Watch Dez Fafara’s Son Simon Join DevilDriver Onstage For “Clouds Over California”

During DevilDriver’s July 25 show at the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA, the band were joined onstage by frontman Dez Fafara‘s son Simon for a performance of “Clouds Over California.” You can see footage of that below. Simon previously appeared in the video for the track, which was featured on the band’s 2007 album “The Last Kind Words.” He also has his own band called Blade.

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Guitarist Neil Tiemann Discusses The Concept Behind DevilDriver’s New Double Album

During an appearance on the “BREWtally Speaking Podcast”, DevilDriver guitarist Neal Tiemann discussed the concept behind their upcoming double album. According to him, “the main idea that was coming through was the taking away of liberties and bondage of the human soul.”

Tiemann said the following:

“The way our process is, is we write all the music and then Dez will write lyrics and melodies, if any patterns and things, over it afterwards.

As we were writing we knew that we wanted, its so cliché, but we wanted to push the envelope. We want some more dynamics. We want some more clean parts, we want some of the heavier parts, and its got both, which could be polarizing, we’ll see, but I love it.

As he started writing this theme started to appealing that he….it’s mainly…I don’t know how much he wants me to talk about it… The main idea that was coming through was the taking away of liberties and bondage of the human soul.

Not politically, we’re not talking about that, but we’re talking about enslavement in history, things like this that were, and the wanting to break free of said stuff.

Nearly every song, like 20 of them, had something to do with that. It kept circling back for whatever reason for him.

He’s like well lets make it a concept, we’re already doing a double record, might as well throw another word on there we can use as buzzfeed.”

[via The PRP]

DevilDriver Cancel European Tour

DevilDriver have been forced to cancel their fall European tour. According to a press release, the cancellation was the result of “unexpected circumstances, completely out of the control of the band.”

The following was also added in the press release:

“The band would like to stress that they hate cancelling anything and in 20 years of touring the world, they have never cancelled a tour before and are certainly not a band that want to mess their fans or their promoters around. The band and the management would like to apologise to all their fans that had already bought tickets for the tour.

Those tickets can be refunded at their original point of purchase. DevilDriver promise that they will make this up to fans and promoters alike when they return to Europe in 2020 with a show bigger and better than ever before.”

DevilDriver’s Dez Fafara: “You’ll Get One Record From Us In 2020, Another Record In 2021, You’ll Get An ‘Outlaws 2’ In 2023, And Then Possibly Another Record In 2024 Or 2025”

During an interview on the “Everblack” podcast, Dez Fafara offered some release details for DevilDriver’s new albums. The band recently recorded a double album and are planning to release the first part in 2020 and the second part in 2021. On top of that, the group are also planning to release a sequel to their “Outlaws ‘Til The End” country covers album in 2023 and may even release another album in 2024 or 2025.

Fafara said the following [transcribed by Blabbermouth]:

“You’re gonna get a record next year — early next year — and then the following year… So you’ll get one record from us in 2020, another record in 2021, you’ll get an ‘Outlaws [‘Til The End: Vol.] 2’ in 2023, and then possibly another record in 2024 or 2025 from DEVILDRIVER. And then I’m gonna take a prolonged break that could last four or five years from there. So we’re really putting out great product right now.”

Fafara also talked about the musical direction of DevilDriver’s new material:

“Obviously, we’re not doing press on a new record right now, but what I can tell you is this: if you’re a fan of COAL CHAMBER, if you’re a fan of DEVILDRIVER, you’re gonna get both things put together. I broke all the rules with the new DEVILDRIVER record. It’s twice as heavy, it’s twice as groovy, it’s bigger hooks than I’ve ever written in my entire life. And I do believe that this double staggered release is the record of our lifetime.

I had somebody tell me yesterday that was a big fan of ‘Trust No One’, which was our record before we did the country outlaw record, that the music that they heard — because they were listening to a link at our guitar player’s house — and came back and said, ‘This sounds like almost a new band. So this is a great thing, after years of trying to actually redefine your sound. And I think that people are gonna just… you’re gonna love it, man.

I’m having a very hard time [deciding] what songs go on which record, because every one of ’em is over the top. If you can’t find a B-side, that’s a great, great thing to have happen.

