Exclusive Interview: George Clarke Of Deafheaven

Deafheaven are no doubt one of the best bands I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing. Their debut full length “Roads To Judah” just came out and looks to be one of the best albums of this year. Vocalist George Clarke recently took the time to answer a few questions with me concerning the new album as well as their upcoming tour. Enjoy! 

 
Read past the break for my interview with George Clarke!

SuperRadMike: Your demo was awesome, how did it make it’s way to Deathwish Inc.?
George Clarke: Thank you! Originally, we gave the demo away for free and because of such, it had made its way onto the online blog circuit. Through making those rounds, Deathwish noticed and then listened to the demo. Soon after, they contacted us about doing a release. 
SuperRadMike: Was the recording process different from when you recorded your demo?
George Clarke: The only major difference was going into the studio with a full band as opposed to the demo, where it had just been me and our guitar player Kerry doing the entire recording. Also, the ‘Roads’ recording was a lot smoother because by that point, we had a much clearer picture of what we were trying to accomplish.
SuperRadMike: What were some of your influences while recording/writing “Roads To Judah”?
George Clarke: Musically, a lot of the influence was early shoegaze bands like My Bloody Valentine, Chapterhouse, Ride, etc. Of course, we have our aggressive influences as well, but to set ‘Roads’ apart was to create a massive, layered wall of sound. Lyrically, just a lot of Milan Kundera and E.E. Cummings.
SuperRadMike: The album is coming  this week and some people have already heard it. But how do you feel about it being officially out? Ready to get it out or are you more nervous?
George Clarke: Our pre-order cycle went for a good amount of time and because of such, it does feel like the album has been out for awhile. Though, having it officially available to the public is exciting, regardless. I’m happy it’s out. It’s a wonderful birthing process
SuperRadMike: What does the rest of the year hold for you? Tours? More recording?
George Clarke: For the rest of the year, touring is the main objective. We’re doing a full US in June with KEN Mode and have a couple different options for what to do in the fall. Overall, it looks to be a great year.
SuperRadMike: Where can people go to find your music?
George Clarke: You can order our record on LP, CD, or digitally through the Deathwish Inc. E-Store
SuperRadMike: Thank you very much for your time!
George Clarke: Thank you! Always a pleasure getting to do this. Take care.