Deafheaven Is the Black Sheep of Black Metal
Did you initially set out to make a black metal band with Deafheaven or did that come afterwards?
When we were starting out that was the whole thing, doing pretty depressive black metal. And then when we were working out songs from that angle, we realized that there was a lot of other stuff we like. Having a drum part like that or a guitar thing like this would be so unusual or it would sound cool and we built from that. But yes, we definitely started out with the angle of being black metal, or at least interesting black metal.
What other influences have shaped your sound?
There's a lot of obvious post-rock influence, but and we're actually pretty big fans of '90s alternative and Brit Pop. I think some of that plays into it. My Bloody Valentine is really present and stuff like that and the occasional minimal electronic influence we've been playing around with noise. We're doing prettier things that compliment the darker, harsher parts.
You seem to have pissed off plenty within the metal community. Why do you think that is?
Honestly I'm not really surprised by any of it. I realize we're not going to be everyone's thing. We're just writing for ourselves and not everyone likes what I like and vice versa. When we started out it was a big thing. "Oh you're not black metal," this and that. And I just realized after a certain amount of time that I could just care less. People try and alienate us from the metal community because we have other things going on in our music. If they're offended, that's on them.
Deafheaven play The Echoplex on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24.