Blackgaze he­roes DEAFHEAVEN roar back to Blighty…

Kerrang! (UK) - - Gig Guide - GE­ORGE CLARKE

Now that Or­di­nary Cor­rupt Hu­man Love has been out for a few months, what’s it like be­ing able to add those songs to your live set? “It’s been re­ally good. We were able to play them in the States re­cently, so I think we’ve got­ten a real sense for them now. We’re def­i­nitely in a groove now, which is great. We’ve been per­form­ing them well and we’re go­ing to be play­ing a lot of the new al­bum on these UK dates, so I hope peo­ple are ready for it.” There’s a lot of love for Deafheaven in the UK. Is the feel­ing mu­tual? “Our UK fans have a re­ally great en­ergy and they’ve al­ways shown us a lot of love, es­pe­cially in the ear­lier days when we were play­ing smaller, more DIY spa­ces. I’ve no­ticed, es­pe­cially with this al­bum, that a lot of peo­ple have given it quite a bit of at­ten­tion and love. I hope we can do them jus­tice by per­form­ing to the best of our abil­ity.” Is that even more im­por­tant nowa­days? Do bands sim­ply have to be a strong live force, first and fore­most? ”Yeah, and it’s al­ways been that way for us. We’re not a main­stream band, and for bands of our cal­i­bre to sur­vive we are re­liant on tour­ing. We are very much a live band any­way, and I think for peo­ple to fully ap­pre­ci­ate what we’re about we have to be ex­pe­ri­enced live. Re­gard­less of how the mar­ket shifts and how peo­ple con­sume mu­sic, we’ll def­i­nitely al­ways be on the road be­cause that is what makes do­ing this so spe­cial.” Since record­ing the new songs have you tin­kered with them when you’ve played shows? Do you im­pro­vise them live? “No, not re­ally. Typ­i­cally, when we write songs, the in­tent to play them live is al­ways in our mind, so we try to recre­ate the record­ings as best we can, and I think we do a good job of it.” Now that you’ve graced the cover of Ker­rang! and this LP has cat­a­pulted Deafheaven fur­ther into the lime­light, does that bring a new sense of pres­sure? “Right now, I don’t re­ally feel any kind of pres­sure. When it comes to writ­ing a new record, a bit of that will be in the back of our heads, but I’m just en­joy­ing things. We’ve got into a good stride, we’re on a strong tour and I feel more in­vig­o­rated with each pass­ing day when we play these shows.” Does it feel like there’s a re­ally pos­i­tive vibe in the Deafheaven camp at the mo­ment, then? “It does. I feel like we’ve re­ally got­ten the hang of this thing now and we re­ally know how to treat the shows and how to treat our­selves. Right now, I feel like we’re in a spot on the tour where we are re­ally strong and on form.” At the core of Deafheaven’s mu­sic is a strong black metal in­flu­ence, but there’s ev­ery­thing from Brit­pop to shoegaze in there as well. Does that flu­id­ity be­tween gen­res and mu­si­cal styles come with a sense of free­dom? “I think that the na­ture of our songs def­i­nitely al­lows us to have more free­dom in terms of the places we play and the bands we play with, which is ex­cel­lent. In all hon­esty, though, I haven’t re­ally given it a lot of thought oth­er­wise. I mean, yes Oa­sis are an in­flu­ence as much as metal is. We just kinda try to make mu­sic that makes sense to us first and fore­most. Now, the way that plays out is that I think we’re for­tu­nate to be able to reach peo­ple that might not have nec­es­sar­ily been into ex­treme metal be­fore. I think that’s a pos­i­tive thing, too.”


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