If I could share it with people now — just share it online — I would, because some of the stuff, vocally, that I’m doing with this is incredible. And the music that I’ve got behind me is some of the most incredible music I’ve ever written to — ever. So to be able to say that, with the players that I’ve had in my band in the past, this is a very, very good thing for a band that’s existed since early 2000s.”

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Watch DevilDriver Cover Coal Chamber’s “Loco” Live

Dez Fafara previously teased that DevilDriver were planning to start performing songs from his previous band Coal Chamber during their live shows and they finally did just that during their June 18 set in Tempe, AZ. You can footage of the group playing “Loco” for the first time below:

DevilDriver & Lamb Of God Singers Relaunch SunCult Surf Apparel And Lifestyle Brand

DevilDriver’s Dez Fafara has partnered with Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe to relaunch his family’s SunCult surf apparel and lifestyle brand. You can check out the clothing line HERE and get 10% off with the code “SunCultFam”.

Fafara commented:

“Watching the relaunching of the SunCult brand has been absolutely fulfilling in so many ways for myself and the Fafara family. We’ve brought in Randy, who from day one was a supporter and understood what we were trying to do with the brand, and has become family himself as he actually has a room here at the Fafara house!

We have truly upped the game with new designs as well as kept the aesthetic of the brand for the outcasts, the outsiders, and those who are on the fringes of society, much like ourselves. We are equal parts skate and surf, and are dedicated to the metal/punk rock music lifestyle we live daily – on tour, in the water surfing, or hitting the asphalt on boards!

We will be doing beach clean ups to give back to the community, as well as a few pop up shops to give buyers the chance to get in on SunCult. I’m very much looking forward to seeing where SunCult takes us in 2019 and beyond as we enter into discussions with stores and buyers that are reaching out to carry the brand! Thank you for the continued support – here’s to good times ahead!”

Blythe added:

“When Dez asked me if I wanted to become a partner in his family’s brand, SunCult, my answer was simple: ‘I kinda thought I already was.’ SunCult started as a surf-centric brand, and while surfing is one of the core elements of what we do (and always will be, since we surf SunCult boards together all the time), we wanted to expand it to encompass different aspects of our lifestyle that other people outside of surfing identify with.

That means including the darker aesthetics of the metal and punk music we listen to, the classic horror films we watch, and the urban aggression of a skateboard or bike ride through the cities we spend so much time in on tour. SunCult isn’t for the “beautiful people,” the Gidget-Beach-Blanket-Bingo set; it’s for the freaks, misfits, and weirdos who are already on a permanent aggro-vacation with Dracula.

Personally, in a creative capacity, it’s been gratifying for me to see a few concepts I helped sketch out turn into new designs (including one I’ve had as an idea for a tattoo for 20 years – so cool to see it on a shirt). I really enjoy bouncing ideas around with Dez and crew, then watching our artist bring them to life. I’m looking forward to doing some pop-ups, sponsoring beach cleanups, and meeting the people who ‘get’ what it is we are doing as the brand grows. We’ll know you when we see you…”

DevilDriver Announce Fall European Tour

DevilDriver have announced a fall European tour. You can find the dates for that run below. Dez Fafara commented:

“Absolutely over-the-top excited to come to the EU and knock back a bunch of shows with DevilDriver! Come out and get in the fucking pit. This will be our only EU play in 2019, so don’t miss out!”

Tour Dates:

09/13 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
09/14 Hamburg, GER – Logo
09/15 Berlin, GER – BiNuru
09/16 Warsaw, POL – Proxima
09/17 Prague, CZE – Futurm
09/19 Vienna, AUT – Arena
09/20 Munich, GER – Backstage Halle
09/21 Pratteln, SWI – Z7
09/23 Geneva, SWI – L’Usine
09/24 Milan, ITA – Legend Club
09/25 Roma, ITA – Orion
09/27 Lyon, FRA – CCO
09/28 Mulhouse, FRA – Le Noutmatrouff
09/29 Metz, FRA – Le Gueulard
09/30 Paris, FRA – Petit Bain
10/01 Toulouse, FRA – Le Metronum
10/03 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 2
10/04 Madrid, SPA – Independence
10/05 Bormujos Seville, SPA – End Of Summer Open Air Fest