A Dead Forest Index are Adam Sherry and Sam Sherry 
photo by Kentaro Takahashi

 

 

 
A DEAD FOREST INDEX

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In All That Drifts from Summit Down

A DEAD FOREST INDEX

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  1. 1 Tide Walks 03:32 Info Buy
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  2. 2 No Paths 03:55 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Summit Down 03:32 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Cast of Lines 03:04 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Ringing Sidereal 04:12 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Swims Out 00:44 Info Buy
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  7. 7 In Greyness The Water 02:58 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Silver Thread of Sun 03:50 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Myth Retraced 03:38 Info Buy
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  10. 10 Myriad 00:54 Info Buy
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  11. 11 Sand Verse 03:30 Info Buy
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  12. 12 Upon Dark Hills 02:48 Info Buy
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  13. 13 Homage Old 05:00 Info Buy
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A DEAD FOREST INDEX // In All That Drifts From Summit Down

"Landscapes both seen and felt, real and imagined, lie at the heart of In All That Drifts From Summit Down, the vast debut full-length release from nomadic duo A Dead Forest Index. Comprised of brothers Adam Sherry (vocals/guitar) and Sam Sherry (drums/piano), the group crafts ethereal and intensely intimate compositions that defy trends and labeling, instead shaping an aural experience as organic as it is unpredictable. Forsaking instrumental complexity in favor of richly dense vocals and an otherwise minimal palette, the band evokes heaviness with the atmosphere they create rather than through blunt force. Teaming-up with Sargent House on the heels of a recent European tour supporting label mate Chelsea Wolfe, A Dead Forest Index are poised to introduce their sound to a global audience in 2016.
 
A Dead Forest Index was initially the solo project of Adam Sherry, begun in 2008. By 2010, it had evolved into a collaboration, with Sam Sherry supplying percussive depth to his brother’s distinctively hymnal approach to vocals, itself characterized by cyclical harmonies and experiments with drone. Untethered by place (or, for that matter, era), they’ve spent the past few years developing their sound, touring extensively between 2012-2014, and issuing the EPs “Antique” and “Cast of Lines” in the process. The latter was released by Jehnny Beth of Savages’ Pop Noire label, a precursor to the collaborative Savages/A Dead Forest Index composition and performance titled “In What I’m Seeing; the Sun” for the Barbican’s Station to Station Festival in 2015.
 
Though basing themselves periodically in locales as far-flung as Melbourne and London, the oceanic grandeur of A Dead Forest Index’s songs suggests a spiritual mooring in their homeland of New Zealand. Their influences are rich and untapped: the poetic, archaic ‘deep song’ of Indian and Andalusian origin, Romanian lăutari troupe Taraf de Haidouks, and the allegorical symbolism found in William Blake have all been cited as antecedents. The group have themselves been compared to The Velvet Underground with Nico, Scott Walker, Swans with Jarboe, and Antony and the Johnsons, to name a few.
 
In All That Drifts From Summit Down, their debut album, is a testimony to the sublime divinity of nature and the cold reality of time’s passage. Unfolding over 13 tracks, the album imagines natural phenomena as poetic metaphor for the human condition, the lyrics evoking stone, cold air, unyielding emptiness and erosion, while the enveloping warmth of Adam Sherry’s layered, choral vocals makes for an intriguing contrast. “Cast of Lines” is a prime example of this, its rapturous “In all our currents / a fog upon the sea at night” mantra accompanied by little more than a strumming guitar. Sam Sherry’s steady rhythms propel some tracks, like “Tide Walks” and “No Paths”. “Ringing Sidereal”, on the other hand, unwinds more slowly, a dark cavern of a song with flickering sparks of percussion emerging only where necessary.  Occasionally swells of noise take shape. On “In Greyness the Water”, a slow-building churn buffers the repeating “In… fall… colour” chorus that penetrates through the cacophony like spires through fog. Savages guitarist Gemma Thompson guests on two tracks, providing a wiry undercurrent to the brilliant postpunk stomp of “Myth Retraced”, before fortifying the processional stride of “Sand Verse”. In All That Drifts From Summit Down is a potent, compelling statement, an exercise in restraint and severity whose icy hue only accentuates the warmth at its core.
 
