Favorite

Deerhoof: Deerhoof vs. Evil (Polyvinyl) 

Calling the members of Deerhoof musical dilettantes is disingenuous. The San Francisco group's lengthy career (going on 16 years) may be cultivated on a healthy musical curiosity, but there is nothing superficial or casual about the band's methods or products. Evidence: the meticulously crafted, yet indelibly cool Deerhoof vs. Evil.

It's a safe wager that Deerhoof is sincerely committed to its idiosyncrasies. As such, its output always sounds enjoyable, if eerily similar: The music is inchoate yet refined, the lyrics vacant yet pregnant with subtlety. Lately, Deerhoof has successfully incorporated the crunch and thrash of punk and metal into the mix. Therefore, the slippery, sparkling rhythms of "Behold a Marvel in the Darkness" make way for soaring, screeching passages, while "The Merry Barracks" rides cacophonous waves of distortion, and the funky grooves of "Secret Mobilization" give way to a white-hot guitar-melting conclusion.

There are, however, chinks in the band's mighty armor. The stuffy "Hey I Can" seems almost like a Deerhoof parody, with Satomi Matsuzaki endlessly intoning the title over digital discards. And the Greg Saunier-sung closer, "Almost Everyone, Almost Always," suggests more than it actually delivers.

Still, when Deerhoof experiments, it does so with aplomb. As finely attuned proof, witness the beautiful flamenco-infused "No One Asked to Dance," the video-game blips and hip-hop swagger of "Super Duper Rescue Heads!" and the surprisingly touching chorus of "I Did Crimes for You."

This is a feel-good album by a genial band; it is quirky at its best and brightest.

More by Michael Petitti

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Rhythm & Views

    Various Artists, Dune Drift III (Topaz)
    • Dec 4, 2014
  • Rhythm & Views

    Wight Lhite “Beyond the Satellites” (Paisley Shirt Records)
    • Dec 11, 2014

The Range

Best of Tucson: The Closest Races So Far

Cactus and Clouds Exhibition at The Galleria

Fourth of July Activities in Tucson and Surrounding Communities

More »

Latest in Rhythm & Views

  • Rhythm & Views

    American Monoxide “In Flight Mode” (People In A Position To Know)
    • Dec 18, 2014
  • Rhythm & Views

    Wight Lhite “Beyond the Satellites” (Paisley Shirt Records)
    • Dec 11, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

Facebook Activity

© 2016 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation