Noise Rockers Deerhoof to Release Live Album
Wed, 28 Oct 2015 14:17:58
If a band sticks around long enough, there is an understanding, an obligation even, that a live album will eventually emerge as a result. This is true for so many groups, but sometimes it's hard for a live show to really capture the essence of a band, and if you're peddling, say, avant garde noise pop, it has to be a really special show to make the cut.
After over 20 years together, San Francisco's Deerhoof found its show: a stop at a Toyko nightclub last year on a 13-date tour of Japan. The album is Fever 121614, ostensibly and practically named for the date of the show, and features the requisite Kawaii-inspired cover art as well as 12 songs culled from what has been called "the band's ridiculously deep back catalog." The album is slated for a Record Store Day Black Friday release of November 27 on vinyl and video.
Deerhoof occupy a revered place in a small sub category of indie rock. A erratic blend of Pavement, Stereolab, and Sonic Youth, it's admired by those same groups and many others of the ilk, and its influence can be seen in the work of artists ranging from Kevin Barnes from Of Montreal to David Bazan. Yet, as stand-in cult favorites, its music has never been as commercially accessible as any of those acts; perhaps a listen to this new addition to the band's catalog, now 13 albums strong, will provide the opportunity to reexamine the magic and mystery of Deerhoof in a new light.
Watch "We Do Parties (Live In Tokyo)" from Deerhoof:
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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