NO SPILL BLOOD
We’re delighted to announce the return of the excellent Deafheaven in August. Support comes from one of the finest bands to ever come out of Ireland, No spill Blood
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George Clarke: Vocals
Kerry McCoy: Guitar
Daniel Tracy: Percussion
Recorded and engineered by Jack Shirley (Funeral Diner, Comadre) and designed by Nick Steinhardt (Touche Amore) “Sunbather” deals with the profound sadness found in the quest for one’s personal perfection. Serving as an artistic lucid dream of warmth despite the stinging pain of life’s cruel idealism.
With opener “Dream House” George Clarke’s tortured vocals familiarly intertwine with Kerry McCoy’s hypnotic guitar work before crashing into a wash of post-everything melody. This leads to the moving instrumental “Irresistible” a track that carries a twisted indie-like sensibility buried beneath glittery layers of guitar and piano. However it is in the title track and beyond where the maturation and growth of Deafheaven brightly shines. In “Sunbather” they explore sonic peaks and valleys created by superb percussionist Daniel Tracy (new to the band for this recording). His inclusion brings new dynamics to light as an urgent pulse to the swirling musical chaos. Pushing bleak epic “Vertigo” and the dark emotional closer “The Pecan Tree” to new, awe-inducing heights.
Without question “Sunbather” is Deafheaven at the peak of their creative strength and vision of their young existence. A masterfully crafted work of art that will be renowned for years to come.
NO SPILL BLOOD
Ireland’s vitalic rock scene has once again created musical alchemy in the form of No Spill Blood. A band formed from the much-loved, respected and established bands Adebisi Shank, Hands Up Who Wants To Die?, Elk and Magic Pockets will release their debut EP Street Meat internationally through Sargent House.
Matt Hedigan (Hands Up Who Wants To Die?, Elk) on bass and vocals, Ruadhan O’Meara (Magic Pockets) on synths and Lar Kaye (Adebisi Shank) on drums took time out of their other bands to jam in Dublin in early 2011 after Matt had moved to the city from Cork. The trio’s shared musical influences, the agile post-rock electronic punch of Trans Am, the playful noise of Devo and the low-down post-punk of the Melvins can be heard melded into No Spill Blood’s spirited hurtling rhythms.
While their other musical projects contribute to the tempos, the tones and the textures of the music, No Spill Blood’s sound is unequivocally their own. Repetitive Kraut-esque rhythms are goaded by O’Meara’s buzzsaw vintage synthesizers, Kaye swaps his robotic guitar work in Adebisi Shank for incisively-charged drums and Hedigan provides the fuzzed-out low-end and beastly vocals. Or in their own words – “Heft, Heft, Synth, Heft, Heft”.
The lyrical subject matter on Street Meat is concerned with dark, recondite and toilsome subject matter – coal mining. “The lyrics are loosely based on a story I wrote in school about a guy who reluctantly starts working in his local mine,” says Hedigan. “I’ll leave the rest up to your imagination! It’s fairly apocalyptic.”
Street Meat’s six tracks were primarily recorded with Dek Hynes in a derelict office block running on a petrol generator. Mixing was done by Vinny McCreith (Adebisi Shank/The Vinny Club) and James Eager from The Hive mastered the EP.
The albums artwork was done by Sonny Kay. “We just sent him a few images we liked, and he took elements from them, and came back with that awesome cover art. It’s so striking, we are all crazy about it.”
And as for the name No Spill Blood? “It’s an Oingo Boingo tune,” says O’Meara. “They got it from the [ H. G. Wells book] ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’, the same place where Devo got ‘Are We Not Men?’ It seemed fitting…”
Street Meat will be available everywhere digitally on July 31, 2012 and on LP &CD on September 4th, 2012 via Sargent House.
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