Gang Gang Dance
New York, NY
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. It can be said that Gang Gang Dance grew out of the turn of the century Null New York scene, as various members played or collaborated with such outfits as Cranium, Actress, Russia, Ssab Songs and Jackie-O Motherfucker. The genesis of the band was very much collaborative in nature with Brian Degraw, Tim Dewitt, Lizzie Bougatsos, Nathan Maddox and Josh Diamond experimenting in tiny practice spaces and only somewhat larger public venues with various other musicians peripherally involved. By 2001 or 2002 the GGD moniker had been embraced, the lineup solidified and they played their most visible show to date, providing a soundtrack to an Imitation Of Christ fashion show at the Deitch Project. A trip out to a studio in Kentucky and a few long nights in a tiny studio in Chinatown birthed the 40 minutes that would become their first full length.