Gridfailure - I Shall Not Survive Another Winter,
When I reviewed David Brenner’s last release under the name Gridfailure, ‘Scathed’, I said that it wasn’t for those with a weak disposition. Now back with a new eight-track EP (more than forty-six minutes in length), where each song is longer than the last that statement is truer than ever. Somehow, he takes elements of jazz, world music, hardcore, industrial and dark ambient music to create something that is important, captivating, and incredibly disconcerting. David provides effects-soaked instrumentation and vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, analog synth, harmonica, Theremin, field recordings, acoustic and electronic drums and percussion, among others. He has also used drums and guitar from Richard Muller (Vise Massacre, The Third Kind, Future Hunter), drums from BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot), accordion from Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), guitar and synth by Robert Levitt, piano from Christian Molenaar (Those Darn Gnomes), vocals from Mark Steuer (Those Darn Gnomes). The beginning of “It’s Too Late For Me It’s Too Late For You” incorporates the famous guitar from “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, but it soon turns into something quite different and more sinister.
If you thought the last release was disconcerting, you haven’t heard anything yet! Definitely worth investigating.