Nvblado, E A Terra Nunca Me Pareceu Tão Distante & Deafheaven @ Clash Club, São Paulo

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Dagon brings back a report from the field. Check out his boozy adventures seeing Deafheaven in São Paulo

July 10th. A slow Sunday afternoon drags by while I wait, laying in bed. It was the first week in quite some time where I’ve had a regular work schedule, and there was a considerable amount of exhaustion still at play. I drank 2 cups of espresso, grabbed a random black T and walked out the door. The plan was to ride the subway and then walk a few minutes to the venue to see Deafheaven play.

It is the coldest month of a harsh Brazilian winter. I get out of the subway in the 25º C (77º F) weather to calmly make my way towards Clash Club. I have Blood Orange‘s latest LP Freetown Sound on my headphones. I figured something entirely different from what was about to come would be nice. The record is great, by the way, so check it out whenever you crave a change of pace.

I reached the venue a bit earlier than the show was supposed to start, but a lot of people were already there before me. The crowd outside was unsurprisingly young. With the exception of the gentleman sporting a silver hair and a Mayhem T-shirt, almost everyone looked like they were in their early 20s. Being completely alone, I decided to have a few drinks before the show. Right next door there was a really small bar with a TV airing the final Eurocopa game. This was it.

I ended up watching the entire game, and miss out on opening band Nvblado. Regret. I can’t really draw an accurate comparison, but the pacing and energy is a bit like Neurosis but with an entirely different sound, blending some brasilidades and relying on reverb instead of distortion. Get acquainted below, stab the like button here.

Inside, another swarm of millenials. While the age distribution was rather uniform, the diversity of styles was huge. I don’t recall where I read it, but someone defined it perfectly by saying “the entire internet was there”. Band shirts ranged from Repulsion to Odd Future; battle vest warriors stood side by side with hipsters and sneakerheads waiting in anticipation for the main act. Another show was due before them, and E A Terra Nunca Me Pareceu Tão Distante took the stage to deliver a great set.

Their grandiose, instrumental post-rock started slow and melodic, but every time their songs escalated people went nuts. It was extremely hard to not feel immersed in the experience. I am no stranger to music like this, as I’m a fan of zoning out to instrumental tunes, but hearing it live is quite enthralling. I zoned out even harder.

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Photos captured by Maria Luíza Carvalho, who also snapped the header image. Support her by stabbing the like button here.

Listen to their latest release Medo de Tentar | Medo de Morrer below, and like their Facebook page right here.

In the few minutes that took place between bands – and it was only a few, shoutout to Monkeybuzz for promoting a great and organized event – attendance doubled. It was packed. People were screaming. They wanted the wizard. He came through.

From the moment acclaimed metal vocalist George Clarke got up on the stage right to the moment he left, every set of eyeballs or lenses were turned to him. Remember when Jess Rechsteiner said he was a great frontman? Well, she was absolutely right. Dressed in all black in a stage painted by red lights, he was the most energetic member of the band from the start. He touched people’s hands, shrieked “BRASIL!” and said, in a voice deeper than I anticipated, “We are Deafheaven, and this is ‘Brought To The Water'”.

The band played New Bermuda in its entirety, followed by “Sunbather” and “Dream House” from Sunbather. Clarke kept moving throughout the entire set, moving his hands like a deranged maestro, headbanging, dancing (!) and interacting with the crowd, which always responded with the same energy. On the last two songs, band members stage dived, people climbed the stage to sing with them,

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Photograph by Rodolfo Yuzo, same author of the video for “Brought to the Water”. Be sure to follow his and Rafael Andres’ YouTube channel for concert videos ranging from Symphony X to Run The Jewels. They also have a great blog, in Portuguese, named Discophenia.

There is lots of video footage of the concert on YouTube, like the great video shot by Rodolfo Yuzo above, but unfortunately for you and fortunately for everyone that was there, none of it really lives up to the experience. The sound was pristine and the band played extremely tight. It was comparable to when I saw Obituary play in my hometown – albeit completely different bands, they both seeemed to be deeply enjoying themselves. Everybody left the room with a huge grin on their faces.

Deaf and slightly drunk, I rode the subway home, with a huge grin myself.

    • Botox is a hell of a drug.

      • Farts In A Maggot Factory

        His face probably sounds like a tin can being crushed every time he smiles or blinks.

