Napalm Death are no strangers to making grindcore all globally-aware and super artsy. Their lyricism has always had shades of political criticism and the band’s ability to push the limits of musical artistry as it applies to grindcore — the sub-second two note punch of ‘You Suffer’ and the saxophone leads in ‘Everyday Pox’ for example — have painted Napalm Death as more than your average noisemakers. In fact, I’d argue that Napalm Death are grindcore for the thinking man, for the most part. At least, when juxtaposed against the prevalent “lol br00tz m i rite/dick and fart jokes” that the genre has come to attract in bands like Anal Cunt, Napalm Death are practically scholarly.
But back on point, Napalm Death are partaking in a bit of performance art soon which sees the band performing with a sound system made of ceramic, which is intended to deteriorate and break apart as their loud and chaotic set goes on. Via the band’s Facebook:
NAPALM DEATH – announce special one-off performance with artist Keith Harrison at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London on March 22, 2013!
Extreme metal and art – two worlds apart? Not for legendary Grindcore outfit NAPALM DEATH who will collaborate with ceramic artist Keith Harrison in a one-off performance at the renowned V&A in London on March 22, 2013 starting at 7:30pm UK time. The band will play a special live set through an experimental sculptural sound system constructed by Harrison. Clad with ceramic tiles, the structures will potentially disintegrate as the performance progresses.