Published Mar 16, 2020After having to postpone their 10th anniversary North American spring tour with Inter Arma, Deafheaven have announced plans to instead release a live album of career-spanning recordings — as the band have said, "to make up for it."
Today, Deafheaven vocalist George Clarke announced the band's new plan of action, revealing they are putting out a double-LP effort called 10 Years Gone with the help of Sargent House. The record will feature live-in-studio recording they were planning to feature on the tour.
In explaining the decision, Clarke issued the the following statement:
As part of our 10-year tour, we planned to record sets in Chicago toward a live album for fans while we work on new music. However, the last 24 hours since the tour cancellation have been a whirlwind while we rearrange our year and take these losses. Touring is our sole livelihood, but we have to move forward through the unexpected. We've made some phone calls, gotten some exciting people on board and are going to give fans a glimpse of what we originally had in mind for the year while we work to reschedule tour dates. We will be live recording a set of material from all our albums and releasing it digitally. In addition, we have started a pre-order for a special Double LP release on vinyl of this material slated for later this year, along with merchandise that was to be sold on the tour. We don't even have an album cover yet. There's no press release. All I know is we're moving this into immediate action and turning this massive set-back around. We don't ask for handouts, but are hoping this special session can help generate some good energy while we all wait for the rescheduling.
Sargent House founder Cathy Pellow also contributed the following statement:
We are trying to make the best of a hugely difficult situation. It is extremely hard for bands to have to ask for help so we wanted to offer something special in return. We have just launched a Worldwide pre-order at hellomerch.com and in Europe at Evilgreed.net to a special double LP vinyl of what was to be the 10 Year tour sets. Ordering it will really help them to recover some of the lost income. We are also making all the new tour merch available along with a Sunbather Tablature book we had planned to surprise people with later. We have also added a donation option at checkout at Hello Merch should you want to help further. Thank you, and please take care of each other out there.
Right now, you can pre-order the double-LP version of 10 Years Gone. It is expected to ship out in August or September. That's the record's cover art above.
The band also mention that fans can donate any amount they can spare on top of any order of Deafheaven merch if they would like to further help the group in these troubled times.
Deafheaven were scheduled to head out on their 35-date North American tour later this week and would have made stops in Toronto and Vancouver. So far they have not announced any new dates for the cancelled tour.