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San Francisco, California, United States (2010 – present)

Deafheaven is an American band that formed in 2010 in San Francisco, California, United States. The group began as a two-piece with George Clarke and Kerry McCoy who recorded and self-released a demo album together. After a warm reception, Deafheaven recruited three new members and began to tour. Before the close of 2010, the band signed to Deathwish Inc. and later released their debut album Roads to Judah in April 2011. The follow-up album, Sunbather, was released on June 11, 2013. After another lineup change, the band toured for the album extensively and are still on a massive international tour.

Deafheaven formed in February 2010 in San Francisco with vocalist George Clarke and guitarist Kerry McCoy, who previously performed in a band together. Clarke isn’t sure how he arrived on the name Deafheaven, though he is aware of its appearance in William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29. The two words ‘deaf’ and ‘heaven’ were combined as an homage to Slowdive.

Clarke and McCoy recorded the Demo album in April 2010 at Atomic Garden Studios, which was released both on cassette tape in limited quantities and digitally. The untitled demo featured four songs that combined traditional screamo with black metal and post-rock. Originally, Deafheaven didn’t intend to release the material, but they later sent it out to a few of their favorite blogs.

After the demo had been positively received, Clarke and McCoy recruited three additional musicians - bassist Derek Prine, guitarist Nick Bassett of the shoegaze bands Whirr (formerly Whirl) and Nothing, and drummer Trevor Deschryver, who responded to an ad on Craigslist - to form a five-piece group, and started playing their first shows in July 2010.


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  • vibrationofsoul

    "I’m shitposting" "What’s it like?" "It’s like a meme" "I want to meme"

    Yesterday 10:48am Reply
  • longpoke

    I actually go over the profile of all the top listeners of a band before I listen to it.

    Yesterday 7:30pm Reply
  • necro_daemon

    who cares if the top listeners look lame. who cares who listens to what. who cares who looks lame anyway. u look lame. i look lame. enjoy music. [2]

    Yesterday 5:49pm Reply
  • Yelyah-Williams

    Speak for yourself bro.

    Yesterday 1:12pm Reply
  • forestt

    who cares if the top listeners look lame. who cares who listens to what. who cares who looks lame anyway. u look lame. i look lame. enjoy music.

    Yesterday 12:57pm Reply
  • Perfect-Skies


    19 Oct 5:31am Reply
  • longpoke


    19 Oct 1:42am Reply
  • Perfect-Skies

    I hated the shit out of Sunbather because of how pretentious and lame it sounded at first. At first listen, I was just sitting on a chair doing nothing. But I fell in love with Sunbather while high, cooking, cleaning, and doing homework. <3 I'll admit ,it's boring if you're doing nothing or gaming while listening to this album. :(

    19 Oct 12:11am Reply
  • Yelyah-Williams

    They're extremely lame looking.

    18 Oct 8:04am Reply
  • colderskin

    why would i

    17 Oct 5:45pm Reply
  • Yelyah-Williams

    Has anybody actually checked out the top listeners here?

    17 Oct 5:27am Reply
  • colderskin

    I also like them on their own. They don't work as part of the tracks that precede them and they allow the album to be dynamic and give the songs room to breathe. Shuffle away shuffler.

    16 Oct 11:44pm Reply
  • AnarchyBrony

    So much hatred, it's delicious.

    16 Oct 11:43pm Reply
  • forestt

    lol fuk shufflin doe

    16 Oct 4:19pm Reply
  • forestt

    i like the interlude songs on their own

    16 Oct 4:18pm Reply
  • Euphoric_Hat

    This isn't atmospheric black metal, this is envy with blastbeats.

    16 Oct 4:03pm Reply
  • Thrica

    Half my library (by time) is >15 minute songs. Couldn't well listen to much atmospheric black if I couldn't handle that.

    16 Oct 4:38am Reply
  • Euphoric_Hat

    And how would you feel if it came up on shuffle?

    16 Oct 1:58am Reply
  • necro_daemon

    From the Kettle Onto the Coil is awesome! Best music ever

    15 Oct 10:49pm Reply
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