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Getting to Know: Marijuana Deathsquads

By Isaac Gale of Marijuana Deathsquads; photo by Graham Tolbert and Isaac Gale on January 6, 2014

 

Getting to Know: Marijuana Deathsquads

DREAM COLLABORATION

We would love to get this list of people together to help us cover the NASA Voyager Recordings: Boys Noize, 
The Knife, Boredoms, Colin Stetson, DOOM, André 3000 and Brian Eno.  
 

OUR BAND'S SPIRIT ANIMAL

Some sort of weird beast with tons of appendages and gills and the skin of a cuttlefish, mixed with a kitten.
 

IDEAL SITUATION FOR SOMEONE TO LISTEN TO OUR MUSIC

From high on a mountaintop, looking out over the ocean as the world collapses behind you…or any live situation with an amazing, loud soundsystem set up. 
 

BEST SHOW EVER

Maybe the time we did a set where the downbeat of every sequence was synced to videos of slam dunks taken from NBA highlight reels. There were over 800 slam dunks during the set.
 

WORST SHOW EVER

The time in Nashville when about four people came to see us and the venue was huge with a giant stage. Back then, we generally preferred to setup and play on the ground, so we asked a couple of the kids from the crowd to come up and play drums for a good part of the set. Really great kids, but pretty bad idea. 
 

ON THE ROAD

During our month-long LA residency with Har Mar Superstar at Spaceland in February 2011, a large group of us dropped acid and went to The Grove to see Justin Bieber: Never Say Never in 3D. It was liquid acid dropped onto Sweet Tarts, and we timed it beautifully to kick in as we sat down. Needless to say, when Bieber reached for a huge bowl of Sweet Tarts and held it out toward the audience in massive 3D, we all lost our shit. And the classic hashtag #AcidBieber3D was born…  
 

LEAST FAVORITE THING IN THE WORLD

Ryan says: “Eyeball artwork, Motown Philly and anything ’90s Disney and beyond.” (He’s currently answering from Disney World.)  
 

WE'LL KNOW WE'VE MADE IT WHEN...

We’ve had insane and amazing experiences doing residencies in LA, NYC, Austin and Minneapolis. We’ll feel like we’ve “made it” when we achieve our goal of setting up and performing month-long residencies in Berlin, London and Tokyo.  


About the cover photo: 
The fantastic photographer Graham Tolbert took this picture of MDS, and we remixed it to be ghostly and smeary-er because we were in a smeary, ghost-like mood.


3 albums that inspired Marijuana Deathsquads to make music


It’s impossible to come up with this list for all of us, but these are three records that originally influenced the direction we wanted to take Marijuana Deathsquads. Also they all start with “B”:


Boredoms

Super æ


Boredoms are so epic and great. We wanted to take some of this psychedelic expansive electronic and mix it with...


 

 

 


 Boyz Noize

Oi Oi Oi


Some of this style of harsh, noisy dance music. This record had some sounds and tones on it that really resonated for us.

 


 

 

 

Brian Eno

Here Come The Warm Jets

Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)

Another Green World


We covered songs off these records for a New Year’s Eve party when we were first starting MDS. Figuring out ways we might play all of this stuff live was pretty influential in developing some of the strategies we still use in this band.  

 
 

 


 


This article is from FILTER Issue 54