Rock band DEEPFIELD ready for a triumphant “postdiluvian” comeback
— Baxter Teal, Deepfield
CHICAGO, Illinois, USA, March 24, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Formed in Charleston, South Carolina in 2005, DEEP FIELD is an American rock band that released two studio albums in 2007 and 2011 and an acoustic EP in 2019. The band is now releasing their 3rd full album, Postdiluvian. It’s not going to be your typical rock record, and DEEPFIELD isn’t your typical rock band.
The group’s first album Archetypes and repetition was hailed as “perfectly unclassifiable but still rock unique”. That remains the case with their new effort, produced by Skidd Mills (Skillet, Sick Puppies, Spacehog) with additional engineering and mixing by Johnny K (Disturbed, Three Doors Down, Megadeth, Staind). DEEPFIELD continued its momentum with the recent signing of a management agreement with View 22 Entertainment. The excitement for this brand new chapter in their careers couldn’t be higher.
Singer/songwriter Baxter Teal describes the band’s hiatus as a time when he was uninspired to create. “It got to a point where the music business made me hate music. I wasn’t listening in the car, I was wearing (noise-cancelling) earplugs while I was out. wouldn’t even look at my guitars, let alone want to play them. It was a very dark time for me.”
When the pandemic hit and Chicago (where he currently lives) was shut down, Teal sought refuge in his hometown of Chapin, SC, bringing his guitar “just in case.” During his visit, it rained for three days in a row. On the 3rd evening, he spontaneously wrote what would become “And the Devil Blood”. “I remember having dinner with my parents and all I could think about was writing the melodies and lyrics. I came home and finished the song, so excited that I had finally turned the corner from writing and, of all places, from my childhood bedroom. The next morning, when the rain had stopped and the sun had come out, Teal picked up his guitar and wrote the song title, ‘Postdiluvian.’ From then on, the songs, like the 3-day flood that brought them to the surface, started pouring in. “I called Skidd and told him I was writing again and that this thing was going to be special. A month later I went to Nashville to start recording those 9 songs with him. I kind of felt like I wasn’t writing these songs as much as they were writing themselves.
Each morning, Teal played and refined the 9 songs in the same order that can be heard on Postdiluvian. The album’s title serves as a metaphor for how Teal felt about his experience in the music industry, but also literally, how 3 Days of Rain inspired this new “deluge of songs”. “I can’t really call it a dark to light moment, for me the dark is what brought me back to where I thrive.”
The music didn’t stop there either, Teal has already written the next record plus another acoustic EP. Stylistically, Postdiluvian ranges from hard rock to alternative to baroque-style ballads driven by strings and piano, woven with infectious melodies and hooks galore. The tracks flow seamlessly through a journey worthy of a synchronization of emotional highs and lows, tackling topics ranging from loss and mental illness to faith and bigotry.
“[Producer] Skidd has been loyal to me for years. He supported me for a long time when I was unsure about releasing music,” Teal shares. Skidd says, “I love Baxter’s sense of music and melody. That’s what pushed me to work with him from the beginning with deepfield. They really create that “album” experience with every project, which we all miss.
Johnny K adds, “DEEPFIELD fills a void in rock right now. It’s reminiscent of what I loved about 90s rock bands, but with its own modern stamp. Organic and dynamic, both musically and lyrically.
As things often happen for a reason, Teal was introduced to Vista 22’s Patra Sinner by a longtime close friend of the two while the album was being finalized. This immediately sparked a call with Teal, Sinner and Vista 22 partner Dan Lavery. The trio quickly fell into a completely natural routine of communication and planning. “Baxter put such meticulous thought into the writing and production of this music. You can hear the bold empowerment it contains and feel how meaningful it is to him. This record is going to punch you in the face, in the best possible way! Commenting on how they came together, Teal explains, “It’s great to be surrounded by a team that believes in my music and my vision. I like their work ethic, their positivity and their tenacity. The moment is tinged with fate.
Singles from DEEPFIELD’s debut album Archetypes and Repetition can still be found in rotation on the radio with their 1st single “Get It” occasionally heard on The Howard Stern Show. Despite the hiatus, the group has maintained thousands of loyal listeners and amassed over 13 million cumulative streams. The band has years of national touring experience, both headlining and supporting bands like Shinedown, Chevelle and many more.
Joining Teal (vocalist/guitarist) in DEEPFIELD’s current lineup are Chicago natives Ken Becker on guitar/backing vocals and Jake Portenkirchner on drums, both of whom have brought their skills to the new record. “Ken and Jake bring a ton of talent and touring experience to the table and rehearsals went well. I have no doubt that the live show will be a well-oiled and tighter machine than ever.
DEEPFIELD’s refined maturity can be clearly heard in Postdiluvian and it’s easily their best album to date. The continued fan support for the band speaks for itself, and their diverse appeal promises to grow the existing fanbase with the release of this hard-hitting new album. The first single “Eons” will be released on April 22, along with a full video to accompany it. Two other singles, “Via Dolorosa” and “Without You”, will follow this summer.
Halo from The Acoustics Sessions by Deepfield