  • Mother Shabubu

    I never claimed to be one of you: Heafdeaven rulez. As does Acclaimed Metal Vocalist George Clarke of Deafheaven and his basement of tattoo-corpses.

    ps: reminder Papa Joe had them as his top album of 2015.

    • I’m still amused that the stangry clerk at my record store moved all of the Deafheaven albums out of the “metal” section as his own little protest.

      • Waynecro

        “I don’t want that poser shit in my section, bro. Plus, the band never returned my email about doing an in-store performance and signing. Fuck those sell-outs.”

        • “Please buy one of these FFDP picture discs.”

        • Mother Shabubu

          I think dressing as yourself instead of putting on make-up**/genre-required attire is actually less of a poser/sellout move.

          **Disclaimer: Unless your attire or image acts as a visual conduit of your music, then I’m okay with that. Like Bjork or Terra Tenebrosa for example.

          • Waynecro

            Yeah, I can see that. And I honestly don’t care how band members look as long as their music kicks ass. Spikes and corpsepaint are awesome, but so is a sensible button-up black dress shirt.

          • Dagon

            Sensible button-up

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            In regards to your disclaimer: doesn’t corpsepaint, black leather and spikes act as a visual conduit of Black Metal?

          • Mother Shabubu

            In some cases absolutely, yes. In some cases I feel like it’s because they saw everyone else do it and want to fit the requirements.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Right on, man. I’m understanding where you’re coming from. A band like Deafheaven is not going to benefit from corpsepaint.

          • Mother Shabubu

            Even though what they play is not “transcendental” in terms of defying a genre (like a lot of music blogs claim), what they play is damn good and could be described as “it sounds Deafheaven-y”, instead of using another band or more basic genre tag to describe them. Kinda like how the Deftones are.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            They were definitely a right place, right time band and made it pretty big. For a lot of people, i imagine hearing them was their first exposure to that sound so it entranced them.

          • For me (not a humongous fan but not not a fan) I had heard that sound before, but never pulled off so tightly, with so much panache. Didn’t like the first album but Sunbather‘s might was sort of undeniable.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Thank you for chiming in Richter, I was curious to know you’re opinion on the matter and Deafheaven as a whole. Well put.

          • Mother Shabubu

            Disclaimer pt.2: sometimes it does just look cool to dress up. Bonus points if it’s your vocalist and he doesn’t sound or look human. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bdfd3749c892e397dfebf86c673b6780989c818a7c086764d19160a29967f571.jpg

          • Farts In A Maggot Factory

            Guy has some abnormally huge hands for a midget.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            What if having a battle jacket and long hair is dressing as myself?

      • Mother Shabubu

        I’m convinced if they never put out promo pictures, or dressed “kvlt”, more people would probably love them. Some metalfolk can be sillybillies.

        • Farts In A Maggot Factory

          Kvlt black metal fan: “It’s all about individualism and defying what others think about you……………. hey, that guy over there’s doing something different! Get ‘im, boys!”

      • RJA

        That’s something! He really showed everyone didn’t he?!

      • Aww, good for him. That’s cute.

      • CyberneticOrganism
        • Mother Shabubu

          Kinda looks like David Draiman with corpse paint and a skullet.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            OOOOH MY BACK-AH-AH-AH

          • Marycbianco4

            <<o. ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★:::::::!!br525p:….,….

        • Farts In A Maggot Factory
      • Farts In A Maggot Factory
    • He also had Adversarial’s “Death, Endless Nothing and the Black Knife of Nihilism”. Which could possibly be the best album title of 2015.

      • Mother Shabubu

        I still need to peep that one, thank you for reminding me.

      • Maik Beninton™

        In a way all the editors had that album on their list (Masterlord put it on honorable mentions).

      • Stockhausen

        I was really surprised when Joe liked that one. That album rules.

    • I’m still pleasantly surprised by the warm reception New Bermuda got here.

      • Mother Shabubu

        For the most part I think we of the Toilet just like what we like.

        Except Randall Thor. He hates everything that isn’t power metal or Bolt Thrower, but he has excellent taste in cats.

        • I do think we generally like what we like here, but I have noticed a general antipathy towards things like tech death, so I’m generally wary of talking about certain bands.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            You know we have a Tech Death Thursday, right?

          • Mother Shabubu

            I thought it was Tuesdays? hue hue hue

          • Yeah, but don’t pretend to me it’s a broadly shared passion on this blog.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            I’m not pretending. It’s the only genre with its own weekly feature. I would think that is pretty significant.

