On Monday March 13 severe winter storm warnings were issued for the Philadelphia area, because there was an impending snow storm ready to hit around 10pm. This didn’t deter fans from heading out to the TLA to see DEAFHEAVEN with THIS WILL DESTROY YOU and Emma Ruth Rundle.
Los Angeles’ Emma Ruth Rundle opened the show. Her music is kind of modern folk rock. Her emotional and haunting vocals make her music totally unique. Emma is also a member of RED SPAROWES, NOCTURNES and MARRIAGES. She’s touring in support of her third solo album Marked for Death which was released this past September.
THIS WILL DESTROY YOU, from San Marcos TX, went on next. Their genre is also a little hard to pinpoint, they are an instrumental ambient metal band. You really just have to hear it for yourself, it’s complex and hypnotic. They are currently celebrating the ten year anniversary of their EP Young Mountain for which they released a special edition CD. Don’t come late to this show, you will want to see TWDY and Emma Ruth Rundle.
Soon the headliners DEAFHEAVEN hit the stage. They too are a unique band. It’s a modern take on black metal, with none of the costumes and mysticism of traditional black metal, but all of the complex guitars and harsh vocals. Needless to say DEAFHEAVEN was much heavier than the previous bands that night. It was as if the crowd had been lulled into total relaxation by the first two bands only to be slapped in the face. Lead vocalist George Clarke told the crowd he had been sick, but they never cancel shows.
The cold didn’t hold him back, his voice still had plenty of power, and he was moving all over the stage and sneering at the crowd as usual. Coupled with Kerry McCoy’s awesome guitar playing, it was an amazing show. They started the set with songs from their most recent album New Bermuda: “Brought to the Water,” “Baby Blue,” and “Come Back”. The rest of the set were older songs including their Mogwai cover of “Cody.” The American tour goes on until the end of March, so don’t let weather or a cold keep you from this great show!
LIVE IMAGES AND WORDS: MEGAN C. BROOKS PHOTOGRAPHY