Deafheaven, Marriages

San Francisco’s buzzworthy black metal band Deafheaven is gearing up for the release of its new LP Sunbather by playing three West Coast shows with Boris, followed by a full U.S. headlining tour backed by Marriages. Included in the itinerary are two San Francisco shows – with Boris on May 22 at Rickshaw Stop, and with Marriages on July 15 at Bottom of the Hill.

Sunbather is due on June 11 via Deathwish Records. It is Deafheaven’s second full-length release from the label (following 2011’s Road to Judah) and its third release overall.

After vocalist George Clarke and guitarist Kerry McCoy recorded a demo album in 2010 at The Atomic Garden Recording Studio in Palo Alto, Deafheaven recruited three additional members—bassist Derek Prine, drummer Trevor Deschryver, and guitarist Nick Bassett, who also plays in Bay Area shoegaze outfit Whirr. (Update: Prine, Deschryver, and Bassett are no longer in the band and do not play on Sunbather.)

“Dream House” (above) is Deafheaven’s critically acclaimed lead single from Sunbather, which demonstrates the band’s unique approach to melodic, yet vocally aggressive “post-black metal.” The expansive aesthetic that has alienated the band from strict black metal purists has proven to be relatively successful in its crossover appeal.

Sunbather was recorded and engineered by Jack Shirley of Atomic Garden, and Nick Steinhardt designed the album art. Percussionist Daniel Tracy adds new elements to Deafheaven’s sound on the forthcoming album, which is expected to capture the band at the height of its creative talent.

Boris, Deafheaven
The Rickshaw Stop
May 22, 2013
8pm, $18

Deafheaven, Marriages, Monuments Collapse, DJ Rob Metal
Bottom of the Hill
July 15, 2013
9pm, $12