The Glitch Mob
Formed in 2006, L.A.'s Glitch Mob have wowed audiences on dancefloors around the world with a singular brand of bleepy electronica and heavy hip-hop-influenced basslines. After discovering that they were loosely affiliated with each other after performing at similar venues every night, the bandmembers began their musical partnership by DJ'ing back to back as a "tag team." Consisting of four members (edIT, Boreta, Kraddy, and Ooah) armed with laptops and MIDI controllers, the Mob were associated with the new wave of Los Angeles' IDM/hip-hop scene of the late 2000s, along with the likes of Daedelus, Flying Lotus, and Samiyam, among others. Creating their own futuristic dance style with their noisy bass-driven electro, their material recalled the more raucous elements of works by electronic pioneers Aphex Twin and Autechre, as well as the heavier European breakbeat sound. Gaining considerable attention for their DJ sets in Los Angeles and San Francisco as well as being music veterans of the much fabled West Coast underground electro scene, the collective began their foray into remixing in 2008 with the likes of Evil Nine and TV on the Radio benefiting from their sonic expertise. After citing "creative differences," founding member Kraddy left the group in 2009. The band carried on as a trio and released its debut album, Drink the Sea, in 2010. Four years later, Love Death Immortality arrived with Metal Mother, Nico Vega's Aja Volkman, and Sister Crayon's Terra Lopez as guest vocalists. Their 2014 tour in support of the record featured a unique prop dubbed "the Blade." Built by movie set designers, it incorporated both musical and visual elements into one unit that allowed for completely synchronized performances, fully operated by all members in unison. Subsequent years saw a quiet period for the Mob, but they released a three-track EP titled Piece of the Indestructible in 2015 and followed up with the occasional remix for acts such as Linkin Park and Metallica. In 2018, the Glitch Mob delivered their third effort, See Without Eyes, which featured guest performances from the likes of Tula, Elohim, and Rituals of Mine.