Photos: Death Grips @ The Firebird | 06.13.13

Experimental hip-hop group Death Grips (Stefan "MC Ride" Burnett & Andy "Flatlander" Morin) thrashed their way through a sweaty, weed-drenched crowd at The Firebird in St. Louis, Missouri on June 13th, 2013. (Bryan J. Sutter)

Experimental hip-hop group Death Grips (Stefan “MC Ride” Burnett & Andy “Flatlander” Morin) thrashed their way through a sweaty, weed-drenched crowd at The Firebird in St. Louis, Missouri on June 13th, 2013.



I think it’s impossible to discuss a live Death Grips set without mentioning the energy. MC Ride stays in constant motion, pausing long enough for a breath or a drink of water, but it’s not long before he returns to being a human hummingbird. The force and enthusiasm of the crowd made it difficult to shoot such a subject, even with some extreme settings that would at least allow me to have a (relatively) fast shutter speed. Unfortunately, the Firebird’s notorious lighting slowed my auto-focus to a crawl, which certainly didn’t help the situation.

… nor did some kid coming out of nowhere and making rave hands in front of my lens during a decisive moment.



Still, that energy. Someone once described a Death Grips show to me as a celebration of mental illness. I’m not so sure about that, but it’s definitely a spectacle and the sort of performance that’s easy to recommend to music lovers and photographers alike.



See the full set of photos from Death Grips @ The Firebird by clicking here or by checking out the gallery below.



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