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C2SV Live Review: Deafheaven

2 October 2013 No Comment

C2SV Music Festival
San Jose Rock Shop
September 27, 2013
Review and Photos by Jeff Longo
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San Francisco’s Black Metal experimentalist Deafheaven from performed this weekend at the San Jose Rock Shop as part of the C2SV Music Festival + Technology conference. With over 70+ acts performing over 4 days at 12 local venues San Jose Rock Shop definitely had the heaviest lineup of the weekend playing host to Amonie, Deafheaven, Mondo Generator, Flotsam Jetsam.

Alternatively the Blank Club hosted mainly Punk Rock with one of the main attractions OFF!. My plan was to kill time at the San Jose Rock Shop and to see San Jose psychedelic stoner rock band Amonie, the head over to the Blank for The Flames before capping off the evening with OFF!.

To my surprise I could not leave, Deafheaven was that good and I was not alone as the venue was packed with about 150 people of all ages who were all having a blast. Deafheaven is part of the newer generation of Black Metal in the vein of Liturgy. That means they borrow a lot of elements from the genre except for the visual esthetic, so no corpse paint or dead animal heads that so many of their Norwegian and Swedish counterparts still use.

When they took the stage vocalist George Clarke was dressed all in black pants and black button up shirt and black gloves, sporting a freshly cut hairdo reminiscent of the Aryan youth. A little over the top? Maybe, but with the lush, atmospheric and crushing style of metal it all came together. Currently touring their second full length album Sunbather released in June of 2013, on Deathwish Records which is founded by Converge’s Jacob Bannon. Deafheaven is currently on tour throughout Europe in October and November. This was definitely my surprise band of the weekend.

About C2SV:

C2SV is San Jose’s first music + technology and hosted over 70+ acts performing over 4 days at 12 local venues along with a technology conference celebrating the convergence of technology and creativity as only Silicon Valley can. Silicon Valley Business Journal is reporting that C2SV will return to San Jose next year after the tech-music festival’s inaugural run drew about 5,000 attendees. “I think we won over the skeptics,” said event organizer Dan Pulcrano, who is also executive editor and CEO at the Metro Silicon Valley weekly newspaper. “Like any first-time event, we didn’t get as many sponsors and attendees as we wanted, but we’ll have an easier time next year.” Pulcrano is trying to build a brand for Silicon Valley to rival SXSW, the Austin festival that originated as a music event and now draws throngs of tech executives looking to schmooze and booze.

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