Formerly called Death & Dying, GANG GANG DANCE began performing under the current name in 2001 or 2002. GGD began working on their first album, “GANG GANG DANCE” soon after and released a limited CD-R entitled “Revival of the Shittiest” in the following year. In 2004, both were re-released as LPs on Social Registry. By the close of 2004 they had played with Slint and Sonic Youth, toured with Animal Collective, and released “Hillulah,” a live split EP. In spring 2005, the band released their second full-length, “God’s Money,” to wide critical acclaim.
In 2005, GGD played the Vincent Gallo-curated All Tomorrows Parties, toured Europe, and quickly created an international audience for itself. In 2006, they played their first Japan tour. In 2007, the band released “Retina Riddim,” an art film and audio collage authored by Brian Degraw. “Retina Riddim” was followed by “RAWWAR,” a three-track EP that hinted at the band’s new creative direction. In 2008, Contrarede released the two as “RAWAR, Retina Riddim” in Japan. Around that time, the band also released their third album, “Saint Dymphna” and played their second tour of Japan with critical success.
While Gang Gang Dance’s sound combines elements of psych, ethnographic recordings, electro, techno, industrial, grime, shoe gazer rock and trance, it exceeds generic conventions and refuses easy explanations by way of references. Gang Gang Dance’s musical output is a labyrinthine world that is all its own.