaborative album, Tasukete, via Nefarious Industries. GRIDFAILURE‘s Dave Brenner and MEGALOPHOBE‘s Benjamin Levitt stopped by in this edition of Album Dissections to give an insight into the creation of this maddening work of noise. Check out what they had to say below.

Read the entire track-by-track dissection RIGHT HERE.

Tasukete is out tomorrow, October 05, across digital outlets worldwide and as a limited Eco Wallet featuring artwork by Paul Tierman. Order at the label webshop HERE, or at MEGALOPHOBE’s Bandcamp HERE and GRIDFAILURE’s Bandcamp HERE.

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GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE: Tasukete Collaboration By New York Solo Outfits Streaming At Avant Music News; Album Out Friday Through Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE Bushwick Panic Day shoot COMBO

This Friday, Nefarious Industries will release the unhinged Tasukete, the second collaborative album by New York experimental/solo outfits GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE, and first release from either band through the label’s diverse roster. Ahead of its official uncaging, the entire album is now streaming through investigative music website Avant Music News.

GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE’s first joint album, Dendritic, was released in early 2017, and it was not long after that when Tasukete began to form. During recording sessions for another album, some of the material became too deranged for the concept and was quickly corralled into a separate wing of the testing facility and reclassified as Tasukete– Japanese for “help me” – as seen in the language lab in The Exorcist. While Dendritic bore spacious, nature-oriented movements flooded with field recordings, Tasukete runs rampant with unhinged confusion, contorted executions, and explosive self-immolation through strenuous psychosis, as the two artists treat themselves as self-crash-test dummies strapped into their own torqued contraptions.

Created through several sessions in 2017 and early 2018, Tasukete was performed, recorded, and mixed by the two soloists at GRIDFAILURE’s The Compound in Rockland County and MEGALOPHOBE’s Forked Audio in Brooklyn. With eight tracks ranging between two and nine minutes in length, the two artists employ a barrage of random recording tactics, capturing the abuse of electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drums, keys, synth, accordion, harmonica, and more, with a bombardment of vocal styles, all generally wired with enough effect to dam the Hudson. Levitt’s brother Rob Levitt performs on several of the tracks, and the cover art was handled by Paul Tierman and Brenner.

Stream GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE’s entire Tasukete album via Avant Music News now at THIS LOCATION.

Nefarious Industries will release Tasukete on all digital platforms and via limited-run eco-wallet CD this Friday, October 5th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE, and digital preorders at MEGALOPHOBE’s Bandcamp HERE and GRIDFAILURE’s Bandcamp HERE.

Watch for several videos from Tasukete to be issued over the coming weeks.

The connections between these two units run essentially to the core of both. Shortly after the genesis of GRIDFAILUREin 2016, creator David Brenner and friend Benjamin Levitt hooked up a random recording session, which spawned not only contributions from Levitt to several GRIDFAILURE releases, it also cemented MEGALOPHOBE as an entity, and led to the first collaborative album, Dendritic, self-released in April 2017. MEGALOPHOBE has since released its eponymous debut EP which included contributions from Brenner, GRIDFAILURE has morphed into a live entity which includes Levitt, and the two have been constantly at work on a plethora of new collaborative material.

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.

GRIDFAILURE Live:
10/27/2018 Huggy Bear Manor – Philadelphia, PA w/ Painbody, Hallucinogenic Bulb

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Exclusive Pre-Release Streaming of Tasukete from GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE – Avant Music News

“…an album ripe with confusion, unhinged with contorted visions, and explosive self-immolation through strenuous psychosis, as the two artists treat themselves as self-crash-test dummies strapped into their own torqued contraptions.” – Avant Music News

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GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE: PopMatters Premieres Title Track From Tasukete; Second Collaborative Album By New York Solo Outfits Nears Release Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE - Tasukete

Tasukete, the second collaborative album from New York solo outfits GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE and the first title from either act to see release under the diverse Nefarious Industries banner, will be set loose upon the public in early October. PopMatters is now streaming the record’s title track ahead of its street date.