          • I would too, but it’s almost solely born out of Spear’s enthusiasm for it (formerly JB’s, but he doesn’t like writing every week like he used to).

          • There’s also the definite possibility of me being overly defensive about it. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

          • Generally the comments under posts is the same cast of characters with their own opinions about things. It’s not a great way to get a read on the overall popularity of those posts.

          • Fair enough.

            Although I don’t think views are necessarily great either, around ten of us refreshing every couple of minutes over two hours is bound to inflate the count.

          • Those get shared way more than anything else. I’ve mentioned this before, but I look at the metrics all the time. We’re read by way more people than the same handful of people refreshing the page.

          • Well, that’s news to me. And really cool! I always thought of the blog’s growth in terms of new regulars in the comment section.

          • Dude I know this will sound completely nuts to folks like you and me… but some people don’t like commenting. And some consider Disqus a hassle.

            This may sound sarcastic. It’s not at all.

          • HMPH. PEONS.

            (srs tho I’ve never found disqus to be anything but convenient)

          • Farts In A Maggot Factory

            I have a few friends who read TOH, but are either afraid to comment (no idea why) or simply just wanting to read the articles and leave it at that.

          • Zeke

            I almost never comment on the articles because I usually don’t get a chance to read the articles until the evening time, at which point the conversations are all dead. (the same way you’re not going to respond to this comment because this conversation is dead.) I suspect there are a lot of people with the same predicament as me.

          • HAHA YOU BET I’M NOT oh wait shit

          • brokensnow

            indeed.

        • I have an image to uphold

        • Farts In A Maggot Factory
          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            I don’t believe you, the Tapir hates all.

          • Farts In A Maggot Factory

            He hates everything, except for Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Even Satan loves Cinnamon Toast Crunch. You’d have to be worse than every evil to ever exist to hate that manna of the gods.

  • Stanley

    Drinking ale in the bar next door and missing the first band >>>>>>>

  • Waynecro

    Nice review, Dagon! Thanks! Also, I think Swarm of Millennials would make a great band name.

  • Great review, BRother o’mine!

    I want to point something that I was thinking while reading your lines, specially this one: “Their grandiose, instrumental post-rock started slow and melodic, but every time their songs escalated people went nuts”.

    I think that Latin América does not get enough gigs and when some tiny upbeat or extreme sections in unexpected songs starts the crowds over here goes nuts very quickly. It happened to in some alternative rock songs that when the song tried to go to 11 (even if it never went to the magical number) the crowd responded with fervor. I like to think that we tend to thank and take advantage at those little moments and enjoy them at the most we can! 🙂

    Aside from this, STOP BEING RACIST ON THE INTERNET, WE LOVE YOU ALL IN SOUTH AMÉRICA!

    “I don’t recall where I read it, but someone defined it perfectly by saying “the entire internet was there”. Band shirts ranged from Repulsion to Odd Future; battle vest warriors stood side by side with hipsters and sneakerheads waiting in anticipation for the main act”.

    • tertius_decimus

      This how celebration of a moment looks and feels like. If concerts weren’t a rarity in the place where you belong, they could have been less valuable. Of course, it’s a two-fold thing: mere mortals are deprived from freedom of choice, hence why there were hipsters side by side with tr00 pozers, as you describe, but if look at this from positive side, you can always have a win-win experience.

    • Farts In A Maggot Factory

      BTw, wanted to slide this over to you. Awesome band from Venezuela.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKH8_RTmtlM

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    It sounds like you had a really good time Dagon. I’m glad you were able to take a break from work and enjoy some live music. The acclaimed metal vocalist is definitely an energetic frontman.

  • tertius_decimus

    Priceless when a man writes review in a way a reader can feel like he was there himself. Thanks, Dagon!

  • Joaquin Stick

    Since it seems like so few metal bands go to your part of the world, does it seem like turnout is high for metal shows since there are so few opportunities? I know I’d go to like every halfway decent show, regardless of who was performing if the selection was so rare. But here I am in the US, not wanting to drive two hours to go see bands I actually like since there are so many chances…

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      I’d never drive two hours to a regular show. A fest, sure, a show, never.

      • Joaquin Stick

        I’ve done one hour drives countless times, but when it starts to approach two I really need a good reason to do it.

        • Dagon

          I know people who travelled 6 hours on a bus to get to the Deafheaven concert. Huge bands like Metallica have people saving money or even selling stuff to go by plane.

      • NDG

        Man, a 90 minute drive is the norm for me if I want to see decent bands. We do get the occasional band blow through the nearest large town but that is still a 30 minute drive.

        I am now accustomed to watching bands sober.

  • RJA

    Nice review Dagon – the little bit of live stuff I’ve seen of deafheaven seems like they put on a pretty good show.
    In bandcamp news: Large amount of Dischord records discography added! If I didn’t already own so much of this I’d be twice as excited as I am.
    https://dischord.bandcamp.com/

  • Can’t wait for Deafheaven’s next album when they hit ya’ll with the cleans and watch everybody cry foul over it.

    • Clean singing and turntable scratch solos!

      • And breakdowns to complete the cycle on angering everybody.

        • Farts In A Maggot Factory

          And gotta throw in some good cop bad cop vocals, to give it that full Unspoken King treatment. And make the clean (good cop) vocals really really high pitched, nasal and whiny.

          • All kidding aside, it would be a good move to make in order to expand the fanbase as long as you don’t stray too far away from what attacted people to them in first place.

          • Farts In A Maggot Factory

            Aka, not getting rid of the swoopy hair and heavily starched clothes.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Or they go full Norwegian, bust out the spikes and corpsepaint and all of the naysayers will admit to liking them all along. Hahahahahaha

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          You and Stanley don’t count.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            And KSOFM, wherever he may be roaming.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            It was just a dumb witty joke.

          • You witty son bitch you.

      • I’m rooting for either to happen, but their music is begging for melodic vocals.

      • Farts In A Maggot Factory

        Or they go full folk metal and start breaking out the little brown jugs, kanteles, washboards, and fiddles.

        • Mmm hmm, I see you went full class with your name and avatar today.

          • Farts In A Maggot Factory

            Yup! Subtle yet sophisticated as always.

            http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_madan1gsXF1qzqdem.gif

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Sophisticated

          • Farts In A Maggot Factory

            Still classier than ANYTHING Chris Farley ever did! SNL is still suffering from the Chris Farley “OK, this joke sucks slug farts, so let’s make googly eyes and cram it down the audience’s throats until they laugh” Syndrome.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          That would be one helluva a jump and come waaay out of left field. They would probably be praised for it.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          I’d rather them turn into a Southern rock band with three guitarists, a pedal steel guitarist, two drummers and a bassist/vocalist.

      • 5 years from now

        “You can easily see in Deafheaven’s earlier work the progressions that lead to their more raw and satanic sound in their more recent work”

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Nailed it

        • CyberneticOrganism

          … Deafsatan.

      • I would adore it.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Of course you would, Richter.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          You could give them all a big hug… oh wait

      • Dagon

        That would be extremely funny to watch, although the album could end up sounding formulaic and boring.

    • Mother Shabubu

      I already called it. New direction will be more like “Gifts For the Earth”. Shorter, catchier, more structured songs.

      Either way, I want moar!

      • Gotta see what the odds are in Vegas,payoff could be huge if we’re right.

        • Mother Shabubu

          Watch them go in some completely different direction now that they’re tired of playing the same ten-twelve songs.

    • Count_Breznak

      It will be called “Viral Vapist”

      • Dagon

        New Bermuda, same vape biatch

        First single “Bruh who did this”

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Sunvaper

  • tertius_decimus

    Guys, talk to me, please. Please.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Hello!

    • Farts In A Maggot Factory

      What’s up?

      • tertius_decimus

        I’m torn by belief that’s unsuccessful by definition. My ex- after half-year long hiatus wrote that she wants me to talk about something next week. Today I accidentaly saw her with her new BF. She smiled to me, waved a greeting gesture, but I refused to respond in a same way.

        I loathe when girls try to be half-bitches instead of being full bitches. It’s outright hypocritical to have a nice smily face when you do something ugly to he, who loves you.

        What to do?

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          SLAY THEM BOTH WITH STEEL!!!!

          • tertius_decimus

            Even if I could be free from getting in the jail after that, what would I receive by killing them? Nothing. It’ll bring no relief.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            YOU WILL BATHE IN THE BLOOD OF YOUR ENEMIES!! IT WILL BRING VICTORY!!

          • tertius_decimus

            Victory has a bitter taste. I see why most veterans have mental problems.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            YES BUT DEFEAT IS SOUR!!! MY YOUR SWORD STRIKE TRUE!!!

