Deaf Proof Post Video for “Death Sounds Angry and Hungry for More”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on December 23rd, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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Heavy psych rocking German trio Deaf Proof released their latest outing, Blood Red Sky Sessions (review here), earlier this year as a limited tape and will reportedly have it out on vinyl in the first part of 2016, but for their new video, “Death Sounds Angry and Hungry for More,” they dip back to their 2014 debut EP, Death Sounds Angry (review here). Why? Well, there are probably two reasons. Primarily, Blood Red Sky Sessions was more geared toward inviting listeners into the band’s songwriting process — to a degree — and getting a sense of how their material takes shape out of expansive, multi-faceted jams like the 34-minute “Far Beyond the Blood Red Sky,” which, though it had lyrics, was nonetheless instrumentally focused around the chemistry between guitarist/vocalist J. Fredo, bassist JP and drummer Pedro. As it turned out, that was plenty enough to carry it through.

Second, the choice was probably pretty easy for Deaf Proof because “Death Sounds Angry and Hungry for More,” at 6:39, is the shortest song they’ve put out since their second demo, Beyond the Orange Door, in 2013. I bet when you’re narrowing it down to one track or another for a video and your options are under seven minutes or over half an hour, you start to look back and think, maybe, yeah, we can use a song from the last release. And it’s not like the year between has lessened the charm or fuzzy rumble of “Death Sounds Angry and Hungry for More,” the video for which the band notes is a precursor to new material, presumably to be issued in 2016.

That’ll be one to keep an eye out for, and in the interim, the clip emphasizes the low-end rumble at the heart of Deaf Proof‘s grooving. You’ll see what I mean when you watch.

Enjoy:

Deaf Proof, “Death Sounds Angry and Hungry for More” official video

It’s been nearly a decade, since Deaf Proof touched the chord for the first time. During these years they released a couple of demos,the LP “Death Sounds Angry”, the “Blood Red Rky Sessions” tape/ vinyl and played lots of club shows and rocked together with influential bands.

To sweeten the time of waiting for their next output, Herr Potz/ Trashpop(t)ERROR (creative director/ video editor) and the band produced a music clip for “Death Sounds Angry and Hungry for More”, title track of the 2014 output! Enjoy this Christmas present!

DEAF PROOF’s sound can probably best be described as psychedelic stoner rock that creates a very specific and unique atmosphere. The band, which is from Freiburg/Germany, has made a handful of changes concerning their line-up ever since they were founded in 2006. They now consist of J. Fredo (lead vocals/guitar), JP (bass) and Pedro (drums). Since 2013, the band has released multiple highly acclaimed demos, of which “Beyond the Orange Door Demos” (2013) received special attention.

It soon became obvious that DEAF PROOF were aiming much higher than swirling up desert sand and coming up with catchy riffs for their songs. “DEATH SOUNDS ANGRY” (2014 on cd, 2015 on vinyl via KrautedMindRecords) made clear that the band has now reached new heights. “Blood Red Sky Sessions” (limited red tape, vinyl 2016 on KrautedMind) from 2015 is like a documentation of a songwriting and jamming process, which is delivering the listener some kind of a live experience and an inside view. Three different jam sessions take the listener on a psychedelic stoner rock trip in a fuzzy spaceship.

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Deaf Proof Stream Blood Red Sky Sessions in Full

Posted in audiObelisk on April 2nd, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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Well, it’s not quite “in full,” but with more than an hour’s worth of jamming unfolding across three tracks, it’s close enough, anyway. The fourth cut on what will become Deaf Proof‘s Blood Red Sky Sessions release — due out April 23 digitally with a limited-to-50 tape to follow this summer — is an 8-bit version of “Death Sounds Angry and Hungry for More” from last year’s righteously fuzzed Death Sounds Angry EP (review here), held out of the stream at the request of the band. What’s left? Three extended, jam-based pieces that run a course somewhere between heavy psychedelic improvisation and more structured songwriting. And as you listen, I think you’ll agree that’s plenty.

Comprised of “Dust and Bones Among Us” (11:22), “Ocean of Sand” (16:54) and “Far Beyond the Blood Red Sky” (34:26), Blood Red Sky Sessions is not Deaf Proof‘s first experimental release. The Freiburg, Germany, trio of guitarist/vocalist J. Fredo, bassist JP and drummer Pedro gained notice with 2013’s Beyond the Orange Door Demos (they had a different lineup at the time), but no question these three spacious tracks showcase a marked development in the band’s penchant for exploratory heavy psych. They were — still are, instrumentally — put together as jams. You can hear it in “Dust and Bones Among Us” and certainly throughout the sprawl ofdeaf proof blood red sky sessions “Far Beyond the Blood Red Sky,” which retains long stretches of guitar-driven vibing, drawing down to bluesy minimalism only to raise the volume again, back and forth, but Deaf Proof wanted more than just a collection of jams, so vocals were added, and the difference is palpable.

