DEAFKIDS - Mente Bicameral


Some of you may still remember the raucous Brazilian trio, DEAFKIDS, who shredded their raw d-beat/crust at OEF 2014!!! These guys, with tireless Douglas, have walked a long way during the last few years, and their music has gone through a real change!!! You can expect mad electroacoustic chaos with tribal beats full of absolute aggression to the extreme!!! This nerve-wracking disharmonic frenzy is intense, and we think it fits sweetly into our programme of Wednesday's Festival of Weird Riffs!

DEAFKIDS credentials are proven by the fact that their latest album, Metaprogramacao, was released at Neurot Records, the label of none other than Neurosis themselves! DEAFKIDS’ quality and fame just rises higher and higher!!! This band sounds like no other!!! Industrial, frenetic psychedelia!!! Prepare to lose your mind with DEAFKIDS at OEF 2020!!!


Formed in 2010 in the industrial city of Volta Redonda/Rio de Janeiro, Deaf Kids' first iteration was a solo idea by Douglas, delivering a fuzz-soaked blend of crust/d-beat and the many other musical offerings he had to offer. Soon, a live-performing unit was assembled, and a few months after the lineup was stabilized, with Mariano on drums and Marcelo on bass. Seven years, many gigs across Brazil, two European tours, eight releases - more than 200 shows after, Deaf Kids remains steadfast onto the multiple paths that lead into the self-questioning and sonic deprogramming of minds.

The band's releases carry different takes on the sheer and hypnotic beats that comprise D-beat, like the full throttle noisy assault of 2012's 'Six Heretic Anthems for the Deaf' EP or the cavernous, off-the-rails hardcore and apocalyptic monoliths that comprise 2014's 'The Upper Hand' LP. As the band moved to live together in São Paulo, composing and creating as a full unit, the different musical and aestethical tastes - mixed with the broadening of each one's musical spectre and the common interest on mesmerizing grooves and psychedelic overwhelming rhythms from all over the world - flipped the band onto an even more extreme experience. The resulting process can be checked on the mind-abusing, lingering repetition of 2015's split with USA's Timekiller, the 2016/2017's avant-garde wild and psychedelic absurdity that is 'Configuração do Lamento' - and the cathartic energy discharge of it's live perfomances. Nowadays Deaf Kids see itself connected to the production of expanding dirges, both steady and explosive - overwhelming music that carries a Brazilian (and Latin American) imprimatur on it - a legitimate bastard child of the colonizational chaos, both here-and-there, trapped between different, complementar and opposing worldviews, trying to balance this condition on an attempt to capture the intensity of said conditions and expressing it through sonic ways.

The band's seventh and most recent album, Configuração do Lamento, was released by Neurot Recordings on 10'' vinyl and Digipack CDin October 2017 - Neurot label founder and member of Neurosis Steve Von Till explains how he came across the band: "I first read about DEAFKIDS when I saw a headline from Cvlt Nation that read, ‘This Band Sounds Like No Other!’ My cynical nature believed that to be a tall order, so I decided to call their bluff and clicked on the stream… MIND BLOWN. I was not prepared for how much I would love this record. Raw, powerful, and explosive heavy psych. I think I listened to it three times in a row right then and there. I played it for my bandmates the first time we were all in a room together and we all agreed, ‘We need to put out a DEAFKIDS record.’ So here it is, for the first time on vinyl and CD, that very same DEAFKIDS recording that first lured me into their sonic world." The two bands played together on Neurosis' first concert ever in Brazil, in December of the same year.

DEAFKIDS’ Configuração Do Lamento is an untamed release, happy to juxtapose monolithic drone riffage with frantic polyrhythmic detours, the band citing the syncopated beats of African drums as a major influence. It is a guttural, scorched mutation of psychedelia, that similar intent of frying the listener's perception, while void of anything approaching earthy wistfulness, wholly fluid in nature, paying no heed to any musical expectations other than the creators own internal logic. A bombardment of clanging percussion sits below relentless guitar battering, and a whole host of electronic tamperings, effects which in practice manage to further confound the proceedings. Using the term psychedelic in the absolute loosest sense is apt, as the band claims that “non-genre genres” are a chief source of inspiration, referencing anything from their own background in punk, right the way through to spiritual jazz, practically any form which allows the artist to experiment with the utter extremes of musical expression.


Release date Release name Media
2019 DEAFKIDS & RAKTA - Forma/Sigilo 7"
2019 Metaprogramação CD, LP
2018 Live at Carioca Club K7
2018 Configuração do Lamento Remixes K7
2017 Configuração do Lamento 10"/CD/K7
2015 DEAFKIDS & Timekiller Split
2014 Over the Days... Somewhat Damaged 7"
2013 The Upper Hand LP
2012 I Am The Sickness K7
2012 Deaf Kids & O Mito da Caverna Split
2011 6 Heretic Anthems for the Deaf 7"


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