          • Farts In A Maggot Factory

            And a massive kill-boner.

          • Farts In A Maggot Factory
          • Abradolf Lincler

            i look a lot like this guy

        • Farts In A Maggot Factory

          I’d flat out ignore her from here on out. I have a very low tolerance for people like that.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwUO_NHAjQA

          • tertius_decimus

            Right position. I’ll listen to what she wants to lay on the table, but scepsis is huge here. This is gonna be tough week for my broken psychic.

          • Farts In A Maggot Factory

            Lol, I just learned a new word (scepsis)! For a minute, I thought you meant sepsis (blood poisoning).

          • tertius_decimus

            Ha. It’s Runglish. Nevermind. My English sucks.

          • Farts In A Maggot Factory

            Nah, I looked it up and it’s the right word. I just didn’t know it at first.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Reject the meeting. Sever communication. Relationship terminated.

          You move on and find someone better.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Executed with robot like precision.

          • Farts In A Maggot Factory
          • tertius_decimus

            For latter I’m very unsure. I’m an awkward person whom nobody likes.

          • RJA

            There are plenty of awkward people out there! of that I am sure.

          • more beer

            Listen to the robot. His advice is solid.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Like his hard metal endoskeleton.

          • tertius_decimus

            I’ll listen her.

            Thanks, everyone, for your inputs! This is something very valuable for me. And I do apologize for spoiling a nice evening here in Toilet. Sorry, if you came here for entertainment and saw this ugly whiny shit from some bloke.

            [flushes his shit in a downward spiral]

          • Don’t sweat it, most of us here in the US are still at work anyways, not much you can do to spoil that.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Work <<<<<<<<<<<

          • 🙁 : ( 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

          • tertius_decimus
          • Oh, right, you live pretty far away, haha.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Remember what I said about the sword and the slaying.

          • more beer

            That is you up to you. I just don’t think if she is with her new man and waving to you. That anything good for you, is going to come out of that conversation.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Hey me too!

          • Dagon

            I like you

          • The Terminator way.

          • Dubbbz

            A clean break is the best way, and I think folks would be happier if they did this rather than the nebulous open-door policy that prevails in dating now.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Exactly.

        • I’d hear her out, as a matter of principle. And ask that guy not to be there in the room when you do, don’t want that dragging you down.

          • tertius_decimus

            That’s the plan. Just in honor of all the good things we shared together. But all the bad things overshadowed many aspects of our relationships.

          • Right on. If I were you I’d prepare a “No, I don’t wan’t anything to do with you anymore, please don’t contact me” talk and cut all lines of communication, though. If the memory of it causes you pain, it’s best to put the whole thing completely behind you so you can heal and grow away from it. Some baggage you just don’t need to carry with you.

          • RJA

            I’d have to agree here – I mean, if she wants a meeting with you just to tell you about her new boyfriend than you know she is indeed a bitch – who knows what she wants to talk about.

          • tertius_decimus

            No, definitely she wouldn’t talk about that in this manner.

          • RJA

            that’s good to know going in – that she doesn’t plan on kicking you while you’re down.

          • tertius_decimus

            She did. This is what destroyed what I tried to construct. She then tried to talk to me and we came to some sort of agreement, but then she could keep her resolutions for just 3 days and the shit started again.

            But in current situation I have no clue what she wants to say. That hurts. And the ugly thing is it’ll be next Monday. A whole week between a hammer and the anvil. Ugh.

          • Farts In A Maggot Factory

            A whole week…………….

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOGMQ-ySqOY

          • tertius_decimus

            This is nice, uplifting song. Just what the doctor ordered. Thank you!

        • Abradolf Lincler

          i cant offer you a reponse not fueled by vitriol and hatred.

          move on.

          this is my only advice brother.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          Don’t acknowledge her existence anymore. Also do exactly what Cybro says.

    • MAKE ME

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I need help too. I think I’m falling for someone and bad things usually happen in that circumstance. I’ve been burned and rejected so many times and I don’t think I can handle that again. What should I do?

      • Farts In A Maggot Factory

        Go for it. And just remember my lovelife tips from last time. :-p

  • “I zoned out even harder.”

    Nice.

  • Abradolf Lincler

    ive said it before, ill say it again: derpheaven kills it live

  • Great write-up Dagon! And long hair suits George Clarke very well.