Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by DJ Kevin Cole, is "Skin Game" by DIIV, from the 2019 album Deceiver on Captured Tracks.
photo by Coley Brown
written by janice headley

It's been a tumultuous few years for Brooklyn band DIIV. Following the release of their 2016 sophomore LP Is The Is Are, frontman Zachary Cole Smith went to rehab for drug addiction. But earlier this year, the band reconvened in Los Angeles to record their third LP Deceiver, out October 4 via Captured Tracks. For the first time ever, they worked with an outside producer, Sonny Diperri, known for his work with My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, and Protomartyr. 

Their first single is what Smith describes as a fictional conversation.

“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.”

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

$ with Chastity

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