Deerhoof | Deerhoof vs. Evil
Most Likely To: freak out your pets.
Deerhoof–be still my heart! I’m so happy that their latest album happened to me (and yes, it will happen to you too). During the first listen to Deerhoof vs. Evil, I wasn’t sure what to make of it… and then it happened.
The San Francisco act’s eleventh(!) release didn’t simply grow on me–it made me recall how I first came to love them, a teenager sifting through a Kill Rock Stars sampler and being greeted by a song I had never heard anything like.
That happened again when I listened to Deerhoof vs. Evil the second time around; was this a Deerhoof I hadn’t heard before? The music was confusing, yet catchy and dreamy with undeniably sweet vocals–exactly what I felt the first time I heard them.
“Secret Mobilization” stuck out to me for the soulful guitar riffs and a snare-heavy garage-rock tempo towards the middle and end. “Super Duper Rescue Heads” is adorable and schizophrenic, reminiscent of Apple O’s “Panda Panda Panda.” It’s one of those songs that you either want to play all the time or the kind of song that affects the listener with nausea (with little room in between). “Behold a Marvel in The Darkness” is a tender love song with a little Dinosaur Jr influence going on–not what I expected.
While keeping true to the zany noise rock that of the Deerhoof we have grown to know and love, Satomi Matsuzaki and crew attempt to give listeners something more experimental on their latest. Deerhoof are enjoying themselves and, eleven albums into their career, are still changing their style, borrowing from contemporaries and predecessors, and having fun doing it.
I, for one, love that; we should start worrying once Deerhoof becomes tormented and bleak. For now, Deerhoof body-slams Evil. Deerhoof: 1. Evil: 0.
Watch the video for “Super Duper Rescue Heads!” from Deerhoof: