Deafheaven’s George Clarke Discusses The Band’s Decision To Move Away From Metal

As you may have noticed, the first singles from Deafheaven‘s new album “Infinite Granite (out August 20) have found the band moving further away from the metal realm. Now, during an interview with Pitchfork, frontman George Clarke has further explained that musical shift.

Clarke said the following:

“…It was all an attempt to be as maximum as possible so people didn’t feel that they were lacking in a listening experience just because the vocals had changed so dramatically. My singing on earlier records was really haphazard. This felt a lot more calculated. I don’t view myself as a natural singer at all. It has taken a lot of work. It’s funny, even though I’m not using my voice in nearly as extreme a way as I usually do, I would often be exhausted at the end of the day. It was like learning a different instrument. It made the whole thing a lot more fun, to be honest with you.

Maybe around [2015’s] ‘New Bermuda‘, I felt like everyone was expanding on their instrument and getting better at what they were doing. And in certain ways I was as well, but there’s a part of me that’s always felt like the weak musical link. I wanted to bring more to the table—and also to service the lyrics differently.

It’s interesting for the song that we put out [‘Great Mass Of Color‘], so many people have been commenting to me about the lyrics, which is very kind. It’s something I didn’t get a lot of before even though I’ve taken the same amount of time on those lyrics. It’s just that the delivery is so much friendlier. There are all these little things that are personally satisfying about the switch, and that personal satisfaction was the reason we did it in the first place, you know?”

He continued when it was mentioned that metal bands tend to face backlash when they move outside their genre:

“…We were joking the whole time about wanting this to be our ‘Kid A‘ [Radiohead album], where we filter our own sound through a different medium—because I still think that that record sounds like them as much as this record still sounds like us.

And then we looked at bands like Cave In or AFI who made major label jumps and stylistic changes and what that meant for them—how we feel about it now and how we felt about it at the time. Those are conversations that we had, but there is no specific model.

Even with ‘Kid A‘, bringing up that record while making your own is more a tool to just give yourself confidence, knowing that someone somewhere did this before. And perhaps it’s not out of the realm that you could try something that’s a bit of a 180 and not have it sink you.”

While Clarke‘s primarily clean sun vocals will certainly be a focal point of “Infinite Granite“, it was not just him leading the band into new territory. He said the shift in direction began to emerge during early writing sessions back in the summer of 2019, offering:

“…During the writing process, we noticed that the riffs weren’t amping up into metallic sections—and everyone was okay with it. It wouldn’t have made sense to make a different record, or it would have been very ham-fisted.”

[via The PRP]

Deafheaven Premiere New Song “The Gnashing”, Announce North American Tour

Deafheaven have premiered a new song titled “The Gnashing.“ This track is from the band’s new album “Infinite Granite,“ which will be released on August 20.

In other news, the band have also announced a North American tour:

2021:

10/15 Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre
10/16 Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel

2022:

02/22 Phoenix, AZ – Pressroom
02/23 Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
02/25 Fort Worth, TX – Tulips
02/26 Austin, TX – Mohawk
02/27 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
03/01 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
03/02 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Hell)
03/03 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
03/04 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
03/05 Washington, DC – Black Cat
03/06 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
03/08 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
03/09 Boston, MA – Royale
03/10 Montréal, QC – Théâtre Fairmount
03/11 Toronto, ON – Opera House
03/12 Detroit, MI – El Club
03/14 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
03/15 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
03/16 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
03/18 Denver, CO – Summit
03/19 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
03/21 Vancouver, – Crocodile
03/23 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
03/24 Boise, ID – Treefort Music Fest

Deafheaven To Release New Album “Infinite Granite” In August, Premiere New Song “Great Mass Of Color”

Deafheaven have announced that their new album, “Infinite Granite,” will be released on August 20. The effort’s first single, “Great Mass Of Color,“ can be streamed below:

“Infinite Granite” Track Listing:

01. “Shellstar”
02. “In Blur”
03. “Great Mass Of Color”
04. “Neptune Raining Diamonds”
05. “Lament For Wasps”
06. “Villain”
07. “The Gnashing”
08. “Other Language”
09. “Mombasa”

Listen To Deafheaven’s Remix Of Deathpact’s “ID”

Deafheaven have shared their remix of Deathpact’s “ID.“ You can check that out below. The track is part of a series of remixes that will lead up to the official release of “ID.” Notably, Code Orange were among those who previously remixed the track.

Deafheaven Reveal Details For New Live In The Studio Album “10 Years Gone”

Deafheaven will be releasing a new live in the studio album, titled “10 Years Gone,“ on December 4. The effort’s first single, a live version of “Daedalus,” can be found below:

“10 Years Gone” Track Listing:

01. “From The Kettle Onto The Coil”
02. “Daedalus”
03. “Vertigo”
04. “Language Games”
05. “Glint”
06. “Baby Blue”
07. “The Pecan Tree”
08. “Dream House”

Frontman George Clarke commented:

“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 yous 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.”