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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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  • georgefnclarke

    Trivia of the Week : The only way to get through a bad day is to listen to Deafheaven.

    Yesterday 7:14pm Reply
  • georgefnclarke

    Shout out to my audience from the land of milk bags and maple syrup! On June the 20th, we will be performing at Adelaide Hall at 1AM part of the Red Bull Sound Select at NXNE! Get a wristband before they run out! See you all and love you all!

    Yesterday 7:12pm Reply
  • georgefnclarke

    @longpoke Sorry to disappoint bro, but lolicore can't do. We're not big time anime fans, but once again, thanks for the suggestion! On the positive side, jungle is a possibility! We are opened to genre suggestions including emulating the first wave black metal sound!

    Yesterday 7:07pm Reply
  • GuiNM

    jesus christ, what's this guy's problem?

    Yesterday 3:09am Reply
  • longpoke

    can you incorporate jungle and lolicore elements? that would be sick bruh

    28 May 4:47am Reply
  • georgefnclarke

    Thanks for the suggestion LongLiveGrimes! I'll tell Kerry and the boys we're down for that. We'll test out that sound and if we are pleased with the outcome, it'll be on our next album. We're willing take risks just like we did Sunbather. Don't forget to keep listening!

    26 May 8:44pm Reply
  • LongLiveGrimes

    Would love to hear some chopped and screwed vocals on the next LP.

    26 May 2:57pm Reply
  • zaruyache

    I don't even get who you're responding to brah

    25 May 2:23am Reply
  • georgefnclarke

    You won half the battle on this comment box, but the other half is going to our shows and making the same comment you said on here. If you do happen to attend one of our shows, it's a wonderful thing that you stepped outside of your comfort zone and took the time to shell out cash and shout childish nonsense to us. Feel free to take the spotlight and we'll watch you perform your amazing musical talent. If you're talented enough to comment, you're talented enough to perform on stage. There is no paperwork or form you need to fill out. Just walk on stage and perform.

    23 May 7:56pm Reply
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  • introvertical

    I really hope they decide to get heavier and explore the more black metal side of their sound on the new album, just to completely fuck with the indie portion of their fanbase.

    22 May 7:15am Reply
  • Anglicize

    I wouldn't really take anything more than the first three tags seriously on most artists.

    19 May 5:56am Reply
  • zaruyache

    don't those tags just get put there based on how people label the band in their computer? Or something? It's not there because specifically categorizes them as experimental, but because apparently enough other people did to get it on the front page.

    11 May 3:27pm Reply
  • CardsOfWar

    I actually like the band, but... uh, how are they experimental? If Deafheaven are experimental then so is Cradle of Filth.

    11 May 10:20am Reply
  • zaruyache

    Everyone Knows It's Butters! (That's Me!)

    6 May 1:07pm Reply

    sometimes when i feel bad about myself i come to the Deafheaven shoutbox to remind myself that there are a lot of people more idiotic than me

    6 May 9:18am Reply
  • bardofesgaroth

    bitterman is love, bitterman is life. If we were living in ancient times I'm sure he'd be King of the Grove in Nemi right about now.

    5 May 8:46am Reply
  • AnarchyBrony

    le bagel.

    5 May 2:36am Reply
  • CircleOvTyrants

    Quit crying and go clop to some MLP.

    4 May 12:05pm Reply
  • Hitlers_Cum

    1 bagel. final offer

    3 May 11:49pm Reply
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