DIIV Are Reborn on New Album “Deceiver,” Share First Single “Skin Game”

Zachary Cole Smith returns with his band’s third album, due out October 4 on Captured Tracks.

Of the two most newsworthy DIIV stories from the past year, it seems their opening slot on tour with Deafheaven has had considerably more influence on the band’s long-awaited third album than Anthony Kiedis’ wearing an enormous sweater with the band’s logo emblazoned on it.

Announced earlier this year—and leaked by meddling Redditors yesterday—the band is officially announcing their third studio full-length today, Deceiver, which will be released October 4 via their longtime home of Captured Tracks. While it’s far from the atmospheric black metal spouted by their recent tourmates, lead single “Skin Game” implies the band have gone the way of Nothing and their hardcore-infused shoegaze peers, balancing heavily reverbed guitar with Zachary Cole Smith’s near-whispered vocals.

“I spent six months in several different rehab facilities at the beginning of 2017,” Smith explains, further tying the project to Dominic Palermo’s rehabilitory agenda for Nothing. “I was living with other addicts. Being a recovering addict myself, there are a lot of questions like, ‘Who are we? What is this disease?’ Our last record was about recovery in general, but I truthfully didn’t buy in. I decided to live in my disease instead. ‘Skin Game’ looks at where the pain comes from. I’m looking at the personal, physical, emotional, and broader political experiences feeding into the cycle of addiction for millions of us.”

You can pre-order Deceiver here, and you can catch the band on tour beginning a week after the record’s release at the dates below.

Tour Dates:

10/11 – Perris, CA – Desert Daze Festival
10/12 – Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge
10/14 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
10/15 – Houston, TX – Satellite
10/16 – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
10/18 – Chicago, IL – Logan Square Auditorium
10/19 – Detroit, MI – Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
10/20 – Cleveland, OH – Phantasy
10/22 – Boston, MA – Paradise
10/23 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
10/24 – Brooklyn, NY –   Warsaw
10/27 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
12/05 – San Diego, CA –  Belly Up Tavern
12/06 – San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Guild Hall
12/07 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst
12/08 – San Francisco, CA –  The Fillmore
12/10 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile
12/11 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
12/13 – Sonoma, CA – Sonoma Redwood Barn

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