Death Grips – The Money Store
Death Grips – The Money Store

Death Grips – The Money Store

5/5 stars
Album review by Bram E. Gieben.
Published 04 April 2012

The anticipation surrounding the major-label debut of Death Grips is fevered, to say the least. The Money Store does not disappoint. The significant change from last year's Exmilitary is the lack of recognisable samples. Melodically, The Money Store's sonic palette is synth-driven, much like the standout tracks from their first album (Guillotine, Culture Shock).

The band's jackhammer approach – deconstructing juke, dubstep, punk rock and ghetto techno into dystopian berserker soundsystem attacks – has grown in power and innovation. MC Ride's lyrics are more focused, more intense – his all-consuming, apocalyptic howl turned outwards against the world, and on the future. He tackles homelessness and societal decay on Lost Boys; then voyeurism and body horror on the ruthlessly infectious, booty-shaking I've Seen Footage (perhaps the best statement since Videodrome on the cultural effects of extreme pornography, uncensored YouTube footage of political violence; its desensitizing, passion-warping effects on the modern mind).

He's still capable of thrilling Satanic black metal bile, as in The Fever (Aye Aye), a song about disease vectors and cultural transmission: “Bubonic plague / Spreaded faceless / Lurking in the deadest spaces / On your knees / Black goat anus.” Throughout, Zach Hill's drums sustain the raw punk energy the band deliver so thrillingly in a live context, while Andy Morin (aka Flatlander)'s production reveals a landscape of overclocked synth stabs, weirdly-pitched, percusssive vocal samples and grinding bass noise.

More and more, this band sound like the future of music: the kind of rhythms you expect to hear blasting from broken stereos in bleak tent cities, or filling cracked, broken warehouses with legions of head-banging, black-clad rioters, charging them up with hate before they go and strip the remaining skyscrapers for parts. A blistering, feral and intense second album from a band who show no signs of selling out, even while signed to Sony. If anything, it's the corporation who have sold their souls to the devil: this is dangerous, anti-corporate, rabble-rousing music, and the best thing since... well, since their last album.

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  • I don't think my body is ready yet...

    Posted by GigaSigga | Wednesday 04 April 2012 @ 16:17

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  • All of the songs released so far are fucking great and I can't wait!

    Posted by //mew// | Wednesday 04 April 2012 @ 17:44

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  • Exmilitary was my favorite album of 2011, and "Beware" was my favorite song. Blackjack sounds downright evil, GetGot has an awesome beat with some chilled vocals that put in some nice variety, Lost Boys is complete madness, and the Fever is super aggressive and has an amazing hook.

    I can't wait to hear from the rest of the album!

    Posted by Dan | Wednesday 04 April 2012 @ 23:58

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  • Wait til you hear I've Seen Footage. It's like Satan's discotheque.

    Posted by Bram | Thursday 05 April 2012 @ 10:24

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  • I love how they've just appeared out of nowhere and just keep delivering. Eagerly awaiting this - and they've got another one out later in the year too!

    Posted by Ross W. | Thursday 05 April 2012 @ 13:24

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  • big fan of Death Grips, especially their song Fever...I will definitely be buying The Money Store on 4/24!

    Posted by kalie | Friday 06 April 2012 @ 21:06

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  • i'm very excited about this album..."The fever" is such a sick song. this interactive video is INSANE

    Posted by shelbycmr | Sunday 08 April 2012 @ 15:57

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  • Cant wait to grab The Money Store on the 24th. Does anyone else think the interactive GIF board Death Grips put out is super addictive??

    Posted by Rachel | Thursday 12 April 2012 @ 23:40

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  • Death Grips as "the future of music"! The anticipation for this album is crazy! Can't wait to pick up a copy on 4/24.

    Posted by Arielle | Sunday 15 April 2012 @ 17:10

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  • The video for The Fever (Aye Aye) is pretty dope. Check it:

    Posted by Peyter | Monday 16 April 2012 @ 05:13

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  • Great review.

    Also, the title is "Culture Shock" on Exmilitary, not "Future Shock"

    Posted by Shabazz | Saturday 21 April 2012 @ 18:24

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