Deafheaven @ Cake Shop
Sans KEN Mode (who was originally scheduled to play the show but changed their tour to go to Europe), Deafheaven ripped the basement of Cake Shop on Friday night (6/17) with the help of the one-man-black-metal-meets-Jesu of Planning for Burial (who I enjoyed thoroughly), as well as the impressive doomy post-hardcore boom of Gholas who also played with the band in Philadelphia and Connecticut (the shows surrounding NYC). The Cake Shop appearance is part of an ongoing tour for Deafheaven, who will link back up with KEN Mode in the coming days after KEN Mode returns from an appearance at Hellfest in France.
All three bands were impressive on Friday night. Planning for Burial combined black metal, shoegaze, clean vocals, and looping to create ethereal soundscapes before Gholas brought the shock and awe with their Isis-influenced hardcore nuggets featured on their current LP Загадка. Get that for FREE via via mediafire. Though Deafheaven is clearly derived from strains of black metal, the band's roots in hardcore show live as vocalist George gets into the crowds faces and provokes singalongs, shoving the microphone into members of the crowd's face. After the show, I was talking to George outside of Cake Shop when a fan approached him:
"Your lyrics are so inspiring to me. You are an English major right? So am I, I can definitely tell in your writing".
I've been to enough bullet-belted and nail-cuffed shows to know that this sort of interaction is a rarity amongst the corpse-painted set, but then again Deafheaven doesn't neatly fit into that or any category.
After the show, I headed to Public Assembly to catch Iceage and Prurient. More about that later.
More pictures from Cake Shop, all tour dates and a video of all of Planning for Burial's set, below...
Planning for Burial
Planning for Burial at Cake Shop
DEAFHEAVEN - 2011 TOUR DATES
6/21/11 - Cleveland, OH - Now That's Class*
6/22/11 - Chicago, IL - The Albion House*
6/24/11 - Cheyenne, WY - The Crawlspace
6/25/11 - Denver, CO - Blast-O-Mat
6/26/11 - Meatheads - Las Vegas, NV
6/27/11 - Vacation Vinyl w/ Special Guests - Los Angeles, CA
6/28/11 - The Cabin w/ Coliseum - Garden Grove, CA
* w/KEN Mode
KEN MODE - 2011 TOUR DATES
Thur June 23 - Minneapolis @ Nick & Eddie Warehouse
Sat July 16 - Fargo, ND @ New Direction w/Batillus, Mutilation Rights, Sleeping in Gethsemane
Sun July 17 - Sioux Falls, SD - INIT FEST - @ The Vault
Wed July 27 - Madison, WI @ Project Lodge
Fri July 29 - Indianapolis, IN - DUDEFEST - @ The Hoosier Dome
Sun July 31 - Windsor, ON @ Coach & Horses
Mon Aug 1 - London, ON @ London Music Hall Lounge
Tues Aug 2 - Kitchener, ON @ Jamhole
Wed Aug 3 - Hamilton, ON @ Casbah w/This Hisses, Sex Beast
Thur Aug 4 - Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee's w/The Great Sabatini, Titan, Creeper
Fri Aug 5 - Ottawa, ON @ Cafe Dekcuf w/The Great Sabatini
Sat Aug 6 - Montreal, QC @ Club Lambi w/The Great Sabatini
Sun Aug 7 - Quebec City, QC @ L'Agitee w/The Great Sabatini