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Deafheaven
Between the Buried and Me
Lubbock, Texas Photo Essay

Sun of Nothing and The Pecan Tree: BTBAM & DFHVN show review & photographs by Saul Torres

This year I’ve seen a lot of interesting tours happening in the U.S. I call them interesting because of the very weird/amazing line up. In this case, for me, the line up was all about my favorite bands from my high school era, and one of my favorite bands from this time, and all my life, yes, is Deafheaven. I had to travel for 6 hours to catch this show and get mindfucked. It was very worth it, even though I didn’t find anything else to do in Lubbock besides drinking, and drinking.

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The show took place at a local version of a Hooters sport bar, but with a stage/venue on the back part. I showed up early just to make sure everything was set and all right for the show. Honestly, I had a feeling that the show was going to be weird because I was not used to being in that part of Texas, and the venue was kind of weird; either way, the show was amazing.

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I think I was out of my body while Deafheaven was playing; they turned the lights off, leaving just some background red lights. I knew they were going to play no more than four songs, but I wasn’t expecting them to play “The Pecan Tree.” They killed me, they really did, and of course, a lot of people were not fully alive when the last 7 minutes of the song led us into a dream.

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The rest of the show (The Kindred, Intronaut and BTBAM) was dedicated to the progressive metal fans out there. The Kindred were the first band of the tour, and they played with a lot of energy. These young gentlemen have been playing for about 8 years and they really showed what they can do – I was amazed the whole set. Intronaut played a very solid set; their music is strong, progressive and very dark. They played around 5 songs, and during those 5 songs I couldn’t take my eyes off the bass player, he is a monster while doing his job.

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I’m glad that Between the Buried and Me played some of their not so new material, because I am not very familiarized with most of it, but it is still super amazing stuff. They opened with “Foam Born (A),” and from the very first note of the song, I knew this would be an interesting set, and it was. When they played “Selkies: The Endless Obsession,” I was already satisfied with their set, but then they played the beautiful solo from “Swim to the Moon.” I was expecting them to play that song at the end of the set, so I couldn’t imagine what the last song would be. After that beautiful part of the set, they played the last two songs from Parallax II, and to close the night, they played “Sun of Nothing,” and I am still speechless.

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