Sannhet’s record release party for their Known Flood in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday Night was a whopper. The post-everything instrumental trio roped in SF’s Deafheaven (who have a new record of their own coming) to headline the evening, and snagged sets from sludgy five-piece Cleanteeth (mems Goes Cube, ex-Hull) and industri-noise duo Theologian (mem Batillus) to set the tone. More pictures and video from Saint Vitus on Feb 22nd are here.
Deafheaven and Boris together for Three shows starting May 22nd
Decibel gives Sunbather a 9 out of 10 Review
Deafheaven’s new album Sunbather is reviewed in the July issue of Decibel Magazine and the picture they used is unreal.
Deafheaven full live set from Moscow Russia on May 13, 2013
Deafheaven - Full Live set shot at Plan B in Moscow, Russia on May 13, 2013
Deafheaven announces full US Tour with Marriages on all shows
Deafheaven will be headlining the first US Tour in support of their new album Sunbather which will see its release via Deathwish on June 11th. As support on all dates will be Marriages the band from Red Sparowes members Emma Ruth Rundle and Greg Burns and on drums special guest Chris Common from These Arms Are Snakes will be playing with them for this tour.
On May 18th Deafheaven will be guest DJ’ing and hosting a Listening Party for the album in their hometown of San Francisco before playing three shows with Boris.
SEE ALL SHOW DETAILS HERE AND BELOW
Below is Deafheaven in the Studio Video on the Making of Sunbather
May 18 - San Fransisco, CA @ Showdown (Album Listening Party)
BORIS & DEAFHEAVEN
May 22 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop w/ Boris
May 23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex w/ Boris & Marriages
May 24, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex w/ Boris & Ides of Gemini
DEAFHEAVEN & MARRIAGES
Jun 19, 2013 - Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
Jun 21, 2013 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Jun 22, 2013 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
Jun 23, 2013 - Houston, TX @ Mango’s
Jun 25, 2013 - Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
Jun 26, 2013 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Jun 26, 2013 - North Birmingham, AL @ The Forge
Jun 27, 2013 - Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone Club
Jun 29, 2013 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade
Jun 30, 2013 - Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
Jul 1, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
Jul 2, 2013 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
Jul 3, 2013 - Cambridge, MA @ T.T. The Bear’s Place
Jul 5, 2013 - Cleveland Heights, OH@ Grog Shop
Jul 6, 2013 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Jul 7, 2013 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick Lounge
Jul 8, 2013 - Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
Jul 9, 2013 - Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theater
Jul 10, 2013 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Jul 11, 2013 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Jul 13, 2013 - Portland, OR @ Bunker Bar
Jul 15, 2013 - San Francisco, CA @ The Bottom of the Hill
THE SKINNY: Live show review Deafheaven at Ivory Blacks - May 7, 2013
Deafheaven immediately induce a blissful collective trance with an emotionally stirring blend of black metal, shoegaze and atmospheric rock. Vocalist George Clarke is a true showman; he writhes around, microphone stand in hand during Dream House, the opener to their upcoming LP Sunbather,spewing wretched bile to balance out the glittery sonics. Freshly enlisted drummer Daniel Tracy’s intricate playing style on the new material trumps the straight-up blast beat attack of old, but Violet and Unrequited aren’t any less thrilling for it. A gloriously cacophonous cover of Mogwai’s Punk Rock / Cody is performed as an encore; a fitting closer to a set built on equal parts beauty to intensity.
by Ross Watson - See full Review of show here.
Deafheaven Live Show Review: Glasgow at Ivory Blacks - May 7, 2013
Deafheaven prove to be nothing short of magical. Their blend of post-rock, shoe-gaze and black metal surprisingly translates perfectly live/ The band’s visceral and deeply personal performance is nothing short of wonderful. There’s a sense of artistry to the band that also doesn’t seem forced, mainly because of that tremendous and genuine passion with which they deliver their set. The moments of black metal intensity are as devastating as the more melodic post-rock elements are beautiful. Perhaps the most surprising thing about Deafheaven is how euphoric and uplifting much of the material is, not emotions or vibes normally associated with either black metal or post-rock as a rule. As such I see it as simply more proof as to how much Deafheaven have grown since the release of ‘Roads to Judah’ and how much the band have begun to develop an identity of their own that sets them apart from their peers in the post-black metal scene. If anyone saw this band tonight and isn’t at least considering checking out ‘Sunbather’ when it drops then they must have been deaf as opposed to deafened by such an excellent band.
Terrorizer Magazine Live Review: Deafheaven - May 8, 2013
As last minute shows go, this one certainly has a pretty impressive turnout, set up after the cancellation of the Leeds show a mere two weeks ago. Despite the ice cold black metal influence running through tonight’s show, The Star & Garter is sweltering from the get go…
When it comes to headliners Deafheaven, there’s a different mood entirely. The quintet, lead by vocalist George Clarke and guitarist Kerry McCoy, take to the stage in relative quiet before Kerry brings the atmospheric black metallers set to a captivating start. Deafheaven’s ambient post-rock riffs bring with them the feeling that all is well within the world, and have an almost peaceful quality to them but with the introduction of George’s shrill vocals it instantly changes from a feeling of contentment to the feeling that the world could collapse within itself at any moment.
The five piece effortlessly blend the two halves of their sound, the ebb and flow resulting in plenty of spine tingling moments as well as harsh, raw brutality. In the same way that bands like Mayhem have redefined their sound over the years and the likes of Anaal Nathrakh have changed the perceptions of black metals creation, Deafheaven have certainly been reinterpreting the genre for their own ends in their native San Francisco and, as final track ’Sunbather’ shows, Deafheaven are more than ready to take this to the next level.
