This month on Nail The Mix, producer Jack Shirley mixes Honeycomb by Deafheaven.
Deafheaven are trailblazers of the metal scene, and Jack Shirley played an integral role in developing their unique sound.
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Phoenix, AZ's Holy Fawn and Denver, CO's Midwife have just been announced to join Deafheaven on their 2022 Spring tour, which is on sale now- tickets can be purchased HERE
2/22 - Phoenix, AZ - Rebel Lounge 2/23 - Sante Fe, NM - Meow Wolf 2/25 - Fort Worth, TX - Tulips 2/26 - Austin, TX - Mohawk 2/27 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall 3/01 - Tampa, FL - The Orpheum 3/02 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade 3/03 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle 3/04 - Richmond, VA - The Broadberry 3/05 - Washington, DC - Black Cat 3/06 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer 3/08 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw 3/09 - Boston, MA - Royale 3/10 - Montréal, QC - Théâtre Fairmount 3/11 - Toronto, ON - Opera House 3/12 - Detroit, MI - El Club 3/14 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall 3/15 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line 3/16 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater 3/18 - Denver, CO - Summit 3/19 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge 3/21 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater 3/22- Seattle, WA - The Crocodile 3/23 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom 3/24 - Boise, ID - Treefort Music Fest*
Deafheaven is a band known for its eclectic blend of black metal, shoegaze and post-rock. In 2019, they were nominated for a Grammy under Best Metal Performance, and upon listening to their new record Infinite Granite, it’s easy to hear why. On the way to surf, we hit some LA traffic and I thought I’d pass the time by asking McCoy a few questions.
Our good friend and sound-man Billy Fraser needs our help. He was in a serious motorcycle accident and is currently in the hospital. We are raffling off an original test press of Infinite Granite signed by the whole band to raise money for him. If you would like to simply help, donate to his GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/billy-badnews-motorcycle-crash.
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Each new Deafheaven album has seemed to react against the last, changing moods and textures without ever sacrificing their heaviness. Infinite Granite might be their most startling gesture yet: though elements can be traced back to 2018’s Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, it takes those elements and expands them to album length. Infinite Granite, really, is not a metal album. It’s the album where the shoegaze entirely supplants the black metal in their blackgaze equation. For almost the whole record, George Clarke sings clean – there are, literally, seconds of growling on the album; on Villain, for example – and the guitars eschew the violence of metal for something just as intense and crushing in its own way, but dazzling and beautiful and – yes, this is shoegaze, so we’re dropping the e-bomb – ethereal.
When Deafheaven got huge, a swath of black metal purists went to war while diehard fans exalted them as be-all-end-alls. But their best album yet, 'Infinite Granite,' is—as singer George Clarke insists—"just a record"