A Dead Forest Index epitomize the possibilities of the modern age. Weaving threads of disparate influence from around the world into a captivating tapestry, the duo exemplify their own transience, producing mature, wholly inspired work unbound by time or place. "  Written by Sonny Kay.

A Dead Forest Index Audiotree Session 

A Dead Forest Index are a Sargent House band who fit comfortably within the realm of label-mates Chelsea Wolfe and Emma Ruth Rundle, but are set apart by their aptitude for structural diversity. An orchestral approach allows the duo to stuff sonic mayhem into massive open spaces and capitalize on the otherwise limiting instrumentation with which they perform. The result is roomy, near-spiritual indie rock performed with an interconnectedness that reflects the relationship the brothers themselves share.

Watch and hear the duo perform tracks HERE on Audiotree Live.

Band Members
Adam Sherry – Vocals and Guitar

Sam Sherry – Vocals and Drums

A Dead Forest Index - Tour Diary for IMPOSE Magazine 

photo by Kentaro Takahashi

Tonight we meet artist Matthew Couper. A painter from New Zealand now based in Las Vegas with his wife, also an artist Joe Russ. I had been looking forward to meeting Matthew as we have some very close friends in common, as well as being an admirer of his vivid and surrealistic Spanish ‘Ex Voto’ influenced paintings, archaic and full of symbolism. I’m overwhelmed when we do meet in the garden of the venue as he hands me something in the form of a painting. I’m taken aback in this moment to be receiving a very special gift, a portrait in oils of my wife Gemma & I in deep turquoise and blues still drying. I can’t believe how incredible this composition is and stand speechless. This ex-voto was commissioned to Matthew through my Brother Adam and our friend and photographer Max Reeves as a wedding gift. Gemma and I had just been married days before the start of tour on April 21st at Sargent House, Echo Park, Los Angeles.

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‘Dholak’
4/25: The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix

I traveled with an Indian Dholak drum as hand luggage from Berlin. A new instrument for me, and one I’ve always loved from listening to Rajasthani folk music. We have a new composition that doesn’t call for any traditional ‘drum set’ and tonight will be our first time performing ‘A Minor Key Ornament’

4/28: ‘In All That Drifts From Summit Down’

Our debut album ‘In All That Drifts From Summit Down’ is released today.

‘Nirvana’
4/29: Trees, Dallas

I’m backstage pacing with watered down red wine when Ben Chisholm informs me that this is the venue where Kurt Cobain famously stage dived into the audience during ‘Love Buzz’ and hits that security guard in the head with his guitar. We grew up watching that clip over and over, so we freak out a little and send word out to our other Nirvana historian friends we grew up with to let them know, then we go on. A memorable night in Dallas.

‘Dragged Out’

‘Dragged Out’ from Chelsea Wolfe’s ‘Abyss’ is an extraordinary work. Drummer Jess Gowrie counts in and what follows is perfect noise, deep and controlled amidst huge snare hits. The subtlety of Chelsea’s vocal delivery so complete and beautiful, the audience sways slowly, transfixed as Adam & I each performance.

‘Timpani’
4/30: Cine El Ray, McAllen

We wake up to such a heat in McAllen, we hover outside the bus figuring out where to find coffee. Our sound engineer Randall Dunn has sent word that we have to check out this town, go for a wander. What unfolds is an almost delirious slow walk across town, and it’s interesting and unlike any place we’ve been. We stop in at a used furniture store and Randall spots a huge concert bass drum, its 36″ and a Ludwig. An amazing find for him being a collector of vintage percussion and bass drums. We carry the drum back to the bus in awe and have our photograph taken with it. Randall is a master sound engineer and producer, but also musician and multi-instrumentalist, and has an inspired idea to incorporate this drum into our set up on a ‘slight tilt’ right up by the floor tom. It’s a thunderous sound with mallets, and rumbles through this great Art Deco ‘Cine El Ray’. It will stay in the set up for the theatre shows.

