Marijuana Deathsquads is a Minneapolis-based noise band with an electronic, improvised, experimental sound described by Tigger Lunney of the City Pages as "ear-bending improv/dance grooves that defied listener expectations and spit in the face of easy categorization."
The band was formed in 2009 and consists of Ryan Olson of Gayngs, Isaac Gale, Stef Alexander (a.k.a. P.O.S) of Doomtree, Ben Ivascu of Poliça, Mark McGee of To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie, and Jeremy Nutzman (a.k.a. Spyder Baybie Raw Dawg). Frequent collaborators include Channy Leaneagh and Drew Christopherson of Poliça, Har Mar Superstar, Slapping Purses, and Freddy Votel of Cows.
Past shows have featured a rotating roster of guest musicians, including Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Josh Klinghoffer of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Brian McOmber of Dirty Projectors, Eric Wareheim of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Alia Shawkat of Arrested Development, David Yow of The Jesus Lizard, Doug Lussenhop a.k.a. DJ Douggpound, Bryan Hollon a.k.a. Boom Bip, and Matt Sweeney of Chavez.
They've served as the backup band for P.O.S and have performed at venues such as Coachella and Fun Fun Fun Fest.
The band has participated in residency programs at Spaceland in Los Angeles and Bowery Electric in New York in 2011, and The Mohawk in Austin in 2012, and at The Icehouse in Minneapolis in 2013.
In November 2011, they released their first LP, Crazy Master. In 2011, singer Isaac Gale won the City Pages Best Male Vocalist award, where his singing was described as "a poltergeist creeping out of a snowy, crackling television screen, Gale's tortured, throaty hollering is the stuff of zombie nightmares, simultaneously gut-wrenching and enthralling."
In September 2012, they released the Tamper Disable Destroy mixtape.
In May 2013 they released two separate EP's called Music Rocks I & II, featuring Ryan Olson, Isaac Gale, Jason Power, Ben Ivascu, Channy Leaneagh, Mark McGee, Jeremy Nutzman, Stefon Alexander, and Madden.
In October 2013 the band released Oh My Sexy Lord, an LP that Spin magazine called "ferocious" and described as fusing "jagged grooves, scratchy analog effects, and robo-warped vocals into a full-length, experimental freakout." The album features guest appearances by Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon, Poliça frontwoman Channy Leaneagh, and Har Mar Superstar.
Chris Reiemenschneider of the Star Tribune said that "Marijuana Deathsquads has been steadily blowing eardrums, breaking drum heads and tearing at the seams of conventional music-making since its semi-mysterious inception."