Deafheaven

Deafheaven @ El Club

Deafheaven

Drab Majesty, UNIFORM

Sat. July 28

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$18.00 - $20.00

Patio & Outside Bar open @ 7pm

Deafheaven
Deafheaven
Deafheaven
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Deafheaven in Copenhagen in 2017. From left to right: Shiv Mehra, Chris Johnson, George Clarke, and Kerry McCoy, with Daniel Tracy in the background.
Background information
Origin San Francisco, California, United States
Genres
Black metal[1] blackgaze[2] post-metal[3][4]
Years active 2010–present
Labels
Deathwish ANTI-
Associated acts
Creepers Rise of Caligula Whirr Nothing Marty Friedman
Website deafheaven.com
Members
George Clarke
Kerry McCoy
Daniel Tracy
Shiv Mehra
Chris Johnson
Past members
Nick Bassett
Trevor Deschryver
Stephen Clark
Derek Prine
Deafheaven is an American band formed in 2010. Originally based in San Francisco, the group began as a two-piece with singer George Clarke and guitarist Kerry McCoy, who recorded and self-released a demo album together. Following its release, Deafheaven recruited three new members and began to tour. Before the end of 2010, the band signed to Deathwish Inc. and later released their debut album Roads to Judah, in April 2011. A follow-up album, Sunbather, was released in 2013 to wide critical acclaim, becoming one of the most praised albums of the year in the United States.[5] In 2015 the band released their third album, New Bermuda.[6]

Deafheaven's musical style has been described by Rolling Stone as a "boundary-pushing blend of black metal, shoegaze and post-rock".[7] McCoy has cited various other influences on the band's sound, including alternative rock and early thrash metal, and said they do not consider themselves a black metal band, as although influenced by the genre, they do not have "the ethos, the aesthetic or really the sound of one".[8] In a 2017 interview with Red Bull Music Academy Daily, McCoy stated: "The whole shoegaze/black metal, or post-black metal thing, was being done ten years before we were a band.
UNIFORM
UNIFORM
Uniform formed in New York City in late 2013 when old friends Ben Greenberg (Hubble, The Men, Pygmy Shrews) and Michael Berdan (York Factory Complaint, Drunkdriver, Believer/Law) realized they lived on the same street. Their impulsive collaboration quickly yielded Our Blood / Of Sound Mind and Body single. The six tracks that comprise the equally abrasive but more refined Perfect World have been coming together between tours and work ever since.

The music that Greenberg and Berdan conjure up under the Uniform moniker is immediate, aggressive, and even primal in form, but it plumbs untold depths. Berdan's venomous voice mines deeply personal themes of resentment, regret, reflection and addiction over the hum of Greenberg's almost impossibly disciplined guitar, bass synth, and drum machine lines. Greenberg uses the word "templatized" to describe their approach to writing songs for Uniform.

"There's this set bunch of gear to create sounds, and it only creates sound through a certain process, or within its own limitations," Greenberg said. "The goal of songwriting is to see how many different kinds of sounds you can get from the same basic process and machine."

On Perfect World, that machine is firing on all cylinders. The guitar is run through a cheap '80s preamp marketed to metal kids. The drum machine is equally no-frills, an Akai XR20 that Greenberg says "most people wouldn't want to keep around."

These humble components are combined with noisy synth and Berdan's profound howling to form something much greater. Post-punk, synthpunk, and industrial traditions are borrowed from as needed, but the constraints placed on the process mean the result is unique to Uniform. Berdan describes his lyrics as the consequence of feeling "so full of pain, confusion, deep selfishness, and general animosity that you make some horrible mistakes and have to learn how to forgive yourself for them." Perfect World feels like the sum of all that pain and confusion, but it also feels like the catharsis.
Venue Information:
El Club
4114 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI, 48209