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Death Grips direct and score short film on prostitution – or do they?

By | Published on Friday 18 October 2013

Death Grips

Despite being fans of playing mind games (or at least seeming like they are, a mind game in itself), Death Grips have played it fairly straight – or have they? – in updating fans on their latest doings.

Which are, in the main, or at least so states a note passed on to Pigeons And Planes, hardback books of visual art by the band’s Stefan Burnett, and a short film directed by DG drummer Zach Hill, and featuring an original Death Grips score.

Titled ‘Misoneism’ – defined as a ‘hatred/fear of change’ – the monochrome short “follows a young man forced into the underground prostitution business in Brazil”. It will star Robert Pattison (which may finally explain this) and Colin Hanks, and is set to be released in spring.

Or is it? I keep asking because, apparently, Death Grips aren’t really doing any of that, and they contacted Pitchfork straight after the Pigeons And Planes statement appeared to say all that news had been fabricated, and that they have no idea who provided P&P with the update. But then again, as Pitchfork points out, this is Death Grips, so who really knows? And if the movie claim is all a lie, it’s an oddly specific one.

Say Death Grips/fake Death Grips: “The film was conceived with the ethos of Sacramento’s 1970s independent films, most of which were fairly low budget and gained, at best, modest popularity. In a sense, the promotion is a social experiment. We purposefully employed very high profile actors to star in an experimental, avant-garde film, promoted only on smaller indie music websites and publications for reasons that we will reveal in the upcoming press kit”.

‘They’ go on to confirm that ‘Birds’, Death Grips previously reported new track circa earlier this year, will form part of the ‘Miseoneism’ OST, adding “it was received extremely well”. Or was it? Oh, I give up.