“I imagined the overcome and fell to my knees before the endless truth of instability and futility. Now I know”photo above taken by Nick Sayers - London, UK - August 24, 2015
“It’s been a pretty crazy journey getting to the point that we’re at now,” says Deafheaven vocalist George Clarke. “And now we’re really in the eye of the storm, and it's… interesting.”
Less than three years ago, Clarke and Deafheaven guitarist Kerry McCoy were scratching out an impoverished existence in San Francisco’s Mission District, where they lived on food stamps and shared a tiny apartment with six other roommates. Deafheaven’s debut album, 2011’s Roads to Judah, had garnered some critical acclaim for its boundary-pushing blend of black metal, shoegaze and post-rock; but a rough year on the road supporting the record had left Clarke and McCoy destitute, and caused the other three members of the band to jump ship.
Rather than pack it in themselves, Clarke and McCoy found some new accomplices (drummer Dan Tracy, bassist Stephen Lee Clark, and guitarist Shiv Mehra) and poured their hopes and frustrations into Sunbather, an album that changed everything for them. The record not only was “the best-reviewed major album of 2013,” according to Metacritic, due to its many accolades — which included the top spot on Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Metal Albums of the year list — but also unexpectedly resulted in sold-out club dates and choice slots at festivals in the U.S., Europe, Australia and Asia.
The success of Sunbather enabled Clarke and McCoy to move to Los Angeles — “In San Francisco, we kind of realized we were paying more money to have less fun,” McCoy laughs — and enjoy a more somewhat more comfortable standard of living. But it also meant that the band had to get cracking on the next album shortly after wrapping up their final Sunbather dates.
“We’d been touring for a year and a half,” McCoy explains. “I literally only had like one or two new songs sketched out, and we had like four or five months to get this record written and into the studio. We’ve just got done releasing the biggest record of our lives, which took me a year and a half to write; and now I’m writing the follow-up to that in a third of the time, knowing that it’s going to get, like, four times the attention. That’s a lot of pressure,” he laughs.Read more
Deafheaven announced last week that their next album New Bermuda would arrive on October 2, 2015 via ANTI- records, and today we can confirm their headlining North American tour in support of that album will begin October 15 in San Diego and end with two nights in a row in Los Angeles on November 21st. Tribulation will be support on all tour dates and Envy will also join the bill from October 30 - November 7th.
Deafheaven , Envy, Tribulation Tour 2015
Oct 15 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
Oct 16 Pomona, CA – The Glass House
Oct 17 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Oct 19 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Oct 20 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
Oct 21 Seattle, WA – Neumos
Oct 23 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Oct 24 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Oct 25 Lawrence, KS – The Granada
Oct 26 St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
Oct 28 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
Oct 29 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
Oct 30 Chicago, IL – Metro*
Oct 31 Detroit, MI – Shelter at St. Andrews*
Nov 01 Toronto, ON – Opera House*
Nov 02 Montreal, QB - Club Soda*
Nov 03 Boston, MA – Royale*
Nov 05 New York, NY – Webster Hall*
Nov 06 Washington, DC – The Howard Theatre*
Nov 07 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer*
Nov 08 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Nov 10 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade – Downstairs
Nov 11 Orlando, FL – The Social
Nov 13 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio
Nov 14 Austin, TX – Mohawk
Nov 15 Dallas, TX – Trees
Nov 17 Albuquerque, NM – Sister ^^
Nov 18 Phoenix. AZ – Crescent Ballroom
Nov 20 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
Nov 21 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
* with Envy & Tribulation
^^ with Yob & Tribulation
All tour dates, details and pre-order information can be found on deafheaven.com
Deafheaven have revealed the full details of their new album, the follow-up to 2013’s Sunbather. It’s titled New Bermuda and is out October 2 via Anti-. That’s the tracklist below, along with the teaser video. Above, find the album art, featuring an oil painting by Allison Schulnik.
The album was recorded live to tape in Oakland (at 25th Street Recording) and Palo Alto (at Atomic Garden Recording) with longtime producer Jack Shirley.
Frontman George Clarke said in a statement that the concept of “New Bermuda” is meant to describe “a new destination in life, a nebulous point of arrival, and an unknown future where things get swallowed up and dragged into darkness.”
01 Brought to the Water
03 Baby Blue
04 Come Back
05 Gifts for the Earth
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photos by Lukas Hodge.
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