photos by Bobby Bates

‘Jeff’
5/2: Hi-Tone, Memphis

We’ve always wanted to come to Memphis, for me it’s always with Jeff in mind. He changed my life dramatically growing up in New Zealand, I heard Grace and that was it. Jeff Buckley drowned in Wolf River Harbor May 29th, 1997. This is a pilgrimage. I have a view of this harbor from the bus as we approach downtown, but our venue is some way away so I start drawing a map of how to find our way. We pull up at the venue, Adam & I put on black suits and prepare for the walk, until we realize it’s too far, we’d be walking all day. Ben Chisholm calls us a cab. I’d done some research about the actual site and how the river looked in those days, it would have been different, more wild. You can get a sense of the spot where Jeff walked in. In the 90’s it used to be part of the river bank we’re people would hang out, smoke, drink, listen to music. At that time, the same as now its thick mud and broken glass. I imagined it to be more overgrown and secluded, it feels distant from anything although so close to the overpass bridge, with the open air amphitheater directly across. It’s un-swimmable, but yet still and silent. We venture right down to the water and sit for as long as we can. It’s unthinkable to swim. You can see the shifting and changing currents of that water, and feel the trudge of endless mud. We soak in the tragedy and mystery of this heavy river.

Broken Drum and Ghungroo Bells’
5/8, 9: Music Hall Of Williamsburg & Bowery Ballroom, New York

It’s hard to write one dedicated passage to New York. All unfolded in an inspiring way; at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg and the Bowery Ballroom.
A day off in Brooklyn discovering bookshops, bumping into Randall doing the same, being transfixed by the Anohni ‘Hopelessness’ posters everywhere, having the good fortune of meeting the great guitarist Norman Westberg, who saves me by repairing a broken drum.

Drifting through East Village and finding Indian ‘Ghungroo Bells’ we’d been looking for. Onward to Lower Manhattan, meeting Jennifer Tull Westberg maker of our wedding rings, photographers Lauren Withrow and Javier Villegas, with them heading to a bar on Mott St before bus call in the early hours.

‘In the Moment’
5/20: Thalia Hall, Chicago

Our start in Chicago is early, arriving outside Audiotree Studios in the morning for a live session at noon. We set up and shift into performance mode in the moment and the sound of the room is acoustic and beautiful. We perform five tracks from ‘In All That Drifts From Summit Down’. After this it’s straight to Thalia Hall for tonight’s show.

‘Halfsleeper’

Halfsleeper was the first Chelsea Wolfe song I heard back in 2012. It’s a masterpiece. Like a folk aria that reaches a cyclic high bellowed chorus that breathes deep. It flows. It’s incredibly unique to Chelsea, and it’s so beautiful to hear this song close the set every night.

‘Wonder’
5/28: Revolution Hall, Portland

We’ve been looking forward to Portland. We finally cross paths with Savages, who are playing the Wonder Ballroom while we play Revolution Hall. I’ll see Gemma, it’s been five weeks since we left LA in different directions.

We carve out a day off together and drift around East Burnside Street. We walk by a garage sale and buy an antique looking notebook (that I’m now writing in) by chance opposite an amazing drum shop – Revival Drums. We meet the very friendly owners and I’m lucky to buy some vintage mallets for tonight’s show. Everything is timed to perfection for the evening; we will get to see each other play.

Gemma gets seated in the hall as we open the set. I’m nervous and one of my (new) mallet’s somehow flies out of my hand on a cymbal hit during ‘Tide Walks’ to an incredibly silent audience. I gasp and redeem things split second. That never happens! No time to be upset. Post show with wine Adam, Gemma and I jump in a cab with our good friend Jeff Owens and head to the Wonder Ballroom. Savages support ‘Head Wound City’ are midway through their set and it’s immense, it’s packed. We meet Cody Votolato and Nick Zinner from the band and make our way to watch Savages from side of stage.

Every nuance and sound from start to finish is magic, every song devastating. Tonight is unspeakably good.

