DIIV Shares “Dopamine” From Is The Is Are
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For Fans Of: Mac DeMarco, Dum Dum Girls, Beach Fossils, Real Estate, Craft Spells, Yuck
After teasing the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album for Captured Tracks earlier this year (see here), DIIV is back today to share “Dopamine,” the 4th song from Is The Is Are.
Its release comes as the band kicks off their fall touring, which will see them play a run of shows with RIDE starting this week before heading out on their headlining North American tour with support from No Joy and Sunflower Bean.
Here is what lead vocalist Zachary Cole Smith said on Facebook:
“New DIIV song!
Can’t believe it’s finally starting to happen. Here’s the first song we’re letting out from our upcoming album “Is The Is Are”, out soon on Captured Tracks. This album has been a long time in the making, and I’ve poured so much of myself into it. Do you love me? DIIV is the real me. Also, don’t forget to get tickets for our tour next month with No Joy and Sunflower Bean — see u at the show!”
Update: Listen to another new track “Bent (Roi’s Song)” below!! The new record won’t be released until February 5th, 2016.
Zachary Cole Smith has also shared a statement about the new album, along with the lyrics to “Bent (Roi’s Song)”. Find the statement below, and the lyrics here.
“hi. so, first, i want to say… there are two songs on our new DIIV album, “is the is are” with a person’s name attached to them… which doesn’t rly mean there are two songs ABOUT these two people, as much as they may partially be, it just means that in my head, there’s something about that person that I just can’t disconnect from the song. grant is one person. roi (pronounced row-EE) is the other. you likely don’t know them. or maybe you do? needless to say, i love them both with all my heart. roi’s song, aka “bent”, used to make me feel sad, lonely, and terrified… but circumstances have changed, and now the song makes me smile… laugh even. the primary struggle of this song now exists (hopefully forever) in the past. roi’s song isn’t really ABOUT roi, just as grant’s song isn’t about grant. roi’s song is about a lot of people, including myself, and our struggles along the path to clarity, sanity, and sobriety. roi’s song is also the second public taste of our new album… dopamine was the first. dopamine was an extension/exploration of the sounds we explored on “Oshin”, reimagined. roi’s song extends the sounds further… it removes the vocal reverb that has graced all our previous output, it places lyrical content at the forefront, and it starts to hint at the more diverse sonic palette that defines “is the is are”… it is a diverse record, it is a happy record, a sad record, a happysad, sadhappy, mad, glad, quiet, mad, dark, glad, poppy, fast, slow, heavy, fast, peaceful, angry, chaotic, beautiful, lost/found, ugly, dry, wet, fuck, fast, dead, heartbroken, in love, loud, quiet, loud, loudquiet, quietloud, happy, mad, quiet, fuck, and loud record. please like it. please love it. do you love me? DIIV is the real me. fuck, xo cole”
02 Under the Sun
03 Bent (Roi’s Song)
05 Blue Boredom [ft. Sky Ferreira] 06 Valentine
07 Yr Not Far
08 Take Your Time
09 Is The Is Are
10 Mire (Grant’s Song)
11 Incarnate Devil
13 Healthy Moon
14 Loose Ends
17 Waste of Breath
09/18 New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall *
09/19 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts *
09/21 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza *
10/10 Boston, MA @ The Sinclair ^
10/11 Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall ^
10/12 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall ^
10/13 Madison, WI @ Majestic ^
10/14 St Paul, MN @ Turf Club ^
10/16 Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre ^
10/17 Salt Lake CIty, UT @ Urban Lounge ^
10/18 Boise, ID @ Neurolux ^
10/19 Seattle, WA @ Neumos ^
10/20 Vancouver, BC @ Fortune ^
10/22 San Francisco, CA @ The Filmore ^
10/24 Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy ^
10/25 Santa Ana, CA @ Beach Goth Festival !
10/27 San Diego, CA @ Casbah ^
10/28 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom ^
10/30 Dallas, TX @ Trees ^
10/31 Austin, TX @ Mohawk ^
11/01 Houston, TX @ Numbers ^
11/03 Nashville, TN @ Exit In ^
11/04 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl ^
11/05 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle ^
11/06 Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry ^
11/07 Washington, DC @ Black Cat ^
11/08 New York, NY @ Webster Hall ^
11/14 Santiago, CL @ Primavera Fauna +
11/19 Buenos Aires, AR @ Club Araoz
11/21-22 Mexico City, MX @ Corona Capital $* = w/ RIDE
^ = w/ No Joy, Sunflower Bean
! = w/ Grimes, Die Antwoord, Camera Obscura and more
+ = w/ Mac Demarco, Empire of the Sun, RHYE
$ = w/ Calvin Harris, Sleater-Kinney, Title Fight and moreThe album will be the follow up to their 2012 debut Oshin, with the group previously describing their new material as “darker” than their first full-length.
Late last year it emerged that the band’s bass player Devin Ruben Perez had posted a number of sexist, racist and homophobic statements on a 4Chan messageboard.
His messages included a series of disparaging remarks about Grimes and Meredith Graves of the band Perfect Pussy. He also used the n-word in reference to UK producer Zomby as well as making an anti-semitic joke.
Frontman Zachary Cole Smith responded to the reveal with a series of tweets, including one where he wrote: “I will never EVER tolerate sexism, racism, homophobia, bullying, or bigotry of any kind. I’m doing everything to get to the bottom of this.”
Perez himself tweeted in response: “I’m not sexist, racist or a misogynist and anyone who knows me knows that. I just said some dumb shit on an anime message board.”
They are perhaps most well known from Zachary Cole Smith dating Sky Ferreira and them both being arrested or for the band speaking out against SXSW (see here).
DIIV is the nom-de-plume of Z. Cole Smith, musical provocateur and front-man of an atmospheric and autumnally-charged new Brooklyn four-piece. Recently inked to the uber-reliable Captured Tracks imprint, DIIV created instant vibrations in the blog-world with their impressionistic debut Sometime finding its way onto the esteemed pages of Pitchfork and Altered Zones a mere matter of weeks after the group’s formation.
Enlisting the aid of NYC indie-scene-luminary, Devin Ruben Perez, former Smith Westerns drummer Colby Hewitt, and Mr. Smith’s childhood friend Andrew Bailey, DIIV craft a sound that is at once familial and frost-bitten. Indebted to classic kraut, dreamy Creation-records psychedelia, and the primitive-crunch of late-80′s Seattle, the band walk a divisive yet perfectly fused patch of classic-underground influence.
One part THC and two parts MDMA, the first offering from DIIV chemically fuses the reminiscent with the half-remembered building a musical world out of old-air and new breeze. These are songs that remind us of love in all its earthly perfections and perversions.
A lot of DIIV’s magnetism was birthed in the process Mr. Smith went through to discover these initial compositions. After returning from a U.S. tour with Beach Fossils, Cole made a bold creative choice, settling into the window-facing corner of a painter’s studio in Bushwick, sans running water, holing up to craft his music.
In this AC-less wooden room, throughout the thick of the summer, Cole surrounded himself with cassettes and LP’s, the likes of Lucinda Williams, Arthur Russell, Faust, Nirvana, and Jandek; writings of N. Scott Momaday, James Welsh, Hart Crane, Marianne Moore, and James Baldwin; and dreams of aliens, affection, spirits, and the distant natural world (as he imagined it from his window facing the Morgan L train). The resulting music is as cavernous as it is enveloping, asking you to get lost in its tangles in an era that demands your attention be focused into 140 characters.