DIIV are back. Their new album Deceiver it out 4 October through Captured Tracks. Preorder and stream the first single ‘Skin Game‘ here.
The band—Zachary Cole Smith [lead vocals, guitar], Andrew Bailey [guitar], Colin Caulfield [bass], and Ben Newman [drums]— return for the first time since 2014’s critically acclaimed Is The Is Are. The track gallops forth on a clean guitar riff before unfolding into a hypnotic hook offset by an off-kilter rhythm and hummable solo.
“It’s an imaginary dialogue between two characters, which could either be myself or people I know,” says Cole of ‘Skin Game.’ “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.”