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“A noisy nightmare, a soundscape to the struggle of the soul in the contemporary urban climate, the sound of late capitalism trapped in a spit bubble and a discarded piece of chewing gum on a subway platform. [...] This isn’t music as much as it is Cinema Verite as imagined by two auteurs who’ve been raised on a steady diet of Wolf Eyes and the sounds of Hell’s Kitchen in the early 1980s.” – PopMatters

“Twisted and dark, GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE have an intimate understanding of the horrors of the human race.” – Two Guys Metal Reviews

"...a nearly five-minute mind-melter of abrasive noise, dizzying atmospheres, pseudo jazz instrumentation, and psychotic vocals. It’s like being trapped in a funhouse while under the influence of illicit substances." - Svbterranean


released October 5, 2018

Catalog ID: NEF-40

GRIDFAILURE is David Brenner. MEGALOPHOBE is Benjamin Levitt.
Rob Levitt performs on Agoraphobic Claustrophobia, Tension Benders, Play Me A Jig Through The Corpse Of A Cyborg, and Tasukete.

Tasukete was performed, recorded, and mixed mid-2017 through early 2018 by David Brenner and Benjamin Levitt at The Compound in Valley Cottage, New York, and Forked Audio in Brooklyn, New York.

Front cover art and design by Paul Tierman.
Photos, Tasukete logo, additional art, and layout by David Brenner.



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Track Name: Dear Fuckhead
I always hear everything, yet my cognizance is shot
Complacent with the insanity, it’s all I’ve got
Maybe I worry too much. Perhaps I do not
Fleeting memories of normalcy? I already forgot
Track Name: Tension Benders
Pressure. The pressure
The waiting. The weight
It breeds more hate
A pensive inflection
Explosive reaction
Binding. Winding
Where it goes; into Amygdala
Fear center; hyperactive expulsion
New acceptance
The pressure. The waiting
Pensive explosive expulsion. Denied
Tension, bending
Pressure. The pressure
Track Name: Tasukete
Lost my mind again
But it’s alright
It was only once
But it’s early in the night
Inner turmoil
Fuels this plight
Incinerate you all
Ignite the spite

Save yourself
By murdering me
We all end here

A lunatic fringe
On your fears we feed
Restraints are useless
When insanity bleeds
Burning outward
We illuminate
As the insane
Forever incubate

Save yourself
By murdering me
We all end here
Track Name: Agoraphobic Claustrophobia
Agoraphobic Claustrophobia
A traitor to my own kind, which is just me
Quagmire vortex existence. I see
Standing here beside myself
Can’t hide behind myself since I can’t trust me
Inside/outside I can’t hide
No time for pride when inside I’ve died.
A self-species saboteur
Peering out between the blinds
Hoping not to see me coming
Getting used to the smell of my own flesh once again
And every time you paint over the evidence
The fucking walls close in more
Nail shut the door
But should I lock myself in or out
Before I burn this whole place the fuck down
Track Name: Panic Day
Attempt to remain calm
Can you handle today?
Navigate to a safe place
Will it be okay?
You have held it off thus far
But this may be that day
The implosion of reality
The walls of sanity give way
Anxiety overruns lucidity
Rising tides of fear at bay
Take panting breaths of fainting hope
As we embrace this Panic Day

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