The exploratory music scribes at Scream Blast Repeat are hosting an exclusive stream of the new split EP by two underground solo acts, New York-based GRIDFAILURE and California-based S.C.R.A.M. The EP is streaming alongside an interview and feature, advancing this Friday’s release of the record.
Dissimilar most split releases, here, the tracks alternate, forming an ebb-and-flow between both artist’s contributions. GRIDFAILURE‘s material was written, performed, recorded, and mixed by David Brenner at The Compound in Valley Cottage, New York, and the S.C.R.A.M. tracks written, performed, recorded, and mixed by Pranjal Tiwari at The Sarcophagus in Oakland, California. The EP was mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering in Nashville, Tennessee (Kool Keith, Many Blessings, Thetan), and the cover was created with photography by Tiwari and Brenner, manipulated/designed by Brenner.
Scream Blast Repeat presents the EP as part of an intense interrogation of both acts, a track-by-track tour of the record, and more, writing in part, “It’s true that part of the appeal of GRIDFAILURE and S.C.R.A.M. is their ability to convey many things to many people, albeit in a sinister and dystopian framework. The dark ambience speaks in the language of anxiety and unease. You might even experience a sense of paranoia if left alone with this record. Part of this is due to the innovative method of capturing abrasive noises to use in the music.”
Explore Scream Blast Repeat’s intense GRIDFAILURE / S.C.R.A.M. split EP feature RIGHT HERE.
Watch for videos from the record to surface over the weeks ahead.
GRIDFAILURE is the unpredictable and confrontational audiovisual project David Brenner, yielding dense, tension-filled output, with elements of dark ambient and dark hardcore, infused with jazz, world music, folk, harsh noise, electronica, punk, and more. Operating solo or with a cast of collaborators on record and on stage since its 2016 inception, the project has amassed dozens of independent releases, including collaborations with Mac Gollehon, Rack, Megalophobe, Walking Bombs, Christian Molenaar, and others, and splits with Chrome Waves, Never Presence Forever, and others preceding the split with S.C.R.A.M.. While GRIDFAILURE regularly releases material independently and through Nefarious Industries, the project is confirmed to release new records through Anti-Corporate Music as well as Today Is The Day founder Steve Austin’s relaunched SuperNova Records in the months ahead.
S.C.R.A.M. (Safety Control Rod Axe Man) is the solo project of Oakland, California-based musician Pranjal Tiwari. Known for his work with the long-running cult doom metal band Cardinal Wyrm, with this project, Tiwari utilizes this project to create cinematic, experimental, ambient/electronic and heavily instrumental passages. Utilizing tension and negative space to create immersive auras, he has released an EP (Sellafield Mox) and a full-length (America, The Ritual) as S.C.R.A.M. prior to this split with GRIDFAILURE. Additional new material is in the works for the months ahead.