Grasshopper and Slasher Risk have a long entwined history, first being introduced by chance thru a shared bill at The Cake Shop in Manhattan during the summer of 2007. We eventually recognized our shared affinities for sonic warfare after an infamous basement show at the Wyckoff Ave-era Silent Barn, and began sharpening our knives together in a sacred shared practice zone in the bakery district of Greenpoint (where it smelled like toast at 2am as all the local Polish bakeries prepped for the day ahead). We played something like a million shows together during a time when Brooklyn still had ample performance spaces dotting its landscape, and took our respective shows on the road together like family road trips, bringing it up and down the mid-Atlantic and out through the basements of the midwest with the rage of a thousand hurricanes.
It was during a brief period when Josh from Ghop was abruptly sent to London for a month on work assignment in early 2010, that I managed to convince Andy to jump on stage with me for a pair of shows Grasshopper had already agreed to play at Death By Audio and Port d'Or. Andy and I had been playing together 'off the books' for quite some time in our shared space in various incarnations, behind the scenes as it were, and it seemed like a good time to take it public. Unexpected and last minute, we hadn't even considered a proper band name when Ted Lee threw the DeRosa/Borsz title onto a flyer for a Feeding Tube Records soiree, and the rest was history, as they say.
Fast forward 7 years, when a last minute shift in scheduling for a Shingles tour during late summer 2017 gave me a sudden free day off in Philly... Andy and I took advantage of the unexpected downtime to FINALLY lay some of our gut-churning crunch to tape, an action that managed to impossibly elude us for entirely too long.
So here it is, the long overdue debut of DeRosa / Borsz.