‘Theatre of Voices’
5/29: Imperial, Vancouver

A special night as we meet our good friend Angus Tarnawsky, a prolific musician and peerless drummer. We used to play shows together back in Melbourne when we were both starting out, and we’ve both been travelling since. We have some drinks back stage and hear about his recent move to Vancouver from New York.
Tonight’s show is beautiful, a highlight of tour, every detail colorful and distinct. When Adam’s voice fills an echo chamber like hall, it sets the show. You move differently. It opens up.

photo by Bobby Cochran

‘Mission’
6/1,2: The Chapel, San Francisco

We’re performing two nights at the Chapel, in the Mission district. It’s really interesting to be here in the final phase of the tour, I’ve loved being on the road. All is still gathering great momentum and energy towards the final dates; everything is harmonious, joyous, always hilarious. Adam and I have become known by the band and crew to take off on unrealistically long walks for good coffee, and today we head off in the direction of the famous City Lights Bookstore. Mission to Chinatown sounds easy, but we end up walking too many miles on show day. It’s all worth while when we spend an hour at City Lights. I used to work in a bookshop, and this is literally the best bookshop I’ve ever been to. It’s hard to leave; we come away with mostly Lorca.

‘Hypnos’

‘Hypnos’ by Chelsea Wolfe from Hypnos / Flame is magic. Ben Chisholm’s intricate piano, Jess Gowrie’s cyclic rhythm, Bryan Tulao’s ebow drone that raises the chorus. It’s calm and hypnotic. Chelsea’s delicate lyrical falsetto is astonishing.

‘Ballad Dust’
6/7, 8: Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles

Andrea Calderon plays violin unlike anyone I’ve ever heard. Her lines glide and weave around every note. It’s an honour to have her join us on stage for the last shows of tour in LA; two sold out nights at the Teragram Ballroom.

‘Ballad Dust’ a Carnatic inspired song arranged for two voices, our last song of the set. Tonight we are joined by everyone on stage for the last chorus, with clapping; Chelsea, Ben, Jess, Bryan and Andrea. All singing “holy tone – ballad dust – cascade stone – intertwines, it intertwines”

Thank you to Chelsea, thank you to the audiences and for the experience. Our graces, Sam and Adam

photo by Priscilla Scott

4/24: The Bunkhouse, Las Vegas, NV
4/25: The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ
4/26: Sister Bar, Albuquerque, NM
4/28: Mohawk, Austin, TX
4/29: Trees, Dallas, TX
4/30: Cine El Rey, McAllen, TX
5/2: The Hi-Tone, Memphis, TN
5/3: The Masquerade – Heaven, Atlanta, GA
5/4: Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
5/8: Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
5/9: Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
5/10: Royale, Boston, MA
5/13: Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA
5/14: Mr. Small’s Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
5/16: Theatre Fairmount, Montreal, QB
5/17: The Opera House, Toronto, ON
5/19: El Club, Detroit, MI
5/20: Thalia Hall, Chicago,IL
5/21: Ace Of Cups, Columbus, OH
5/22: Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN
5/24: Slowdown, Omaha, NE
5/25: Gothic Theatre, Denver, CO
5/26: Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
5/28: Revolution Hall, Portland, OR
5/29: Imperial, Vancouver, BC
6/1: The Chapel, San Francisco, CA
6/2: The Chapel, San Francisco, CA
6/7: Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles, CA
6/8: Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles, CA

Live Review of A Dead Forest Index at Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles 

Opening for Chelsea Wolfe, an interesting band called A Dead Forest Index surprised me with their melancholic soundscapes, I actually could even use the term landscape in their case since their music was extremely cinematic, evoking bleak landscapes, with powerful drum beats and minimalist guitar effects. The music was vast but only performed by a duo, two brothers, Adam Sherry on vocals and guitar and Sam Sherry on drums. They started by lugubrious compositions with a gothic vibe and I first thought they were English, and I was not completely wrong as they base themselves between Melbourne and London but are originally from New Zealand.

Playing under a very dim light, their set was a series of poetic multi-inspired compositions, rich and diverse as they have drawn their influences from artists as diverse as ‘Indian and Andalusian origin, Romanian lăutari troupe Taraf de Haidouks’ , William Blake, The Velvet Underground with Nico, Scott Walker, Swans with Jarboe, and Antony and the Johnsons.

