Major DIIV-elopments on new music
Just a few years removed from playing shows to a smattering of friends and strangers, Brooklyn's DIIV has spent 2014 unleashing some brand new songs to much, much larger crowds.
Back in July, DIIV made a splash when it took over Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg and rolled through a pair of sold-out shows. At the head of the mayhem was the band's frontman Zachary Cole Smith (still leading the charge following a slightly turbulent 2013). The guys rolled through three songs the entire audience knew – "Druun," "Past Lives" and "Human – before launching into the first of six entirely new tracks.
All told, DIIV spent the summer plowing through its energetic live shows, playing about 16 songs or so in an hour's time at every stop. Still, the new music (which has, in fact, been gradually unveiled over the past calendar year) has carried the band from the studio to the stage as it puts the finishing touches on its highly anticipated sophomore album.
For those of you looking for DIIV tickets, fear not. Their live act hasn't changed that much. They're still playing a now routine cover of Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," which could be a moniker for an outfit still getting plenty of talk in indie rock circles, even if fans have no idea what they'll sound like next. To find out catch them at the Brooklyn Bazaar on October 21 or at the Observatory in Los Angeles, California on October 25.
Indie darling Smith doesn't endear himself to NYPD (Created 10/3/13)
Is Diiv's career trajectory taking a dive? These Brooklyn indie darlings are making headlines for all the wrong reasons following the arrest of frontman Zachary Cole Smith. According to published reports, he was taken into custody during a traffic stop and found to be in possession of ecstasy and heroin.
If Smith is convicted in a court of law, it could derail the success that Diiv has experienced since becoming a spinoff of Smith's solo recording project. That would include their three singles – "Sometime," "Human" and "Geist" on the Captured Tracks label, as well as a debut full length album called "Oshin" that bowed back on June 26, 2012.
Smith was a guitarist in Beach Fossils back in 2011 when he and his bandmates decided to shift directions. Devon Ruben Perez (bassist), Andrew Bailey (guitarist) and Colby Hewitt III (drummer) ultimately changed the group's name to DIIV, and things took off from there. They were influenced by Krautrock, C86, Nirvana and others as they moved toward a full album release.
DIIV served as a supporting act to the English band The Vaccines on the UK tour during the fall of 2012. They followed that by supporting Canadian duo Japandroids on their East Coast US tour in December. Smith's arrest came just before the band was set to perform at BasilicaSoundScape, a music festival in Hudson, New York.
Smith is still scheduled to perform at an Elliot Smith tribute concert at Glasslands in Brooklyn on October 21 alongside Cat Power, The Low Anthem, Aaron Pfenning and more.
DIIV Announce 2014 Summer Tour Ahead of New Album
Brooklyn indie rockers DIIV have just announced that they’ll be hitting the road this summer, giving fans a chance to hear some of the new material the band is working on for their forthcoming sophomore album. The guys will start the summer off with a gig in Washington D.C. with Phoenix on June 7. After…Read more
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