INTERVIEW W/ KERRY MCCOY "HOW DEAFHEAVEN MADE A LIVE ALBUM IN THE MIDST OF A PANDEMIC" // GUITAR.COM
You can feel the effort, as though you’re at close quarters and the kick drum wants to punch a hole through your chest. The guitars mesh together in a blissed-out maelstrom as those roiling blastbeats unfold into George Clarke’s piercing shriek. It’s Deafheaven playing Dream House, and as it has done on thousands of nights in the past seven years it sounds monumental: ferocious, majestic, almost perfect.
But this isn’t like those other nights. There’s no crowd. There’s no sweat flying. There are no arms reaching towards the band from the front row. Instead, there are five musicians separated by screens in an Oakland studio. This is 10 Years Gone, a live album for our complicated times.
“There is no way to get that feeling that’s there when we’ve got an audience in front of us,” guitarist Kerry McCoy laments. “Some of the time, playing the songs almost made me emotional. Touring is something that I’ve essentially dedicated my life to, and I firmly believe that it’s what I was put on this earth to do. There’s just no way to get it back. We tried to do our best and not cut corners and not put too much of a shine on it.”
Back in June, Deafheaven turned 10 when the anniversary of their self-titled demo’s Bandcamp release rolled around. Plans were in place to celebrate the occasion with a North American tour alongside openers Inter Arma, Greet Death and All Your Sisters. Naturally, Covid-19 had something to add to that conversation. “To rebound from the financial and morale hit, we put together an album of the set we intended to perform,” Clarke said when announcing 10 Years Gone.
Deafheaven 's live album "10 Years Gone" is OUT NOW on all platforms. Stream / purchase wherever you listen to music: https://smarturl.it/Deafheaven10YG
With Covid taking touring away for the conceivable future, the band decided to record the set live at Atomic Garden studios. Deafheaven has capped an incredible ten year run with the release of their live album which includes songs that span their entire discography. The indie exclusive vinyl is available today in all stores.
In a year where it’s hard to celebrate virtually anything, Deafheaven are commemorating their 10th anniversary virtually by releasing Ten Years Gone: A live album recorded in the studio with material dating back to that fateful demo, together with classic tracks from the rest of their discography, up to their Grammy-nominated Ordinary Corrupt Human Love. The eight tracks, originally intended to be their setlist for a now-postponed tour with Inter Arma, remind fans that while records like Sunbather are important monuments to an era, the Calfornia band’s core competency is on the live stage.
“I think it was people’s openness to the demo—its sound, the visuals, the mystery of how it was presented—and its path through the blog community that really helped us get to a point where we could play shows, be in front of people and grow,” recalls frontman George Clarke about their humble beginnings. “That connection, playing shows, was the only ambition we ever had. It remains the most gratifying part of this experience.”
And with shows on hiatus, Deafheaven have left us the next best thing in Ten Years Gone. In celebration of the release, each member of Deafheaven have picked a pair of releases that have meant a great deal to them in the past few months, including during the recording of Ten Years Gone.
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Deafheaven has officially announced their live album "10 Years Gone" to be out December 4th and along with it the song 'Daedalus (Live)'.
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Words from George Clarke:
“Earlier this year we intended on celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Deafheaven demo released through Bandcamp on June 1, 2010 with a tour of North America with our friends Inter Arma, Greet Death and All Your Sisters. Unfortunately, we couldn’t fulfill that tour because of fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. To rebound from the financial and morale hit, we put together an album of the set we intended to perform.
Revisiting the songs in this studio sessions format with Jack Shirley at Atomic Garden reminded us of how important these years have been. I’m thankful we were able to give songs like Daedalus, the first we wrote, and other favorites like Vertigo and Kettle new power after so many years of playing them. They made me think of the people who played on them with us. For the first time we’ve included information on who played on what tracks and when they were originally released. We included thank you-s in the liner notes to these musicians who’ve spent time with this project, on tour or on record and all of the touring crew, label support and management support who have helped us this past decade.
We're thankful we were able to do this project and that fans have stuck with us as we make new music for 2021. Thank you for helping us move forward and I hope you enjoy this record as a small interim in the Deafheaven story. We’ll see you soon.”
In conjunction with the upcoming release of Deafheaven's '10 Years Gone' Live session album, they were asked to contribute a playlist to EVIL GREED ‘Up to Date’ series. The playlist features tracks from bands they have toured with. Listen to the Spotify playlist HERE.
Deafheaven's debut simply called "Demo" was self-released by the band in 2010. After being remastered by Jack Shirley, Sargent House did the first vinyl press in 2012. Ten years after its release, "Demo" is now available in the new Blue & Black Marble Vinyl Limited Edition Reissue. Pre-orders are now open. Both stores ship worldwide!
As part of Deafheaven's 10 year tour, the band planned to record sets in Chicago toward a live album for fans while we working on new music for the next album. However, due to the recent Corona crisis, the band is forced to postpone the tour and instead will release a live recording including songs from all releases to make up for it.
"We are trying to make the best of a hugely difficult situation. It is extremely hard for bands to have to ask for help so we wanted to offer something special in return. We have just launched a Worldwide pre-order Hello Merch and EVIL GREED to a special Deafheaven double LP vinyl of what was to be their 10 Year tour sets. Ordering it will really help them to recover some of their lost income. We are also making all the new tour merch available along with a Sunbather Tablature book we had planned to surprise people with later. Thank you, and please take care of each other out there." - Cathy (Mgmt) / Sargent House
Below is a message from George on behalf of the band. “As part of our 10 year tour, we planned to record sets in Chicago toward a live album for fans while we work on new music. However, the last 24 hours since the tour cancelation have been a whirlwind while we rearrange our year and take these losses. Touring is our sole livelihood, but we have to move forward through the unexpected. We've made some phone calls, gotten some exciting people on board and are going to give fans a glimpse of what we originally had in mind for the year while we work to reschedule tour dates. We will be live recording a set of material from all our albums and releasing it digitally. In addition, we have started a pre-order for a special Double LP release on vinyl of this material slated for later this year, along with merchandise that was to be sold on the tour. We don't even have an album cover yet. There's no press release. All I know is we're moving this into immediate action and turning this massive set-back around. We don't ask for handouts, but are hoping this special session can help generate some good energy while we all wait for the rescheduling”
URGENT TOUR POSTPONEMENT: Deafheaven
"Due to COVID19, city ordinances, recommended quarantines, and public health, our upcoming N. American tour with INTER ARMA, Greet Death, and ALL YOUR SISTERS has been postponed until further notice. Our miracle team has been working diligently to reschedule and honor this tour and we will update everyone with new information as soon as possible. Like so many other hard working people in the touring world being affected by the virus, we appreciate your patience and understanding while we all work through this." DH
No updates yet on the status of any of their future tour dates still listed at deafheaven.com
photo by Geert Braekers
Just announced – Deafheaven we will be playing Tuska Festival in Helsinki // tickets & all upcoming dates deafheaven.com
Europe tour schedule:
JUN 26 Helsinki, FI @ Tuska Open Air Festival
JUN 28 Ferropolis, DE @ Full Force Festival
JUN 30 Athens, GR @ Gagarin 205
JUL 01 Istanbul, TK @ Zorlu Center of Performing Arts
JUL 03 Moscow, RU @ Bol Festival
JUL 05 Ieper, BE @ Ieper Festival
JUL 06 Tilburg, NL @ O13