DIIV announce new album, Deceiver, share “Skin Game”: Stream

The Zachary Cole Smith-led indie outfit will also tour North America this fall

DIIV, photo by Coley Brown

    This fall will see the return of DIIV. The Brooklyn indie rockers are set to release their third studio album, Deceiver, on October 4th through Captured Tracks.

    The forthcoming effort follows 2016’s Is the Is Are. It’s also the group’s first since frontman Zachary Cole Smith checked himself into “long-haul inpatient treatment” for substance abuse in 2017.

    Smith’s treatment and recovery period appear to have played an important part in the making of the record. Per a statement, Deceiver is described as “the soundtrack to personal resurrection under the heavy weight of metallic catharsis.”

    (Read: The Top 25 Songs of 2019… So Far)


    Spanning 10 tracks, the album was recorded this past March in Los Angeles. Sessions featured — for the first time ever — the help of an outside producer in Sonny Diperri (Nine Inch Nails, My Blood Valentine).

    The four-piece is teasing Deceiver with lead single “Skin Game”. According to Smith, the track examines various forms of addiction and pain,

    “It’s an imaginary dialogue between two characters, which could either be myself or people I know. I spent six months in several different rehab facilities at the beginning of 2017. I was living with other addicts. Being a recovering addict myself, there are a lot of questions like, ‘Who are we? What is this disease?’ Our last record was about recovery in general, but I truthfully didn’t buy in. I decided to live in my disease instead. ‘Skin Game’ looks at where the pain comes from. I’m looking at the personal, physical, emotional, and broader political experiences feeding into the cycle of addiction for millions of us.”

    Hear the blurred reflections of “Skin Game” below.



    Pre-orders for Deceiver have begun. DIIV are scheduled to tour North America the week after the new album hits shelves. They’ll hit this year’s Desert Daze festival, Phoenix, Austin, Chicago, Boston, Brooklyn, and San Francisco, among other cities. Find tickets here.

    Deceiver Artwork:

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    Deceiver Tracklist:
    01. Horsehead
    02. Like Before You Were Born
    03. Skin Game
    04. Between Tides
    05. Taker
    06. For the Guilty
    07. The Spark
    08. Lorelai
    09. Blankenship
    10. Acheron

    DIIV 2019 Tour Dates:
    10/11 – Perris, CA @ Desert Daze Festival
    10/12 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
    10/14 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
    10/15 – Houston, TX @ Satellite
    10/16 – Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall
    10/18 – Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
    10/19 – Detroit, MI @ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
    10/20 – Cleveland, OH @ Phantasy
    10/22 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
    10/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
    10/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
    10/27 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
    12/05 – San Diego, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
    12/06 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Guild Hall
    12/07 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst
    12/08 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
    12/10 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
    12/11 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
    12/13 – Sonoma, CA @ Sonoma Redwood Barn


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