Created in several sessions in 2017 and early 2018, Tasukete was fully performed, recorded, and mixed by GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner at The Compound in Rockland County, New York and MEGALOPHOBE’s Benjamin Levitt at Forked Audio in Brooklyn, New York. With eight tracks ranging between two and nine minutes in length, the two artists employ a barrage of random recording tactics, capturing the abuse of electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drums, keys, synth, accordion, harmonica, and more, with a bombardment of vocal styles, all generally wired with enough effect to dam the Hudson. Levitt’s brother Rob Levitt performs on several of the tracks, and the cover art was handled by Paul Tierman and David Brenner.

With the premiere of title track of the record, the artists offer, “On the song ‘Tasukete,’ we pour layers of processed field recordings and mistreated electronics into a tense four minutes and twenty seconds of madness. The lyrics, a twisted cry for help referencing the translation of the title (Japanese for ‘help me’), are delivered by both of us, our vocals bent and battered into near oblivion. We felt that as the title track, it should represent the eclectic character of the rest of the album and it manages to do that while, fittingly, it resembles none of the rest of it. As the industrial rhythm materializes and then melts down and oozes into the track’s end, it reveals itself as the perfect song to accompany a total breakdown; play it at work and see for yourself.”

PopMatters writes in part, “’Tasukete’, the song itself is a noisy nightmare, a soundscape to the struggle of the soul in the contemporary urban climate, the sound of late capitalism trapped in a spit bubble and a discarded piece of chewing gum on a subway platform… This isn’t music as much as it is Cinema Verite as imagined by two auteurs who’ve been raised on a steady diet of Wolf Eyes and the sounds of Hell’s Kitchen in the early 1980s.”

Stream “Tasukete” by GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE at PopMatters RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release Tasukete on all digital platforms and via limited-run eco-wallet CD on October 5th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE, and stream the first single “Agoraphobic Claustrophobia” with preorders at GRIDFAILURE’s Bandcamp HERE or MEGALOPHOBE’s Bandcamp HERE,

Watch for additional audio previews, videos, and more from Tasukete to be issued in the days ahead.

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.

GRIDFAILURE Live:
10/27/2018 Huggy Bear Manor – Philadelphia, PA

The connections between these two rogue units run essentially to the core of both. Shortly after the genesis of GRIDFAILURE in 2016, creator David Brenner and friend Benjamin Levitt hooked up a random recording session, which spawned not only contributions from Levitt to several GRIDFAILURE releases, it also cemented MEGALOPHOBE as an entity, and led to the first collaborative album, Dendritic, self-released in April 2017. MEGALOPHOBE has since released its eponymous debut EP which included contributions from Brenner, GRIDFAILURE has morphed into a live entity which includes Levitt, and the two have been constantly at work on a plethora of new collaborative material.

GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE’s unplanned first joint album, Dendritic, was released in early 2017, and it was not long after that the material which would evolve into their second unplanned album was birthed. During recording sessions for another upcoming collaboration, some of the material became too deranged for the planned concept and was quickly corralled into a separate wing of the testing facility and reclassified as Tasukete – Japanese for “help me” – as seen in the language lab in the movie The Exorcist. While Dendritic bore spacious, nature-oriented movements flooded with field recordings, Tasukete runs rampant with unhinged confusion, contorted executions, and explosive self-immolation through strenuous psychosis, as the two artists treat themselves as self-crash-test dummies strapped into their own torqued contraptions.

GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE - Tasukete

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GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE Explore the Frayed Ends of Sanity on “Tasukete” (premiere) – PopMatters

“A noisy nightmare, a soundscape to the struggle of the soul in the contemporary urban climate, the sound of late capitalism trapped in a spit bubble and a discarded piece of chewing gum on a subway platform. It all comes together there, in the moments before we are hurled into a long tunnel. In the end, there is a light. It either carries us into the fires of our eternal tormentor or into the arms of a benevolent being who will coddle our baby souls with the sounds of Neurosis and King Diamond for the entirety of our afterlife. This isn’t music as much as it is Cinema Verite as imagined by two auteurs who’ve been raised on a steady diet of Wolf Eyes and the sounds of Hell’s Kitchen in the early 1980s.” – PopMatters

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GRIDFAILURE + MEGALOPHOBE: Tasukete – Two Guys Metal Reviews