 

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Cult Nation Captures A Dead Forest Index and Chelsea Wolfe at The Chapel (SF) 

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All Photos and text by Bobby Cochran

Los Angeles-based Chelsea Wolfe makes a style of music that’s hard to pin down, ranging from eerie folk, to dark electronic, to dirgy doom metal, and everything in between.  Though it’s diversity, it maintains a thread of continuity that defines it as uniquely her own.  Possessed of one of the most beautiful singing voices in music today, Chelsea can make even the darkest music sound like a lullaby.  Live, she delivers all her songs with a slight divergence from the recorded form, performing everything with a heavier edge and slight re-arrangements to suit the bands that accompany her.  Seeing her perform at The Chapel in SF, a relatively small venue for such an established artist, was a special treat. Its size was, I imagine, the primary reason for her two-night stint there.

Joining her on her most recent European tour and the current American tour are New Zealand-based duo, A Dead Forest Index.  Recent label mates of Chelsea’s, ADFI have been given the opportunity to perform around the world for sizeable audiences unfamiliar with their work.  Consisting of brothers Adam Sherry (vocals/guitar) and Sam Sherry (drums/vocals), ADFI perform music that sonically exceeds what one might expect from a duo.  Soaring, hymn-like vocals over droning guitars, drums that accentuate emotion by driving hard or pulsing lightly as needed, always tastefully.  The songs fill a cavernous space, shifting dynamically and fluidly, and keeps audiences rapt.  My hope is that this is the first of many times we’ll be able to see this spectacular band live.

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For this tour, Chelsea Wolfe delighted audiences with renditions of older, less-performed songs from her albums Apokalypsis and Unknown Rooms, in addition to tracks from her two most recent albums.  Opening with the driving rhythmical track “Demons,” then three of the best tracks off Abyss (“Carrion Flowers,” “Dragged Out” and “After The Fall”), the audience’s delight was almost palpable when she played three songs from Apokalypsis, (“Mer,” “Tracks (Tall Bodies),” and “Movie Screen.”  The latter song’s looped vocal intro was performed so delicately, so quietly, there wasn’t a glass clanked or word spoken in the whole house.  Performing these songs with her current band lent a weight to them that pushed their emotion further and deeper.  Heaviness and gorgeousness combined flawlessly.  As someone who’s been fortunate enough to see Chelsea live a number of times, it was a treat to see her interacting with the audience more, at one point kneeling down and swaying at the front of the stage as she performed “House Of Metal.”  There’d been word online about Chelsea having to cancel previous dates on this tour due to vocal strain, but there was nothing in her performance that indicated any weakness or flaw in that department.  Pitch perfect, as always. Set closer “Survive” was a culminating moment of grandeur, droning and building into the chaotic finale, echoing feedback and distortion, fading as the band exited the stage.

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The dual encores of “Hypnos” and “Halfsleeper” were beyond delightful… the latter having not been performed live in years, and the former being an example of a song that’s so good, it’s easy to understand why it was released as a single well after the release of Abyss.  Both songs exist as delicate acoustic masterpieces on the original recordings, and again, played live they had a heft and weight to them that propelled them into a new sonic arena, more powerful and darker then ever.

In all the times I’ve seen Chelsea Wolfe, she’s always accompanied by a different set of musicians, performing a diverse range of songs from her growing catalog.  Tonight’s show was a powerful mix of new and old, stitched together in a parade of enchanting musical moments, performed to perfection.

See more photos of A Dead Forest Index and Chelsea Wolfe at CVLT Nation

Review: A Dead Forest Index "In All That Drifts From Summit Down" by WEAREUNSEEN 

Using only a very minimal palette of sounds, brothers Adam and Sam Sherry – who make up the entirety of A Dead Forest Index – manage to create a vast, perfectly orchestrated expanse of sound. Employing mostly only simple motifs on guitar, piano and drums, with Adam’s androgynous voice laid gently over the top, much of In All That Drifts from Summit Down envelops the listener in a sound world so dreamy that it could transport your ears to a soft and relaxed state even if listened to on a hectic commute or in a crowded office. The wash of reverb which soaks every sound does a lot to aid the immersive feeling of this album, but the feature which takes every track above and beyond almost everything else existing in the ‘indie’ circuit at the moment is the beauty in the vocals.

