The Internet is an American band from Los Angeles, California. It currently consists of Syd, Matt Martians, Patrick Paige II, Christopher Smith, and Steve Lacy. They have released three studio albums and three extended plays since its formation in late 2011. The band’s 2015 album Ego Death was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album.
Internet was formed in early 2011 by Odd Future members Syd and Matt Martians, along with touring members Patrick Paige, Christopher Smith, and Tay Walker. The band’s name originally started out as a joke, inspired by Left Brain’s answer to a reporter asking where he was from, to which he responded, “I hate when people ask me that, I’m going to start saying I’m from the Internet”. The idea amused Syd, and inspired the name for her side project that eventually became The Internet.
Their debut album Purple Naked Ladies was released on December 20, 2011. It was the first Odd Future album to be released through Odd Future Records. Two songs from the album, Cocaine and Fastlane, had music videos to accompany their release. The Internet has a song included on the Odd Future album The OF Tape Vol. 2, called Ya know.
The band released their second album Feel Good in September 2013, and received praise from fans and critics. The first single from the album, Give It Time, was released through Odd Future’s official SoundCloud. On June 10, 2013, The band backed Mac Miller in London in promotion of his second album Watching Movies with the Sound Off.
Their third album Ego Death was released by Odd Future & Columbia on June 30, 2015 to widespread acclaim. Matt Martians on NPR said about the album’s title: “A lot of people that we know [are] just having their egos checked in many ways. Some people losing their jobs when, last year, they were at the top of the mountain; certain people’s careers going in different directions that they didn’t anticipate. And just kind of two words that you want people to think about these days, because we do have a lot of people who, on the Internet — whether it’s Instagram, Twitter — it’s a lot of egos that are really based on nothing backing it up.”
In December, 2017 Steve Lacy told DJ Matt Wilkinson of Beats 1 that the follow-up to Ego Death was “95%” finished. He added: “I feel like this is on a higher echelon than Ego Death. I love Ego Death, that was a great record, but I know this one is a step up.”
Catch The Internet at Laneway Festival on the following dates…
Monday 29 January – Albert Park Precinct | Auckland, NZ
Wednesday 31 January – Forum Theatre | Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd February – Hart’s Mill | Adelaide, SA
Saturday 3 February – Footscray Community Arts Centre And The River’s Edge | Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 4 February – Sydney College Of The Arts And Callan Park | Sydney, NSW
Friday 9 February – Enmore Theatre | Sydney, NSW
Saturday 10 February – Brisbane Showgrounds | Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 11 February – Esplanade Reserve And West End | Fremantle, WA
Tickets from the St Jerome Laneway Festival website