Fuck Vampire Weekend. Seriously, fuck Vampire Weekend. Fuck Vampire Weekend and Fun. and Gotye and every other spit-shined buzzband of the past seven years that took a shit in the middle of an Urban Outfitters and called it “indie rock.” Rock—whatever that even means—has become a genre that waxes intellectual about New Formalism at dinner while giving a world-class HJ to the Girls music supervisor under the table. The dearth of inspiration is alarming at best, gut-wrenching at worst. Luckily, there’s Deafheaven. And thank fucking God for that.
George Clarke and Kerry McCoy’s recent full-length release, Sunbather, is a superlative-inducing triumph of vulnerable metal and welcomed contradictions; it’s intimidating and aggressive yet accessible (accessible enough to nestle into the Billboard 200), and it’s desperately evocative while also somehow not giving any fucks. It’s an album for metalheads, rap fans, your dad, and anyone who isn’t a total asshole. I called up frontman George Clarke to better know the band behind what might be the most monumental release of the year so far. He was at a strip club. It was 1PM on a Wednesday.
Deafheaven’s new record is one of my favorites in recent memory. While in San Francisco we got to shoot guitarist Kerry McCoy working with rapper Antwon. Noisey linked it in here, pretty cool.
Out of our pop-up Converse Rubber Tracks San Francisco, Warm Soda rocking the rooftop with “Star Gazer.”
We shot this. Thanks for the gif y’all.
Boston DIY Punk Challenge: The Game
I just added the text. Credit for the brilliant image which made me think of this goes to Miles Donovan http://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/blog/2013/05/23/what-boston-would-look-like-as-an-8-bit-video-game/
I want this with text.
The Hold Steady - For Boston
I don’t know how I never heard this song before. Holy shit.
The last lines:
“Hey Brighton/St. Elizabeth is sick of all your drinking and fighting/hey Allston/there are nights when you get pretty annoying.”
There are riots and protests happening right now, and Fábio + Gabriel are writing and drawing about it.
Once more, for posterity.
Youngs Adults - Spectre