The secret of the pearl’s beauty is secretion: Layers and layers of calcium carbonate and conchiolin form over a microscopic intruder in a process intended principally to protect the mollusk’s internal domain, but also produces a gift for the patient pearl fisher. Deafheaven has spent eight years layering its exquisite and extreme sound, its eureka moment of gauzy black metal most realized on Sunbather and adventuring beyond with 2015’s New Bermuda. It’s the latter that reached more ears, but sometimes felt unformed in its sonic array — still something to behold, but not quite ready to be broken open.
“Honeycomb,” Deafheaven’s first new song since 2015, offers the band’s fans no surprises. From its opening seconds, it sounds as if the shoegaze/black metal outfit has been screaming uninterrupted behind some thick, soundproof curtain ever since we left them. This may be for the best; if you’ve worked up a sound this oceanic, you might as well luxuriate in it for a good long while. And so on “Honeycomb,” they do just that.
JUL 11 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom JUL 13 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill JUL 14 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk JUL 15 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall JUL 17 Orlando, FL @ The Social JUL 18 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade JUL 19 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle JUL 20 Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry JUL 21 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club JUL 22 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer JUL 24 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel JUL 25 Boston, MA @ Royale JUL 26 Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount JUL 27 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House JUL 28 Detroit, MI @ El Club JUL 30 Chicago, IL @ Metro w/ MONO JUL 31 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall AUG 01 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center AUG 03 St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room AUG 04 Lawrence, KS @ The Granada AUG 05 Denver, CO @ The Oriental Theater AUG 07 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall AUG 08 Boise, ID @ Neurolux AUG 10 Seattle, WA @ The Neptune Theatre AUG 11 Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial AUG 12 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom AUG 14 San Francisco, CA @ August Hall AUG 17 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick AUG 18 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
The follow-up to 2015’s New Bermuda is due later this year
Photo courtesy of Deafheaven
Deafheaven are making their next moves. The metal band posted a photo on their social media platforms of the members recording in a studio with the caption “2018.” See the photo below. Deafheaven’s representatives have confirmed with Pitchfork that the band are currently working on a new album at 25th St. Recording in Oakland with their frequent collaborator, producer Jack Shirley. They’re “expecting” to release the album sometime later this year via Anti-. The upcoming record follows the band’s 2015 album New Bermuda. Last year, Deafheaven’s George Clarke contributed to a “Lost at Sea” remix with Youth Code and Chelsea Wolfe to support Planned Parenthood.