Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

Deafheaven/No Joy

When: Wed., Sept. 24, 8:30 p.m. 2014

Deafheaven’s new single, “From the Kettle onto the Coil,” isn’t intended to be the followup to Sunbather, released last year. Instead, it’s supposed to be a stand-alone kind of thing, though it could have easily fit right in. It takes George Clarke’s whiplash screaming and sets it against a backdrop of euphoric, dreamy guitar. As the song breaks down into downright beautiful noise, Clarke’s shrieking comes back with a vengeance. Strangely, this death metal/shoegazer combination works well, kind of like how chocolate and sea salt go together. Tracks such as “Dream House” and “Sunbather” follow similar suit, with harsh vocals lashing around a lovely backdrop that introduces you to the flipside of their sound. “Please Remember” and “Windows” are contrarily ambient with snapshots of late-night televangelist sermons and ethereal noise, poetically exploring themes of death and regret. The whole album is bound together by this dichotomy of bright, heavenly light and profound darkness, resulting in some pretty intense listening experience as each track leads right into the next. (Liz Trenholme)

Price: $12

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