DIIV perform “Horsehead” and “Blankenship” from their latest album "Deceiver" in the new Vans Sidestripe Session out now! Check it out HERE.
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DIIV open up about sobriety, their near-break up, and the new phase of their band in Starting Now, The FADER’s new documentary
"I was worried," DIIV guitarist Andrew Bailey says. "Like, 'I wonder if Cole's going to be able to stay clean. But then as soon as he got clean, I was like, 'Oh wait of course he is,' because that's just how he does everything."
In Starting Now, The FADER’s intimate and revealing new documentary on one of the past decade’s most fascinating and complicated bands, we explore the tumultuous period in the aftermath of the 2016 release of DIIV’s sophomore record Is The Is Are, focussing specifically on the band’s sessions recording last year’s Deceiver with producer Sonny Diperri, Starting Now lets DIIV and frontman Zachary Cole Smith speak their own truth for one of the first times in their career.
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Exclusive: Los Angeles-based grunge/shoegaze band DIIV share video for their new single The Spark - taken from the album Deceiver
Los Angeles-based grunge/shoegaze outfit DIIV have released the video for their new single The Spark exclusively with Louder.
The track features on vocalist and guitarist Zachary Cole Smith, guitarist Andrew Bailey, bassist Colin Caulfield and drummer Ben Newman’s third album Deceiver, which launched in October last year through Captured Tracks.
The promo was animated and edited by Ruff Mercy and is the only love song on the album, with Cole Smith's fiancée Dani also appearing in the video.Read more
Cole & Colin sat down with DIY to talk about Deceiver and how far the band has come. Read the full interview HERE.
“There were specific moments where it felt like the band was really going wrong,” says multi-instrumentalist Colin Caulfield, sat at a picnic bench in a Shoreditch bar. “We went on a break. We ended. We definitely entertained the idea that the band was over.”
Beside him sits Cole, who nods in agreement. He’s long since shed his Kurt Cobain-esque bleached blonde locks, and he looks sophisticated, wearing a pair of small-rimmed glasses. “Our last record was all about recovery - but truthfully, I didn’t buy in,” he admits. “I had been exposed to a lot of the ideas I was singing about, but I was trying to find an easier way, and ultimately I found out that there isn’t one.”
In August 2017, Cole announced on Instagram that he was six months sober, having undergone an intensive period of self-improvement while living with a community of fellow addicts. Now, meeting him in September 2019, he’s hit 30 months clean and looks notably healthier than the thin, pale figure that was once the subject of constant press scrutiny.
“I had to look at myself really deeply and confront a lot of things that were difficult to stomach,” he says. “Drug addiction is a symptom of a larger problem. At rehab you examine that, and then you make sure you don’t repeat those behaviours that make you act a certain way so that you don’t fall back into active addiction. I don’t regret that album; it’s part of my story now. But I now know that failure and relapse can also be a part of a person’s eventual success and recovery.”
‘Deceiver’ is Cole’s first truly clear-eyed artistic statement - it’s also his most mature.
With a refreshed perspective, Cole uprooted to LA in order to continue his re-assimilation back into society. Aside from the sunnier climes of the West Coast, revisiting past hobbies proved to be an important part of the process. “Once your life is a gigantic shitpile you have more time in your life to focus on what’s important, and have fun. I don’t think I’d had fun in five years,” he begins.
“Things like skateboarding and playing [trading card game] Magic: The Gathering helped me to engage with people again. That was incredibly important for me. Rehab is a very large, extremely inclusive and incredibly important community, and being exposed to that, and the closeness that you can have with people was key to my recovery. We came from a really supportive scene in New York. I needed to find that in LA.”
"Deceiver" Tour 2019/2020
OCT 15 Houston, TX @ Satellite *^
OCT 16 Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall *^
OCT 18 Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium *^
OCT 19 Detroit, MI @ Museum of Contemporary Art *^
OCT 20 Cleveland, OH @ Phantasy *^
OCT 22 Boston, MA @ Paradise *^
OCT 23 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts *^
OCT 24 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw *^ SOLD OUT
OCT 26 Brooklyn, NY @ The Dance *^ SOLD OUT
OCT 27 Washington, DC @ Black Cat *^
DEC 05 San Diego, CA @ Belly Up Tavern +^
DEC 06 San Luis Obispo, CA @ Guild Hall +^
DEC 07 Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst +^
DEC 08 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore +^
DEC 10 Seattle, WA @ Crocodile +^
DEC 11 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall +^
DEC 13 Sonoma, CA @ Sonoma Redwood Barn +^
DEC 14 Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room
DEC 15 Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room
w/ Chastity *
w/ Froth +
w/ Storefront Church ^
FEB 20 Bristol, UK @ SWX
FEB 21 Leeds, UK @ Leeds University Stylus
FEB 22 Liverpool, UK @ The Invisible Wind Factory
FEB 23 Glasgow, UK @ Queen Margaret Union
FEB 24 Newcastle upon Tyne, UK @ Riverside
FEB 26 Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
FEB 27 London, UK @ O2 Forum Kentish Tow
FEB 28 Birmingham, UK @ The Crossing
FEB 29 Brighton, UK @ Chalk (Formerly the Haunt)
MAR 02 Paris, FR @ La Gaîté Lyrique
MAR 03 Antwerp, BE @ Trix
MAR 04 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
MAR 05 Hamburg, DE @ Grünspan
MAR 06 Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset
MAR 08 Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
MAR 09 Prague, CZ @ Meet Factory
MAR 10 Vienna, AT @ Szene Wien
MAR 11 Munich, DE @ Strom
MAR 12 Zurich, CH @ Rote Fabrik
MAR 13 Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv Club
MAR 14 Milan, IT @ Magazzini Generali
MAR 16 Barcelona, ES @ La  de Apollo
MAR 17 Madrid, ES @ Independance Club
MAR 19 Porto, PT @ Hard Club
MAR 20 Lisbon, PT @ Lisboa Ao Vivo
Today, DIIV are back with their third album, Deceiver, an LP that finds the nu-gazers plunging into their most shadowy realm yet. Just ahead of its release, the band recently swung by the FADER office to catch up and play a round of Would You Rather. During their session, the band answered some pressing questions, such as if they'd rather perform at a bat mitzvah or a retirement home, and whether they'd prefer competing on Survivor or The Amazing Race. Plus, they unload their favorite flat earth conspiracy theories. Watch the full episode above, and then stream Deceiver below.