February 23, 2013

LIVESound: Deafheaven Debut "Dream House" in Brooklyn

On the profoundly heavier side of this year's highly anticipated releases is Sunbather, the sophomore effort from epic black metal transcendentalists Deafheaven, due out this spring through Deathwish Inc. 2011's brutally sublime debut Road to Judah displayed a captivating half-breed of shoegaze and metallic flesh from the San Francisco project masterminded by frontman George Clarke and guitarist Kerry McCoy, but we've been warned to expect something entirely different on this go ("While the new material is more developed, we've strayed from what was previously a more melancholic approach. The black metal aspect to our music is prevalent in the new material, but I don't think it's necessarily the focus this time around," Clark said in the LP's press release, while McCoy added, "There are a lot of harsh, dark vibes on Sunbather, but don't be surprised at how lush and rock-driven, even pop-driven certain aspects will be.") Last night, Deafheaven's performance at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn gave onlookers a better idea of this soft (and I use that term loosely) metamorphosis by test driving the new track "Dream House," a lovely onslaught of reverb hiss and echoed screams that fight for every particle of light cracking through the heavens. You can experience it for yourself in the video below captured by NYC-based underground live archivists ((unARTigNYC)), which begins with Deafheaven's post-rock makeover tackling Mogwai's "Punk / Cody"...

"Punk / Cody" & "Dream House" (live in Brooklyn)

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