SUPPORT FOR SINGLES OFF ‘THE UNCANNY VALLEY’
“Masssssive stuff that will have you writhing around on the floor by the end.” – 4/5 stars
Declan Byrne – triple j (AUS)
“Built to be played loud, it’s equal parts turbulent and harmonious—a serious single of the year contender if you ask us!”
Hysteria Magazine (AUS)
“If they continue on this trajectory, they’ll not only put Brissie metalcore on the map again but start paving their own way through the scene.”
Wall of Sound (AUS)
“A song that’s hard to sum up succinctly but is one that leaves a breathtaking impression from the experience of it!”
Depth Magazine (AUS)
‘Sudden Life / Sudden Death’ premiered on triple j’s Home & Hosed
Singles added to Spotify playlists ‘Homegrown & Heavy’, ‘New Metal Tracks’, ‘New Core’ and ‘Rock Out.’
Singles added to Apple Music playlists ‘Heaps Heavy’, ‘Fresh Blood’ and ‘The Riff’
‘Born of a Lie’ video added to rotation on ABC’s Rage
Brisbane-based post-hardcore quartet Deadlights have revealed their long-awaited immeasurable sophomore record ’The Uncanny Valley’ – produced by their guitarist / vocalist Tynan Reibel and mixed and mastered by Chris Vernon (Belle Haven, Windwaker, Stuck Out).
‘The Uncanny Valley’ is eleven tracks of relentless, trenchant hardcore music that explores a vast range of subject matters while exposing the diverse yet habitual musical elements that have come to define Deadlights’ sound.
Lead singer Dylan Davidson talks about the process behind ‘The Uncanny Valley’:
“The name of our album, The Uncanny Valley, is the uneasy feeling you get when you look at an object that is supposed to resemble something human, but you can clearly tell it’s not. This uneasy feeling is all too common when viewing the modern world and thinking of the future. Nothing is quite right, but it gets so close. The ideas behind technology like social media and AI could be so powerful and positive, yet they are plagued with negativity and can disconnect us more than bring us together. We are at a crux point and the future could equally turn dystopian or utopian depending on how we move forward. The Uncanny Valley is my view of the future, it could be magical, but something is off, and now is the time to do something about it. Every song depicts a vision of the future in some regard, from the digital, apocalyptic nature of ‘Born of a Lie’ and title track ‘The Uncanny Valley’, to incoming climate disaster in ‘Frozen Over’, to my own personal future in overcoming addictions and bad habits in ‘Schedule 1’ & ‘The King of Nowhere’.”
Title track ‘The Uncanny Valley’ introduces the album with eerie electronics, mechanical harmonies and obscure time signatures. An enormous climax transitions into track two, ‘Schedule 1’, which picks up the tempo and adds further layers of viscous instrumentation and dirty vocals that make for gigantic hooks.
Track three, ‘The King of Nowhere’, and track four, ‘Born of a Lie’, present familiarity as the album’s first two singles, intensifying with expulsive onslaughts of commanding drums, acrimonious harmonics and penetrating melodies. The energy continues on to track five, ‘Contact’, with an upbeat wall of distorted sound, dominant with guitars, rhythmic voyages and soaring clean vocals that initiate the polished sixth track, ‘Electrodome’, where impressively technical integration and combinations relentlessly spur into the haunting interlude, ‘[I See The Future]’, featuring digitalised spoken word warnings over reverberant stadium drums and lingering synthesisers.
Track eight, ‘Echo Chamber’ begins with chilling melodies and evocative chord progressions, picking up momentum with an immensely dynamic structure that leads into recent single ‘Sudden Life / Sudden Death’. The ninth track’s declarative guitars and piercing vocals increase the album’s intensity, hurling towards a deriding breakdown and a merciless finale.
Penultimate track, ‘Pythia’, features mantra vocals, commanding instrumentality and vigorous aptitude before the album finishes with a lamenting final track, ‘Frozen Over’, where the band achieves poignant polyphony with delicate musical intricacies. A mature offering becomes emotionally moving, as the track summarises and caps off a divergent collection of songs, punctuating the record with a prolonged outro.
Singles off ‘The Uncanny Valley’ have been widely embraced by online tastemakers New Noise Magazine (USA), Hysteria Magazine, HEAVY Mag, Everyday Metal, Wall of Sound, Kill Your Stereo, Depth Magazine, Milky, AAA Backstage, Forte Mag and The Soundcheck. The band has also seen wide-spread support from Australian radio stations triple j, triple j Unearthed, The Faction, SYN FM, JOY FM, 3RRR, 4ZZZ, Radio Adelaide and PBS FM.
To support the release of ‘The Uncanny Valley’, Deadlights will be joining hardcore giants Polaris as tour support on an East-Coast run of shows, performing in Geelong, Mt Evelyn, Frankston, South Morang, Cairns, Airlie Beach, Gladstone, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Canberra, Penrith, Newcastle and Wollongong. This continues on from persistent touring schedules, having shared the stage with Alpha Wolf, Thy Art Is Murder and Thornhill, and supporting heavy luminaries Parkway Drive, Every Time I Die and The Devil Wears Prada (USA).
‘The Uncanny Valley’ is available worldwide now, through Greyscale Records
THU JUN 10 | WOOL EXCHANGE, GEELONG VIC
FRI JUN 11 | THE YORK, MT EVELYN VIC
SAT JUN 12 | PIER LIVE, FRANKSTON VIC
SUN JUN 13 | COMMERCIAL HOTEL, SOUTH MORANG VIC
WED JUN 16 | EDGE HILL TAVERN, CAIRNS QLD
THU JUN 17 | MAGNUMS, AIRLIE BEACH QLD
FRI JUN 18 | HARVEY ROAD TAVERN, GLADSTONE QLD
SAT JUN 19 | ELEVEN DIVE BAR, SUNSHINE COAST QLD
SUN JUN 20 | COOLANGATTA HOTEL, GOLD COAST QLD
WED JUN 23 | THE BASEMENT, CANBERRA ACT
THU JUN 24 | PANTHERS, PENRITH NSW
FRI JUN 25 | CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE NSW
SAT JUN 26 | UNI BAR, WOLLONGONG NSW