NEWS: Busy Bodies – Die Antwoord releases another single, another music video, and possibly schedules a time of death?
If you’ve always wanted a song that captured the spirit of KPop, Hannah Diamond, and nine-year-old-you listening to Crazy Frog’s “Axel F (Radio Edit)” after downing a full-size pixie stick—the newly released Die Antwoord track “Banana Brain” is for you. If you’re now more pensive in your waning years of binge-consumption tendencies, try the contemplative single “Fat Faded Fuck Face” on for size—also off of the same upcoming LP, Mount Ninji & Da Nice Time Mount Ninji & Da Nice Time Kid.
Personally, I first heard Die Antwoord from across the way of San Francisco’s sprawling Outside Lands festival grounds, on my way from Norah Jones to the jangle of Dr. Dog, trailing behind my *older* high school boyfriend and his five best friends. I had petulantly agreed to accept a free ticket exclusively on the promise of hearing Regina Spektor’s “Fidelity” and Skrillex’s “Kill EVERYBODY,” so you can imagine the beacon of hope Die Antwoord’s general madness provided after being forced to sit through several torturously artful, legitimate performances.
Lingering at the altar of Yo-Landi Vi$$er and Ninja, a South African duo best known for their inability to operate as normal humans, I discovered music disruptive enough to reveal multiple planes of existences and make me contemplate rats as reasonable domestic pets. While the new single “Banana Brain” doesn’t come close to the quality of older efforts, like the track “Fish Paste” or the epic “Baby’s On Fire,” (off the hostile 2012 album Ten$ion), it’s still... something.
Fast forward to this week’s breaking news. In a recent interview with Exclaim!, the controversial group insinuated that they would produce no more albums as of September 2017, a way of making good on an old promise of creating five albums, five feature films, and then “disappearing.” Ninja said of the plans: "Die Antwoord dies on that day. It's all over. I feel beautiful about it. I'm not scared of the end. I'm a Ninja. I'm not scared of death."
Vi$$er released a statement this afternoon (September 10th) saying the group is not “breaking up”, as well as letting fans known that Exclaim! journalist, Darly Keeting “sucks.” She confirmed that this is the 5th final DA album, but that the group will continue efforts on a “feature film.” Get it right, Daryl.
The news of a final album is still unsettling—even a year in advance—what with so many millennials having similar strong, nostalgic ties to Ninja and Vi$$er. The electro rap crew have left behind them a wake of flotsam, such as the Dev-Patel-fronted film Chappie, the 84 million views on their viral “I FINK U FREEKY” video, and that one time Ninja called it “real peachy” that Dave Navarro got down on his knees and begged them to open for Jane’s Addiction.
It’s been a ride.
In any case, Die Antwoord is set to release Mount Ninji (alubm #4/5) next Friday (September 16th), so look out for what *might* be your second-to-last chance to hear true, unadulterated rave-rap. It’ll probably be great studying music—way better than Regina Spektor.
By jessica moog on Sept. 10, 2016, 8:14 p.m.