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Spanning over twenty years and 13 studio albums, Deerhoof is one of those rare bands that are constantly embarking on musical leaps and bounds, exploring musical terrain that has yet to be uncovered while simultaneously constructing their own niche of avant-garde noise pop. Comprised of vocalist Satomi Matsuzaki, guitarists’ John Dieterich and Ed Rodríguez, and long-standing drummer from 1994 Greg Saunier, the quartet are seriously dedicated to their constant flux of musical experimentation. Their long-standing fans along with those that are discovering Deerhoof for the first time immediately recognize the band’s commitment to sticking with what they do best — “I think it resonates that we just keep on being ourselves no matter what […] We don’t click with everyone and that’s just fine because from what I’ve seen on tour, the people we do click with are the same people I’d probably hang out with if I lived there”, states Rodríguez.

 

Placing #1 on the CMJ Radio charts, Deerhoof’s most recent album, The Magic, was recorded within a week out in the desert of New Mexico. Due to the band members no longer living in the same city, it’s a cause for celebration to reconnect and play music together. Says Rodriguez, “whenever we meet up it automatically causes an intense togetherness and focus […] it’s sheer heaven when you remind yourself of the reason you do this – to connect with people.” The entire band each had a hand with writing music and lyrics for The Magic, the creation of the album being a constant communicative and ever-changing force, to produce something without the constraint of a strict system keeping things in place. “We constantly talk about how the music is going, what we’re happy with, what we’d like to do differently and new things we’d love to explore. In doing that we stay deeply interested in the music which then makes us happy and that keeps us going.”

 

 

Collaborating with a vast array of other musical projects from Sleater-Kinney to Of Montreal to Sonic Youth (Matsuzaki considers Goo to be a highly inspiring album), Deerhoof cites Congolese bands Kasai Allstars and Konono No. 1 as their most favorite collaborations to date. States Rodriguez, “[i]t was amazing to work close with people when we had completely different paths and we couldn’t even speak the same language but you would have moments of actual deep connection while playing. It was a reminder that no matter what our lives and experiences are, there’s a bond between us all that’s more meaningful than anything else.” With so many stories of being on the road, Deerhoof are no strangers to playing in Austin, Texas. From the constant bustle of playing multiple shows back to back for SXSW to the dust storms of Fun Fun Fun Fest and to one particularly memorable show at The Mohawk’s outside stage in Austin’s rare and bitter cold weather where the audience huddled together to preserve what warmth they could, there’s no shortage of weird memories for the band to recall while playing in this city. What’s next on the horizon for Deerhoof? “A ton more touring and a lot of talking about what the next record is going to be. And at some point I’m definitely going to do my laundry.”

 

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Deerhoof will be taking over our Instagram account all day capturing their misadventures on the road so be sure to follow us at @anonmag. You can order the band’s latest album The Magic here as well as catch them on the last leg of their stretch of tour in the states! For European dates and tickets, click here.

August 12th – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall

August 13th – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa

August 14th – Houston, TX – Walter’s Downtown

August 16th – Austin, TX – Mohawk

August 17th – Dallas, TX – Trees

 

Trish Connelly is the Austin-based guru who does booking and promoting at Cheer Up Charlies under The Nothing Song. She’s always down to collaborate and plan a show or event in town. She’s an expert with mixtapes (for all musicians out there you’ll want to send her your stuff!), and making connections with the cool kids. She may have a tad obsession with comics and Corgies, but she keeps it under control. You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.