Brisbane’s soaring shoegaze band DEAFCULT are stoked to release the video for ‘Summertime’, the lead single and second cut from their highly anticipated debut album Auras, out June 30 via Hobbledehoy. To celebrate their debut album release, DEAFCULT have announced a string of album shows down the East Coast and Adelaide this July and August with special guests including TV Haze, Horror My Friend, Jen Buxton & The Slaughterhouse Five and more.

Coming in at just over 2 and a half minutes, ‘Summertime’ is one of the more upbeat tracks on Auras, with steady rhythms and layered guitar work wrapped in pop sensibilities, and is the follow up to first single ‘Rubix’, which was released online last month. The video has its own scuzzy feel, showing the band perform under a distorted overlay. On ‘Summertime’, co-vocalist Stevie Scott says “Summertime is about July 1999. It's about various encounters I found myself in with people of previous generations trying to tell me how life should be and their obvious disdain at my disagreement.  It looks at the complex nature of human emotions. Love vs hate from the point of view of a catastrophic thinker. To me anyway... Or maybe it's just a pop song?”

Auras is a record about dreams: the ghosts of people, the places and situations from the past that haunt your dreams (or stop you from having them all together). It reflects on romanticised memories as a disaffected teenager in the suburbs, tales of love, drugs, death, and the overwhelming feeling of finding yourself but still feeling completely lost. The 12 songs that make up Auras are wrapped in noisey guitars, blunted drums, fuzzed-out synth and soaring vocals. While on paper it might sound initially abrasive, there is an overwhelming sense of gentleness to Deafcult’s music that you find calm in, even when they push past the boundaries of abstraction - even when you find yourself deep in Auras most distorted moments.

Formed in in 2015, the members of DEAFCULT came together after playing in much-loved Brisbane bands The Gifthorse, Nuclear Summer and Roku Music. Following the release of their self-titled debut EP in 2015, they scored the standing of Independent Artist of the Week on FBi Radio, with Happy noting “a rawness to their sound that is reminiscent of the early days of Sonic Youth.” Having moved through personnel changes, the sextet have now solidified their line-up, consisting of Innez Tulloch (Vocals, guitars), Stevie Scott (Vocals, guitars, synth), Kelly Hanlon (Guitars), Matt Bach (Guitars), Allan McGregor (Bass) and Nathan Crust (Drums), and have joined forces with Adelaide label Hobbledehoy (Crusch, Sophie Hutchings, This Will Destroy You) to release their debut album this month.

Auras Album Tour - July / August 2017

Tickets on the door for all shows

Saturday July 15 – Crown and Anchor, Adelaide

w. Horror My Friend, Blush Response and Pony Tail Kink

Sunday July 16 – John Curtin, Melbourne

w. White Walls, Lowtide and TV Haze | tickets on sale from the venue

Friday July 21 – The Brightside, Brisbane

w. Pleasure Symbols, Ultra Material, Spirit Bunny and Tall Pines DJs

Friday August 4 – Red Rattler, Sydney

w. Sounds Like Sunset, Skullsquadron and Egoism

Saturday August 5 – The Hamilton Hotel, Newcastle

w. Safe Hands, Jen Buxton & The Slaughterhouse Five, Obat Batuk and Post Truth

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