Ten years since its initiation and a more than touching band history, New York City’s Gang Gang Dance are one of the greatest and maddest live bands of the present day.
[audio:Gang Gang Dance – romance layers.mp3]Their music consists of exotic scales, influences from dub, grime and noise music, and the maverick vocals and lyrics of singer Lizzi Bougatsos.
“We have a hard time with classifications because we really don’t fit in anywhere,” vocalist Lizzi Bougatsos told Innerview. “Our direction comes from a confusion of our eclectic musical tastes, and we consider it a positive thing.”
In 2005, Gang Gang Dance released the record that redefined what they stood for: God’s Money. Intensely rhythmic and driven by percussion, the album’s careening, tribalist songs earned comparisons to Animal Collective, and showed the scope of their influences.
“We wanted the sound to be more of bass heavy and sharp, percussion-oriented thing,” DeGraw admitted to Cyclic Defrost, “like something that could fit sonically or production wise into the playlist of hip hop radio.”
Gang Gang Dance | Glass Jar
The arc and trajectory on which Gang Gang Dance has propelled themselves since their inception can only be described in terms of evolution. Five individuals with strong ties to the art community and almost boundless creative energy orienting themselves into a musical collaboration whose direction is almost as unpredictable as it is focused.
Gang Gang Dance LIVE
Friday, 25 November 2011 | 20:00 CET
Berghain | Am Wriezener Bahnhof | 10243 Berlin/Friedrichshain