Lush, choral vocal arrangements permeate all of the many highlights of this album. Adam’s confident yet airy melodies and harmonies are layered gradually over one another, creating a rich and warm texture to get completely lost in. On ‘Cast of Lines’, the looping choir of Adams build their intertwined tones to such a beautiful zenith that it is hard to do anything but let yourself be carried away softly on their feather-light pillow of vocal luxury. Tracks like ‘Tide Walks’ and ‘No Paths’ develop from humble beginnings into multi-layered masterworks due solely to the gradual expanding in scope of Adam’s voice. ‘Silver Thread of Sun’ is another example of this technique perfected, but really it is a feature which is a present strength on every track.

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None of this takes away from the importance of Sam Sherry’s input here. The subtle piano lines underpin much of the songwriting, and the drums match the feeling of every track. When things do get a little less angelic in the middle of the album, with the slightly unnerving ‘Ringing Sidereal’, the short, uncomforting piano interlude ‘Swims Out’ and the more driving ‘In Greyness the Water’, the drum-work is what brings much of the discomfort to the fore, and a faint discord filters even through the swathes of vocals.

‘Myth Retraced’ is another more direct number and could certainly carry some clout amongst the singles released by bigger names that A Dead Forest Index should be considered peers with. Scattered throughout In All That Drifts from Summit Down, there are moods comparable to a more pensive Fleet Foxes, or a more expansive, shoegazing Chelsea Wolfe (with whom the band are currently touring), but in truth, A Dead Forest Index have carved a sound which is entirely their own and which deserves to bring them widespread acclaim. There are edgy, unexpected notes in the harmonic changes to challenge the intelligent listener, without ever sacrificing what is a near perfect, encompassing atmosphere. A Dead Forest Index have not forced anything here, seeming like they don’t feel the need to prove themselves and are simply releasing an organic and beautiful collection of songs straight from their hearts. This could take indie music to the next level.
 

Richard Spencer for WEAREUNSEEN

A Dead Forest Index "In All That Drifts From Summit Down" Out Now! 

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A Dead Forest Index newest album “In All That Drifts From Summit Down” is officially out today via Sargent House. Available on all digital and streaming platforms. Listen here now.

Pick up a physical copy in stores now, or order online on our stores

US and Worldwide: https://www.hellomerch.com/collections/a-dead-forest-index

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Australia and NZ: http://artistfirst.com.au/collections/a-dead-forest-index

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A Dead Forest Index are now on tour with Chelsea Wolfe.  

Tickets and details available HERE.

CHELSEA WOLFE / A DEAD FOREST INDEX LIVE 2016
Apr 29 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
Apr 30 - McAllen, TX @ Cine El Rey
May 02 - Memphis, TN @ The Hi-Tone
May 03 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Heaven
May 04 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
May 06 - Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
May 08 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
May 09 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
May 10 - Boston, MA @ Royale
May 11 - Providence, RI @ Fete Music Hall
May 12 - Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom at The Outer Space
May 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
May 14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
May 16 - Montreal, QB @ Theatre Fairmount
May 17 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
May 19 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
May 20- Chicago,IL @ Thalia Hall
May 21 - Columbus, OH @ Ace Of Cups
May 22 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
May 24 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
May 25 - Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
May 26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
May 28 - Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
May 29 - Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
Jun 01 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Jun 02 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Jun 07 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Jun 08 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom

See what people are saying about the album below: 

“Much of In All That Drifts From Summit Down is about hints and traces of things—of memories, landscapes and people. Here, however, it’s right there in front of you, a breathtaking realization of shadows made flesh.” - Treble Magazine 

“As the morning breaks and you realise you’ve survived, it suddenly dawns on you just how much you enjoyed your time alone. Such is the case with In All That Drifts From Summit Down, a bold and solitary debut to be immersed in.” - 4/5 review from Songwriting Magazine 

“A Dead Forest Index is now streaming their debut album In All That Drifts From Summit Down. The band pulls off the great feat of creating expansive music with a minimalist sound palate, drawing on influences that range from Tibetan ritualistic music, Arvo Pärt, and bands like Low and Dirty Three. It is a beautiful and impressionistic work.” - Ghettoblaster Magazine 

