DEAFCULT's poppier take on shoegaze makes for a refreshing listen in a genre that often gets lost in clinging to it's ethos of noise. Their self-titled record covers impressive amounts of territory. Featuring up-tempo jams, blasting walls of noise, dreamy vocals and fluctuating drumming, the final product of the album is something notably powerful whilst retaining a feeling of softness.
Deafcult will be pushing their amps to tense limits when they support Alcest for their show at Crowbar, Brisbane on Tuesday, April 25. LIFE IS NOISE caught up with guitarist and vocalist Stevie Scott beforehand as part of our Two Minutes With... series.
What are five words you’d use to describe your band?
Loud, chaotic, beautiful, ethereal, crowded.
What’s been going on in the world of Deafcult?
We recorded an album, then we re-recorded it. We've also signed to a great label called Hobbledehoy who have been really patient with us redoing things. Besides that, our guitar player Shaun left which sucked cause he's been a great friend for years and he is such an incredible guitar player - but thankfully we got lucky and our friend Kelly who plays in Tall Pines agreed to join us. A lot has changed, but it feels good.
What drives Deafcult to make music?
There's still a lot to explore with how we make music. Striving to make something beautiful out of chaos is a big part of it. It's interesting with six of us in Deafcult, there's a sort of detachment from the end result that makes you feel more like a listener than a member of the band. Each individual part sounds so abstract without the context of the song as a whole and when you combine everything it equates to something else. It's weird.
Quickly tell us about an album that’s shaped the band in one way or another.
Psychocandy by the Mary Chain was an early personal influence. Those songs are still some of the catchiest pop songs you will ever hear but it's covered in layers of feedback and pounding floor tom - doesn't get better than that. They were also from the same place I was from so they were something I was proud of. There are a lot of obvious albums that are hugely influential on what we write. Ride, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine and the Cocteau Twins all spring to mind.
What can people expect at one of your gigs?
It's always a bit chaotic, usually very loud. There's always people yelling at us to turn up our vocals which is quite funny. Most of the sound people we use seem to bear the brunt of that. People will yell at them and they will try to explain that they are trying their best, it's sort of an impossible task. Local venue Crowbar claim we got them some bad reviews!