Deafheaven European Tour is Underway - May 8th Show moved to Manchester
ALL SHOW DETAILS AND UPDATES HERE
DEAHFEAVEN / THE SECRET - 2013
Apr 26, 2013 - Slovenia Nova Gorica @ Mostovna
Apr 27, 2013 - Budapest, Hungary @ Durer Kert
Apr 29, 2013 - Berlin, Germany @ Magnet
Apr 30, 2013 - Lyngby, Denmark @ Templet
May 01,2013 - Oslo, Norway @ Revolver
May 02, 2013 - Stockholm, Sweden @ IOGT-huset i Skarpnäck
May 03, 2013 - Rostock, Germany @ Alte Zuckerfabrik
May 04, 2013 - Arnhem, Holland @ Willemeen
May 06, 2013 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City Basement
May 07, 2013 - Glasgow, UK@ Ivory Blacks
May 08, 2013 - Manchester, UK @ Star & Garter
May 09, 2013 - London, UK @ Borderline
May 10, 2013 - Köln, Germany @ MTC
May 13, 2013 - Moscow, Russia @ Plan B
May 14, 2013 - St. Petersburg, Russia @ Arktika
BORIS & DEAFHEAVEN
May 22, 2013 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
May 23, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex w/ Marriages
May 24, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex w/ Ides of Gemini
SPIN: Deafheaven Video from Recording Sunbather
San Francisco black metal skygazers Deafheaven are set to release of the most anticipated heavy records of 2013 — the blarey, bleary-eyed, blasty Sunbather. Scheduled for release on Deathwish Inc. on June 11, their second album melts black metal’s icy veneer, giving it the majesty of bands like Jesu and Mogwai — a seven-song suite that splits its time between warm piano pulses, spiraling post-rock guitars, sheer jet-engine noise, and sunstroked blasts. This nearly eight-minute teaser works as a little documentary that peeks into the making of this cinematic opus: the stress, the screams, and a few awesome shots of new drummer Daniel Tracy playing blastbeats in black and white. - Video Directed by Bryan Proteau
Deafheaven reveal cover art and track list for Sunbather out on June 11, 2013
Deafheaven have revealed the cover art and track list for their new album ‘Sunbather’ which will be released June 11, 2013 via Deathwish, ‘Sunbather’ is the second full length effort from the San Francisco outfit and was recorded and engineered by Jack Shirley and the cover art was designed by Nick Steinhardt (Touché Amoré).
1. Dream House
4. Please Remember
7. The Pecan Tree
Deafheaven will be headlining in Europe & Russia a tour starting April 18th with The Secret (Southern Lord) as support on the shows. Upon their return in May they will play three shows with Boris. Stay tuned for details to come about their full US Summer tour.
SEE ALL SHOW DETAILS HERE and below.
National Underground: Interview with Deafheaven about upcoming album Sunbather
San Francisco’s Deafheaven has been fairly described as a black metal, shoegaze, or post-hardcore band, but it’s difficult to reduce it to a single genre. The band’s debut full-length Roads to Judah was released to much acclaim among the communities attached to these various alternative subgenres. The record was sprawling with atmosphere, with elaborate instrumental arrangements and brooding lyrics brimming with dark imagery. The writing on Sunbather, Deafheaven’s followup to Roads to Judah, is the work of two songwriters — three fewer than on the previous full-length, but with no less ambition. In fact, the record will be 22 minutes and three tracks longer than its predecessor, with multiple instrumental interludes intersecting with stories of class disparity, romantic detachment, and family. I discussed the songwriting process and the content of Sunbather with vocalist George Clarke after the band played a one-off show in Brooklyn.
Steel For Brains Cerebros - George Clarke Dissects Deafheaven’s Sunbather
CEREBROS will be a running feature on Steel for Brains allowing for musicians and writers to further expound on their own creative processes in a more narrative and introspective way. I’m deeply honored to say that the first guest writer in this series is Deafheaven vocalist, George Clarke. Here, George expounds upon his own consciousness in creating the songs. Sunbather will be released late spring on Deathwish, Inc.
“The writing process for me is always a strange one. I write in very sporadic bursts, am unable to write while we are on the road, am unable to when feeling positive, and am unable to when not in isolation. Often times, I’ll be drinking by myself and fall into some nostalgic depression that morphs into self analyzation and over thinking. Because of this, no song is about one thing and the lyrics are often written in multiple time periods, then pieced together thereafter to form an overall theme. It’s strange that I’m writing this because I usually don’t explain any of these things, but I’m happy to have the opportunity.
With that being said, the lyrics for Sunbather started in 2011 and continued up until a few days before our recording.
The opening track ‘Dream House’ was written in Los Angeles and in San Francisco. Over the past few years, I’ve had a sort of romantic detachment from my relationships. Not that they weren’t valued, I’ve just always held onto the idea of my past romances from when I was younger. They were unique and I feel like adult relationships have often lacked the insanity that I always enjoyed about being overly enthralled with someone and emotionally unbalanced. Worse yet, I enjoyed the pain of their ending. In my adult life, I’ve been jaded toward relationships and continuously force myself to not be content with anyone because it lacks those characteristics of relationships prior. So, instead of adjusting reasonably, my personality instead offers very little to others. In not responding correctly to adult emotion, I become an emotional hermit, unable to tell if it’s them I’m protecting or myself. I want to give myself, but have uncertainty in doing so.