“Revered British poet William Blake, whose writings influenced some of the songs here, once wrote that a "tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way." With this sentiment in mind, A Dead Forest Index keep a catalogue of laments and resolutions, the most prominent of which is both of those things: the idea that all living things must one day die.” - Exclaim

 

A Dead Forest Index "In All That Drifts From Summit Down" Full Album Stream on Flavorwire 

There’s not much to In All That Drifts From Summit Down, the debut LP from A Dead Forest Index—each of the album’s 13 tracks are comprised of guitar, vocals, and simple percussion. Yet its minimalist construction belies the textured atmospherics it creates, slowly built up, track by track, lending it a natural gravitas. Flavorwire has an exclusive early peek at the album, due out April 29 on Sargent House—you can stream it below.

A Dead Forest Index is the brothers Adam (vocals/guitar) and Sam Sherry (drums/piano), who’ve arrived in London from their hometown of Auckland, New Zealand, via the shores of Melbourne, Australia. What started as a solo project from Adam in 2008 had evolved into a collaboration by 2010, with Sam adding percussive weight to his brother’s Fleet and Foxy vocals. The brothers channel some of the more drone elements of Low, layering repetitive harmonies over sparse guitar strums.

As the brothers toured extensively from 2012—2014, they put out two EPs, “Antique” and “Cast of Lines.” The latter was released on Jehnny Beth’s (Savages) Pop Noire label, which led to a collaboration between the two groups: a composition and performance called “In What I’m Seeing; the Sun” presented at the Barbican’s Station to Station Festival in 2015. Savages guitarist Gemma Thompson also features on two In All That Drifts From Summit Down tracks, “Myth Retraced” and “Sand Verse.”

They recently completed a European jaunt in support of Sargent House labelmate Chelsea Wolfe; you can catch them in the states through early June, and buy In All That Drifts From Summit Down here.

Stream the entire album HERE.

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A Dead Forest Index is now ON TOUR with Chelsea Wolfe. All dates listed below. For show and ticket details click HERE.

4/24: The Bunkhouse, Las Vegas, NV
4/25: The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ
4/26: Sister Bar, Albuquerque, NM
4/28: Mohawk, Austin, TX
4/29: Trees, Dallas, TX
4/30: Cine El Rey, McAllen, TX
5/2: The Hi-Tone, Memphis, TN
5/3: The Masquerade - Heaven, Atlanta, GA
5/4: Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
5/6: Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
5/8: Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
5/9: Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
5/10: Royale, Boston, MA
5/11: Fete Music Hall, Providence, RI
5/12: The Ballroom at The Outer Space, Hamden, CT
5/13: Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA
5/14: Mr. Small’s Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
5/16: Theatre Fairmount, Montreal, QB
5/17: The Opera House, Toronto, ON
5/19: El Club, Detroit, MI
5/20: Thalia Hall, Chicago,IL
5/21: Ace Of Cups, Columbus, OH
5/22: Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN
5/24: Slowdown, Omaha, NE
5/25: Gothic Theatre, Denver, CO
5/26: Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
5/28: Revolution Hall, Portland, OR
5/29: Imperial, Vancouver, BC
6/1: The Chapel, San Francisco, CA
6/2: The Chapel, San Francisco, CA
6/7: Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles, CA
6/8: Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles, CA

A Dead Forest Index Interview w/ Treble Zine + Upcoming Tour with Chelsea Wolfe 

During a Skype call with Adam and Sam Sherry, the two brothers that make up New Zealand duo A Dead Forest Index, the sound of a squawking bird echoes in the distance. The two brothers are outside of a pub in Leipzig, where they recently moved after living in Melbourne and London (and before that, their home city of Auckland), and aside from their surprisingly loud, avian companion, it’s eerily quiet. The scene, in a sense, is metaphorical of the band’s art—sparse, minimal, and unsettling in the most fascinating ways.

On April 29, A Dead Forest Index will release their debut album, In All That Drifts From Summit Down, via Sargent House. It’s an album built on minimal arrangements, sometimes little more than guitar, voice and a simple beat. But within those relatively stripped-down arrangements, there’s a whole expanse of sound and emotion, sometimes accessible, as on “Tide Walks,” and in other places chillingly dark, as on “Ringing Sidereal.” It’s not surprising that the company they keep is similarly invested in such dark aesthetics: The album features appearances by Savages guitarist Gemma Thompson, and this spring the band is touring with Chelsea Wolfe.

