Shoegazers DIIV kick off their UK tour behind their new album Deceiver with a reverb-soaked performance at Bristol’s SWX. Elliott Simpson reviews, with photography by Michael Brumby.
No band seems to carry the torch for 90s alt-rock quite as well as DIIV. From the grungy sound of their debut album, Oshin to their latest Deceiver – which evokes heavy shoegaze bands such as My Bloody Valentine – that throwback feel has always been part of their charm. Still, despite wearing their influences on their sleeve, it never detracts from the fact that the music they make is incredibly good. That SWX is packed-out tonight only attests to that.