There are those rare times when the good old heavy riff just doesn’t quite cut it, especially right now as the world around us has been thrown into the realms of chaos, so only a short, sharp shock of cerebral torture will set things right. In step New York’s Gridfailure, the brainchild of the creative, although some might say disturbed, David Brenner, along with a myriad of collaborators, whose sole aim is to destroy your inner sanctum with their harsh, abrasive and devastating aural and visual assault.
Gridfailure are currently gearing up to release Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery II (aka SMES II), the second instalment of a five album concept, via Nefarious Industries on 5th June. And today, it’s our honour to unleash a video for the track Wish To Disinvent that was created, filmed and edited by Brenner, along with additional footage from Graham Scala (Bleach Everything, Interstitia) plus public domain footage of nuclear atrocities.
Wish To Disinvent also sees Brenner joined on this exploration of the senses by none other than Chuck Schaaf (Deadbird, Pinebox), but with the surprise twist of guest appearances from his wife Star, and their two children, Izzie and Mason. It really is a family affair.
‘While I was writing the lyrics for Wish To Disinvent, Chuck and I were discussing collaborating on something where he played drums, while he usually plays guitar in Deadbird. However, I was not expecting the track to be accompanied by his entire family playing alongside him until he sent the track.
I loved the fact that his family wanted to take part, and the material gave me the groundwork to finish the song immediately. It’s one of the most straightforward pieces of the SMES II album. To depict a disorienting and harsh post-war environment for the video, I infused imagery from abandoned Cold War-era Army bases – some filmed by Graham Scala in North Carolina and more by myself at a different base in New York.’
Now click play below then head over to their bandcamp page for digital pre-orders as well as checking out Gridfailure‘s back catalogue.
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New York City-area hostile faction Gridfailure presents Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery II – the second instalment in five-album concept series – which is nearing release on June 5th via Nefarious Industries.
Gridfailure’s Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery II features guest contributions from members of Deadbird, Vastum, T.O.M.B., Chrome Waves, Mountaineer, A Fucking Elephant, Megalophobe, The Third Kind, Cutworm, Fuck Your Birthday, Fyrhtu, Feel Happiness, and musicians who’ve played with likes of David Bowie and Miles Davis, and more.
Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery II was performed/arranged, recorded, and mixed by Gridfailure’s David Brenner at The Compound in Valley Cottage, New York, who also drew the cover art. The record was mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering in Nashville, Tennessee (Kool Keith, Benjamin Tod, Krieg, Thetan).
As resources are depleted, so are morals. This is the underlying theme of Gridfailure’s Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery II. Marauding factions, societal collapse, revenge, organ harvesting, nuclear warfare, pandemic contagion, unfathomable storms, cannibalism, and other grim topics poetically permeate this intense album which fully envisions the extreme, anti-genre, experimental vision more than any prior release from Gridfailure to date, and even infuses elements which were recorded outdoors and in live/extreme weather conditions.
The album features GRIDFAILURE’s primary live members – Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), Greg Meisenberg (Oxx, Maid Myriad, A Fucking Elephant), and Richard Muller (The Third Kind, Vise Massacre, Great Planes) – as well as Mac Gollehon (David Bowie, Miles Davis, Onyx, Madonna, Blondie), Liz Ciavarella-Brenner, Faith Ciavarella, Pete Tsakiris, Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Fyrhtu), Nathan Verrill (Fyrhtu, Cardinal Wyrm), No One (T.O.M.B., Dreadlords), Clayton Batholomew (Mountaineer, ex-Secrets Of The Sky), Dave Small (Cutworm), Christian Molenaar (Those Darn Gnomes), Lane Oliver (Feel Happiness, Yatsu), Christopher Henry (Fuck Your Birthday, Humans Etcetera), Jeff Wilson (Chrome Waves), Matt Bacon, Andrew Hess, and Chuck Schaaf (Deadbird, ex-Rwake) and his family Star, Izzie, and Mason Schaaf.
Gridfailure recently released its split album with Chrome Waves, and is immersed in collaborative albums with Megalophobe, Fyrhtu, Pornohelmut, Feel Happiness, Interstitia, Rack, and more.
Also see a full live set from Queens, NYC just days before the city went into COVID-19 quarantine rule over on YouTube.