Treble spoke to the Sherry brothers about their travels across the globe, their new album and the influence of the natural world on their music.

Treble: When did you start playing music together?

Adam Sherry: Maybe probably together since about 2010, or late 2009. I started this as a solo project and I moved to Melbourne, and Sam kind of followed about a year later. Once we were in the same city again, we started playing together more as a band. So things started to progress around 2010. We’ve played in a lot of different bands in Auckland, when we were growing up. A lot of friends’ projects. But this was the first time where we really seriously collaborated.

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A Dead Forest Index will be on tour with Chelsea Wolfe starting April 24th and their upcoming album In All That Drifts From Summit Down is to be released on April 29th via Sargent House. See all dates below, and for all ticket/show details click HERE.

 
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'Myth Retraced' New Song Premiere and Q&A with A Dead Forest Index 

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photo by Kentaro Takahashi

Nomadic duo A Dead Forest Index was originally the solo project of Adam Sherry; starting off in 2008 he then began collaborating with his brother Sam to form A Dead Forest Index.

There's a grand, sweeping momentum to their music: they craft songs that are incredibly intimate and stark to the point that they become quite unsettling.

They cite influences as far-ranging as Romanian lăutari troupe Taraf de Haidouks to music of Indian and Andalusian origin, and most recently teamed up with Gemma Thompson of Savages for their latest track "Myth Retraced", which we're premiering here on The Independent.

Have a listen and let us know what you think.

Q&A with A Dead Forest Index

What have you been listening to recently?

We've been listening to the new Arvo Pärt release 'Musica Selecta' which is a beautiful collection recordings chosen by ECM producer Manfred Eicher.  Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 9, and Antony Hegarty's collaboration with J Ralph 'Manta Ray' on repeat.

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'Myth Retraced’ is a stunning track – very stark – did anything in particular inspire it?

For us the lyrical setting on one side is about constant travel, a kind of perpetual state of moving. On another side it touches upon a modern disconnect of mythology and meaning, and our relationship to that, especially inspired by the paintings of Cy Twombly, Mark Rothko and Anselm Kiefer.

A Dead Forest Index with Savages guitarist Gemma Thompson - Photo by Chelsea Wolfe

What was the first gig you ever played, and what’s been the best so far?

The first gig we ever played was an EP launch at the Tote in Melbourne in 2010. We had just re-located (to Melbourne from London) and formed the basis of our band in what was a completely new city for us. The thing I remember most is blasting Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan between sets, which we still love to do. A highlight performance for us would be for last years Station to Station Festival at the Barbican Centre. We composed a new work with Savages titled 'In What I'm Seeing The Sun' and performed this together in the special setting of the Barbican's gallery space, with dancer/choreographer Fernanda Munoz-Newsome. The event was structured with four performances across 2 nights, and was a very memorable and immersive experience.

A Dead Forest Index's album All That Drifts From Summit Down is out 29 April 2016 on Sargent House.

They tour the following dates with Chelsea Wolfe:

CHELSEA WOLFE / A DEAD FOREST INDEX LIVE 2016
Apr 24 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse
Apr 25 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
Apr 26 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
Apr 28 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk (tix on sale 3/24)
Apr 29 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
Apr 30 - McAllen, TX @ Cine El Rey
May 02 - Memphis, TN @ The Hi-Tone
May 03 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Heaven
May 04 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
May 06 - Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
May 08 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
May 09 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
May 10 - Boston, MA @ Royale
May 11 - Providence, RI @ Fete Music Hall
May 12 - Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom at The Outer Space
May 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
May 14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
May 16 - Montreal, QB @ Theatre Fairmount
May 17 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
May 19 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
May 20- Chicago,IL @ Thalia Hall (tix on sale this week)
May 21 - Columbus, OH @ Ace Of Cups
May 22 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
May 24 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
May 25 - Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
May 26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
May 28 - Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
May 29 - Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
Jun 01 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Jun 02 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Jun 07 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Jun 08 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom