I think this is an interesting take on their work, and I can say that they certainly are functioning that way for me. I hit on clipping. and got really hooked on their synthesis of various bits of weird and experimental music, and it got me looking for related bands that focused on individual bits of the whole clipping. package. They feel like an index of the current state of the weird and strange music that’s getting cranked out these days, but one that brings it together to provide commentary on the underlying truth.
They speak directly to the frustrated and fucked up world in which the weird live, y’know? They talk about all of it in a way that’s compelling and makes you want to live there too, and helps you understand it.
So then they’re kinda like, the ushers into the underworld? They’re showing you the neighborhood and leaving it up to you to explore it.
I also kind of take it as punching back against the long-running fetishizing of the kinds of lives clipping. wants to talk about. Media has long kinda glorified gangland life by turning it into the contemporary “rock and roll bad boy,” y’know? It’s taboo and out there and a lot of (particularly white) media have capitalized on that, and I kinda take one of the overall messages of clipping. to be something like “you don’t know what it’s really like down here so let me show you.”
Y’know, in a way, they’re kinda like ICP except actually good. Using genre-blending music to speak to people who live in the margins of society, and acting as champions of those people while speaking their real truth.