While I don't think I've professed my obsession with all-things Neurosis much on No Echo, it's documented on other sites I've written for. Needless to say, when Neurot Recordings (Neurosis' record label) announce they're working with a new artist; my curiosity is already piqued. Now I won't act like that I've instantly loved every band, but Deafkids was definitely a discovery that I could've never predicted. It also took me some time to try grasping their music, and this new record has only thrown me off balance even more, but in the best way possible.
If you haven't previously heard of Deafkids, I've always seen them referred to as a "punk" band. Now, genres are clearly a tool for reference but are infinitely fallible. Depending on what you consider punk, Deafkids may not be the band for you. If you're able to be an open-minded music listener, though, and allow their unique mix of noise, punk, native/Latin percussion, and other influences to equally entrance and confuse you; you'll walk away impressed, I know I did.
At 40 minutes, Metaprogramação is a fine example of a band that knows no musical limits and manages to create a listening experience that doesn't feel disjointed or lost. Here is a statement from the members of Deafkids on their latest LP: “Deceived by perceiving our so-called individuality as a form of freedom, we are programmed to live and continue living as a fragmented and binary model of nature. Experimental numbers in a worldwide political power-game where human lives and its complexities, connections, necessities, and environments are lowered in terms manipulated by algorithms, mind control and brutal force upon our conditions, our rights and our true will.
"Shaping, overwhelming, and fragmenting our tunnels of perception to the point where the excess of information becomes diffused and the whole contained within each being is more and more dispersed, confused, and disconnected, reflecting an insane image of ones identification with an artificial reality — where in some bizarre way, all these schizophrenic, corrupted and truculent theaters of domination and submission that appears all over human relations seems to make some sense — and of non-identification with what would be our inner reality, the telepathic level behind the veils where boundaries and divisions between us and the plane of consciousness, between you and the other, don't really exist.
"A level of reality where we might have the power to start learning how to reprogram ourselves by our own tools, being able to visit our internal hall of mirrors beyond space and time and deal with the negative roots of our condensed emotions and traumas through a new perspective of relation and control with our thoughts, paths and everything we're connected with. We must unite as one and resist against the violent symbols of oppression, including what's imprinted on our own self, that must be daily sacrificed.”
Along with fellow Brazilians, Rakta, Deafkids will be heading on a European tour next month starting at Roadburn Festival. Also, this summer they will come to the US for the first time alongside Bell Witch as the support bands on Neurosis tour in August. Make sure to experience this experimental, challenging, and unique band in person.
Deafkids w/ Rakta European tour dates:
4/11/2019 Roadburn Festival 2019 -Tilburg, NL
4/12/2019 Roadburn Festival 2019 - Tilburg, NL w/ PetBrick
4/14/2019 - Amsterdam, NL
4/16/2019 D. K. Luksus- Wroclaw, PL
4/17/2019 Underdogs - Prague, CZ
4/18/2019 Urban Spree - Berlin, DE
4/19/2019 Merleyn - Nijmegen, NL
4/20/2019 The Lexington - London, UK
4/21/2019 Soup Kitchen - Manchester, UK
4/22/2019 The Hope & Ruin - Brighton, UK
4/23/2019 Moon - Cardiff, UK
4/24/2019 The Cluny - Newcastle, UK
4/25/2019 Rough Trade - Bristol, UK
4/26/2019 Olympic Cafe - Paris, FR
4/28/2019 SWR Barroselas Metalfest 2019 - Viana do Castelo, PT
4/29/2019 Mag4 - Bruxelles, BE
4/30/2019 Bar Hic - Rennes, FR
5/01/2019 Tri Martolod - Concarneau, FR
5/02/2019 Léo Ferré - Brest Espace, FR
5/03/2019 Les 3 Pieces - Rouen, FR
5/04/2019 Het Bos - Antwerp, BE
5/05/2019 Donau Festival 2019 - Donau, AU
w/ Bell Witch & Neurosis:
8/07/2019 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
8/08/2019 Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
8/09/2019 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
8/10/2019 Theatre Of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
8/11/2019 Brooklyn Steel - Brooklyn, NY
8/13/2019 Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA
8/14/2019 Corona Theatre - Montreal, QC
8/15/2019 The Opera House - Toronto, ON
8/16/2019 St. Andrews Hall - Detroit, MI
8/17/2019 Thalia Hall - Chicago, IL
- Neurot Recordings (LP, CD, Digital)