One wouldn't expect water in a can to be all that controversial.
But outside the can one company's new "punk rock" water is making all kinds of waves.
Nothing embodies the "extreme", fight the power, counter-cultural spirit of punk rock quite like...canned water?
Yeah we didn't quite get it either, but a new startup is hoping its over-the-top branding of water in a can will make big changes and big bucks.
Dreamed up by a former creative director for Netflix, Liquid Death comes in a tall-boy can and promises to "murder your thirst."
But while some are scratching their heads at the ridiculous branding the startup has already managed to snag $1.6 million in seed funding.
Fair warning, the commercial is pretty graphic.
Thirst-killing mountain water. Eco-friendly cans. #liquiddeath #murderyourthirst #deathtoplastic https://t.co/LxsjV4mnZi— Liquid Death Mountain Water (@Liquid Death Mountain Water)1557242274.0
In an interview with Business Insider Cofounder and CEO Mike Cessario explains why the punk rock and metal scene was the perfect target market for Liquid Death.
"We knew the easiest crowd for us is anyone into heavy metal, punk rock, and that kind of world because they immediately get the joke and get the humor and have never seen anything like it," Cessario told Business Insider.
"What makes this appealing for such a large group is that it feels like a niche thing."
And Cessario may be right.
The brand's tongue-in-cheek marketing is already generating a positive response.
@LiquidDeath @philthatremains Im sold https://t.co/RVKv4bf4kU— Aaron (@Aaron)1557327750.0
@LiquidDeath @philthatremains This is fucking metal— Aaron (@Aaron)1557327637.0
@businessinsider I drank one can of Liquid Death and look at me now https://t.co/5DJROS06ss— Quotron (@Quotron)1557513464.0
@SonnyBunch @jtLOL https://t.co/npBf6SSWCg— Henry Rearden (@Henry Rearden)1557261315.0
Liquid Death is 2019's stupidest branding, but we quite like it. https://t.co/YMl00JrBxO https://t.co/mdwrB4dV4w— Creative Bloq (@Creative Bloq)1557352832.0
Though predictably many see Liquid Death's branding as all style and no substance.
@businessinsider Water.... To the EXTREME!! https://t.co/PeAWZT5J8z— Abe Froman (@Abe Froman)1557513436.0
@businessinsider https://t.co/35i7CcuSBo— Cachotay (@Cachotay)1557569189.0
@businessinsider Imagine my shock when water tasted like water.— Robby ☜(ﾟヮﾟ☜) (@Robby ☜(ﾟヮﾟ☜))1557515458.0
@NME https://t.co/bQduc63Mfq— Timothy_Jimothy (@Timothy_Jimothy)1557430284.0
Though the company points out the real selling point of Liquid Death is the can.
"We started Liquid Death with the diabolical plan to completely obliterate bottled water marketing clichés by taking the world's healthiest beverage and making it just as funny and stupid and entertaining as the unhealthy brands across energy drinks, soda, and beer," Liquid Death's website reads.
"Also, plastic water bottles are shit. But aluminum cans are far and away the most sustainable beverage container by virtually every measure. #DeathToPlastic."
As an alternative to traditional plastic bottles aluminum cans may be a more environmentally safe choice which some feel is reason enough to support the brand.
Overblown outrage over the Liquid Death guy; the product is a huge improvement over single-use plastic bottles. Alu… https://t.co/js0whlGXap— Teal Willingham (@Teal Willingham)1557258112.0
But the brand's one saving grace might not be enough to redeem it in the eyes of those who feel the eagerness to fund the "bro-tastic" water speaks to much bigger underlying issues surrounding "bro-culture", startups and water.
The is the bulls*it side of Bro Culture in Silicon Valley - No problem funding ‘Liquid Death’ - plain water in a ca… https://t.co/lM12Db0p9J— Eileen OS (@Eileen OS)1557254701.0
Flint still doesn't have clean water but here's a $1.6 million canned water company called Liquid Death?? weird flex https://t.co/JOrCGKBkNr— Sophie Nieto-Munoz (@Sophie Nieto-Munoz)1557249160.0
*people in Flint, Michigan look directly at camera* https://t.co/zgWeEdMeBt— Saeed Jones (@Saeed Jones)1557248781.0
Selling dumb water like this “online” is about as stupid as marketing and business will ever get I hope. We… https://t.co/PJoYjJ0KCU— Tom Goodwin (@Tom Goodwin)1557271798.0
Fragile masculinity has an absurd new product: “Extreme” water, to “murder your thirst” in punk-rock aluminum cans… https://t.co/ROAgJyzIkF— Angela Fritz (@Angela Fritz)1557267441.0
For now Liquid Death is only available online where you can buy 12-packs for $1.83 a can.