Death Grips vs 'The Man'
Anarchy and Insufficient Bandwidth
Anarchism in this modern age has been reduced to a small note in a marketing plan and/or a stylist's reference point whilst he/she is transforming a band into the rebellious poster children of the five minute popularity contest. Even acts of genuine defiance are met with so much skepticism that they're usually reduced to ridicule after a few laps around the re-blog circuit.
Yesterday, rap/rock hybrid wild cats, Death Grips, put their new album, No Love Deep Web, up on their website, against the wishes of their (major) label, Epic Records. The band even taunted "the suits" via Twitter, stating that this would be the first time the fine folks over at Epic HQ had even heard the album. Not long after the leak went up, their website was suspended.
Media sensationalism and the subsequent press release party began. Conclusions were leaped to and all of a sudden blame was squarely thrust upon Epic for blocking access to Free Music, shutting down the website and causing the continual poor retail performance in North America.
Oh, but don't let some Facts get in the way of another Hate-fest of a Major Label...
FACT 1. The site was hosted on Monster. They're a notoriously unreliable cheap-as-a-diseased-hooker hosting service. For under a Fiver you'll get your website hosted and added to a popular web-ring. You'll also get about 5 megabytes worth of bandwidth, so only moments after you post that nudy pic of the aforementioned diseased hooker, your account will be pulled.
FACT 2. Epic would only be able to pull the website if they were the "admins" of the site. If they are, then that means either; a) Death Grips have given them access (password security guys!); or b) They set up the account originally and thus own the site and content posted on there. If the latter is true, then they had all the rights in the world to shut the site down. Monster allowing the non-owner of a hosting service to pull down a site would be violation of about a billion different Web Laws. Something they wouldn't risk even if asked politely by a Major Label with all their non-UN-sanctioned global powers.
FACT 3. Epic is also the home of Avril Lavigne, M People, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Meatloaf and Pauly Shore. Do you really think they have time and/or give a shit about some vaguely political Limp Bizkit wannabes from Sacramento.
FACT 4. I've never really forgiven Death Grips for canceling their Australian Tour in January because "we're kind of a big deal now".
FACT 5. *Site.
FACT 6: Epic, even with all their Man-like powers, were unable to pull the record down from Soundcloud. Listen to No Love Deep Web in it's entirety below...