“There is a sort of existential pain that drives the work of these two artists and their willingness to be grating and oppressive thrills me and terrifies the shit out of my cat. That’s a huge part of the appeal of noise though, especially how these guys do it, it’s about leaving you with your skin crawling. Tasukete is a record that does exactly that. It’s the sort of music that makes you ask yourself why this type of music was even created in the first place. But because of its sheer devilishness you know, you know you were meant to succumb to this glorious fucked up oppression. Twisted and dark, GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE have an intimate understanding of the horrors of the human race.” – Two Guys Metal Reviews

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GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE: Tasukete Collaborative Album To See Release Via Nefarious Industries In October; “Agoraphobic Claustrophobia” Streaming At Svbterranean – Earsplit Compound

GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE Bushwick Panic Day shoot COMBO

New York-based solo experimental outfits GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE have recoalesced to dispatch their second fully collaborative album, Tasukete. The album will be released via Nefarious Industries in early October, and the album’s spastic “Agoraphobic Claustrophobia” has been debuted at Svbterranean.

Set for release less than a year-and-a-half after GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE’s first joint album, Dendritic, the Tasukete record was another unplanned collaborative album from the two outfits. During recording sessions for a different impending collaboration, some of the material became too schizophrenic for the concept and was quickly corralled into a separate wing of the testing facility. These harvested accidents were reclassified under Tasukete – Japanese for “help me” – as seen in the language lab in the movie The Exorcist. While Dendritic bore spacious, nature-oriented movements flooded with field recordings, Tasukete is on the deranged opposite end of the spectrum; an album ripe with confusion, unhinged with contorted visions, and explosive self-immolation through strenuous psychosis, as the two artists treat themselves as self-crash-test dummies strapped into their own torqued contraptions.

Tasukete was self-recorded, mixed, and mastered, created in several sessions at MEGALOPHOBE’s Benjamin Levitt’s Forked Audio in Brooklyn and GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner’s The Compound in Rockland County. Employing a barrage of random recording tactics, eight tracks ranging from two to nine minutes in length are created through the abuse of electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drums, keys, synth, accordion, harmonica, and various random instruments, as well as a barrage of vocal styles, all generally wired with enough effect to dam the Hudson. Levitt’s brother Rob Levitt performs on several of the tracks, and the cover art was handled by Paul Tierman and Brenner.

Svbterranean is streaming the first single from Tasukete, the boiling madness of “Agoraphobic Claustrophobia.” calling the track, “a nearly five-minute mind-melter of abrasive noise, dizzying atmospheres, pseudo jazz instrumentation, and psychotic vocals. It’s like being trapped in a funhouse while under the influence of illicit substances.”

Stream GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE’s “Agoraphobic Claustrophobia” at Svbterranean RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release Tasukete on digital and limited CD on October 5th; find preorders at the label shop HERE and via GRIDFAILURE’s Bandcamp HERE and MEGALOPHOBE’s Bandcamp HERE.

Watch for additional audio previews, videos, and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.

GRIDFAILURE has several new solo and various collaborative titles on the verge of completion and new shows being booked for the summer months. MEGALOPHOBE is constructing new material and will morph to a live setting in the coming months. Collaborative Tasukete sets and crossover live actions with both artists should be expected.

The connections between these two rogue units run essentially to the core of both. Shortly after the genesis of GRIDFAILURE in 2016, creator David Brenner and friend Benjamin Levitt hooked up a random recording session, which spawned not only contributions from Levitt to several GRIDFAILURE releases, it also cemented MEGALOPHOBE as an entity, and led to the first collaborative album, Dendritic, self-released in April 2017. MEGALOPHOBE has since released its eponymous debut EP which included contributions from Brenner, GRIDFAILURE has morphed into a live entity which includes Levitt, and the two have been constantly at work on a plethora of new collaborative material.

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SVB Exclusive: GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE Debut New Track “Agoraphobic Claustrophobia”

“…a nearly five-minute mind-melter of abrasive noise, dizzying atmospheres, pseudo jazz instrumentation, and psychotic vocals. It’s like being trapped in a funhouse while under the influence of illicit substances.” – Svbterranean

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