Even in its far reaches, “Far Beyond the Blood Red Sky” retains a human presence, and the rolling groove of “Ocean of Sand” seems to come with an inherent structure, dooming out in a slowdown in its midsection for a bit, but winding up sweetly melodic by the finish. “Dust and Bones Among Us,” which feels short at 11 minutes by the time one gets around to a second listen, likewise places J. Fredo‘s vocals well, so that the lines he’s delivering are as much a part of the apex of the track as Pedro‘s crashing drums or JP‘s basslines, or, for that matter, his own wah-drenched lead. It’s called songwriting and people do it every day, but the way in which Deaf Proof have gone about it, listening back to these jams and realizing they had the potential to push further, stands these tracks out from the verse/chorus norm. The results of their efforts speak for themselves.

If you did or didn’t hear Death Sounds AngryBlood Red Sky Sessions makes a better follow-up than the band gives it credit for. They’ve threatened a vinyl release, and doubtless that would require some editing of “Far Beyond the Blood Red Sky” — maybe they could call it “Not Quite as Far…” or something along those lines — but the fact is that if these songs showed up and Deaf Proof said, “This is our new album,” I’d have believed it, and if anything, these songs make me look forward that much more to what they might actually have planned for that next release.

Please find Blood Red Sky Sessions on the player below, followed by preorder info and more background, and enjoy:

Planned as pure jam recording, we decided to put a little more work in this baby, That’s why we decided to call it “sessions” and added some vocals. So it’s not a pure experiment and not a regular release. It’s something in between, but it works. It’ll be released digitally on April 23 and on tape later this year. Preorders/ Reservations can be placed by email (stuff@deafproof.de), the price will be 5€ plus shipping. Maybe there’ll be a vinyl release, we’ll see.

DEAF PROOF’s sound can probably best be described as psychedelic stoner rock that creates a very specific and unique atmosphere. The band, which is from Freiburg/Germany, has made a handful of changes concerning their line-up ever since they were founded in 2006. They now consist of J. Fredo (lead vocals/guitar), JP (bass) and Pedro (drums). Since 2013, the band has released multiple highly acclaimed demos, of which “Beyond the Orange Door Demos” (2013) received special attention.

It soon became obvious that DEAF PROOF were aiming much higher than swirling up desert sand and coming up with catchy riffs for their songs. “Death Sounds Angry” (2014 on cd, 2015 on vinyl via KrautedMindRecords) made clear that the band has now reached new heights: DEAF PROOF’S work is characterized by a very mature and multifaceted sound, driven by an unrelenting passion to create both extensive post-rock passages and epic psychedelic soundscapes. Often enough, the band rejects vocals altogether in order for the instrumental passages to gain new momentum. By reaching beyond their comfort zone and rejecting all standards, DEAF PROOF succeed in developing an idiosyncratic style. The trio composes highly dynamic and complex sound beasts that go well beyond the length of ten minutes, seamlessly transitioning from one epic passage to the next.

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Deaf Proof Unveil Death Sounds Angry EP

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 27th, 2014 by JJ Koczan

Death might sound angry, but you can’t really say the same for Deaf Proof‘s forthcoming CD EP, which is due out March 1. Death Sounds Angry basks in heavy psych tones, catchy vocal lines and hypnotic repetition, all of which play out to fascinating effect on the 18-minute centerpiece of the three-track release, “Origin of Pain.” The German trio have had a couple demos out to this point, and Death Sounds Angry will be their first offering as a three-piece. They’ve made the whole thing available to stream via Bandcamp (player below), and as you can hear for yourself, the configuration seems to be working for them.

See and hear:

Deaf Proof “Death Sounds Angry” EP to be released in March

“Good things come to those who wait. We finally hold the (digital) end result in our hands: The Death Sounds Angry EP is finally done and will be available in march as download and hard copy (digipak).

We finished recording, mix and mastering a few weeks ago. It took Johannes (Kopfüber) some time to finish the the cover artwork, because he was very busy. But take a look at that piece of work! It’s great, isn’t it? We are completely stoked! We recorded three different songs with three different vibes.

Look out for the EP and our new merch in march! Prelisten at Bandcamp in its entirety!”

Deaf Proof is J. Fredo (v/g), JP (b) and Pedro (d). Deaf Proof plays psychedelic fuzz.

The Band was formed in late 2006 by Pedro (d), Holger (b) and Fredo (v/g), later reinforced by Til (g).

From that point of time they started jamming and working out their ideas. In autumn 2007 the band split up with guitar-player Til who was replaced by Phil. In early 2008 the band decided to substitute Holger and to search for a new bassplayer. But nevertheless Deaf Proof recorded their first demo that was released in April 2008. The bass on the demo was played by Phil. Deaf Proof found the new four stringer Angus in june 2008. In december the band unfortunately had to search for a new bassplayer again and in march 2009 JP joined the gang. Together they recorded a 2-track live-demo in july. The combo recorded the “Beyond the Orange Door Demo” from autumn 2009 till winter 2012 and released it in april 2013. In april Phil also left band, but Deaf Proof continue as three-piece.

Since 2010 the band did some local shows with amongst others Stonewall Noise Orchestra (Swe), Snarf, Basel (Ch) and the Small Stone Artists Abrahma (Fr) and Mother of God (Swe). In 2013 Deaf Proof will expand their live radius over whole germany and further.

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