Deaf Club is a savage sound bath dripping with sardonicism: a blastbeat-centric hardcore punk assault channeling crust, thrash, and grind (un)sensibilities. Succinct pauses, surreal frequencies and effects, breakneck pace and sharply hurled vocals characterize the band’s aesthetic, which seems as though it is rooted in a sort of nasty-sound-meets-highbrow-message ethos. Fueled by the onslaught of society’s insanity and driven mad by tinnitus, Justin Pearson (The Locust, Dead Cross, Planet B), Brian Amalfitano (ACxDC), Scott Osment (Weak Flesh), Jason Klein (Run With The Hunted), and Tommy Meehan (The Manx, Chum Out!) approach music as an opportunity to confront our collective sicknesses. Last October, the band released their debut EP, Contemporary Sickness, as well as a Remix cassette EP of bonus remixes featuring GothBoiClique’s YAWNS, Bubblegum Octopus, 304angstroms, and DJ Embryonic Petit Sac. More recently, the band released a cover and video of Killing Joke’s “The Wait” as a benefit, with all proceeds going to Fair Fight, an organization founded in 2018 by Stacey Abrams.
“Don’t Forget to Live” is a single off of the band’s upcoming debut LP Productive Disruption, which was recorded by Alex Estrada and Tommy Meehan. Mixed by Pseudo Beast. Mastered by Brent Asbury. It will be released on limited vinyl, “persecutor color” limited to 700 and “pyrolysis color” limited to 300, as well as a limited 100 cassettes, via Three One G Records on January 6th, 2022.
Video directed and edited by Nicholas Crider. Costume design by Adrienne Shurte and Matt Wild. Acting by Matt Wild and Tristan Brennis.
Ironically, Deaf Club’s debut LP was recorded on the same day as what would become known colloquially as The Insurrection – January 6th, 2021. While the actions that day at The Capitol were aimless, unplanned, asinine and delusional, this album was created in direct opposition without even knowing it: it is intentional, tactical, bitterly relevant. In short, it serves as a productive disruption to the bootlicking, copsucking, flag-fucking frenzy we’ve found ourselves surrounded by. And although the band’s 2019 EP, Contemporary Sickness, delivered its own blastbeat-fueled urgency in message and tone, this full-length ventures deeper into the abyss. Having had time to stew in the cesspool of the last two years and mutating into its newest variant, Deaf Club confidently emerged angrier, evolved, more focused and thus, more dangerous. It discovers nastier, weirder, grimier territory, often through its use of pedals and distortion, in large part due to the addition of sci fi shredder Tommy Meehan. Alongside Brian Amalfitano, these two guitarists leave no sound untuned. Merge this with Justin Pearson’s always acerbic lyrics alongside drummer Scott Osment and bassist Jason Klein, and what you end up with is Productive Disruption: a death threat to some, a love letter to others.
Oct 26 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar w/ Black Dice, INUS, Secret Fun Club
Oct 27 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction w/ Wacko, Human Issue, Secret Fun Club
Oct 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell w/ Graf Orlock, Hong Kong Fuck You
Nov 20 – Window Rock, AZ @ Window Rock Sports Center
Here’s some additional praise from the press:
“It’s like someone mixed Red Bull and Adderall and cocaine into your coffee… lawless, lethiferous hardcore.” – Metal Sucks
“…relentless, furious grindy hardcore.” – BrooklynVegan
“…[Deaf Club] mixes d-beat, grind and hardcore with atonal guitars and a general sense of anxiety. It’s gnarly, fits well with Pearson’s previous work, and is totally essential for all you Stans out there, and new fans, too.” – Revolver Magazine
“Deaf Club have assembled a blistering all-star cast set to full scale decibel peak.” – Cvlt Nation