In June, front man Tyler the Creator broke his foot stomping around stage during the very first song of a performance in Los Angeles but finished the entire set.
The show in Tempe is a long time coming. Universatile Music (UM), which is promoting the show in conjunction with Stateside Presents, has been trying to bring the Odd Future movement to the Valley ever since Tyler dropped Bastardin February, 2010, according to UM's Reuben Martinez.
"In that time it's grown way bigger than any of us have every expected it to," Martinez said. "Their live show is bananas so we're obviously all pumped for that."
Either annoyed by the apathy displayed by the crowd of music industry insiders or cognizant of the publicity it would generate, OF dissed Billboard and stormed off stage after performing just a few songs. This came after Billboard magazine featured the group on the cover of its SXSW issue. That stunt put Odd Future, at that point still unproven, off the charts on the scale of don't give a fuckness.
This writer caught both of their SXSW performances at the Fader Fort. Each was equally eventful. At their scheduled show, producer and hype man Left Brain sent a completely full, cap-in-tact water bottle into the nose of a young man in front of me at approximately 3,194 miles per hour. At another surprise performance later in the weekend, they accidentally kicked the face of a photographer next to me in the photo pit while stage diving.
Odd Future kicked this photographer in the face during its surprise Fader Fort performance at SXSW.
The Odd Future fans, on their way to becoming something like the Juggalos, are every bit as responsible for the show's intensity. If you don't like to mosh, lean against the wall in the back come November. And while SXSW hipster types weren't exactly moshing their angry little asses off like typical Odd Future fans, I did meet kids with "SWAG" tattooed to their lips -- an homage to OF's hype recourse.
Odd Future fans show the New Times their SWAG tattoos at SXSW. From left to right: mildly regrettable tattoo, fuck you (middle), highly regrettable tattoo.
Basically, these young rappers are more like the Misfits than Wu Tang Clan when it comes putting on a show. And that's something refreshing for hip hop fans.
Advanced tickets are $22 and go on sale Wednesday, August 3. Visit UM or Stateside Presents for details.